Texas State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, made news last month when she charged that President-elect Barack Obama “truly sympathizes” with enemies out to destroy America. Now guess what Dunbar has to say about the public education system she helps govern.
From a Texas Freedom Network press release today:
In her book, One Nation Under God (Onward, 2008), Dunbar (on p. 100) calls public education a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion.” She charges that the establishment of public schools is unconstitutional and even “tyrannical” because it threatens the authority of families, granted by God through Scripture, to direct the instruction of their children (p. 103) Dunbar, who has home-schooled her children and sent them to private schools, bases that charge on her belief that “the underlying authority for our constitutional form of government stems directly from biblical precedents.” (p. xv)
“Even if you question the accuracy of my constitutional interpretation as proof of the inappropriateness of a state-created, tax-payer supported school system, still the Scriptures bear witness to such an institution’s lack of proper authority in the life of the Christian family,” Dunbar writes (p. 102).
TFN President Kathy Miller questioned why Dunbar didn’t tell voters what she really thought about public schools when she ran for the state board in 2006:
“A fire chief wouldn’t knowingly hire an arsonist in the department. It’s just as hard to imagine many voters knowingly supporting for the State Board of Education an extremist who despises the public schools nearly everybody’s kids except her own attend.”
The press release offers only a taste of the outrageous blather found in Dunbar’s book. In coming days we will post Dunbar’s thoughts on religious freedom, separation of church and state and how America compares to Nazi Germany. (Really.)
Note, by the way, that Dunbar rejected the public school system for her own kids, choosing to home-school and send them to private school instead. So we wonder: Why is an extremist who loathes the public education system serving on a board that manages it?