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The Rebbe on Education

The Rebbe on Education

Moral education and the government's role in promulgating it

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On the Inauguration of "Education Day USA" - April 18, 1978
The proclamation of "Education Day, USA" is of extraordinary significance in impressing upon citizens the importance of education, both in their own lives as well as, and even more so, for the young generation in the formative years—particularly in the present day and age.
Endorsement of President Jimmy Carter's Education Program - Feb. 7, 1979
Divine Providence has richly blessed this nation and land to be the "bread basket" for many nations, rich and poor. The U.S.A. has been, and will continue to be, an international benefactor on a vast scale, through generous economic and other forms of aid.
The assassination attempt on President Reagan's life proves that poverty cannot be blamed as the true source of crime. Crime comes from a deeper source.
The best way to heal illness is through preventive measures. The disease of crime is a reality, but recognizing that it is real should bring about real change. The education system must reorient itself to stop this disease before it manifests. We are not calling for a "new" resolution, but rather a return to the values accepted by the citizens of this country and by all nations.
If the role of education is to civilize the human being, and if civilization is the subordination of the individual will to a higher authority, can there be such a thing as a wholly "secular" education?
Proper education means giving our children a delicate balance. They must know Torah’s unwavering fundamentals, which are, “our life and length of our days“ – principles which cannot change, regardless of the circumstances. At the same time, however, the child is told to continually grow, and be innovative in his life’s mission. Just as his body constantly grows, so must his soul grow, every single day.
Purim, 5732 · February 29, 1972
It is rare for all students of one age group to be on the same academic level in their learning. Dividing the students into smaller classes - one more advanced than the other - creates a healthy incentive for all the students to grow.
Civilized society depends on proper education built on a healthy foundation. But the only true foundation for education is the same as that of all of creation: “In the beginning, G-d created the Heavens and the Earth.”
19 Kislev 5742 • December 15, 1981
Students benefit from the guidance and supervision of their educators for only a limited number of hours a day. The environments in which children spend much of their after-school hours, whether at home or on the street, exerts a strong influence that is often in conflict with the values they absorb at school. School administrations often overlook this fact.
19 Kislev 5742 • December 15, 1981
In his or her free hours after school, a child should not be left to fend for himself against the untoward influences that often surround him. Even well-intentioned individuals who are concerned about education sometimes wait until a teenager finds himself in trouble, and then their concern focuses on how to cope with yet another young “threat to society.”
11 Nissan, 5742 • April 4, 1982
As representative of the Lubavitch Movement, I was honored to receive a letter from the President of the United States, together with a Declaration to all US citizens, proclaiming the 11th of Nissan as “Education Day.”
To emphasize the vital role of education in society, the United States annually marks "Education and Sharing Day U.S.A." on the anniversary of the birth of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, who dedicated his life to the cause of education.