1854 Religion and Morality in Public Schools

  • Forms of Prayers, from the Daily Attendance Register for School No. 18 in Township of West York

    Early Public Education Based on Christian Values

    Although Ryerson and other reformers fought against church control of schools, believing that they should be non-denominational, it was never intended for them to be wholly secular. Ryerson, a devout Methodist, believed that a system of education must be Christian. The first elected Chair of the Toronto Board shared this view: “Education unconnected with, and uncontrolled by religion, is a very unstable sort of national morality.”

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    2012.X.155

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    Black ink printed text on faded cream paper listing morning and evening prayers for use in schools