American Vision is sad to learn that a great fighter for liberty, Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld, passed away on Monday, the day after his 89th birthday.
A few years ago, AV was happy to reprint Dr. Blumenfeld’s book, Is Public Education Necessary?, which is still in print. While he will probably be most remembered for his widely-used resource, Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers, he wrote several books exposing the socialistic and damaging nature of government education, wrote articles for multiple publications, and lectured all over the country and the world.
WND.com posted an informative memorial that relates one of the greatest aspects of Dr. Blumenfeld’s work: in the words of one of his co-authors, “Sam didn’t just point out the problems – he offered solutions that work.” This is in accord with North’s dictum, “You can’t beat something with nothing.” WND comments:
He hoped his reading instruction guide would allow parents to bypass the government school system by homeschooling their kids. Homeschooling was another topic near to Blumenfeld’s heart. He argued for it in his 1997 book, “Homeschooling: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Children,” and his 1973 guide “How to Tutor” walked parents through the best ways to teach their children reading, arithmetic and cursive handwriting.
It was this same hope I envision in Restoring America, where I encourage Christian parents to exit the government schools immediately and without ceremony, and to make whatever sacrifices necessary in order to start homeschooling. Dr. Blumenfeld employed his abilities to take the extra step of preparing basic resources to make such a start easier.
Dr. Blumenfeld was also featured on Colin Gunn’s great documentary-exposé of the socialist schools, IndoctriNation. Here’s a great clip:
Dr. Blumenfeld’s knowledge and voice will be greatly missed, but will certainly not be forgotten as we continue in the same legacy of fighting for freedom, faith, and liberty in education, and in all areas of life.