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The Church and Public Education

A Noteworthy Tradition

Presbyterians have always been deeply involvedin education The tradition began with John Calvin's support of free schools in Geneva, Switzerland,. and John Knox's concern that schools be provided for all children in Scotland Consistent with such beginnings has been the Presbyterian insistence on formally educated and scholarly clergy for all churches. Over many years, a learned clergy has attracted to Presbyterian churches persons who themselves are educated, who share a concem for schooling and have helped perpetuate educational interests

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