By Sarah Pride
Patrick Henry College
Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, PHC's Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought
“The state has the responsibility to ensure that, however children are educated, they reach the proper level—and any schooling that does not attain that result must certainly be improved, or if that is not possible, abolished (for example, substandard public or private schools or incompetent home schooling),” lectured Dr. Montgomery. “But the burden rests on the state to show that there is the need to do this. Assuming a priori that a particular method of education is faulty is a meritless solution and flies in the face of democratic values.”
The College’s Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought has argued the case for Christianity around the globe, has written more than fifty books in four languages, and holds eleven earned degrees. Since joining the PHC in 2008, he has won a debate at University College Dublin on God’s existence, preached the gospel at the cathedral in Marseille, and given major apologetic lectures to South Pacific Christians on the tiny island of Tonga—among other adventures.
From L to R, Michael Donnelly, Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher
Donnelly, who also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Government for PHC, said he appreciated the opportunity to present the case for homeschooling in a country that has criminalized the practice.
“Including homeschooling on the agenda of this conference highlights freedom in education as a necessary condition to sustaining a pluralist democracy,” he said. “It provides legitimacy to the claim that this freedom should be protected as a human right. This is the first time homeschooling has been on the agenda of this prestigious conference and will be helpful in influencing European policymakers favorably towards home education.”
This fall at PHC, Dr. Montgomery is teaching the core class Principles of Biblical Reasoning/Apologetics and upper-level Philosophy of Law & Human Rights.