Noah Webster, claimed to have coined only one word—demoralize, which he defined: "To corrupt or undermine the morals of; to destroy or lessen the effect of moral principles on; to render corrupt in morals.”
Today the field of lexicography has been demoralized by those who would make "contemporary usage” and "slang” a standard of reference for students in our schools. Pornographic terminology has come to have educational significance in state schools where Dictionary of American Slang has received academic acceptance. Christian Constitutional Meaning RestoredUpon Horace Mann rests the blame for removing from the curriculum the study of an American philosophy of government. Opposed to the fundamental conceptions of our American Constitution—namely, property, self-government and voluntary union—Horace Mann, "the father of progressive education,” removed the spirit of Constitutionalism and allowed only the letter to remain. The Bible, which Noah Webster indicated was "the source of republican government,” was closed to its primary function—to testify of God’s redeeming grace for mankind through Jesus Christ. Actually, it was Horace Mann in the 1840s who removed the Bible and its sacred purpose from the schools, not the United States Supreme Court in the 1960s.Through the European pilgrimages of Horace Mann and his contemporaries, the alien seeds of foreign ideologies and philosophies of education were implanted in American soil. The independence from European "maxims of government” which Noah Webster had worked so diligently to achieve was subverted during the early years when American education was made the ward of the state. A Federal Catechism, part of The American Spelling Book, had introduced civics into the curriculum in 1794. It gave a short explanation of the principles of the American Constitutional form of government and defined America as a "representative republic.” The "defects of democracy” were discussed and students learned distinctly why a "federal representative republic” is "a better form of government.” Shortly after schools became organized under state systems, the substitution of democracy for republic was made.Today the necessity for restoring the clarity and identity of Constitutional meanings is obvious if we are to make substantial progress in rebuilding the foundations upon which this nation was established. Without a standard of reference for America’s history and philosophy of government students can not be expected to make the distinctions and discriminations between similar terms used in history texts today.Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English LanguageNow Faithfully Reprinted for Home, Church, and SchoolThe 1828 facsimile reprint of the first American Dictionary, published by FACE, documents the quality of Biblical education which raised up American statesmen capable of forming our Constitutional Republic. Roots are traced in 26 languages. Usage examples come from classical literature and the Bible. One Christian scholar described it as the greatest reprint of the twentieth century. It also contains Noah Webster’s dissertation, Origin, History, and Connection of the Languages of Western Asia and of Europe, and his Concise Grammar of the English Language, as well as an added biography, Noah Webster, Founding Father of American Scholarship and Education by Rosalie Slater, which describes his significant contributions to a wide variety of fields and records his conversion to Christ. With 2,000 pages and a forest green vellum hardcover, as well as an embossed gold-stamped Paul Revere eagle, it is sure to enlighten and enrich your whole family’s understanding of American English and Christian history! Click here to read more.