After you read through the pages provided in the New England Primer, please address the questions below. Your response should be short, only about 300 words in length for all three questions.
1. Public education was invented by the Puritans for the expressed purpose of teaching students how to read the Bible. Today public schools are restricted from using the Bible to teach morality, because doing so might infringe on the rights of students who are not Christians. Is this evidence of progress, or evidence that we have strayed from our foundations as a country, or both? Explain your position.
2. What did the Puritans believe about God, as depicted in The New England Primer?
3. Is The New England Primer a primary or secondary source, and how can you tell?