Republican candidate running to be North Dakota’s top education official puts Christian values at the center

Jim Bartlett wants to see the reintroduction of Christian values and the Ten Commandments in North Dakota public schools.

“The whole school system right now – it’s been this way for a long…

Jim Bartlett wants to see the reintroduction of Christian values and the Ten Commandments in North Dakota public schools.

“The whole school system right now – it’s been this way for a long time, that’s why we can’t see it – is at war with Christianity,” Bartlett said, according to the North Dakota Monitor.

Bartlett believes the foundation of the state’s educational system, originally built on a Christian heritage, has been abandoned, so he’s put faith at the center of his campaign for North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“The Bible and Ten Commandments were taught to school children for more than 100 years in public schools,” Bartlett states on his official website.  

In addition to advocating for the teaching of the Ten Commandments, Bartlett is pushing for more parental control and other Christian values in education, specifically: 

  • Choice in where the child goes to school 
  • Choice on what they learn 
  • Better behavior with effective discipline 
  • More parents learning alongside of their children 
  • Parental responsibility for the education of their children 
  • Restoration of the Christian work ethic 

Bartlett said he’s garnered support from many North Dakotans who also believe the education system has abandoned traditional values and stepped on parental rights. 

“The solution is to get rid of the bad philosophies and return to the North Dakota Constitution, which included Christian morality,” Bartlett said, according to KVRR

Last month, state Republicans voted 967 to 426 to support Bartlett over fellow Republican candidate Kristen Baesler, who has led North Dakota’s K-12 education system since 2012.  

“Public schools are failing at both their moral responsibility and their academic responsibility,” Bartlett said during his floor speech, according to the Monitor.  

Following the vote, Bartlett used his three-minute acceptance speech to lead in the singing of a biblical psalm. 

During his career, Bartlett taught engineering at North Dakota State University and is the former executive director of the North Dakota Home School Association, according to his website.  

The primary for superintendent of public instruction is set for June 11.