CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, former NFL athlete Jack Brewer addresses the virtual convention on August 26, 2020. The convention is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic but will include speeches from various locations including Charlotte, North Carolina and Washington, DC. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)
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Former NFL Player: ‘We Gotta Get God Back In Our Schools’ To Solve Racial, Economic Divide

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While the Left continues to push the narrative that police officers are the problem, and that “defunding the police” is the answer to all the problems plaguing our society, others search for more logical answers.  

Jack Brewer, former NFL player and founder of The Jack Brewer Foundation, believes the issues start with the way children are being raised and the education they receive. 

“Back in 2016, when Kaepernick started kneeling, I said there is something we gotta do to bring law enforcement and community and sports to be that vehicle,” Brewer told The Daily Wire. “And so we started that program and partnered with a number of police athletic leagues around the country to kind of bridge that gap. And I served for a couple of years as the spokesman for the police athletic league.”

“And as that grew and things didn’t necessarily get better around us with these relations, I just wanted to do more,” Brewer continued. “I started to do a lot of teaching and we started programs in partnership with the Fordham Gabelli School of Business, and now with Liberty University. I started teaching professional athletes and I started teaching in the prisons, and I just noticed that one thing that was keeping us divided was that access to education.”

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Brewer was determined to continue improving access to education for those who lack it, especially inner city kids who might struggle with reading and math. 

“Not just sports, not just the community building, and to actually start doing something about this crazy educational gap that we have that’s leaving these inner city kids reading and math proficiency levels lower than third world countries,” Brewer said. “So, I was blessed to be able to put together some curriculum and we started with our American Heroes (one of Brewer’s programs) and we started to work in the grammar, started to work in the etiquette training, started to work in some of these ancillary educational opportunities that are being pulled out of the public schools.”

Starting in May, Brewer’s work will reach an important milestone as he’ll open up the “Serving Institute,” which will offer a faith-based education to kids, something lacking in most public schools. 

“As of this year, (I’m) proud to announce we’re going to be opening up our first ‘Serving Institute,’ which will offer a private school faith-based curriculum, that we partner with Liberty university on — and also our sports programs and our value building programs, our etiquette programs, our grammar programs — to really try to give the kids access to the education that unfortunately, most public schools are just not delivering. And we also have intervention training. So we’re doing assessments on all our kids and doing extra work throughout the summer to help them get their reading and math proficiency levels up.”

“And then we’re teaching them how to be gentlemen, teaching them how to be servant leaders. That’s why we’re called the ‘Serving Institute.’ Every kid will be required to serve his community, feeding those that are less fortunate — even if they themselves are less fortunate — we’re going to take them to go do our serving projects. We’re going to continue our sports equipment drives that we do around the globe with these kids and teach them that through service, they can also empower themselves while they’re empowering their communities, and it’s going to be faith based and we’re excited.”

In speaking with Brewer, the passion for his faith comes across clearly, and he’s adamant that faith will be a large part of his program. 

“We gotta get God back in our schools. I’m a believer in that,” Brewer said. “And most importantly, we gotta get discipline back in our schools because when you’re raised in discipline, then you demand discipline from other people as well. And right now we’ve gotten so free — when they pulled the paddles out of the schools in the mid eighties — that’s where this all started. I say it all the time, some kids need the paddle. They need that, that fear of authority being able to tell them what’s right or wrong. That’s why you see people disrespecting cops like they do now.” 

“Well, none of that’s going to go down in my school. I can’t paddle them, but I’m going to do everything except for that. If you do anything that’s disrespectful, speak disrespectfully, if you don’t show the highest level of discipline, I will physically exert you as your punishment so that you understand that you have to be held accountable. We need the fear of God back in our schools, and we need our parents to start being parents again and not friends.”

Joe Morgan is the Sports Reporter for The Daily Wire. Most recently, Morgan covered the Clippers, Lakers and the NBA for Sporting News.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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