Former NFL player Jack Brewer says that God needs to get back in the classroom in order to solve racial and economic divisions in the United States.
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"Back in 2016, when [Colin] Kaepernick started kneeling, I said, 'There is something we gotta do to bring law enforcement and community and sports to be that vehicle,'" he said. "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 years as the spokesperson for the police athletic league."
He continued, "[A]s that grew and things didn't necessarily get better around us with these relations, I just wanted to do more. I started to do a lot of teaching and we started programs in partnership with the Fordham Gabelli School of Business, now with Liberty University. I started teaching professional athletes and I started teaching in the prisons, and I just noticed that one thing was keeping us divided was that access to education."
He added that inner-city children need access to better education in order to pull them from the depths of poverty and rise above.
“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 explained.
Brewer added that beginning this month, his foundation will offer the "Serving Institute," which, according to the outlet, "will offer a faith-based education to kids," which is naturally lacking in 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," he said. "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."
Brewer pointed out that the program will teach young men "how to be gentlemen" and teach participants to be "servant leaders."
"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," he explained.
He added that faith is paramount above everything else.
“We gotta get God back in our schools," he insisted. "I'm a believer in that. 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."
Brewer vowed that no such behaviors would take place in any places where he is in charge.
“Well, none of that's going to go down in my school," he said. "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."