Should Christian Children Be In Public Schools?

Let’s talk public schools and Christian children. Lets look at a little history first. The first public school was the Boston Latin School founded in 1635. These early schools did not focus on academics like math or reading but instead students were taught the virtues of family, religion and community. A far cry from today. As time passed an eight grade education was considered adequate to help a student find work and have a successful life.

I happen to have a copy of a test that was given to the students in the 1850’s. To be honest, I couldn’t answer half the questions on the test and neither could some of my friends with masters degrees. So back then learning served a purpose and taught the young how to be good citizens and Christians.

Moving on–I have a son and daughter-in-law teaching in a Christian university in the mid-west. I have friends that are teachers, and at least six of my aunts were life time teachers. As a product of our education system, I am well aware of the benefits which the public education system is capable–when it sticks to education. However, the education we’re talking about today is a far cry from what our country should demand.

I also am well aware that the push to raise lower achievers up at the cost of holding back higher achievers is a disaster. It disincentives those at the top by holding them back. Of course excellence was never the goal of education; it was to mass-produce workers who possessed basic reading, writing, and math skills, along with at least a modicum of understanding of civic and governmental institutions.

But somewhere along the way things went pear shaped. The learning basics took a back seat to PC. Now whether you want to or not, whether you were actually smart enough or not, you had to go to college. In other words, “No Child Left Behind.” But then, with the push to get everyone in college, suddenly a college diploma was as common as dirt. Now a Masters was required, and yes even a doctorate. That anyone is able to succeed via our system is a testament to the tenacity and caring of the students and the parents who expect their children to work hard and don’t blame educators for their kids’ failures.

And now we come to the crux of the matter. Piled on top of educations failures we now are witnessing a complete rewriting of basic philosophy, faith, logic and biology. Ideas like absolute truth, debate, intellect, and the scientific method are being sacrificed on the altar of varying agendas — the most vocal the LBGT, or LGBTQIASTUV or whatever letter we’re up to now.

All these troubles present real concerns for both Christians and intellectuals. But more so for the Christian intellectual.  For the Christian intellectual, the day when your children should have been removed from public schools has passed. The only question remaining is, what is keeping you from doing it today? 

There are many challenges for those choosing to do so, and for single parents in particular it’s likely impossible to do without some kind of help. But it you can find a way, you must. 

The bottom line is that every parent must ask themselves one question: Is there anything in your life so important to you that you won’t give it up for your children and their future? 

Career? Status? Newer car? Bigger home? More expensive vacation? Stronger retirement plan? Which of these can’t you do without for the benefit of your children?

Luckily we were financially able to send our son to a private Christian High School run by our church, and then on to a Christian College. And though I never home schools, it was quit new back then, we sacrificed to keep him out of the public school. I’m not saying it’s easy to home school. It’s fraught with difficulty, frustration, confusion, and doubt. But it yields results that would be the envy of any public school in the nation.

I know many families that are home schooling and I know it’s hard and they sacrifice to do so, but their children are some of the most educated, will rounded kids you could ever meet. They are open to idea’s and debate, unlike any of our public school kids who believe in group think.

These parents don’t get calls in the middle of the night to come bail out their kids, they don’t have to worry about their kids going on drunken binges, or using foul language, or ask you to define the word “demigender” that they learned in school that day.

God has given our children to us as a gift, and he expects us to raise them up in his image. Public schools are no longer healthy places for our Christian children to be. Perhaps the question we should be asking ourselves is–how will we answer when the Lord ask us how we raised our children?”



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