We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Christians in Public School, Part 2

Yesterday, we began talking about the effects a public school education may have on our children.

Having been a public school teacher, a Christian School administrator, and a homeschool dad, I think I am in a position to speak on this subject, though I realize that my experiences make me biased. The public schools that I have been a part of and frequented are a haven for the “filthy conversation of the wicked” as well as a platform to teach that which is against the knowledge of Christ (2nd Corinthians 10:5).

This does not mean that Christian schools always produce better environments. I have seen hypocrisy in Christian schools do as much damage, if not more, than placing children in a public school. And homeschoolers are not exempt from critique. Many take their separation too far and are unable to be lights in the midst of a dark world, nullifying by their actions the command of Christ to love their neighbor as themselves. Other homeschoolers overprotect their children so much that when they are older they are unable to stand strong against the rude awakening of the world.

But just because there are some Christian schools and homeschoolers who educate and prepare children poorly does not mean we are justified in handing our children over for six hours a day, thirty hours a week to those who do not possess a Christian world view. No matter how strong your children are, their souls will be vexed (worn down, or distressed) from day to day by the things they see and the things they hear (2nd Peter 2:7,8). There was a reason that God didn’t allow Israel to send their children to the Canaanite schools. If you take the time to reread the book of Deuteronomy, I think you will find the reason.

Published in: on May 12, 2011 at 12:11 am  Leave a Comment  

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