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My Children's Friends Go To Public School.

What Should I Do?

     If your children have good friends at the public school, it's only natural that they'll want to join them.  And it's a given that /files/Images/Photos/56181362.jpgthey'll fight against the alternative.  As a parent, this is a difficult problem to have. 

     But if you know what the Bible says about training your children, and if you're familiar with the origin and history of public education, you know the environment there is unhealthy - spiritually, emotionally, relationally and intellectually.  It's unhealthy for your children.  It's unhealthy for your children's friends.  The fact that their parents have chosen to send them there should never deter you from sticking to your educational guns. 


     Ultimately, the decision is yours.  Or at least it should be.  The Bible makes it unmistakably clear, in both the Old and New Testaments, that the primary responsibility for educating children rests with their parents.  Make the decision God asks you to make, even if it hurts a little.  Your children may fight you now, but they'll thank you later.



 "School is where we learn to think.  It's where we learn how to work and relate to others and influence the world.  But if that whole process excludes God's own viewpoint in Scripture for twelve years, our Christian witness grows accustomed to being mute, and it remains uneducated, never growing beyond the 'Sunday School' level."

                                                 Dr. Wayne Grodin


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Big Ideas to Consider:

1. There are basically two kingdoms: a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness. It seems strange to have those who walk in darkness educate children of light. It doesn't fit.

2. If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is Lord of all. We cannot divide things into secular and sacred.

3. All truth is God's truth, and God's Word sheds light on our path. Only in His light can we see light. Education is not focused on possibilities but on certainties found in God's Word.

4. Deuteronomy 6 tells parents that, in all they do, they should provide a godly education 24/7.

5. Three key institutions that shape a child are the home, the church and the school. Children are served best when all three institutions point them in the same direction.

6. Only an education that has the liberty to address the whole child -- social, intellectual, emotional, physical AND spiritual -- reaches the possibility of excellence.

7. The best preparation for effective service is to be well grounded in one's mind before direct engagement of the culture.