Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Should Christians Send Their Children to Public Schools?

I've been thinking about this post for a while, but I was inspired by Cindy's post at Get Along Home to actually sit down and write it.

Should Christians send their children to public schools?  What do you think?  I have two questions for you to consider while making your decision.

What are the most important things for your children to learn?  Remember, I'm asking Christians.  The most important things for the children of Christians to learn are that we are sinful and in need of a Savior, that Jesus Christ is that Savior, and how we are to live in light of those two facts.  Public schools will not teach that.  They cannot.  Increasingly, public schools are becoming more and more hostile to Christianity.

What else should your children learn?  The three R's are very important:  reading, writing, and 'rithmetic.  Without those, our children cannot learn about God and the world He created.  Public schools do a poor job with those three basics.  Just look at what children knew a hundred years ago, fifty years ago, even twenty, and compare that with what they are learning now.  Do you know how poorly our children rank in the world as compared to other countries' children?  It's absolutely awful!

Do you think I have oversimplified the question?  Maybe.  But what is the purpose of sending our children to school, of doing school at all?  Isn't it to learn?  Schools are not set up as places for mission work; they are places for children to go in order to learn.  And, as parents, we should be concerned about what they are learning.

Basically, as I see it, if you want your children to learn about God, or anything at all worth knowing, you cannot send them to public schools.

What do you think?  Do you think Christians should send their children to public schools?  Why or why not?

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