July 9, 2014 Edition 

Is Public School an Option?              

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The Wuehler Family

Sometimes it seems the easiest thing to do would be to put the kids in public school. After all, it's free, it's easy, everyone's doing it, and it would free up your time big time. Maybe your life would be more "comfortable." And all of that might be true for a short while, but there will be a price to pay eventually, and that could make you extremely uncomfortable for the rest of your life.

 

What goes on in the governing of, and instruction in, that nice little school down the street is something we can make some comparisons with that will hopefully make you glad you chose to keep your kids home.

 

Public School

Required to teach humanism, based on atheism: the doctrine that man is supreme in all things; a rejection of God. Textbooks have been revised to take "religion" out at the expense of altering real truth. Revised history and evolution are taught as fact.

 

Homeschool

Privileged to teach that God upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3) and that He alone is Supreme, and His Word is Truth.

 

Public School

Teaches hedonism: pleasing self becomes the highest ethical principle. Self-pleasure and self-exaltation is upheld in public school classrooms and curriculum.

 

Homeschool

We teach children to make it their aim to please God and to be Christ-like in their service to God, their families, their churches and their communities. We teach them to be others-centered.

 

Public School

Provides unwanted sexual education, expression and a pro-homosexual agenda, partnering with the National Education Association and Planned Parenthood (with curriculum for even the very youngest.)

 

Homeschool

Allowed to teach the truth that God created the family unit starting with one man for one woman for life, and that children are a reward and blessing and were created by God with His Image stamped on them. Family is strengthened and promoted and even cherished. Sexual education is guided sensitively by the parents as they deem fit.

 

Public School

Teaches children to tolerate all things except Christianity; prayer is banned; the Ten Commandments are banned; God is banned.

 

Homeschool

We can teach the Ten Commandments; the Golden Rule; loving your neighbor; prayer, missions, community involvement, and Bible Study. God is alive and well in our homes.

 

Public School

Peer pressure is causing children to conform to this world and leave the faith of their fathers (even those children raised in evangelical homes).

 

Homeschool

A loving and safe environment, free from worldly pressures and vain philosophies, providing opportunities for lifelong learning and the retention of their faith.

 

If you want to know the best place to teach your children, ask yourself which environment teaches Truth, and then keep those children Home Where They Belong.

 

"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:6-8

 

~ Deborah

 

For further reading, check out these TOS articles on the public school option:

  • I'm Done with Homeschooling! When You're Ready to Send the Kids Away (July/August, 2013)
  • Leave the Boy Scouts but Stay in the Public Schools? by Joaquin Fernandez (March/April 2014)
  • A Brief History of Public Education in the United States, by Mike and Carolyn Riggs (Fall 2011)
  • Public, Private, or Home Education . . . What Are My Options? (Annual Print Book 2013)

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Want to hear Deborah in person? She will be speaking at the Valley Home Educators Conference, July 25-26 in Modesto, CA, and the TNG (Truth for a New Generation) Conference, Sept. 5-6 in Spartanburg, SC.  

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Is Public School An Option?

Probably all of us have days when the yellow bus rolls by and we think, "My taxes pay for it already; I could just put these misbehaving progeny of mine out by the curb and let some other adult deal with them!" Well, not really; nobody calls their kids "progeny." But it's no surprise if sometimes we ask ourselves, should I reconsider my decision to keep my children out of the public education system?

 

When we were first beginning homeschooling, our pastor and his wife were already veteran home educators. However, one of the elders in the church had two teen-aged daughters enrolled in the local high school, and from all appearances, they seemed to be turning out fine--respectful, modest, Christ-honoring young ladies.

 

Then we noticed something unusual--the girls' parents were constantly involved with their schooling. Mom worked as a volunteer and spent most days at the school helping the teachers and other staff members. Dad was self-employed and often came to functions during the school day. And every night after supper, they would sit down with their daughters, review the day's lessons, and correct any unbiblical teaching they'd received.

In other words, they were spending just as many hours each day overseeing their daughters' public education, as we eventually spent teaching our own children at home.

 

The Bible doesn't say much about "school," but it says a great deal about discipleship, character, and relationships. We know that "everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40, ESV), and "the companion of fools shall be destroyed" (Proverbs 13:20), and while "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge," (Proverbs 1:7), but "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.'" (Psalm 14:1). And in a school environment, parents have little control over their children's' companions, their assigned teachers, or the philosophies and subject matters they are being taught. In a public school, which is officially agnostic if not hostile toward Biblical truth, the situation can become critical for a young believer.

 

We recognize that many families may not be able to teach their children at home, and they need the support and encouragement of their friends and churches to raise their children to love and serve God regardless of where the kids are being taught during the day. But for those of us who have the liberty to do so, we believe a home education is the best way to raise the young disciples God has given to our care and we thank God for the twenty years of grace He's given us to teach our own!

 

Yours in the Battle,

Hal and Melanie

 

P.S. If you're discipling a boy and wonder how in the world you'll ever get through to him, you might enjoy one of our two webinar series: "Boyhood Boot Camp" is a crash course in understanding your son, and it starts on Thursday July 17. For parents with pre-teens, you'll love "Boot Camp 9-12." it started this Tuesday, but you can download the recordings and join us live next Tuesday. See our webpages www.RaisingRealMen.com/boyhood/ and www.RaisingRealMen.com/bootcamp/ for more information!

 


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