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In an older post of mine on the Public Schools, former homeschooler and a friend of mine, Amanda, posted an interesting comment worthy of consideration, thought, and a response.
“Personally, I am all for Public Schooling, and I fully plan on putting my children into public schools! (I bet you’re having a heart attack right now [I did in Tennessee--thanks Amanda...appreciated that. Lost some sleep over this one.] I went to public school for elementary and I would never change that–I loved it! I believe it really did help make me who I am. I had amazing teachers (many of whom were Christian ladies, just like many other schools across the country.) I also believe that the Public Schools area mission field. I regret not going to Public Schools because of that. I believe I missed a HUGE chance to witness to many of my teen peers. I think of being out in California again, when you saw that group of guys, one of whom was wearing a big hat. After talking to them you realized they were Christians [or new believers I might add]. I think the same thing could be very much applied to the Public Schools. You see a group of guys and you get to know them, then you throw out Jesus. There you go–pure witnessing at it’s best…among peers. Heck yes, it would be hard because people would think you were stupid and would hate you…but what about those few, that because you went to Public Schools, became Christians because of the example you set? Public Schools are our mission fields sitting right in our backyards!”
I’ll be honest–and nice. I’m afraid that Amanda is mistaken in numerous points of her argument above. The following examination is not an attack, but an exhortation to follow the Scripture and to do what God says–not the Public Schools, not the government, and certainly not me personally. I’m basing this on God’s word, quotes, facts, lists, and statistics.
By the end I hope you’ll at least send your children to Christian school.
I won’t go too deep into examining the first part of your comment, but I did notice you inserted that you had many teachers who were Christians “just like at many other schools across the country.” That’s a somewhat general statement, without a lot of backup evidence. But it may point to the fact that a Christian teacher can have a whole lot more impact on students that a Christian student can have among his or her peers.
It’s a myth to say that students are “missionaries” in public schools. Nowhere in Scripture does it point to teen missionaries–they were always adults.
You brought up the group of guys that I witnessed to out in California. Pretty good point–the only problem was that it was I, the homeschooler, who witnessed to those guys. I’m not bragging, just pointing out that we must remember who went up and talked to them. It wasn’t a public school student. I wonder why?
“Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.”
Students may have good intentions, but being around bad character DOES corrupt good morals. It’s easier to pull someone into the swimming pool that it is to pull someone out. As I stated above, Scripture points to adult missionaries–hence Christian teachers, Christian board members, etc. Christian adults must be the missionaries in the Public School system.
You may still heartily disagree with me. So let’s move on to the 6 or more hours when you’re not “evangelizing.” Your curriculum.
It’s time for total immersion in the socialist and humanistic curriculum that you and your family is fighting and teaching against. It’s teaching your peers atheism–reversing whatever you share with them. And who is able to change that curriculum? Adults. Not you.
You must deal with all of this:
Christianity: The Sovereignty of the triune God is the starting point, and this God speaks through His infallible word.
Humanism: The sovereignty of man and the state is the starting point, and it is the word of scientific, elite men, which we must heed.
Christianity: We must accept God as God. He alone is Lord.
Humanism: Man is his own god, choosing or determining for himself what constitutes good and evil.
Christianity: God’s Word and Person is Truth.
Humanism: Truth is pragmatic and existential: it is what we find works and is helpful to us.
Christianity: Education is into God’s truth in every realm.
Humanism: Education is the self-realization and self-development of the child.
Christianity: Education is discipline under a body of truth. This body of truth grows with much research and study, but truth is objective and God-given. We begin by pre-supposing God and His Word.
Humanism: Education is freedom from restraint and from any idea of truth outside us. We are the standard, not something outside us.
Christianity: Godly standards grade us. We must measure up to them. The teacher grades the pupil.
Humanism: The school and the world must measure up to the pupil’s needs. The pupil grades the teacher.
Christianity: Man’s will, and the child’s will, must be broken by God’s purpose. Man must be remade, reborn by God’s grace.
Humanism: Society must be broken and remade to man’s will, and the child’s will is sacred.
Christianity: Man’s problem is sin. Man must be recreated by God.
Humanism: Man’s problem is society. Society must be recreated by man.
Christianity: The family is God’s basic institution.
Humanism: The family is obsolete. The individual or the state is basic.
Talk about heresy alert.
“I am afraid,” said Martin Luther, “That the schools will prove [to be] the very gates of hell unless they diligent ally labor in the explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of our youth.”
It’s kind of hard to compete between 40 hours or so of humanistic teaching versus two hours at church. Who’s going to win the battle of the mind? Even those who seem firm in their faith are at huge risk. No matter what, they will come out tainted by the teachings. Anyone can be convinced a lie is truth if the lie is told enough times.
And that’s not all–if you send you kids to school they encounter drugs, violence, tolerance, possible abuse, sexual promiscuity, evolution, no absolute values, and the degrading of Christianity, which you teach them at home and at church.
Who to believe? You or the School System?