February 22, 2008 by Stacy McDonald
Will our children be indoctrinated by a godless government school system or will they rise up as little evangelists, bringing others to Christ? And if some do rise up – if by some miracle some endure 8-10 hours a day of temptation, deception, and peer pressure; if some are able to somehow avoid most of the godless, anti-Christian propaganda they are being forced to learn and memorize—what about the rest – the ones who weren’t strong enough?
Will their parents be held accountable before God for failing to carry out Deuteronomy 6:7 and losing the hearts of their children? The following is a portion of a conversation that was started in the comments section of the post above:
Kristie Said, “I believe we are fulfilling [1 Timothy 4:12] IF we have to send our children to public or private schools where they can be an example of Christ to the unsaved.”
Furthermore, Timothy was an adult – though a young one. He had been ordained to preach and teach the Gospel – he wasn’t going out under the tutelage (and intimate friendship) of Pagans to be a “light.” Paul instructed him to be an example of godliness – rather than act like the typical foolish youth – so that people would listen to him – he would be recognized for wisdom and good works – though young.
Kristie Said, “I too have seen many good things come out of public school. We, as Christians, are given the Great Commandment to go into the world and preach the Gospel …There are many parents who believe that their children can be a testimony at school…”
When we send our children to the public schools, we are giving teachers and school administrators temporary authority over them. (Remember, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. Matthew 10:24.) Non-Christians, with a completely unbiblical (if not anti-biblical) worldview, are allowed to teach our young children all day long. They are indoctrinating our precious ones and conditioning them for a very evil agenda.
Is it any wonder our country is in the state it is? Is it any wonder that teachers are reading abominable books to Kindergarten students like, Heather has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate? Is it any wonder that school nurses are handing out condoms and counseling for abortion – all without parental permission or knowledge? Is it any wonder that 11-year-olds are being given birth control in school? Should we be shocked when Britain is teaching explicit sexual practices to 12-year-olds? Should we weep when a 3rd grade boy has decided he wants to be a girl – and the school happily accommodates him? And what should we do when we discover the secret activities of sexual deviants who have been teaching our children and winning awards in our schools.
Public School Children Indoctrinated to Accept homosexual lifestyle:
“COLUMBIA, South Carolina, Feb. 7 /Christian Newswire/ — California Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation mandating that public school children be indoctrinated to accept as normal the homosexual lifestyle and other forms of sexual deviancy.
School Officials require 14-year-olds to attend a Secret Discussion on Homosexuality:
In what CWA called a “shocking and brazen act of government abuse of parental rights,” the school’s officials required the 14-year-olds to attend a “Gay Straight Alliance Network” panel discussion led by “gay” and “lesbian” upperclassmen during a “freshman advisory” class which “secretively featured inappropriate discussions of a sexual nature in promotion of high-risk homosexual behaviors.”
“Mom” and “Dad” Banned from California Schools:
“Only months after a new state law effectively banned “mom” and “dad” from California schools, 600,000 students soon could be following them out the door because of what has been described as the “repudiation” of 2,000 years of Christian morality, according to leaders of a new campaign assembling education alternatives.
The campaign is called California Exodus and is being headed by Ron Gleason, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Yorba Linda, who said while the country excels in social, economic, scientific and political accomplishments, it ‘gets low grades on the education of its children.’”
“Corbett causes students who hold religious beliefs to feel like second-class citizens because of their protected religious expression, beliefs and conduct. He has gone as far as stating, ‘When you put on your Jesus glasses, you can’t see the truth,’” the law firm said.”Will your children believe in Jesus when they graduate from high school?
94% of homeschoolers keep the faith and 93% continue to attend church after the high school years. But a shocking 75% to 85% of Christian children sent to public school drop out of church, and do not hold a Christian worldview after high school graduation.
However, as disturbing as these public school horror stories are, they cannot be the only reason we homeschool! If all you’re after are “smarter children,” “safe children,” or “moral children,” you’re setting yourself (and your family) up for disaster.
Homeschooling will not:
- Shield your child from sin (The sin is in his own heart Jer. 17:9).
- Guarantee an obedient child (We are called to train him up in the way he should go – not just shelter him (Proverbs 22:6).
- Produce instant results (As satisfying as it is, homeschooling is hard work (Gal. 6:9-10).
- Guarantee that your child will be a genius (God has made each child different; don’t place upon him your own prideful expectations). Besides wisdom is better than worldly knowledge (1 Cor. 1:20).
If you are ready to consider homeschooling, here are a few resources and book recommendations to get you started:
How to Start Homeschooling in 8 Easy Steps
Theology Matters: Homeschooling the Distance
Homeschool StatisticsHomeschool Fact Sheet
Research Facts on Homeschooling
Homeschool Legal Defense Association
Let My Children Go by Steven Yates
A Cozy Homeschool
Here are a few books to get you started:
Homeschooling Today® magazine
When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling (my favorite!) by R.C. Sproul Jr.
The Harsh Truth About Public Schools by Bruce N. Shortt
Homeschooling for Eternity by Skeet Savage
Teaching the Trivium by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn
The Homeschooling Father by Michael P. Farris
Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell
Three R’s Series by Ruth Beechick
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
The Spiritual Power of a Mother: Encouragement for the Home Schooling Mom by Michael P. Farris
The Heart of Homeschooling: Teaching and Living What Really Matters by Christopher Klicka
The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore
The Little Book of Big Reasons to Homeschool (and Bible Study) by David and Kim d’Escoto
The Way Home (and All the Way Home) By Mary Pride
Upgrade by Kevin Swanson
Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham