Is public school still an option for Christian families? Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary addresses the question in an article hosted at AnswersInGenesis.org.
Most parents already know that a great deal is at stake in this question. We start with the affirmation that it is parents who bear responsibility for the education of their children. God will hold every parent accountable for the decisions we make about our children and the context, as well as the content, of their education (Deuteronomy 6:1–26; Ephesians 6:1–4). In the truest sense, Christians understand that every home is a church, a government, and a school—the first church, the first government, and the first school that a child will come to know. The duty of Christian parents to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord cannot be delegated to anyone else—not to the state, not to the schools, and not even to the church.
As local control has passed more and more to the national government, the agendas being promoted and the resulting educational environment should give every parent pause.
Dr. Mohler mentions several troubling concerns (to name only a few):
- Radically naturalistic and evolutionistic worldview.
- Schools as engines of social revolution.
- Ideological experimentation and indoctrination.
- Postmodern understandings of truth.
- Revisionist understandings of American history.
- Darwinian understandings of science and humanity.
- A breakdown of discipline.
- Fallen standards.
It is important to understand the difference between Christians pulling out of school (teachers, administrators, etc.) and parents deciding to find alternatives to a public school education for their children.
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Is public school an option? For Christians who take the Christian worldview seriously and who understand the issues at stake, the answer is increasingly no. The number of Christian parents coming to this conclusion increases each year.
We have added “Is Public School an Option?” to our Still on the Fence? page as one more resource available for those making a decision on how to educate their children.