Hundreds and hundreds of children in a huge learning factory, being
raised by teachers who barely know their names—it’s incredible that our
society has bought into the bigger-is-better, production-line mentality,
even where our children are involved!
One of the arguments against homeschooling or smaller
Christian schools is that the children are being begrudged a normal
social life. Thousands of children under one roof, creating an effective
children’s world, is not a normal social life, at least not
historically. It’s a relatively new development, dating back only 100
years or so. The industrialization of education is just one more
unfortunate result of the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s that
changed western life forever. Prior to that time, children were taught
in churches, synagogues and tiny common schools, usually by the local
2. Teachers are not allowed to talk about
Christianity or lend spiritual advice. They are allowed, and
encouraged, to teach acceptance of ungodly lifestyles, such as
homosexuality; or how to use condoms. Pornographic films have even been
shown to junior high students in the name of sex education, and girls
have been told to practice placing a condom on a stick—but you can’t
talk about Jesus! Sage is burned to Native-American deities, Islam is
being presented as a peaceful religion, but Christianity is viewed as
offensive, divisive, and unfit for consumption in the public school.
In order to keep their certification current teachers
are required to take various courses on the latest politically-correct
positions of the public education community. These are often grievous
and blasphemous, and have the tendency to drive away teachers with a
more traditional Judeo/Christian world view. So the situation becomes
worse as the years go by, with the gradual elimination of those with
even nominally Christian values.
3. God and religion are peripheralized in public
schools. In other words, God is ignored, as though He were not a
factor in real life, when in fact He is the major factor. The God of the
Bible is also a prominent player in the history of our nation, and in
western culture as a whole, but revisionist history books now present
the Pilgrims, for example, as political dissidents instead of a
persecuted religious minority looking for a land to worship in freedom.
The often deeply religious lifestyles of our founding fathers is ignored
completely, unless there is some way to present it as hypocritical (e.g.
this supposedly devout man owned hundreds of black slaves).
The impression created in children’s minds is that
there may or may not be a God, but in any case, He isn’t relevant. You
can believe what you like, as can your neighbor, just don’t judge one
another. There is no such thing as objective spiritual truth anyway.
4. Modern secular education is more concerned about
political and social correctness than about facts. God and Jesus
could be offensive to some Americans, so they are removed from our
history books—even if the founding fathers of our country came here to
worship God in peace. A factual presentation of Islam might sound overly
negative to some of our citizens, so instead of the Islam of the Koran
or the Islam of history students get a honey-coated version, for fear
that they might lash out against their Muslim neighbors. The government
and government-operated schools want to protect us from the truth,
rather than trust us with it. Homosexual rights are a hot issue today,
so you can be sure that subject is covered well, and with a
spin; children are even encouraged to explore their hearts and find out
if they might be gay themselves.
The bottom line is that school is not about "readin’
and writin’ and ’rithmetic" anymore, and little attempt is made to
present history, science or any other subject objectively; social issues
and political correctness have taken the foreground, and only one side
of the issue is allowed to be presented.
5. The entire atmosphere of the public school has the
effect of secularizing our children, and subliminally imparting
wrong values to their hearts. It’s known as the western world view. It’s
based on the culture of the ancient Greeks, unearthed and brought
forward during the Renaissance as an alternative to the Christian world
view. It is secular, that is, it leaves God out of the picture entirely.
It is humanistic: it regards man and his interests as the central
purpose in life. It is materialistic: the material world is real and
measurable and anything that is invisible or spiritual is mythical and
irrelevant. This is the world view that we were taught in school, though
no one said, "today we’re going to talk about world view." This view of
reality is totally contrary to the teachings of the Bible. It’s the
reason that western believers find it so difficult to believe God for a
healing, or to take demon spirits seriously—we have been brainwashed.
Don’t you want your children to at least be able to choose what they
want to believe, instead of it being totally immersed in the godless
western world view?
6. Public schools teach unproven theories as facts,
and put forth many teachings that are contrary to the Christian faith.
This is a major issue to many Christians—their children go to school and
are taught the theory of evolution, and ridiculed if they dare to bring
up creationism. It’s down a bit on my list because I think some of the
above points are of greater concern. My children will generally listen
to me instead of their secular teachers; if I tell them evolution is a
farce, and present a rational argument for biblical creationism, they’re
more likely to believe me. This isn’t always the case, however, and
parents must be pay close attention to who their children are listening
to and what they are being taught.
7. The public school system plunges your child into a
world of ungodly peers. Well-trained Christian children will
probably choose to hang around with the more decent kids in school, but
then again, it can be very unpredictable. "Evil company corrupts good
habits." (1 Cor 15:33), and there’s no guarantee that your child will
not be influenced by evil company. They may be shamed into losing their
virginity, lured into trying cigarettes, marijuana, or worse. Children
are especially vulnerable during their teen years, though involved
parents can still be the strongest influence in their lives if they put
forth the effort. Your child may return to the fold in due time, but why
must he or she be scarred by the world and its pain at all? We do not
isolate children by keeping them from public school, but we may, in a
healthy sense, insulate them.
8. Children get a better education in private schools
and in homeschool. Many parents who don’t necessarily share our
Christian values are taking their children out of public school for this
very reason. Because of the undisciplined atmosphere, the social
pressure, and the general lawlessness of the modern school, it takes
more discipline than the average child possesses to get a basic
education. Homeschoolers and those educated in private schools test out
much higher than their public school peers in virtually every study
conducted. Just take a look at who wins the spelling bees each year.
9. It’s not fair to blame the public schools
entirely, though they certainly must shoulder a great portion of the
blame, for the increasing physical danger your child may be facing in
going to school these days. A generation ago, before the removal of
God from the public school system (1963) had completely taken its toll,
the most serious danger in school was second-hand smoke in high school
bathrooms! Today, guns and switchblades are discovered in the possession
of grade-schoolers (not to mention older students), hit-lists are
commonplace, and every month the newscasts inform us of the latest
school killing spree. Less publicized but more common are girls who are
gang-raped, the unfortunate kids who are targeted for beatings by the
local tough guys, and countless victims of theft and other petty crimes.
Any community is only as safe as the people in it, and there is a much
larger percentage of "undesirables" in the public school community than
in the Christian school.
10. Finally, I want to decide where my child goes to
school and who his teachers are, and what sort of an atmosphere he
spends the majority of his early life in. Think of it, your child
spends thirty-five hours a week, and often much more, in and around
school. That’s an incredible amount of input, especially considering
that the average parent spends less than ten minutes a week in
meaningful conversation with his teenager! To me, this is simply not
acceptable. My children are my responsibility, not a teacher’s or a
school’s. I want to choose who has influence in their lives and who does
not. If I can’t personally educate them in my home, I want to have a
close personal relationship with the person who is educating them—I want
to know they’re being treated fairly and firmly, that someone is
watching out for them and truly cares for their well-being. In the
public school I have little or no choice in the matter; in Christian
school or homeschool I have all the choices in the world.