Once more into the educational fray

A couple of clarifications on my earlier posts on education here and here:

1.) I have been addressing Christians living in America, where homeschooling legal. If it is illegal where you live, you have my prayers in the difficult decision you face.

2.) I was operating under the assumption that we all realize there can be no such thing as a “neutral” education. It has finally dawned upon me that even as Christians we are not all in agreement on that point. Perhaps that would have been a better place to begin the discussion.
Those who think that the American educational system is neutral would do well to spend some time reading John Dewey’s Pedagogic Creed.
A small quote to tickle your brain:

“I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform. All reforms which rest simply upon the law, or the threatening of certain penalties, or upon changes in mechanical or outward arrangements, are transitory and futile…. But through education society can formulate its own purposes, can organize its own means and resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness and economy in the direction in which it wishes to move…. Education thus conceived marks the most perfect and intimate union of science and art conceivable in human experience.”

3.) I think that the cries of “divisiveness!” are unfair. I am not suggesting that any parent whose child attends public school should be summarily booted from the church roster. I am suggesting that such parents should reconsider their decision in light of light of scriptural requirements for parents. I would hope that Christian sisters and brothers would tell me if they thought I was wrong about something. Let me tell you, they haven’t been shy about it in these homeschooling posts. 🙂

4.) I am a plainspoken person. If my own words and presentation have offended any of my readers, I humbly ask their forgiveness. I do try to be careful about how I say things, but I know that I am weak in this area. I ask you to give me the benefit of the doubt, interpret my words with charity, and forgive me if when I give needless offense.

Having said all that, I do not recant my position: I think it is wrong for Christians in America to have their children in government controlled schools. The alternatives may be very difficult for some (single parents come to mind), but we do not argue principles from the difficult cases. People in difficult situations need help from the church and their Christian brethren, not permission to do what is wrong because the right choice is simply too hard.
The principle is that obedient Christian parents must give Christian children a Christian education. The method is up to the parent, but the American public school system does not fit within the principle.
This is my conviction, based upon what I believe to be a clear reading of the Bible.
And I am convicted to speak to a sister or brother in error. Would you have me ignore my own convictions?

Comments

  1. Dear Charley,
    thank you for your kind words. May the grace of God encompase you with your graduation plans! How exciting! I look forward to hearing from you when you have the time,

    Andrea

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