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Thinking Like a Christian–Part 2 What Does the Bible Say About Public School?

by Kelly Crawford

(continued from Part 1...) Thinking Like a Christian–Part 2 What Does the Bible Say About Public School?

“There is no God and no soul. Hence, there are no needs for props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, then immutable truth is also dead and buried. There is no room for fixed, natural law or permanent absolutes …. Teaching children to read is a great perversion and a high literacy rate breeds destructive individualism … the child does not go to school to develop individual talents but rather are prepared as “units” in an organic society …. The change in the moral school atmosphere  … are not mere accidents, they are the necessities of the larger social evolution. -John Dewey, “Father of Modern Education”

Religion of the state.

If once we understand that the government actually teaches a religion–Secular Humanism (John Dewey declared Secular Humanism as “our common faith” and it has been granted a tax-exempt status as a religion)–the Christians’ duty should be clear. Just as I would not allow any other religious institution to educate my children (this would be precisely a “false god or teaching”), so I should not consider the most dangerous religion of all…worship of man and his wisdom.

“Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday School’s meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?” Charles F. Potter, Humanism: A New Religion (1930)

“”The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and new – the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism…”
John J. Dunphy, “A New Religion For A New Age”

“I think that the most important factor moving us toward a secular society has been the educational factor. Our schools may not teach Johnny how to read properly, but the fact that Johnny is in school until he is 16tends toward the elimination of religious superstition. The average American child now acquires a high school education, and this militates against Adam and Eve and all other myths of alleged history.” -P. Blanchard, “The Humanist”

(For more chilling humanist quotes and the aim of public education…Quotes and Dirty Little Secrets for as many shocking quotes about the intent of public education as one can stand in a day.)

The Bible does instruct us how to educate our children: in “the way he should go” and “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”. Are these mere cliches, or do we study them and allow them to permeate our lives and our parenting?

If we are to train our children “in the way they should go”, it goes without being said that the their education MUST be Christian. If we are to avoid false teaching, we certainly can’t give our children to the tutelage of a truth-hating system (regardless of where a particular teacher stands). If we are to disciple them in the instruction of the Lord, we must be with them more than anyone else. We must talk to them more than anyone else. We must tie our heart strings to theirs, talk to them in the thousands of moments of life about wisdom, showing them how to walk in the ways of the Lord in the details of the day. This is difficult enough to do without the daily influence of a teaching system opposed to our values.

Moreover, the only true knowledge must begin with “the fear of the Lord”.

“Listen , my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. When I was a boy in my father’s house, still tender, and an only child of my mother, he taught me and said, Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.”

“My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s teaching.”

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut. 6:6

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” 1 Corinthians 3:19

Scripture is clear: those who aren’t for Him are against Him. Those who do not walk in light walk in darkness. A worldview (i.e. education, standpoint from which one is taught) is either biblical or worldly, and those are at enmity. This is not neutral ground. We let them walk in the counsel of the godly, meditating in His law day and night, or the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the way of sinners, sitting in the seat of the scornful.

May we be vigilant to seek the Lord and allow His Word to permeate our lives, raising strong men and women of faith to advance the Kingdom of God into the next generation.

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the cottage child January 11, 2012 - 10:49 pm

The Secular Humanist position is that all children are “entitled” (key word) to an “education”. Sadly, the methodology and the content amount to indoctrination rather than informative dissemination of facts.

As traditional Christians, our priority is providing our children a Biblical education – which, as it turns out, is replete with what is considered “classical” instruction. It is revealing that its not just the content, but the model for exacting critical thinking from students that has been so deliberately eliminated. The current public system is so diametrically opposed to what most home schoolers are seeking for just that reason – believe what we say has replaced think for yourself. We owe our children a curious education. A public school is by design at odds with that. The irony is astounding, since we religious stooges are so narrow minded, lol.

6 arrows January 11, 2012 - 11:20 pm

I think of it this way: Out of all the people who have ever lived and will ever in the future, God gave US, and no one else, the children we have, to raise for His glory. He could have given our children to anyone, but he chose us! Do we even think about what a GIFT they are? We are so privileged to have them! Why would any Christian WANT to turn over these precious children (HIS children) to a system that will not teach them about the ONE thing needful?

You have really renewed my enthusiasm for making the most of my time with my family, Kelly…thank you so much 🙂

Erin January 12, 2012 - 2:34 am

I wish I had as much courage as you, Kelly. I have typed many-a blog post similar to this that I have deleted in its entirety because I’m too yellow-bellied to say it. After watching “IndoctriNation”, I am motivated to write even more. Now just to summon the courage………

Jasmine January 13, 2012 - 7:58 am

I want to encourage you to continue on with this series. I have been uplifted to say the least. A confirmation to my soul.

Thank you, Kelly. Thank you so much!

Kelly L January 14, 2012 - 8:30 pm

AWE-SOME!!!! That is all.

sara January 14, 2012 - 9:31 pm

What beautiful encouragement! God bless you and all the mothers doing the Lord’s work at home!

Jennifer Griffin January 16, 2012 - 10:21 pm

Kelly, Thank you for this series! I am learning so much and I know many others are too. Your boldness inspires me to speak up when I shy away.

Sherry January 23, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Dear Kelly,

It is so important that folks realize just what you are communicating. Good job! I will link this series on my Homeschool Sanity blog.

Sherry (Large Family Mothering)

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Carmen February 18, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Does sending my son to a Christian school qualify as fulfilling biblical mandates? I must work as I am the sole bread winner.

Lukas June 7, 2016 - 1:06 am

Just ask, how about the Finnish? Singaporeans? Japanese? South Koreans? They respected their education systems as the best.


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