Taken Your Children Out Of Christian School Can Be Good

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Yes, there is the price factor for Christian schools and also the problem of finding a truly good Christian school; and in more rural areas, even finding a Christian school in the area.

 

A local church started a Christian school, at first for their own congregation but then opened to others. At first there was much excitement and many in the church enrolled their children in their church school. The church did a great job of hiring godly teachers and getting good Christian material for the classrooms.

 

This worked well into their second year and then it seems worldly desires began moving through many of the parents as they began lamenting the lack of sports programs. What began as a means of protecting the children from the wickedness all about and providing them with a solid Christian education and upbringing devolved into fights over sports. Most parents took their children out and put them in public school so they could get their children into sports. With only a very small handful of students remaining the church school was forced to shut down and the great fight over sports ripped the church apart and the church closed its doors.

 

 

Christian school cost more and the teachers earn less...  :th_wellduh:  I'm mm quitting,    :boxing:      :coffee2:

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I live in a very rural, conservative area and the public schools here are filled with the same anti-God, pro-sin garbage as everywhere else across the country.

 

Yep, Satan and his minions are just about everywhere now.

 

It depends on your area, I think.  Here, the only public schools even remotely "good" are the ones in rich school districts.  

 

There are none good, no not one.  It's the curriculum and the association with lost people (teachers and students) who live for the things of this world and not the Lord too.  They do not live separated lives, they indulge in worldliness.

 

Hm.  Okay...good to know....

 

I sure wish Christian education wasn't so expensive.  Ugh.

 

We pay less than $6000 a year to send three kids.  A Beka curriculum.  It's still tough for us and we do without a lot of things.

 

Yes I send my children to public schools.  I have no other option..  

 

God does not call us to judge.  

 

 

Point One, you sure do.  If you take such to the Lord (surrender), He will either prompt you to move or provide a way to pay for it.  God will not prompt parents to send their kids to wicked government schools, it's contrary to the Scriptures.  

 

The Lord clearly tells us to judge according to His Word.  How else are we to protect ourselves from false teachers and errors if we do not judge and reprove, rebuke and exhort with all long suffering? 

 

Ohh, what bible do you use now?

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  If we were more rural or in a more conservative area...then maybe I'd consider it.  

We are in a very conservative area and I know many good Christians who are teaching in the public schools in our region.  About 10 years ago, I met a wonderful home school mother who gave me a new perspective about public schools.  She was and still is a Sociology teacher in a secular university.  She also teaches foster care classes for certification in foster care programs.  Her own young children attended the nice elementary school where her mother retired from as a teacher.  After working closely with the foster care program, she pulled her own children out of the public system and rearranged her teaching schedule to work evenings so she could homeschool her kids during the day.  She was very passionate about the reason: the children with whom she worked were so horribly abusive (usually because of what they had endured) that she did not want her children exposed to the possibility of their abuse.  She said good Christian teachers and supportive administrators are not capable of protecting the children in their schools.  This is in a smaller community.  

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We are in a very conservative area and I know many good Christians who are teaching in the public schools in our region.  About 10 years ago, I met a wonderful home school mother who gave me a new perspective about public schools.  She was and still is a Sociology teacher in a secular university.  She also teaches foster care classes for certification in foster care programs.  Her own young children attended the nice elementary school where her mother retired from as a teacher.  After working closely with the foster care program, she pulled her own children out of the public system and rearranged her teaching schedule to work evenings so she could homeschool her kids during the day.  She was very passionate about the reason: the children with whom she worked were so horribly abusive (usually because of what they had endured) that she did not want her children exposed to the possibility of their abuse.  She said good Christian teachers and supportive administrators are not capable of protecting the children in their schools.  This is in a smaller community.  

 

Yikes! Poor kids - to be so messed up so early. :-(

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That is a prOBlem with that particular school administration, not the children. Kids who have grown up in a terrible environment will make terrible choices. There are ways to handle kids who make poor decisions.

But children are never filth. They can make poor choices, but they are never to be considered filth.

And just so you know, that kind of behavior occurs in private schools as well. I grew up in a private, very conservative Baptist school. There were kids who had sex. Kids who did drugs. Kids who were gay. The difference is they kept it quiet and their parents were ignorant to their behavior, and then were shocked if it were discovered.
So if you think private school kids are different than public school kids, you are sorely mistaken. They are all children. All loved by God. All able to make good choices and bad choices. Some came from strong families, and will have a greater chance of long term success. Others came from broken homes with unloving parents, and will make more bad choices, and will have life long prOBlems.

Public v. private school has little to do with long term success or failure. Mom and dad being involved has everything to do with the odds of a child's outlook on life.


Pro 20:11
11 Even a child is known by his doings,
whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

Children Rape
Children sell drugs
Children murder
Children hate
Children Sodomize
Child criminals do everything adult criminals do. Nothing changes the day they turn 18 except their culpability.

Anishinaabe

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What an interesting range of opinions I have just read.

 

Full disclosure:  My experience includes attending Christian schools and public schools of variant sizes and quality.  My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in education and Christian education respectively.  My "career", if you will, has been as a teacher and administrator of Christian schools with a stint as a home school mom mixed in between.  

 

I believe God leads parents to train up children in the way they should go.  I believe that the authority of the home is extended to whatever learning institution they select be it private, secular, Christian, government or home.  As such, it is imperative that the parents have an awareness and astuteness and an openness to the Spirit of God's leadership in their lives to select the right setting for their particular student and to continue to monitor the appropriateness of the setting in the areas of academics, spiritual growth and influence as well as the social influences.

 

For those selecting public schooling, you have the challenge to watch not just the content of the materials taught by your child's school, but also the methodology and reasoning behind the methodology.  (For example, the ability of students to determine their own correct answer through reasoning.  Common core is a big factor in promoting this line of methodology.)  Additionally, the social issues and the acceptance of every behavior as equally prudent has overlying and underlying influence on your child.  Add to that the friends who may not hold your values who are exposing your children to music, language, programming and internet/social media that you may not want in your child's heart and mind.

 

For those selecting Christian schooling, you have the challenge of watching the exact same things.  However, your selection of Christian schooling will make some aspects of that watch a bit easier.  You should have teachers and administrators who share your goals if you have selected well.  You should have materials that teach academics within the light of God's Word and His perspective and methodology that recognizes truth as an absolute.  You will still have to watch the friends and social issues and exposure to the world because Christian schools are not a guarantee that every student is a Christian.  It is the program that is designed to put forth Christian values and world views and perspective.  The teachers, by and large, will love and pray for your children and be committed to supporting the home.  (Yes, there are exceptions to this.  Teachers are sinners saved by grace, or still in sin no matter where they are teaching.  Believers can be backslidden in the the heart and seem fine on the exterior.  However, most Christian schools do screen for this carefully, and most teachers come to the Christian school at a much lower pay scale with less benefits for the ability to influence kids for the Lord and His work.)

 

For those choosing to home school you have the challenge of watching the same things.  You bring your children to church and those very same influences can rest in the hearts and minds of children who attend.  And, shockingly, the appetite for the world can reside even within the hearts and desires of your own children without your knowledge.

 

I don't want to get in the "you make us feel less spiritual when you say your school choice is better than mine" and "private school is for rich kids" aspect of the discussion.  You have your views.  I have mine.  Each of us are influenced by our own experiences and OBservations.

 

No one perfect curriculum exists for everyone.  No one perfect setting is for everyone--not even home school.  Pray for guidance, get the facts (not anecdotes), and watch your kids.  No one will do that like you can as you lean on the Lord.

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I attended a public school my last two years. I found myself debating the teachers. Unfortunately, since manhood was becoming scarce in the late 80's , I was lured into Street Fighting and fornication.
I didn't realize that Christ in me, was what made me so magnetizing to those poor lost kids.

I led several to the Lord, and we still keep in contact, but one of them told me: "If you are telling me that I'll be like you, if I trust Christ, then I don't want to. I've seen you sin. Yes, you are different, and yes the Words in the Bible make sense, and I believe that what you are saying isn't a lie, but what good did it do you?"

Needless to say, I was ashamed, and determined to be unspotted from the World after that.

Would to God I had never met the man, then that his blood be on my hands.

There is a danger, if your child is not prepared, in sending them as lambs among wolves.

Anishinaabe

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There is a danger, if your child is not prepared, in sending them as lambs among wolves.

 

Their emotions and brains far from being mature, finished to adulthood; our little ones should not be thrown to the wolves in secular schools.    

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