This post has stuff about politics and religion. My perspective has changed
Education reform has never been one of those big ticket items for me, but in considering a political candidate I needed to take a deeper look into the topic. As a Christian the first scripture that comes to mind when I think about education is Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” As I’ve mentioned before, God’s word always seems to get at the heart of a matter. In this case it’s pretty clear what we’re to do as parents.
Train up a child in the way he should go
Creationism has not fared well in public schools. Neither has Intelligent Design, which simply acknowledges that there may be a Creator involved in life. I remember the first time I heard anything from a Creationist perspective—when I was in Bible school. After the session I cried for nearly an hour because I felt so jaded by my public education. I had never once been introduced to the topic. What about all of the other kids who never hear anything different. Some of them will grow up ignorant, become world leaders, and continue to propagate unbalanced scientific theories such as Evolution without a word to the contrary.
Advocates of public schooling often cite it’s social benefits. It will teach children how to interact with others. It will teach them decision making and critical thinking. It will teach them how to communicate. But it will not teach them how to pray, it will not teach them about the Bible, and it will not teach them the 10 Commandments all of which are life-skills that nobody should be without.
Dump education reform for just education
It’s obvious that public education will never benefit the Christian when it comes to Biblical wisdom, so what does a Christian do? Deuteronomy 6:7, in speaking of the Commandments, says “You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up.” (Emphasis added) God didn’t say “The public school system shall teach,” He said You shall teach. Maybe it’s time for Christians to stop wasting tax dollars on education Reform, and instead focus on training their children themselves.
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