The Salt and Light Argument For Public School

The Salt and Light Argument For Public School

If  you watch the news at all, you can see that the public schools are allowing more and more immoral things being taught to the children. I wrote this on Facebook recently, “I see many Christian women on Facebook warning mothers about what their children are being exposed to in the public schools. Get them out! It’s way past time that any Christian children should be in public schools. Your children NEED your protection.”

Of course, I received a ton of comments scolding me for writing this and how their children need to be salt and light in the public schools. I asked the women in the chat room for responses to this comment and here are how a few of them responded:

Nicole: “We don’t send soldiers into battle until they’ve been fully trained and equipped for battle. In the same way, children are not equipped to be salt and light until after they’ve been fully trained. They aren’t prepared for spiritual battles when they are young.”

Deena: “I’d tell them very bluntly, sorry, but no matter how wonderful you think Bobby and Susie are, most children are not going to be equipped to do that in the environment that public schools are. They themselves are still learning and growing in their faith. Its not just other children they will have to contend with  but educators, administrators, other staff, and godless curriculum set by the state. Why set them up for that kind of seven hour a day, five days a week, ten months out of the year onslaught?”

Kylene: ” I would tell them that when I taught, I saw the opposite happen. The Christian kids didn’t influence non-Christian ones. The non-Christian kids influenced the Christian ones.”

Paige: “Most ADULT believers struggle to stand against the grain of popular culture. So why would you put an immature child in that position?
How is your child going to be ‘salt and light’ when kids make fun of them for not watching porn? How is your child going to be ‘salt and light’ when their teacher, who they are supposed to learn from and respect, is an atheist? How is a child supposed to argue the theory of evolution when they are not equipped to stand against the adults teaching it to them?

“How is a child supposed to be ‘salt and light’ when sex ed now pushes masturbation, homosexuality, and exploring which gender you want to be? “But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea!” (Matthew 18:6) This verse should put the fear of the LORD in parents. WE are responsible for protecting our children.”

Lindsay: “Children are not missionaries. They are mission fields. They are pliable and ignorant and vulnerable. They need protection and training before they will be ready to stand firm for the faith and bring others to Christ. We cannot send them into hostile territory to be trained by our opponents. It is foolish and senseless. Our children will become casualties instead of warriors if we do.

“It’s called rationalization. People find reasons to support what they want to do anyway. They want their children in public schools because it’s easier and cheaper and gives them freedom to do their own thing during the day, so they tell themselves there is a more noble purpose rather than just convenience for sending their children into a system that teaches a godless worldview.”

Meredith: “I echo what everyone above said. I’d also like to add that it took Jesus three years of day-in and day-out discipling, teaching, and training the 12 disciples (grown men who were already well versed in the Old Testament) in order to prepare and equip them for mission work. How much more should it take us to train and disciple our children for the calling God has for them? Gardeners don’t transplant greenhouse plants out in the elements until their root system is firmly established; when Christians throw their spiritually naive and immature children into a powerful state school system in order to ‘evangelize’ they are sending them on a fool’s errand.”

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

41 thoughts on “The Salt and Light Argument For Public School

  1. Hi Lori!

    Thank you and the chat room ladies for this post, it’s very encouraging to those of us that don’t want to send our children to public school.

    Could you write a post about some of our other options? I’m not sure how you did things personally, but I know there are private Christian schools and homeschooling. I would like to be a full-time mother, but I just struggle with considering these options for practical reasons, especially because I don’t really see anyone in the Church choosing these options where I live.

    Thank you and God bless you!

  2. Hi Collette,

    I have written about it in previous posts. I am a strong advocate for homeschooling. God commands parents raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord not strangers. Now, with the advent of the smart phone, even in private schools, your children could be exposed to all types of debauchery which have the potential of changing the trajectory of their lives. If our children’s eternal souls are the most important thing in this life, parents must keep them at home and teach them the ways of the Lord. There are many great programs on the Internet for homeschooling. I will ask the women in the chat room what they use and then maybe do a post about it.

    I homeschooled my children through junior high and some through high school. I made it very simple. I knew if they were good readers and good at math, all other subjects would come easily to them. I bought the books recommended by Sonlight Curriculum. They read two hours a day and loved it! The books from Sonlight are fantastic. They did an hour of Saxon math. When they finally did attend a Christian high school (thankfully, smart phones weren’t available then), they did great.

  3. All of those reasons are true. If parents are so interested in bringing salt and light to the public schools, they should do it themselves not send someone else. The dads should be teachers and their wives can bake cookies and hold Bible clubs in their homes after school (which if it is free I’m sure the non-Christians would take advantage of as childcare can be expensive).

    But sending children who haven’t fully developed their brains into the world (which has become even more depraved than when we were in school) is a gamble I’m not willing to take. If you even think it may be an okay thing for your family check our the odds. The amount of Christian homeschool children who leave the church is sad, but it pales in comparison to the amount of Christian public school children at the same churches who do. My children’s souls are too precious for me to except those odds against them.

    I’m hoping to read a lot of responses from your men readers. I’ve seen where some women want to give it a try but their husbands don’t support them. This is an area where I think men can make a positive impact immediately in society if they promote homeschooling.

  4. That simple method is one of the most effective. There are so many options out their I can see how it can be a bit overwhelming. History and science doesn’t need to be taught until high school and even then the parents can choose the curriculum but the child can learn on their own by then. I see a lot of young homeschool mothers doing “all the things” and recreating public school at home. They often burn out. Homeschool should be a lot more relaxed for everyone.

    If anyone is concerned about academic success with homeschool, it far surpasses other school options. On standardized tests the average public school student receives 50% (which makes since as that is how the test is calibrated). The average private school students make in the mid 70 percentile. The average homeschool student with parents with only a high school degree make 84%, with a college degree 85%, and with a teaching degree 86%. No doubt homeschool is a far superior method academically. The statistics for homeschool minority student success compared to public school minorities is also staggering but I can’t recall the numbers off the top of my head right now.

    So if you want to give your children the best spiritual foundation (check out the book Already Gone those statistics of Christian children leaving the evangelical church are sobering. They show the comparison to homeschooled children too). And you want to give your kids the best academic foundation, homeschool is the way to go, bar none.

  5. Absolutely protect your children spiritually, but also prepare your sons, at least, to earn a living to support a family. Not everyone wants to be a plumber, and no one can support a family working as a cashier at the local convenience store. Educations, private, or public, or homeschool are not equal. Regionally accredited colleges have standards for admissions that include two years in a foreign language, 2 plus years in science, and 2 years in advanced math. Academically, children today compete in a global economy. There are more high honor roll students in India, than there are students in the US. Western European children decide whether to go to college between ages 10 and 12. Their general high school education is equivalent to the first two years of college in the US. Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Calculus are taught starting in what we consider middle school grades. First and foremost, raise children who love God. Truck drivers, farmers, cashiers and store clerks are all necessary in this world. I, for one, would love to see more Christian CEO’s of International businesses. I encourage you to figure out how to prepare your children to compete academically on a global level so they can be a testament on a global level.

  6. There are many excellent reasons to homeschool your kids, but I do not think the salvation of their souls is one of them. God works in the heart as He will. You use the words “gamble” and “odds,” but I do not think that God says to Himself, “Well, darn! I could have saved little Timmy if only he’d been homeschooled!” Throughout the Bible, we see God working in the hearts of sinful men–and those who were sterling members of the covenant community, such as the Pharisees, remaining unsaved.

    This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be promoting an environment that supports our faith, rather than is hostile to it. And if you homeschool for that reason, I would support it! You can certainly say that it is less stressful for children not to grow up swimming against the current. You can model the importance of the family growing up together; you can spend more time on integrating faith into learning. You can emphasize skills that you believe will be important for your kids, such as homemaking and financial literacy. All excellent reasons to homeschool!

    But “increasing the odds” that your child will truly be a member of God’s church–no, there I disagree.

  7. One of the main reasons God ordained marriage is to raise godly offspring. He wouldn’t have wanted the Israelites to be sending their children off the the Philistines to be raised for most of their childhood. He commands that parents raise their children in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord, not strangers, for a very good reason. Yes, their eternal soul is of utmost importance to Him and He has given us commands to help insure this.

  8. Our theologies are different. There is a reason we are told to train up a child in the way he should go. There is a reason why we are warned bad company corrupts good character. There is a reason the whole Bible was written. If the Jews were saved without the Law and we are saved without preaching, the Bible and knowing it seems like a waste of time.

  9. As a single mother, I made the choice (by God’s leading) to pull my son out of public school and homeschool him. I’ve had to work two jobs to pay for Christian classes and equipment as well as by ridiculed by even other Christian people for my actions. I can tell you, God has been faithful! My son is now a senior, graduating with honors…he joined JROTC, and has worked his way through the ranks to become Commander. He has excellent leadership and social skills. If I would have listened to the naysayers, I might have given up and thrown him to the wolves. God’s plan is always greater!!

  10. I find the academic success of homeschooling to be the default. Unless your child has a learning difficulty achieving academic success way above the average American student hardly takes any doing at all. What I find a lot harder is finding a way for children to learn trades. If you have public educated parents and they haven’t been taught a trade themselves (there are lots of us out there) it is extremely hard to figure out a way to teach them. You would have to find someone to apprentice them to but it has to be someone trustworthy and there in lies the problem.

    I’ve told my son when he turns 14 that he will start hard labor as I believe it is paramount for the proper development of a man. I currently live in the city with no yard to speak of. How to find hard labor and perhaps a way to learn a skill is no easy feat. Academics on the other hand is super easy to achieve. He’s 7 now and on track to finish calculus at 9 (and he isn’t a genius).

  11. While I agree with the general message of this article, public schools are not necessarily a negative place for children to be educated. My wife and I started out home schooling, but decided the public school was best for our children. My wife and I never sent our children to school to be missionaries. They were kids. However, they had several Christian teachers and were not subjected to a constant battle against Christianity. I kept in touch with each teacher, to both encourage them, witness to them, and ensure our children were on track with their education. There are schools that I would not allow my kids to attend, but I am blessed with a good education system in my community. We also talked with our children daily about what they were taught in school and how it did or did not line up with scripture. Being an involved parent is critical.

    I believe each parent needs to seek God’s will for their family and trust that He will provide all that is necessary, whether it is the public school system, private Christian schools, or home schooling.

  12. I would probably agree with you, Chris, if it were 20 years ago before smart phones became widely available. You can’t monitor what your children are being exposed to out on the playground by their peers. Just look at what most children are exposed to on a daily basis through TV, movies, music, the Internet, and smart phones. Most children are exposed to hard porn at early ages now which is highly destructive to their souls. No, parents must be very diligent in this wicked culture to protect their children for the filth that is being spewed upon our culture today.

  13. Since you mentioned smart phones, let me suggest monitoring software for any computing device. I don’t know where you stand in terms of children’s privacy, but I don’t believe a child living in my home has any right to privacy. Before smart phones, we monitored every communication to or from our computer, which was also located in a common area. We used software that was not easy to bypass or even detect. It is certainly far too easy to wander into ungodly sites when one thinks no one else will know.

  14. Yes, if we had young children in the home, we would have monitoring software on all of the computers but they certainly wouldn’t get smart phones until they were 18 and could payy for their won. Hopefully, by then, they would understand the great harm that porn is to them. But you still can’t monitor what all of the other children that your children are being influenced by see on their smart phones or computers at home. It’s a real spiritual battle being waged in the heavenlies for the souls of our children. We must be diligent.

  15. M, I’m struggling to understand how your son will be “finishing” calculus at 9 years old. My daughter’s friends who excel in math (one who is a National Merit Scholar finalist), began Pre-Calc and then went on to AP Calc while in high school. Many of these friends are applying (and receiving early acceptance to prestigious schools) to Engineering programs, so I assure you they are naturally intelligent in the STEM field.
    There is such an idea as national comparisons when discussing academic outcomes.

  16. I can give you the whole history of our homeschool mathematics if you are interested. But the short version is that he is in Algebra 1 now at 7. The program we currently use is VideoText Interactive. It is a complete algebra course which covers, pre-algebra, algebra 1 and algebra 2. At our current rate of progress it will have taken us a whole of 18 months from start to finish to complete. Keep in mind that it is a complete program as opposed to a regular textbook which uses about the first 1/5 of each book to review the previous years’ information. We also homeschool year round so not only do we not have the summer regression but we have an extra 2 months to continue to learn new material. When we are finished with Videotext Interactive Algebra we will go onto Videotext Geometry which is a misnomer to a degree as it also covers trigonometry and pre-calculus. If we continue on our current rate we will be done with that when he is around 9. Calculus 1 should take around one school year to learn so he’d still be 9.

    I personally don’t like national comparisons at all and go the route where my children get a certified teacher review instead of standardized tests so I am not truly concerned with how they compare. But with that said, I’m sure they could meet any standards. My husband teaches in the engineering school at one of the top and oldest public universities in the nation. He also tutors the student athletes in Calculus 1, 2, discrete mathematics and statistics. He reviews all the curriculum I choose and keeps tabs on the kids’ progress so if he says it’s good (and so far he has), I continue on.

  17. Sounds like you have a great principal, M! ?
    Thank you for the explanation, and your son has a bright future indeed-spiritually & cognitively!
    If I would ever considering homeschooling, I’d enjoy hearing more about your approach-you have a rigorous program in place, and no doubt it will serve your family well. Best wishes to you!

  18. Hello M,

    I believe you may have a certified genius on your hands. Even students who do not have learning disabilities will most likely not be on calculus at age 9. In fact, they are most likely working on long division, fractions, decimals, multiplying fractions and decimals, and perhaps single-variable algebra. Perhaps they are just starting to learn about how to work operations on negative numbers. This is assuming they started a rigorous math program at age 5.

    Most students might not have even mastered the phonics or reading comprehension to sound out 3-syllable words at this age, as needed to repeat back or read the math word problems.

    To other homeschooling mothers: definitely use national standards/averages as your benchmarks in proficiency or follow along with a grade by grade curriculum. You don’t need to compare your child to others all the time, but you should have an idea if they are progressing at the right level for their development.

  19. I would also like to add that single variable algebra ( for example, 6 + x = 9) only requires knowledge of basic math facts and I don’t doubt an advanced 7 year old could do it. However, moving up to calc, or even triple variable algebra, requires a lot more number sense, spatial, and logical reasoning than most 9 year olds have the capability for.

  20. Thank you T. I am indeed blessed with a great principal. 🙂 Oh I do hope you consider homeschooling. It is so much more fun and fulfilling than I ever thought possible. I only started because I believed it was the right thing to do but I wasn’t excited about it. Now it has been such a huge blessing to our family that I hope everyone goes for it!

  21. Like it or not Christians need to accept the culture war has been lost. The days of hegemony of a Christian worldview in North American culture are over. In our future we are going back to the status of the Church in the Roman Empire pre-Constantine. We have to build institutions for our families and local church communities that can withstand in the evil day, educational institutions especially.

    While getting Christian children out of the public school system is not the only thing, it is one of the most important things. This is an extremely urgent matter bearing not only on the child’s spiritual safety, but their physical safety and even their basic education.

    The extent to which pastors and other church leadership support private Christian education and homeschooling is a key indicator of how serious they are about equipping the people in their care for the challenges the future holds.

    The extent to which Christian parents do whatever is required to get their children out of public school is a key indicator of how serious they are about their Children’s Christian formation.

    Rather than relitigate the arguments pro-and-con Christian children in the public schools, I’m going to categorically state a proposition:

    You cannot place children for 13 years under the tutelage of a system whose foundational worldview is atheistic materialism, whose creation myth is mechanistic Darwinian evolution, whose sacraments are safe sex and abortion on demand, where marriage and family are whatever combination of people seems right to the people involved, where basic biological differences between male and female are denied, and expect that those children’s spiritual condition will not be adversely affected.

    This proposition doesn’t even address the fact that in many cases the public school system fails in even its basic mission of graduating minimally literate, numerate young adults.

    Families will have to either make a lot of money to afford to send their children to a private school, assuming a suitable one is available. Or, one parent will have to stay at home to homeschool the children (there are a few single parents who, heroically in my view, manage to homeschool and are due massive credit for their commitment).

    Churches will have to unlock that building that sits empty for six days a week, get involved in supporting Christian schools, and pass up buying that new espresso machine for the coffee bar to help moderate the cost of tuition. Churches will have to stop treating homeschooling like some kind of bizarre hobby for a few weird families who can afford for one parent to stay at home and not work outside the home.

    Christians who do not have school age children will have to dig in and help families who do with the financial end of their child’s education either directly gifting the parents, or by contributing to the school [OUCH! Just left off preaching and got started meddling].

    Educating children in a private school or at home is of course not a guarantee that they will grow up to be Christians. You can only do what you can do, at some point it is up to them. God calls us to do what he’s called us to do, the results are in his hands. Ultimately it’s up to you to decide if God is really calling you to get your children out of the public schools. Just like it was up to Lot to decide if God was really calling him to get his family out of Sodom. Pro-tip: don’t look back.

  22. @ Kate, I would love to think I had a certified genius on my hands as any parent would be proud to have, but he is just a regular little guy. I do think that certain activities have helped develop his brain but whatever his IQ is now, he just started out like all the other children.

    I started our current homeschool curriculum providentially by a serendipitous misunderstanding as well as forthright direction with a philosophy of education I learned. But I have to say that since delving into the history of education further, I have realized just how behind our modern public education really is. It is astounding how much time children are given over to school and how little they have to show for it. Often times we have looked down our noses at the past where we would say, our grandparents or great grandparents only had an 8th grade education. I’ve seen the 8th grade exit exams from the 1900s and 1930s, and they are HARD. I have more education than most and I would have to study to pass those. Entrance exams for colleges were also extremely difficult 100+ years ago, add to that fact that people would often go to college at younger ages like 14. Our current model of high school as a prerequisite to college is not giving us more education but lengthening the time it takes to become “educated” as well as giving us less of one.

    As for math word problems. I did/do have to read them to him. He is now to the point where he could probably read them himself but I’ll probably keep reading them until he is 8. His handwriting is still terrible so there are times where I have to search the paper just to find his answer.

    I wish I had started my daughter on this education path earlier. As it is they do their math together. I fell into it because I didn’t want to have to teach my son all over again. It wasn’t because he was a precocious child. But my daughter has been doing quite well too and even though she is older than her brother, she should be finished with calculus before high school as well. BTW calculus isn’t actually advanced mathematics. Linear algebra, discrete math, abstract algebra (developed by a 14 year old) are all considered advanced mathematics.

    Concerning arithmetic, it is drawn out way too long in public schools. I’m not sure what you do/have done, but the first six years of public school math education could be fit into 2. The children’s brains are developed by their education, therefore they become ready for more complex math by the earlier math they worked on.

  23. My daughter does ballet and often girls are looking at their phones in the dressing room. They share what they watch with all the other girls! My sons play sports, and again, their friends (even the Christian ones!) are looking at tablets before and after games.

    What would you advise? I can’t keep my children by my side every minute of every day. Even if I could, my sons and daughter are often in two places at once (like ballet and baseball). How can I keep watch?

  24. It’s a hard one, Ronnie. Encourage them to refuse to want to look at the other children’s tablets. Obedient children who trust their parents will do this.

  25. You haven’t mentioned if what they are watching is harmful. If not, may I suggest investing in a family tablet that you and your spouse keep control over, but allow your children to use, supervised. Like it or not, technology isn’t going anywhere, and if your children would be allowed to utilize it appropriately at home under your supervision with the rule to not engage outside the home, it may not be as intriguing at outside activities. I’ve seen contracts on Pinterest for screen use-you could create one with the allowed usage times clearly listed.
    I agree with your concern over others’ devices, it’s certainly challenging.

  26. Hi Lori,

    I am a stay at home Mum and would love to homeschool our children. Unfortunately where we live (we don’t live in America) there are very few families who homeschool. We go to a large Bible teaching church and yet not one family there homeschools their children.

    I have had many discussions with my husband about homeschooling but there is absolutely no way he would allow this. I feel my place is to submit to him and his wishes for our family. As much as I would love for our children to attend Christian schools right through their schooling it would mean I would need to work full time to pay for this. This is something I am not comfortable with either as I will still have three young children at home. Thankfully we have a decent State school in our area with many like minded families where our children will attend and then hopefully go onto a Christian school for their secondary schooling.

    This has been weighing heavily on my heart for many years now but our eldest is due to start school soon. Our children have led very sheltered lives being at home with me and only really socialising with other church families so I am concerned about how they will transition and what they will be exposed to. Any advice you have for our family would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  27. I am a little late to this conversation and probably do not have a very popular opinion- I have said to people before that do not homeschool their children because they do not believe themselves to be proficient in everything, that I would choose a lesser education over lesser character. I have no doubt that my two children that have graduated so far from our homeschool could have been better spellers, mathematicians etc, but I am most grateful for the fact that they are hard working taxpayers that still love the Lord.

    My son married a sweet girl from our church who went to a public school in our small conservative town and she has said that she will homeschool all of their kids.

    There really is such a short window of time to influence them and most parents think they have plenty of time…. I homeschooled mine all the way through (still am) and I still fell so short.

  28. Just wanted to add a short fact that most Christian parents seem to forget: Their 6-year-old isn’t a born-again Christian! Their kids may be raised in a good, healthy, Christian environment, but they themselves are not Christians just because of that. Just like butterflies produce caterpillars rather than butterflies, Christian parents do not produce Christian babies, but sinners, who like any other sinner must be led to true repentance and faith. While children have a special place the heart of the Lord, hearing your toddler sing “Yes, Jesus loves me” doesn’t mean he’s born again. And it’s ridiculous to expect people who are not followers of Jesus (yet), to be able to do what He asked of His disciples – to be salt and light.

  29. Keep praying about it, Sarah, and ask the Lord to convict and change your husband’s mind about this. He hears your prayers! But never leave your home to work so they can go to a Christian schoold. God wants you to be a keeper at home. Immerse your children in the Word of God and speak of Him often throughout the days.

  30. My wife and our pastor’s wife talked to a school administer (the principal, I think) about teaching something besides just evolution (I think it was Intelligent Design). At first they were enthusiastic and encouraging, before any changes were implemented they totally changed. We eventually put our children in a charter school. Public school at first didn’t care. Then the charter applied to receive the funds from the government that the public school was receiving. That’s when the “fertilizer hit the ventilator”. As long as they get the money for your children they don’t care if you homeschool or whatever. (More money fewer responsibilities) It’s when they lose the funding, that’s what they really care about.

  31. Thank you, Nick
    I agree with everything in your post.

    The public schools are lost, and getting worse by the day.
    There is no way a child of mine would be in public school!
    We do not have grandchildren yet, but AS A FAMILY we are already planning on how we will address education once the grandkids come! (Lord willing).

  32. I’m always shocked at the things my 9 year old sister comes home talking about. She learned about things from school that I didn’t know about until I was maybe 14 or some time in middle school. She’s so young and they’re already indoctrinating her. Have you noticed they push so much for women to be in STEM? I love education but I don’t love how they shame women that don’t want to choose medicine or science careers.

  33. I’d just like to mention HSLDA for anyone contemplating home schooling. It’s a legal-defense organization for home schoolers. I would say most, if not all public schools overtly but indirectly teach against Chisrianity.

    I would be insane to send my kids to public schools, because I care about them; I love them! I don’t want them exposed to a cesspool of moral filth or sin being portrayed in a positive, neutral or gratuitous light!

    For us, home schooling was the way to go. Even parochial schools are becoming liberal! One parochial school in Minnesota employed a homosexual woman as a teacher, who lives with her partner, and who had bore 2 daughters by a donation from one her homosexual male friends, and IVF! Her daughters were attending the school, too.

    One of the bonuses to parochial schools has been the legal exclusion of homosexuals and children raised by homosexual parents. But the Minnesota situation brings it all into question!

    There is a book, “Home Schooling: The Right Choice”, by Christopher Klicka, RIP, who succumbed to MS after a 15-year battle. He was intimately involved with the home-schooling movement, being lead counsel for HSLDA, and opting with his wife, Tracy, to home-school their seven children!

    I knew Chris very well. I believe he was attacked by Satan, because of the powerful blows he dealt to the kingdom of darkness, by arguing in the courts in all fifty states, and even the SCOTUS, for the legality of home schooling!

    The right to home school has been hard won through decades of legal battles and the courage of righteous parents to defy the tyrrany of government indoctrination of children! Use it!

    A child can learn at 5x the rate in a home school as in a public-school classroom. Consequently, home-schooled children, on average, perform better on the ACT and SAT than do government-educated children.

    Finally, public schools pose the greatest threat of child molestation, because more children are molested at public schools than anywhere else; 390,000 documented cases from 1990-2001!

    But governments place statutory limits on damages that can be awarded in lawsuits against public schools, so it doesn’t pay for lawyers to pursue these cases.

    The courts ‘are’ the government, and the government would have to pay damages in these lawsuits, so prosecutors refuse to charge offenders, and indictments are practically required to launch a successful civil lawsuit, because evidence is collected by police in criminal investigations.

    But civil litigants have to fund their own investigations. It just doesn’t pay to punish the offenders or to seek compensation for victims and their families. The legal fees would bankrupt the average middle-class family!

  34. As a young Christian in public school, i understand people’s concerns. I fell into this trap myself, my mom didn’t send me to public school out of convenience- when we move here we had to choice, money was low, my mom was very sick- with my dad working and my mom being unable to take care of us we didn’t have a choice. I fell into this liberal trap, i was mentally ill, questioning myself constantly, doubting my faith. Till one day it seems God shook it in me- fast forward I’m in my freshman year of high-school and I’m so paranoid, walking on eggshells- I’m a brand new baby christian at this point and i feel like running away. Over time I’ve been able to learn more about the Bible, grow stronger in my faith, and not be misled, by even those who claim to be christian. With the whole covid 19 my eyes REALLY opened up. I might not know all the answers but the Holy Spirit shall guide me through EVERYTHING and convict me, all i want is to please God, and he has shown himself to me so many times now- prayers have been answered. Being homeschooled isn’t an option for me, going to any organized church in MY area will only lead me to be surrounded by lukewarm Christians that don’t truly love God, and be led by liberal pastors. I am looking forward to going back to school, theres a youth group filled with brothers and sisters in Christ. I will put on the armor of God and protect my self from the ungodlyness around me even if it results in me losing friends. I love God, and i know that being in public school and criticized is better than me alone and going to a church where I’m being lied too. I’m ready to face it and i know God is with me

  35. Thank you for this article. I always agree with everything you write or say because it is simply Gods word and will.

    I have always presumed I would homeschool my child and still intend to. However, I am beginning to have doubts but I don’t meant that I wish to send her off to school, rather looking for advice.

    Our child is three and she is an only child. She is VERY outgoing, friendly and vivacious. She loves to interact with people. I am starting to feel bad envisioning her days as she grows older and isn’t so enamored with mommy playing toys and reading books in between cooking and cleaning.

    We have been unable to have another child yet. The only homeschool families I have ever seen on TV or heard of have large families with multiple children. I feel sad my daughter will be all alone with just me and won’t have any interaction with other children during her “school day”.

    I would love to know your thoughts and advice on this. Perhaps you could shed some light on other ideas rather than it being homeschool vs public school for me in my thoughts.

  36. Amen, Amen, AMEN! ?? This argument is exhausting and the verse is taken out of context when used toward children. So thankful I came upon this today. ?

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