The Christian Approach to Education

Should Christians send their children to public schools? What does the Bible say? With the state institutionalizing education, governing its policy, and using a progressive/humanistic curriculum, this question is more important than ever before. Because of the many ills of the public education system, it's imperative to take a closer look at the Christian approach to education.

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So what does the Bible say about this? The Bible tells us that parents have the responsibility of providing biblical training for their children (Deut. 11:18-19; Pro. 22:6; Eph. 6:4). It also teaches that those who are allowed to “rub shoulders” with the wrong crowd will eventually fall victim to bad influence: "Do not be led astray, evil company corrupts good habits" (1 Co. 15:33). Certainly, there can be no better application to this passage then when our children are enrolled into the public educational system to learn directly the philosophies and practices of the world.

God's Word offers clear instruction on the subject of wholesome parenting and Godly education. The principles taught therin should encourage parents to avoid the public school system at all costs. Besides, it's impossible to shelter our children from the devastating influences of the world when placing them directly within a worldly educational setting. We must consider this matter carefully or risk losing our children to the world.

 

In conclusion, parents should choose to either homeschool their children or enroll them into a private Christian school. On the other hand, there are certain situations and places in which such a decision is not an open choice. In this case, we can only pray that God would protect our children from the negative pressures of the world while enrolled in the public school.

 

John A.