Going Public

Going Public

Your Child Can Thrive in Public School

Book - 2008
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"Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Taking this verse at face value provides the perfect opportunity to prove it in the educational setting of our children, say the authors of Going Public . By nurturing the life and power of Christ within them, students will be ready to stand against negative influences no matter the environment, even bringing light to a dark place. They will also benefit from many of the services that the often well-financed public school system has to offer. Readers of this practical guide will learn how moms and dads have a strategic role to play in the ongoing development of their school-age children. Discover what the Bible says about education, the three most important things to teach your public-school child, how to shape your child through teachable moments, the importance of getting involved at school and why everyone should "home-school," in addition to public school.
Publisher: Ventura, Calif. : Regal, c2008.
ISBN: 9780830745777
Branch Call Number: 371.010973 Pritchar 09/2008
Characteristics: 219 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Merrill, Dean
Pritchard, Kelli


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Oct 07, 2017

This book offers some rich parenting wisdom. I appreciate the aim of the book which is to encourage Christian parents who for one reason or another have opted for public school. Having said that I would warn readers that this book is painfully outdated to the nature of our culture and public schools now. So much has happened since this book was first written. Gay marriage, transsexualism, further hostility towards all things Christian has just dramatically increased. Academically the landscape has changed too.....with many districts embracing common core. What's happening in the culture is no doubt bleeding into the public schools. Just as the culture is trying to coerce anyone who is a Christian into their way of thinking, this is happening to impressionable schoolchildren also. It's much harder for children to withstand the onslaught.

I know some have to send their children to public school because there's no other choice. I wish there were more books like these to encourage you. But also there are many who if they thought about it could offer an alternative to public schools and I'd really encourage you to do so. Like it or not public schools are a contributor to why many kids walk away from church. It's hard to compete with a place that your children go to for 35 plus hours a week for 12 years and often learn (either by omission or commission) a foundation entirely different than the one your try to offer at home. Students will often become like their teacher.

Having said that please make sure home is base and you live out a genuine faith. Make sure you attend a strong Bible believing church. One that you're involved in. Also be in strong fellowship with other believers. PLEASE remember your 5 or 6 year is not a missionary, they are impressionable and will need you to help filter their experiences. They are going to come home now and say things like......"well Jonny wants to be Sally now".....or " Joe has two mommies" or "why is homosexuality not okay" or " why don't we believe in evolution", "isn't religion the greatest cause of war?", "why would a loving God send someone to hell" " did Jesus even exist" etc. We have fully entered a post Christian time in our culture and your children will be in two worlds. One at home where faith and Christian values are embraced, and one where they're not welcome.

Parents immerse yourself in apologetics and knowledge of the Bible. While I do want your kid to thrive in whatever route you've chosen for their education. It's becoming less likely that it will happen in the public school system. To be fair all kids can walk away from the faith no matter how you educated them, but reality is public school kids are doing it far more than their counterparts in other forms of education.

I've read this book twice, and at one time felt really encouraged about it because we were going to send our kids to public schools. Then my position began to change for two reasons......I studied the issue to a great depth and I also worked in public school for nearly a decade. Those two experiences convinced me that public school wasn't the best route for my children. I saw increasingly sexualized children at younger ages, brutal bullying (also cyber bullying), the LGBT agenda welcomed, and the few kids I saw who had some form of faith got quickly eaten up by the pressure to conform.

I've said a lot and I could say more but please go eyes wide open into the decision of public school for your kids. Again for those who have to choose their local public schools please make sure your home offers a secure Christian foundation for your children, and even for their friends. God bless.


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