There was a recent discussion concerning an obscene book in a local public school district (Cape Henlopen). One of our contributors at Restore Kent County has already sent a message to each member of the school board at Cape Henlopen School District urging them to stand by their previous decision to remove this book from the recommended reading list at the school. You can read her letter here (it seems the book will indeed remain off the list, for now). However, this issue raises more serious concerns, especially for parents of students in the government school system in Delaware.
My appeal in this post is to Delaware parents, specifically those parents who profess to be Christians. My plea is for you to remove your children from the government school system as soon as possible. Let me give you three brief reasons for this, along with two viable alternatives.
- Parents Are Responsible For Educating Their Children
God’s Word clearly lays the responsibility for educating children on parents. Parents are instructed to bring up their children “in [the] instruction and information of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4, GNV). Too often we have relegated the “spiritual duty” of instruction to Christian parents, while giving the secular school system the much broader task of indoctrinating our children with a comprehensive worldview. But all of life is to be brought under the instruction of Christ’s Lordship. Parents are responsible for ensuring that the education their children are receiving is specifically Christ-centered and Christ-exalting. Anything less is to fail at our duty to bring up the next generation. When we allow the government school system to indoctrinate our children with anti-Christian views of history, economics, literature, health, ethics, sexuality, and science (just to name a few), we have effectively given over our children to the state. The home is central in any godly society—a truth that the government school systems are not interested in teaching—and parents must take full responsibility for teaching their children the importance of the home.
There are few statements today about the opportunity and the obligation of a Christian home in a republic. Yet there is no single element in America which contributes more significantly to the success of Christian Constitutional government. It is in the home where the foundations of Christian character are laid. It is in the home where Christian self-government is learned and practiced. Yet, the Christian American who is aware of the particular challenges to America’s Christian character and to the Constitutional form of government still inclines to political education outside the home. Thus, while parents are active politically, educationally, religiously, it becomes necessary for other agencies—the school, the church, the community—to pick up the responsibility for making home the first sphere of government in the republic. Needless to say they cannot substitute what only the home can provide. (Rosalie J. Slater)
Furthermore, education is as much about catching as it is about learning. This is why Jesus said, “The disciple is not above the master: but whosoever will be a perfect disciple, shall be as his master” (Luke 6:40, GNV).
- The Public School System is Anti-Christ
All education is essentially religious. If you’re sending your children to the government school system, you are not sending them to a neutral institution. No matter how much we would like to believe that good, godly teachers can salvage the schools (and I do believe there are godly teachers sprinkled throughout), they cannot override the humanist foundations that pervade all such institutions in America. Because all education is essentially religious, operating from a life-and-worldview—and the public school system is operating from a decidedly humanistic worldview—the government school system is indoctrinating children with an anti-Christ religion. American Christians have made a grave error in thinking that education can be neutral.
- Immorality Abounds in the Public School System
As is evidenced by the aforementioned controversy concerning a book promoting fornication and homosexuality, the government school system is rife with sexual deviance and illicit content. “Be not deceived: evil speakings corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33, GNV). To think that we can counteract the ungodly influence and indoctrination our children receive for eight hours a day is not wise—it is prideful. While we may like to think that our child’s school is not as bad as the rest, many parents are finding out that no school district is immune from the rotten, corrupt root of secular humanism.
What Can You Do?
In a truly free society, all education would be private—never government-run on any level. Thank God for His mercy because we are able right now to pull our kids out of the anti-Christ government school system. This is something you can do right away. As often as we can, we seek to give practical advice based upon biblical principles—and this is probably the most basic and practical step you can take (if you haven’t already) to honor Christ as a citizen of this state.
You have a couple options:
- You can homeschool your children. This is the option my family is taking. It will take some sacrifice and hard work, but it is well worth it. (And the socialization myth is just that, a myth.)
- You also have the option of finding (or working to establish) a distinctly Christian school—a school in which all administrators and teachers would be required to confess (and be held accountable to) an orthodox confession of the Reformed Christian faith.
A combination of these two options (depending on age of child) is also a sound route.
For generations before the civil government took over the education system, we had private education here in America. Such a system produced the men who penned our founding documents—academic slouches by no stretch of the imagination. We are now paying (with our tax dollars) for a massive, anti-Christian education system. The first step to be free from this is to remove all our children. We must delegitimize the system and seek to bring about private, Christ-honoring education.
Removing our children from the anti-Christ government schools is by far the most important (and most simple) step in freeing ourselves from the tyranny of an anti-Christ civil government. You may not be able to pull your kids out of the public school system tomorrow, but do everything you can to make this their last year in an anti-Christ institution. I cannot overemphasize the importance of this—the future of our society is being shaped and molded by an ungodly educational system. The sad part is, no one is forcing us to send our children there—we are doing it voluntarily. Maybe it is because fathers and mothers like the idea of “free daycare” and want the mother to have a “career” outside the home. There are others, perhaps, who find themselves in a bind when it comes to determining education options in lieu of the government school system (single moms, for example)—contact us if you need help thinking of ways to transition your kids out of the government school system. (Also, for a helpful video on this extremely important topic, click here.)
In closing, I am simply making an appeal at this point for parents to remove their children from the government school system. Teachers who are trying to honor Christ in the government school system should do so until they are fired or can no longer stay there with a clear conscience. I would like to see the end of the government school system, but I know that won’t happen overnight. What can happen overnight, however, are Christian parents removing their children from the system. That would be the first step in the right direction. In the meantime, I urge teachers who are still in the system to speak the truth about Christ and call for submission to biblical standards.