4. Christians are Bullied

Given recent movies starring Kevin Sorbo, most Christians probably assume public schools are teeming with atheists just waiting to rain down persecution on any Christian bold enough to share their faith. Well, not exactly. Over the years, I met both teachers and classmates who came from a variety of religious backgrounds including atheism, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. Did we sometimes argue about faith? Sure, but when you operate in such a diverse crowd, you quickly learn that no one is going to respect your beliefs if you don’t respect theirs in turn.

For the teachers, this meant embracing a “live and let live” attitude toward religion. I can clearly remember one teacher discussing her atheism when it was relevant to the lesson, but that was all. Once, when asked, a professor gave his Christian testimony, and our Political Science teacher actually encouraged students to share their faith in class. The only people who got in trouble for their religious beliefs were the ones who used them like a club, and that went for the atheists as much as the Christians. Essentially, we all just followed Luke 6:31, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” 

5. There is Pressure to Change Your Worldview

Like any myth, this one has a bit of truth to it. The transition into public education can be a little jarring for Christian children. I can still remember how shocked I was when another kid used God’s name in vain, and didn’t get in trouble! Parents can’t control who their child becomes friends with, and in a public school, that means dealing with peer pressure and different lifestyles. However, this doesn’t mean they’ll stand alone.

As I wrote earlier, I wasn’t the only Christian in my school. There were a number of other students, and even teachers, who shared my faith in Christ. I could always turn to them for advice or support if I needed it, and most of the time I didn’t. Added to this were my parents and siblings, who were a constant presence in my life outside of class. It’s true a public school can effect a child’s worldview, but in my opinion, the role of a family is much stronger.                            

Ryan Duncan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for Crosswalk.com.

Publication date: August 8, 2014