I like public school. I like private Christian school, too, but memories from public school sure do bring a smile to my face. I grew up going to a mixture of both. My three kids grew up going to a mixture of both and, with the exception of a few oddball years, public schools aren’t nearly as scary as Christians can make them out to be.
Fears associated with public schools run the gamut, most of which are quite legitimate. After all, we live in a world where, apart from Jesus, “no one is righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). So while some parents fear their kids will buy into their science textbooks’ lies regarding the origin of the universe, other parents don’t trust the security measures put into place to prevent school shootings. And while some parents fear their kids will give into the lure of sex and drugs, other parents don’t like the idea of schools having atheist clubs.
If I’m honest, I’ve expressed all of the above fears. I understand a parent’s apprehension towards public school and their desire to choose an alternative. In fact, at one time I pulled my kids out of public school and placed them in a Christian junior high because of my fears—just like my parents did with me.
But after reflecting on my own experiences and those of my children, and in an effort to encourage parents on the fence regarding their child’s education, I’ve compiled a list of 7 reasons Christians don’t need to fear public school.
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