The following are my thoughts on public education from a Christian perspective. I have been in education for 14 years. This is not an attack against teachers and what they do. Public ed. teachers are bound to federal and state mandates. They are bound to standardized tests, scores, and proficiency. These are my concerns for the system as a whole. The collective effort to remove Christianity and morals from the education of our youth.
My colleague’s son attends Kindergarten in the local public school system. He was visiting the Christian elementary school he’ll be attending next school year. Dad informs him of the daily routine which included prayer time with his teachers and classmates. And with a confused look on his face, he told his daddy (keep in mind he is in Kindergarten):
“No daddy. You don’t pray in school. Only at church and at home, and before we eat and go to bed.”
For a 5-year-old to express societies warped view of separation of church and state is appalling. Do you think he picked up on that “policy” on his own. Of course not! At some point, the teacher and/or administration felt it necessary to clarify to 5 year olds that they are not allowed to pray in school.
I can sit here and proclaim that we need to take public education back. It’s not going to happen unless there is a nationwide revival from the Federal Government on down to the local school districts. Public school parents MUST take an active role in establishing a Christian perspective and worldview in to their children from the get go! Don’t for a minute ignore or be ignorant that the public ed. system is stopping at nothing to remove any and all aspects of Christianity from the classroom. Don’t justify it with the fact you may attend church on the weekends and don’t need to hear it in school. Consider your child’s sphere of influence. How many hours a week does he/she spend at school, compared to how many hours they spend at church??
Can’t afford Christian education? That’s okay. Just be certain you know what is being taught to your children, in EVERY subject. Better yet, be aware of what they are NOT teaching them. That’s where Satan will do his nasty work.
“Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;” (Psalm 78:1-7, ESV)
Here are a few of the major policies that the public education system is or will be enforcing in the next few years.
Inclusion is everything nowadays. If anyone is “left out”, then the cry is “ignorance” and “hatred”. The homosexual community is fighting extremely hard to include itself in to the education of your children (California Teacher Association LGBT leadership training). Not only that, there is a strong intent to change policy that if anyone says “boo”, there will be consequences for intolerance, hatred, and bullying.
“No person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality,…”
Along with this, Senate Bill 777 (2008) prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s self-defined gender. “If the school must treat a biological male as a self-defined ‘female’ in ‘any program or activity’ and in the ‘educational institutions of the state,’ then it follows that schools are required to allow the ‘self-defined female’ to access any and all female facilities.” (Advocates for Faith and Freedom publication, 2012)
The following quotes are taken from the California Teachers Association (CTA) conference literature entitled, “Pride in Education: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Conference”:
“Please do not assume anyone’s gender, even people you may have met in the past. A person’s external appearance may not match their internal gender identity.”
“Each of us can decide for ourselves in which bathroom we belong.”
“Respectful allies, who learn from and with everyone and then educate others, are important for successful gender liberation.”
Along with the aforementioned, the Lesbian and Gay community is working for inclusion in history as well (see previous post entitled, Education vs. Christianity). Senate Bill 48, otherwise known as the FAIR Education Act, will include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender contributions in California and United States History. Suffice to say, history is being rewritten as we speak. California Education Code 51204.5 directs school districts to teach “with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.” This bill and ed. code insures that your children will be receiving this instruction in their K-12 curriculum, textbooks, and supplemental materials, and likewise “forbids curriculum from including any ‘sectarian or denominational doctrine or propaganda contrary to law.'”
Would you as a parent want to know if your child was seeking an abortion or treatment for a sexually transmitted disease? I would hope so. The public school system says you don’t need to know if your child doesn’t want you to know.
California Supreme Court (1997): a minor child has the right to obtain an abortion without parental consent.
California Ed. Code 46010.1: School authorities may excuse any student during school hours for the purpose of obtaining any ‘confidential medical services’ without providing notice to, or obtaining consent from, the students’ parents or guardians.
Taken from a publication by Advocates for Faith and Freedom, Attorney Bob Tyler states, “In fact, public school officials not only ‘have the authority to excuse a pupil from regularly scheduled classes to obtain medical services, including an abortion,’ but public school officials are further ‘under no legal duty to notify the parents or guardian of a public school pupil who is excused from school early to obtain medical services even if such medical services are the obtaining of an abortion.'”
What’s ironic, is that the law states you must be 21 to purchase and consume alcohol. But you can be 12 years old to receive treatment for an abortion or a sexually transmitted disease, without your consent!! To add to this, school counselors do not have to disclose information to parents (ie. personal and social counseling, pertaining to interpersonal relationships). School counselors do not have to pass this information on to parents, but rather can inform the school nurse, or psychotherapists to refer student for treatment, without your consent!!
HIV/AIDS is also discussed. Yet the failure of the school districts is to inform students that over 60% of the HIV/AIDS cases are contracted by those who engage in homosexual behavior.
What are we to do?
In his book, When a Nation Forgets God, Eric Lutzer compares Nazi Germany to the United States of America. The correlations he makes between the attempted elimination of the Jews and the godless society that is being birthed in America is staggering.
“I don’t expect that America will ever gas millions of people because they belong to the wrong race; but the same values that destroyed Germany are being taught in many of our centers of learning today. Our freedoms are being eroded and, as we shall see, we are being betrayed by the elite–those who should be guarding our liberties are bowing to cultural currents that will, barring a miracle, eventually destroy us.”
In another case, Dr. A. A. Hodge (1823-1886) of Princeton Seminary stated:
“If every party in the state has the right of excluding from public schools whatever he does not believe to be true, then he that believes most must give way to him that believes least, and he that believes least must give way to him that believes absolutely nothing, no matter in how small a minority the atheists and agnostics may be. I am as sure as I am of the fact of Christ’s reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief and of anti-social nihilistic ethics, social and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.”
We can obviously attest that our public education system is lacking. As an educator for the last 14 years, what I can tell you is that whether public ed., or private Christian ed., your children will receive an education. There’s no doubt that the public education system prepares students for the next step of their educational careers. The problem lies with what they are NOT teaching. Religion, morals, and values no longer matter to the educational system. I’m actually wondering when they’ll do away with the discipline system. Why discipline a student for wrong doing when they’re not being taught right and wrong anymore. Accountability is fading very quickly amongst our nation’s youth.
“This atheism is a crime which provokes heaven and will bring down terrible vengeance on the fool who indulges it.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
and who is this fool?
“That sapless fellow, that carcass of a man, that walking sepulcher of himself, in whom all religion and right reason is withered and wasted, dried up and decayed.” ~ John Trapp
We must recognize and identify the very fact that our public education system is a white-washed tomb. It is absolutely vital that if a Christian education is not financially viable for your family, and homeschooling is not an option (due to work schedule, time, etc.), please be as involved in your child’s education as much as possible. Ask them what they are learning. Find out for yourself what is being taught in the classroom. Get involved in the PTA, or even run for your district’s school board. Have multiple conversation’s with your child’s teachers to find out what the scope and sequence of the school year will be for all their subjects. Overall, be aware and involved in your child’s sphere of influence. Two hours of youth group per week will not replace and validate the 30+ hours per week of a public education that is determined to challenge the Christian morals, values, and relationship your child has with Jesus Christ!
God bless you!!
Intolerable Conflict: Public schools vs. Christian values by Lindsey Walton (Attorney)
Advocates for Faith and Freedom: Fighting for religious freedom
Hijacked K-12: The commandeering of California’s Public Schools. A publication of Advocates for Faith and Freedom
Kingdom Education: God’s plan for educating future generations by Glen Schultz
Philosophy & Education: an introduction in Christian perspective by George R. Knight