The final countdown has begun. I have been in my classroom getting it ready for a new group of fourth graders. School starts two weeks from today. And with a new year right around the corner, I’m remembering how difficult last year was. I’ve been teaching fourth grade for a decade now and I’ve noticed the decline in the work ethic and behavior of some of my students. So I’d like to pose the question: Do we need Christian kids in public schools?
Teaching in a public school setting is a very unique job. It has allowed me to view a cross-section of today’s society, both the good and the bad. And for many Christian parents, their perceived decline in the moral makeup of today’s kids has caused them to look at private school or home schooling as a way to escape the evils their children may come in contact with in a public school setting. I know many parents feel very strongly about the public education system being bad for their children, but perhaps we should not shy away from allowing our kids to work in their unique mission field.
I believe our public schools need Christian kids in them. They need to be filled with kids who show the light of Christ. I’ve had students in past classes who exuded a confident Christian attitude and it definitely had a positive effect on their peers. We need to look at our children’s time in school as their mission field, a place where they can interact with many who are lost in a way that a parent or youth minister cannot.
Recently I attended a homecoming football game at the high school I graduated from and the school’s LGBT club had sponsored a float. While those kids had a right to do that, we need Christian kids in schools willing to speak a message about Christ, showing their peers that they are not ashamed of following God. I understand how home schooling or a Christian private school may afford us the opportunity to teach the bible in a way that cannot happen in a public school setting. But let us consider how we can allow our children to affect the world for Christ instead of isolating them from it. Jesus didn’t shy away from sinners. He came to seek and save the lost. We should do the same.
(Please read the comment section of this post for further dialogue of our responsibility as parents to our children’s education but more importantly their souls.)