St Johns Lutheran Church Willow Creek

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The Menace of Public Education

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Pastor John Bennett

If you’re reading this, chances are the title got your attention. Perhaps the title is a bit misleading, because this article isn’t just about public schools, but more about the way parents need to be actively involved in their child’s education. It seems in recent years that the trend among parents has been to leave their child’s education to the schools without taking the time to find out exactly what it is their children are learning. As an example, and this is a very extreme example, the board of education for Clark County, Nevada, which encompasses the city of Las Vegas, is pushing for sex education for children starting in kindergarten, which includes teaching them about masturbation, same-sex relationships, and intercourse.

Even though that’s a horrific example, it’s the sort of thing that’s happening in public schools across the country. I think back to the late 1990’s, while living in southern California, that kindergarten students in the Los Angeles school district were being taught that same-sex relations were acceptable. That was nearly 20 years ago, and things are only getting worse.

But the problem of what your children are being taught extends beyond that. Probably the most upsetting element of public school education is that the curriculum is purposefully anti-Christian, promoting evolution while denying the existence of God. Many public schools also serve as agencies of indoctrination, promoting the ideals of liberalism and socialism over conservative morals and values.

So what’s a parent to do? Of course, there’s always parochial school, but this option isn’t always available or affordable. But more importantly, parents need to know what their children are being taught. Ask your children to bring home their text books, ask them what they learned that day, be involved in any way you can to make sure that what your children are being taught is compatible with your faith and values. As a pastor, I’ve noticed that children that attend parochial school are far more likely to be active in church during their high school and adult years than those who attended public school, and it’s no wonder when they’re spend 40 hours a week being taught things that are contrary to what they are taught in church. The bottom line is this: as a parent you need to be the greatest influence when it comes to what your children are learning.

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