Check out this quote…
I am as sure as I am 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, individual, social and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.
– A. A. Hodge, 19th century Princeton theologian
Interesting coming from a 19th century theologian. This is no diatribe against government-based education (I hesitate to call it public because the public really doesn’t decide what’s being taught). I’m not saying everyone should homeschool like we do. I’m not saying that those who don’t homeschool should make sure your kids go to a “Christian” school. All I’m saying (at this point) is that if you do send your children to government / public school, then you should be very aware of what they are learning and be prepared to have open discussions with them on everything from evolution to so-called “safe” sex.
As parents we have the responsibility to raise our children in a godly manner. If you do not filter what they learn at school with the scriptures, eventually what they learn there will out-weigh what they learn in the home. You just can’t expect your kids to pick up on your morals and character if it just “oozes” from you with no intentional teaching for the few hours a day you’re with them. Schools are intentional about developing young adults who understand / embrace the mores of society and the present culture, and they have your kids for 8+ hours each day.
I personally know several families who have done very well with their children in a public school setting. But with each one, they have an intentional, home-education, kind of mentality because they are not passive with what they’re children learn. They work very hard at communication and are involved. So, whether you’re a home or public education person, as a Christian you need to be intentional to train up your children in the way they should go. If you don’t, the government will do it for you. Last time I looked, God’s not holding the public school system accountable for the spiritual development of your kids.