MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Is There a Benefit to Equality in Education?

November 28th, 2007 Viewed 9164 times

Bright Smiles A few weeks ago we talked about Morality in education using as a springboard the whole topic of homosexuality in the public school system. Core to the premise that the school is a proper place to teach right and wrong is the concept that the children belong to the state, not to the parents.

What’s strange is the parallels between this concept of “it takes a village” to raise children and Plato’s Republic. Two portions of Plato’s Republic I find scary (especially when you consider that Plato is thought to have lived between 427 and 347 BC).

What’s Most Important in Your Child’s Education?

October 4th, 2007 Viewed 2538 times

Reading a Book As we start contemplating what curriculum to use for our homeschool adventure we have to address the important question of what the most important thing to teach to our children is.

Don’t get me wrong– we want children who can think, who can reason, and who are as smart as they can be. We want our kids to be able to use their gifts to the best of their abilities.

Indoctrination or Teaching?

February 28th, 2007 Viewed 2360 times

Studying LateWhen I told a coworker some time ago that I was planning on homeschooling my children, her first response was to wonder if I’d let my children experience any other viewpoint than my own. I told her that they’d be able to learn about other things, but from my viewpoint.

However, this whole concept seems to be a recurring theme and is more foundational than I once thought. It wasn’t more than a few weeks ago that I caught a special on one of the news magazines (it may have been 20/20) where they were doing some kind of in depth look at some kind of Christian cult. It was started by some Baptist Preacher and had some kind of innocuous name, but according to 20/20 the kids were indoctrinated to believe that free and casual sex was something that was encouraged by Christ. I won’t go into all the perversion, but I think I gained a glimpse of the reasoning the coworker had, why she had it, and I started to puzzle and reason through it.

Old Time Values are No Longer Considered Right

The current adult generation seems to have lived with the motto “Question Authority or Everything.” Without going into the question of did they question the motto, we’re now reaping a society that wonders about the morals and things that they were taught and wonders aloud about whether it’s something that their children should be trained.

I’m certain that society for all of time has looked upon people that weren’t brought up with the identical values as odd. Therefore, if Christian parents continue to adhere to teaching a Christian worldview to their children, they will come under more scrutiny. It’s possible that it could be a feeling of inadequacy by the parents doing the critiquing or it could be fear of another cult, but in either case, we’re living in a society with changing values and we must decide where we will stand.

A Double Standard

One of the problems with the new cultural norms is that they claim to want to promote your ability to choose your own path– but your path must be one of the accepted ones. So, it’s not ok to seek to follow after the Bible as far as roles for men and women, because that means that you’re enslaving them.

So, we have people saying that it should be ok for you to choose your own school– but it has to produce the same kind of lemmings that the rest of the world produces, even though the claim that they should question everything. In reality, what they want you to question is anything that would restrict you or cause you to think something’s wrong. They’re really pushing a humanist worldview, but they don’t want you to know it.

The Truth: Everyone has a Worldview

The truth is that everyone has a worldview. Some big components are the same for numbers of people. Some of the smaller may be unique (hard to imagine). In any case, we use our worldviews to make sense out of what’s around us. We look at the world and see either “wow, God created an amazing world” or “wow, I can’t believe this all came about by chance!” (funny statement, that last one). We see how people act, what people say, and interpret it through our worldview.

What the world is really saying when they claim that you’re indoctrinating your children (or use the word brainwashing them) is that they don’t want your worldview on your kids, they want theirs. They don’t want you having kids that look at the world God created and seek to please Him, they want someone who will look to themselves and the government for help.

Now, I’m not saying that cults are right– what I am saying is that it’s unexplainable to me why society seems to be afraid of children that seek to love their neighbor as themselves, want to share the greatest news ever told, and that have an appropriate respect for authority and are good citizens. Why we should choose to indoctrinate our children in a culture that seeks to be subversive, to get as much as they can from the government, and thinks that this is all there is so there’s no inner sense of accountability to something higher than themselves is ludicrous…

…except: These people are the same ones that are missing that which makes us a different. A personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Perhaps they push this indoctrination for our kids because they don’t know the fullness and richness of a life in Christ. For that, we need to work all the harder to get the message out.

Things You Were Not Taught in School

January 16th, 2007 Viewed 3469 times

Schools are deviating further from their purpose every year it seems.  What started out as an institution to promote the learning of the basics of education has seen itself forced into a pulpit for secular humanism and a place for indoctrination into the latest liberal thoughts and practices.

Know Your Rights

January 11th, 2007 Viewed 2414 times

Amber Mangum most recently became a Christian, and like all new Christians, she wanted to learn all she could about Christ.  So, what did she do?  She read her Bible every spare minute– but was upset when her school wouldn’t allow her to read it during her free time.

Mangum said her daughter was reading her Bible on Sept. 14 when Vice Principal Jeanetta Rainey approached. According to Mangum and the lawsuit, Rainey told Amber that reading the Bible violated school policy and that she would face discipline if she continued to do so.

Later that day, Amber recounted the episode to Mangum, who is her adoptive mother and also her biological grandmother. James Baker, a family friend, sent a note to the school asking that the principal identify any policy barring students from reading the Bible during their free time.

The note quoted a section of the school system’s administrative procedures, saying that students “may read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals, and pray before tests to the same extent they may engage in comparable, non-disruptive activities.”

To me, you have to wonder what prompted someone who should know the policy to tell a falsehood to a child.  Perhaps she was like other new converts and she was sharing her faith as well as reading?  It’s usually the case that if someone is regular in their reading and a new Christian that they want to tell others.

It sounds like this Vice Principal was trying to silence her or stop her from being as devoted as it appears she was.  In any case, the Rutherford institute has gotten involved, and came to the girl’s defense.  And why shouldn’t they?  It should not be a problem for someone to read a Bible (or for that matter, Koran, Mormon book, etc.) quietly on their own time!

Homeschooling and the Internet

November 17th, 2006 Viewed 2611 times

Reading

For anyone– homeschoolers especially– the Internet is a massive library. Its bookshelves are endless and full—not only with books, but with magazines and research papers. And it’s a library teeming with experts anticipating every need.

A Christian Home Schooled

November 9th, 2006 Viewed 1718 times

Studying Late

We’ve come full circle from the earliest days of education.  Parents, not governments, are responsible for providing education for their children.  It was given to parents to teach all sorts of things all throughout history– which is not to say that the parent did not have help of some teachers of specific fields– but parents used to be the only source of education for a student.

A Christian in a Christian School

November 8th, 2006 Viewed 1761 times

Studying Late

As an answer to parent’s desire to send their children to a place where they could receive better and more Biblical training, churches and other organizations created private schools with a Christian curriculum.  These schools vary in purpose from those that are primarily an edification arm of a church to those that are independent and funded only by tuition to those that are evangelistically minded.

A Christian in a Public School

November 7th, 2006 Viewed 2597 times, 1 so far today

Studying Late

A Christian cannot avoid being in the world.  They were born into the world a sinner, they were saved from sin but still influenced by it and struggling to become more like Christ along the way.  Very seldom throughout their life will they have the opportunity to have just Christians around.  They will have to be able to stand for their faith against people that either couldn’t care about it or that are antagonistic to it.

There are two basic reasons that I believe that Christian parents send their children to public schools.

  1. It seems natural, it’s free, and it’s what they have done.
  2. They want them to learn to stand against the world and be different.

Where to Send Your Children to School

November 6th, 2006 Viewed 2116 times, 1 so far today

Studying Late

I have to believe that every Christian parent would desire that their child have a love for the Lord.  It’s debatable whether they’d actually desire that their child go into the ministry or be a missionary, but I’m sure that they desire for them to have the same or more love for God as they do.

The question that faces every parent is how to best raise their child to have that desire– especially in the area of education.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.