So Jen and I have been discussing this for the past year or so – where are we going to send our kids for school? Miles has been going to a local Christian Pre-School, which has been amazing (and expensive!). He’s been loved so much by his teachers and he’s not only learning the normal preschool & pre-K stuff, but he also gets to learn Bible stories, sing worship songs, and have a little chapel each week. He’s really growing spiritually.
Jen was saying the other day that there is just a positive spirit on that campus – people smile, they go the extra mile, they seem to really care about each other.
Next year Miles goes to full on Kindergarten; yup 5 days a week all day long. Now we’re not worried about the fact that he’ll be gone every day – in fact I think Jen is looking forward to a little time with only 1 kiddo. But we have gone round and round with what’s best for Miles, and how we want to raise him.
There’s tons of opinions on this subject. Here’s some thoughts we have had:
– Home School allows for a super flexible schedule – which goes along with my line of work
– Christian School teaches Biblical perspectives
– Going to Christian School doesn’t mean you’re Christian, by a long shot – in fact I’ve seen just as much junk there as Public School
– Christian School is a financial sacrifice – or an investment depending on how you look at it
– Our Public Schools are some of the highest rated in our state
– Our Public Schools have lot’s of Christian teachers
– Will Home School challenge our kids enough?
– Will our kids get lost in the shuffle at Public School?
– Will our kids be ready for the real world when they are done with Christian/Home School?
– It seems like our culture is pressuring kids to grow up way too early (sexuality, independence, family values)
– Our kids should get the majority of their morals and views from our home, not school, or even church
– Shouldn’t our kids be the salt and light in their world too?
– Or as parents should be be using this time to protect and prepare them to be the salt and light in this world?
I guess the list goes on and on. One thing that I’ve struggled with is that I went to Christian School until I was in High School. Now I saw a lot of junk in the Christian School – and I was part of some of it. But I also have what I consider a seminary education under my belt from it, that is priceless to me today. When I transferred to Public School it wasn’t as hard a transition as I thought it would be. I did a little rebellion, a little teenage depression (mostly because if girls and Simple Minds), but I ended up ok (I think). So that’s my experience in that area.
As far as Home School goes, I’ve known a lot of parents who have chosen this for their kids. I’m not gonna lie – some of those kids are a little weird. But they are always polite, hard working, committed, dependable, and close with their families. I think their immaturity might be attributed to the fact that in the Public School, kids their age have been forced to mature faster than their bodies and emotions are designed to. And most of the time these kids assimilate into society through college.
One thing that has always fascinated me is that almost every youth pastor I know rips into this group of kids pretty harshly – not really respecting the parents choice, not including these kids in their events, leadership, etc. when these kids are usually the most committed and have all kinds of time throughout the week. When I was a youth pastor I had one family that had three boys in Home School – they were a little crazy, but over the span of a few years, these young men took on leadership roles within the youth group and later in the church.
Anyway, the argument continues… I’m looking for more opinions & thoughts. What are your thoughts – what have been your experiences?
BTW – this post was inspired by a post by David Foster.