Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have published a commentary on the importance of education and school choice.
John Stonestreet writes,
As stories pile up of public schools teaching first-graders it’s normal to have two mommies or two daddies or hosting “coming out” events for transgender students, one might sympathize with the urgency many parents feel to get their kids out of “government schools.”
But for some, such as those lacking the time and resources for private schools or homeschooling, the options are limited. And let me be clear: There are many good public schools and many dedicated Christian teachers in those schools who deserve our support. But it’s also clear that current trends don’t bode well for public education in America. . . . .
And we ought be clear on this point as Christians: no matter what we use among the public, private, homeschool or hybrid options, ultimately the education of our children is a parental responsibility—one that we cannot outsource.
Stonestreet goes on to talk about the contributions Christianity has made to education in the past and the many good options that exist for students and adults seeking a sound education today.
One of the reasons we have promoted home schooling for so many years is we firmly believe that parents have a right and a responsibility to direct the education of their children, and home schooling provides important options for families who want to give their children the best educational opportunities they can.
You can read Stonestreet’s entire commentary here or listen to it below.
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Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.