“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-9
You must distinguish between “a” way of doing things and “the” way of doing things, and the Bible does not teach “the” way to educate children in secular academics.
Homeschool, public school, or private school fall under the category of “a” way of fulfilling this secondary matter regarding our children. There is no one size fits all when it comes to school choice. Each parent has to consider the best option for each child, which could mean a different choice for each child that is under the same roof. You want to be:
One of the most sensitive areas in which parents have a hard time trusting the Lord is when it comes to their child’s education. The most common temptation is that some parents are too education-centric, as though academics is the key to a child’s success.
Part of being education-centric is a misunderstanding of what the Lord would like to see from our children. Joshua gives us a purer insight as to what success is, according to the Lord.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8
Parents should be Biblio-centric rather than education-centric, meaning they should be more concerned about their children knowing the Lord than knowing math or science.
If God’s Word does not shape the character of a child, their future brilliance will be one of their biggest hindrances that keeps them from becoming a person after the Lord’s heart (Acts 13:22).
If the child is missing this main thing (Matthew 22:36-40), rest assured that your school choice decision would not benefit your child in the way he needs.
School choice is first and foremost a faith issue:
Before you make your school choice decision, you should settle on these prerequisites:
If I could leave you with three things, it would be these:
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In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).