Starting in the next few weeks, government schools will open for a new academic year throughout the United States.  In light of this, it might be a good time to reassess whether Christian parents want to continue to send their children to government schools.  Sure, some of the teachers are very nice, and a few are even dedicated to working with students for their success.  But given the dynamics of organizational behavior, the more dedicated teachers and administrators work within a public education system where the children are the least important aspect.  Albert Shanker, president of the United Federation of Teachers from 1964 to 1985, and president of the American Federation of Teachers from 1974 to 1997, was reported to have once famously and candidly said, “”When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”  In recent days, in an effort to improve his state’s public schools, Republican North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation that eliminates government school tenure for teachers and abolishes automatic pay increases for those teachers who earn a master’s degree.  The Wall Street Journal this past Saturday, in writing about Governor McCrory’s support of this legislation, noted wryly, “Some research has suggested those advanced degrees don’t lead to improved teaching.”  And for those in government schools in urban areas, many are so woefully inferior that some government school teachers send their own children to private schools or will even home school.

It is estimated that more than 90 percent of Christian parents send their children to government schools.  However, Rev. Charles Stanley reminds Christians that when you send a child to a government school, you are sending them into a “pagan society” where the name of God or Jesus Christ, except as a curse word, cannot be uttered.  Thus, we know that children who attend government schools spend very little time learning anything from a Judeo-Christian perspective, and particularly our country’s history.  Further, as I have written on these pages, proposed new Common Core educational standards will make the situation even worse.  As a result, we can reasonably expect that Christian children, even those who are active in church and devout Christian believers, will learn to emotionally and psychologically compartmentalize their lives into secular and non-secular spheres, and at worst, shed their Christian faith by the time they graduate from high school.  Why should this be so?  The leftist secularists, who predominate in teaching and administering our government schools, argue that government schools should impart knowledge, and that knowledge must be based upon “facts,” whereas Christianity is based solely upon faith, the very opposite of knowledge.  Belief in Christianity, to many government school teachers, educational bureaucrats, and administrators, means believing in something ridiculous (A man who is God?  A bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ?  A virgin birth?  God making our universe?  Heterosexual marriage?  A literal Heaven and hell?  Come on, you crazy Christians!  To quote H. L. Mencken, “What the faithful Christian professes to believe, if put into the form of an affidavit, would be such shocking nonsense that even bishops and archbishops would start laughing.”).  Thus, many government school indoctrinators think they are doing your children a real public service when they subtly or not so subtly teach your children not to believe in the Lord Jesus because, they argue (though rarely directly at this point), that believing in something that is not true is harmful.  Rather, the children must be taught to believe in man-made global warming, subjectivity of all truth, and ex nihilo evolution.

To learn more about how government schools have changed since you attended, I would encourage you to view the film IndoctriNation.  You can see the trailer to IndoctriNation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JJW-JgHVac.  As John Taylor Gatto, a former New York City and New York State Teacher of the Year, stated, “Is there an idea more radical in the history of the human race than turning your children over to total strangers who you know nothing about, and having those strangers work on your child’s mind?”  An excellent and provocative question, Mr. Gatto.  It is still not too late to keep your children out of the government school re-education gulag.  Your children’s eternal destinies may be at stake.