Outlawing Mom and Dad

» Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Education History, On Government Schooling | 2 comments

The enemies of God want the children of God’s people, and it is an old strategy. We see this move made openly by any civil authorities that have the power.  Pharaoh was coerced into letting the men go, but the children not so easily (Ex. 10). Losing the men is a temporary setback, but losing the children means forfeiting the end-game. But even when God’s people themselves wanted a Pharaoh-like ruler (a king like “the nations”), Samuel warned them that this ruler would take their sons and daughters (1 Sam. 8), and that’s even a decent ruler who might fear God. We should not be surprised, then, if our government wants to own our children, and we’re not talking about for the military. This is a more subtle kind of ownership involving their minds and affections, and which, obviously, requires overruling the authority of the family (and the church).

But even strong supporters of parental rights are surprised, it seems, to discover that government schools are “banning mom and dad.”  I am glad to see articles like this (see the link), and I appreciate their efforts to amend government policy. And of course many faithful Christians still work in, or even run, the government schools. I am thankful when any of us can do good work in the world (especially when we acknowledge that it is the world, that it is a mission-field). But let’s not be surprised when parents are not invited to contribute. If any of us are surprised, then we need to learn that compulsory, government-run schools do not belong to us. That’s why they can put us in jail if our kids don’t attend, and that’s why they can ban Mom and Dad.

So if we are hoping, as the author implies, merely to go back a few decades where parents were “helping out in the classroom or the library, chaperoning field trips, or leading special reading or art programs,” then we are not going far enough back to where the problem started. Civil authorities have the sole biblical purpose of physically protecting the public, not educating it and telling it how to think about life.  So even if we were still the Christian nation of our founding, any government-schooling would go bad — as our founders knew — bit by bit, and we are witnessing this around us (more quickly in some places than others). But again, the rulers will gladly take over the upbringing of our children as long as we go with it, and let’s not expect a friendly e-vite once we’ve given it over to them.  Instead, expect them to put lots of money into research and then make an understatement such as “parental involvement helps children learn” (1986, from the Dept. of Education; as cited in the above article).

Are we impressed by this discovery, or do we complain how it’s gotten in recent years, “But now we’re banned!?” Instead, let it remind us of Moses’ well-known words about parental involvement:

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 (Duet. 6:4-9).

2 Comments

  1. I appreciate this article. Our public schools are lost, along with the Christian culture. Every day we send our children into this lost environment and the result is children growning up and having no Christian character.

  2. Kelly, thanks for reading. Along the same lines, here is a helpful quote I just came across:

    An education that denies God and His Word as the interpretive principle of all things, including all academic disciplines, is an education that implicitly denies the whole of biblical truth and the validity of the Christian faith… (Stephen C. Perks, The Christian Philosophy of Education Explained)