The Bible makes it clear that parents are responsible for education (see Deut.6:6-7; Prov.22:6; Eph.6:4). The Bible makes no place for the State to have a role in the education of children. Some parents say,
Well, I’ll let my children go to the local public school, and learn about the academics, but I’ll be responsible to teach them about the Lord.
The last half of that sentence is commendable; the first half historically, has been disastrous for the church. Why? Because in the time the children are at school for twelve years (14,400 hours), they will be learning something about academics all right, along with atheistic religion, socialism, godless sexuality (through curriculum, their peers, or their teachers), and every other despicable practice. To hand a child over to the State system for education, is to ask evildoers to indoctrinate them. Be assured: they will.
All education is religious, because all subjects have religious presuppositions. To consider science, without the presupposition of God’s 6 day-creation, is nonsense. Luther was right:
am very much afraid that the universities and schools will prove to be the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the holy scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount …every institution in which men are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.
Noah Webster claimed that “education without the Bible is useless.” It is typical of the godless, that they would want control of all children, to instil their own agenda. Hitler said, (Nov.6, 1933) “Your child belongs to us… this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”1 This view was echoed in Australia, by the NSW Minister for Education (Rod Cavalier, in 1986), who claimed in Parliament that “children belong to the State.” The Victorian Premier, Joan Kirner, claimed that “education has to be about overthrowing the capitalist system, and making it socialist.”2
Christians therefore in obedience to Jesus Christ, cannot entrust their godly children into the hands of people, who have an agenda for those children which is hostile to the Bible. It is simply a form of treachery to Jesus Christ. Furthermore, “statist education in the U.S., has led to the highest illiteracy rate in its history.”3 Education therefore may be partially delegated to others, but never divorced from the parents’ values. It is unthinkable for a Christian to permit a hostile world view (such as atheism, humanism, Darwinism, socialism, feminism or environmentalism) to have any place in a child’s education. Any curriculum utilised, or teachers employed by godly parents, would need to support their Biblical world-view, in all areas.
Why? Because “the end result of all education is a worldview…that worldview is either man-centred or God-centred.4” Hostile world-views however, may need to be carefully explained to a child.
Curriculum and teachers can be important, but a child’s associates are also a critical aspect of their educational process. Parents need to be discerning in not only what their children are learning, and who is teaching them, but who they are learning it with. The Bible says, “leave the presence of a fool, or you will not discern words of knowledge;” that “the companion of fools will suffer harm;” and “do not associate with a man given to anger, or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself” (Prov.14:7; 13:20(b); 22:24-25).
To be governed by the fear of God is to be governed by His Word. Christian parents must see themselves as responsible to God for their child’s education. They must be protective, selective and discerning in all that children are exposed to, bringing them up in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph.6:4).
Are you carrying out your educational obligations to your children, as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ?
1 Quoted in Shirer, W., The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, 1968, p.343.
2 Victorian Fabian Socialist Pamphlet 41, 1984.
3 Rousas Rushdoony, Roots of Reconstruction, 1991, p.36.
4 Schultz, G., 2003.