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Parents’ God-Given Role in Their Children’s Education

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Parents have a God-given role to determine their children’s education. Why does this matter in a society that offers free public schooling? Because secular educators finally admitted what homeschoolers have known for decades—education is never truly neutral.

In other words, educators will always teach from a religious viewpoint, even if that religion is naturalism. Because of that, public secular education is still religious in its own way.

This point became painfully clear recently when the Michigan Democratic Party shared their sentiments in a now-deleted Facebook post:

“Not sure where this ‘parents-should-control-what-is-taught-in-schools-because-they-are-our-kids’ is originating, but parents do have the option to choose to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this is what they desire.

“The purpose of a public education in a public school is not to teach kids only what parents want them to be taught. It is to teach them what society needs them to know. The client of the public school is not the parent, but the entire community, the public.”

Thankfully, the Michigan Democratic Party deleted their original post and apologized. In a new post, they said:

“We have deleted a post that ignored the important role parents play—and should play—in Michigan public schools. Parents need to have a say in their children’s education, end of story.

“The post does not reflect the views of Michigan Democrats and should not be misinterpreted as a statement of support from our elected officials or candidates.”

Should Parents Decide a Child’s Education?

We appreciate that the organization deleted and apologized for their original post. But it doesn’t change the fact that many believe the government should be in charge of what and how a child learns.

This kind of thinking doesn’t line up with Scripture, though. There’s a reason that the family is one of the first institutions God created. God has given parents a responsibility to train their children in the ways of the Lord. Here are several Scriptures that demonstrate this truth:

“Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth”(Malachi 2:15, ESV).

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV).

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4, ESV).

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children” (Deuteronomy 4:9, ESV).

Some people might read these verses and think they only apply to religious instruction. “What does this have to do with public education?” they wonder.

The truth is, education is never truly neutral. Educators will always teach from a particular religious worldview—and in the public school system, that worldview is naturalism. (Even Christian public school teachers must use an approved curriculum that comes from a secular worldview.)

As parents, we have a God-given responsibility to train our children in God’s ways—and we have a right to have a say in how they’re taught.

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