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Monday, March 10, 2008

My how time flys when you're having fun!

Been a while, but it has been a good respite and time of detox having left public education for good. I am a seminary student now....and enjoying every challenging minute of it! It is a temptation sometimes to think of that time as a public educator wasted, but that would be like saying that God was not sovereign. He it really wasn't. Though I try to distance myself in some ways from that time, in other ways I am constantly faced with reminders of the effects of the public schools on our culture, and on Christendom in general.

Of course I see the blatant "shock attacks" of the establishment trying to control the lives of freedom loving Christian families as demonstrated in California. I suspect they will back down...but keep pushing, and pushing, further and further. We saw that a few years ago with the 9th circuit ruling in favor of the Palmdale School District.

What I constantly see are the nuances, the subtle long-term effects that show up in the oddest places. Like the parent comment that she is dissatisfied with the youth work at their church....I see that it's not because they actually know what's going on, but because they are tired of their teenage kids complaining that youth group is boring.

Back to 9th circuit, etc...I taught in Palmdale and even worked with the man who was the principal of the school that administered those conscience-searing surveys. We were both teachers at the time...he was a nice enough guy...good sense of humor, etc. I cannot say with certainty that he was being devious...I doubt that he was, but I do know that groups like the ACLU are very missional in what they believe in. My experiences with groups like those are that they are like vultures circling high in the sky looking for something ripe and stinky to gorge themselves on to further their agenda. At least vultures do something good for the planet, these characters leave a wake of destruction and chaos...and they do it with a great deal of personal satisfaction. Oh, and the truth is helpful sometimes, but if it isn't...well, they just change it of course! It's their perceived right because they are least in their own minds...and that's all that matters to them really.

So we have some child-advocacy characters that think they know more about anything than anyone regarding children and with a sense of mission and entitlement find a case they can leverage to it's fullest. Every now and again a situation pops up and all the signs look right to make a great play...and they do. So now a 3 judge panel outlawed homeschooling in California. I have to say that I really like the idea of all Christian families pulling their kids out of school. Someone was saying 600,000. At about $45/day for 180 day for 600,000 students....well that's $4.8b/year. Wow....why doesn't Arnold suggest that for the state's budget...California would be out of debt in no time.

I'm sure someone may have already figured that one considering the state of California's budget...but it was fun for me just to think through it for a minute....ok, back to the task at hand.

So what do we do? What Christians are doing now...pray first then fight back through the system as God allows. If we don't the personal costs will be higher. We shouldn't think that what happened in Stalinist USSR, or fascist Germany, etc, last century won't happen to us or our posterity in this century. But we don't do it because of a fear of what may happen, we do it to the glory of glorify Him and enjoy Him forever!

I'll post periodically...if anyone is even still out there ;-). One of the main reasons to post is to get the writing thing's always a good idea to write something before writing a paper for a class...which is what I am going to do next


  • We're glad to see you are back :)

    Keep posting when you can, your perspective is unique and worth reading.

    I suddenly had an a-ha! moment the other day, while reading in an anti-public school book called Millstones and Stumbling Blocks. The author was writing about how schools may not always stop kids from being "Christian" but usually raise kids to be Christian Secularists. I have been upset over the past few years about certain aspects of the Emerging Church movement (namely the liberalism, mysticism, secularism, and less regard for God's Word -- though some aspects of the movement have raised great questions and ideas) and it suddenly dawned on me that a Liberal Secular Church is a direct result of sending a huge number of our Christian children to a liberal, secular training ground. Can someone say, whoops?!

    I'm not sure how the mess the Church is in will be undone, but I believe God is sovereign as well and know that all of this will be for His Glory.

    from California,


    By Anonymous Deborah, at Thursday, March 13, 2008 11:12:00 AM  

  • Hi Deborah...yes, I think more people need this sort of "aha" moment. I've always contended that Christians who send their children to public school end up with bi-cultural children...who know one way to act at home and another at school. When they leave home the dominant culture (usually the one that has more time put into it...most often the time spent in the public school culture) wins out and then we have the sad statistics of anywhere from 80% up supposedly leaving the church when they left home. Sad thing is, parents have a hard time realizing that the heart of their child left the church and joined the pleasures of secular living long before they left home.

    God has a way of cleaning up the church when necessary...He is sovereign and He WILL be glorified..a little study of church history and there is always constant cleaning :-)

    I'll be periodically posting now and again as I have an idea that hopefully will encourage parents to pull their children out of the cesspool called public education.

    By Blogger The Principal, at Thursday, March 13, 2008 3:25:00 PM  

  • Agree, I'm struggling wanting to do home school but do not know if I can keep up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, December 08, 2009 12:26:00 PM  

  • I am interviewing my principal about the first day of school, have any ideas what to ask him?

    By Anonymous Jenni, at Monday, August 16, 2010 5:43:00 PM  

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