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I am new here, and I will admit, I didn't read through each and every post on the homeschool forum. I just glanced at them and read a few.

I'm just wondering, is there anyone on here whose kids attend public schools?

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I went to a public school growing up, but I prefer a good Christian school now. Unfortunately I can't take one on the road with me, so I homeschool.

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I see alot of people on talking about how bad public schools are and how they would never let their children attend one.... just wondering if there is anyone on here whose kids attend a public school?

I will be the first to tell ya'll that my kids attend a public school, and I have had no problems with it thusfar...
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And, yes, I do love my children and no, I am not a terrible mother!! :D

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No one would call you a terrible mother for sending your children to a public school.

My reasons I don't support the public schools any longer are (Not an exhaustive list)

1. Ungodly influences (My children are 8&10)
2. Ungodly teaching (Evolution, Homosexuality, witchcraft)
3. Poor education

In my area, only 60% graduate from HS and only 34% go to college. Young people are being graduated and even honored on the Honor Society who can't read or add. We have 5th and 6th graders in my former church that had to go through a seminar on lesbianism and gay rights. My public school uses Harry Potter as required reading in the elementary school.

I know of a few areas in the country that Christians have had an impact and the public schools are not so bad, but not in New England.

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I'm sure that is absolutely true that you love your children and that you are a good mother.

I think the issue here is not a slam on any parents in particular, but rather that we all will give account as to every area of parenting for which we are responsible. Education, as far as "reading, writing, arithmetic", Biblical and spiritual training, character training, life skills, etc. (and I probably skipped some) are all areas in which we train and teach our children, or, give permission for others to do so (i.e. teachers, coaches,...). And all should be done to the glory of God. It is a tremendous responsibility to rear a child, and I'm sure no one here takes it lightly.

Everyone has their reasons for what choices they make in educating their children. And every one of us would probably defend our reasons, being fully convinced we are right. I see nothing wrong with that, so long as we have obeyed the Lord and adhered to Biblical teachings concerning this subject.

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Hi all! I was really kinda joking when I said what I did in my post. I didn't really expect anyone to think I am a terrible mother or that I don't love my children. My children are in a (good) public school and I have never considered homeschooling them. Different things are right for different people!!

But, really, am I the only one whose kids are in a public school??!! :)

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No you are not alone. My 9 year old daughter attends public school and it has had it's ups and downs. They do teach evolution but she asks ALOT of questions about it and then tells about creation. Her home room teacher has even told her that he doens't believe in evolution. She brings her bible and witnesses to her friends and classmates. She is working on one right now to show him that dinosaurs were in the bible and that he needs to get saved. She gives out tracts on certain holidays where gift giving is appripritate. She isn't however allowed to leave them around the school, my husband was called to the principals office because he and she both were doing it.

There isn't a christian school around here except for 50 + miles away and at this point I would not have the patience to do it. We have looked into satilite schooling but as of yet we havn't done anything about it.

We live in a small communtity (550 people) and her class has only 12 students so she isn't exposed to things that larger schools have.

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It is not just the teaching that really raise a red flag to me. I have read that they are going to try to make schools teach homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle. they are not allowed to pray in many schools. weapons in schools, drugs ect. christian values and practices are undermined. that is just to name a few. a great place to keep current with this is on the focus on the family website.

www.family.org
www.hslda.org

i know alot of people don't like to shelter their children but i believe that we live in an age where we have not choice.
God's Word is true and it has taught us to train a child in the way he should go....
To teach them diligently about the Lord this simply is not possible with them in public school

Deu 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

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[quote="My Saviour Leads Me"]
God's Word is true and it has taught us to train a child in the way he should go....
To teach them diligently about the Lord this simply is not possible with them in public school
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This is where I would have to disagree strongly with you. My children are diligently taught about the Lord. Just because this may not be possible for some to do, that is not always the case.

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Nurse,

Every parent has to make this decision. There are a few areas in the country that the educational system is not completely corrupted. Yours maybe one of them. When I pastored, we had some public school kids in the church. Everyone has to make that decision for themselves. My personal choice is that my kids will never set foot in a public school for the reasons I gave.

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Good post nurse. My son attended public school for K thru 12. He is a very well adjusted Christian young man. He works at a Nursing Home as a Certified Nurse Assistant. He is currently enrolled in college and doing his prerequisite courses for entry into the Registered Nurse program. Public school provided him with a good education. Is there room for improvement ? Oh yeah but it is not the pagan, drug infested, heathen filled death trap some people would lead you to believe. I think it is up to each parent to decide what is best for their child and their situation. The key is to be involved in every aspect of your child

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Well, its good to see I'm not alone. We do live in a small town, not to say its perfect, but it is a pretty good place. My children attend the same public school I attended K-12, and I have no problem at all with it. All of our school board members are Christians, the vast majority of our teachers and staff at school are Christians. If ever faced with someone who doesnt believe in God, or ever faced with the evolution theory, etc., my children have enough sense and education from home and church to know the truth - and to share the truth with others! I have no doubt my children are getting a great education and that they will grow up to be well-educated, well-rounded adults. :)

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My oldest son attends public school, but I keep a close eye on what goes on there. The teaching of evolution is in the science books, but my son gives it no credence. Materials that I do not care for are on the reading list. Some may have a wonderful public school system and that's fine, but some don't.
I haven't run into a major problem that would call for me to pull my son out of public school. If that situation arises, I will do it. The attack agaisnt Christianity is growing in this country, some don't want to see it, but it is there. A good bit of that attack is aimed at children because children are more easily influenced by the world around them. The weaker they can make them, the easier to continue the attack in the future. One must be vigilant. If your children attend a public school you trust, then I have no problem with that, if you elect to home school or send your children to a Christian school, I have no problem with that. If one chooses to send their children to a school, that says... you can't pray silently, you can't read your bible at school, teach that homosexual behavior is ok, ridicule a child for being christian, say that a child can not say the name Jesus in a speech, teaches about paganism, Islam, etc. and says Christianity is forbidden........well I do have a problem with that.

All things considered, I'd rather homeschool my children. It is something I'm not able to do at this time, but I am working toward that goal.


LD

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[quote]
This is where I would have to disagree strongly with you. My children are diligently taught about the Lord. Just because this may not be possible for some to do, that is not always the case.
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You are more than correct about that but the school should be a reinforcement of what a child is taught at home instead of attempt to refute everything that has been taught in the home.

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[quote="My Saviour Leads Me"]
[quote]This is where I would have to disagree strongly with you. My children are diligently taught about the Lord. Just because this may not be possible for some to do, that is not always the case.
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You are more than correct about that but the school should be a reinforcement of what a child is taught at home instead of attempt to refute everything that has been taught in the home.[/quote]

I have never had a problem with their school refuting anything that is taught at home.

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[quote="Pastorj"]
Your school is unique. That is definitely not the case in New England
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From the things I have heard about in other public school systems, I think ours in one of the few good public schools left. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that our school tends to not put up with a bunch of crap from kids... they do believe in discipline and it is handed out when and where needed. Maybe it is because we are in a small mountain town. Maybe its because our teachers and leaders are good Christian people. Maybe its all of these things.... anyway, God has blessed us!! :)

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Our county is a growing Metro Atlanta county and is a mix of rural, residential, Ag, industrial, and business. It still has its rural / Agricultural roots and the school system reflects that. As the city creeps this way the changes are coming.

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Our daughter attended public school and they (both the school and the students) really filled her head with a lot of garbage. Now that she is out on her own all of that garbage is coming to the surface. I truly wish I would have never sent her to public school, but back then I didn't even know about homeschooling and to my shame, I sent her to public school like all the others.

I attended public school and I still find thoughts of some of the garbage I learned there popping into my head at times. It was so difficult trying to reconcile how I was supposed to believe evolution at school and creation at Sunday School.

Among the worst stuff was all the talk about sex and the vulgarity. I didn't have older siblings so all of that was totally new to me and I didn't understand it and it wasn't until years later I found out much of it was wrong.

We don't send raw recruits into front line combat. It doesn't make sense to send little children into the front lines of a worldly, anti-Christian institution.

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I attended public school. Graduated 2002. From my own experience, I would have to agree with PastorJ.

It is an ungodly influence- drugs, sex, gangs, swearing- you will be amazed how easily available these are to even elementary school students.

I can also say that the quality of education is superior in homeschooling only when there is good material and a strict teacher. It takes much less time to cover a topic on a one-on-one basis (homeschooling) than one-on-thirty (public schools). You also don't have all the teachings that may be contrary to scripture.

Thats not to say all public schools are wicked. It's just that I would have rather been homeschooled as a kid than have gone through public schooling.

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I attended and small town, very rural public school. Even there, booze, drugs, pornography and other wickedness was rampant.

I have yet to see a public school that isn't wicked. They all, by government decree, deny Christ, God and the Bible. They all teach evolution. They all teach perverse "sex education". They all allow, to one extent or another, immodest dress, improper behavior and ungodly textbooks.

With the plethora of good to excellent homeschool material out there today, anyone can homeschool with relative ease.

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[quote="nurse"]
From the things I have heard about in other public school systems, I think ours in one of the few good public schools left. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that our school tends to not put up with a bunch of crap from kids... they do believe in discipline and it is handed out when and where needed. Maybe it is because we are in a small mountain town. Maybe its because our teachers and leaders are good Christian people. Maybe its all of these things.... anyway, God has blessed us!! :)
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Yours is a rare situation indeed, [b][u]nurse[/u][/b]! :) I'm glad the liberal and anti-God influence hasn't touched your children's school or school district, and hope it stays away. If only more schools were like the one your children attend.

BTW, Welcome to Online Baptist! :D

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