Exodus Mandate Project is a Christian ministry to encourage and assist Christian families to leave government schools for the Promised Land of Christian schools or home schooling. It is our hope that this fresh obedience in educating our children according to Biblical mandates will prove to be the key for revival in our families, churches and nation.
Part of me says they should go for it, pull their kids out and quit bothering the folks who send their kids to school to learn their language, math and science in an environment free of proselytizing. But it’d be the wrong move. Not every Christian family sees a flaw in public school education, for one thing.
Voddie Baucham, Jr., author of “Family Driven Faith,” noted children spend about 14,000 hours in public schools.
“Whoever controls those 14,000 hours controls our children’s worldview,” he said, citing Charles Francis Potter, a signer of the Humanist Manifesto. He wrote, “What can theistic Sunday school meeting for an hour once a week do to stem the tide of a five day program of humanist teaching?”
Children need to learn how to deal with and relate to people, regardless of world views and shared experiences. They won’t get that if they’re segregated and never rub elbows with a wide variety of people. They don’t need religion in the classroom. They can get that at home.
Maybe the bigger problem is that they don’t. Are their parents living the bible to the best of their ability, or is Sunday morning the only time they’ll crack the spine? If parents want more bible study then they should arrange bible classes for after school so the kids can learn verses instead of soccer rules. Spend entire weekends doing godly things. Push the commandments and beatitudes and parables and WWJD. It wouldn’t have to get in the way of kids learning basic biology.
I know home schooled kids can come out of it better educated than a public school’s record can brag about. There’s something to be said for one on one instruction and the home school curriculum for this country, what I know of it anyway, has standardized testing to make sure kids are learning as much or more than their public school counterparts. But I wonder what kids will learn if parents actually do follow the suggestions made by Exodus Mandate. I don’t think the world needs more ignoramuses who balk at scientific progress and fight advocates of sex education.
And then there are stories like this one – there’s a public school in Indiana where the kids are escorted to a “By the Book Weekday Religious Instruction” and one mother decided to sue the school district because it’s promoting religious instruction. Voluntary attendance or not, it’s nothing that ought to be on school grounds.