Hi everyone, I would just like to chime in here and give my 2 cents worth.
If you are willing to be a very involved parent, and to work hard with your kids , your kids can do ok in a public school. I always thought I would homeschool, but it was very clear to me that God was not going to permit me to do so. Health reasons, non- supportive dh, etc. My kids have been exposed to HORRIBLE behavior and language as my dh and I have done ministry work in some housing projects in our county.
We have taken in drug addicted teens and they have seen outlandish behavior and dress. Our church regularly brings in kids from bad neighborhoods and inner city DC. They have to be banished to another part of the church because of people who are afraid of the bad influence on their kids. I find that very upsetting. My kids are little warriors for Christ. We train them that the behavior of these people is wrong. We train them by example. They know now what to look for as far as wrong influences. I have found out about bad videos in school because they come home and tell me about them and how wrong they were.
They tell me about the bad behavior of kids and teachers and we pray for these people. Our family is one of the only Christian families in the school. We try to be kind and loving to these kids and parents who may never get the light of God anywhere else. When the school had McDOnalds night, we prayed before the meal just as the principal walked up, he was speechless. We try to be loving and supportive to him, but when there is a problem, we address it.
Now I am not judging anyone. Like I said, this all takes a lot of work. I am constantly debriefing my kids. But, I believe that God puts some of us in the public schools for a reason. Sometimes I wish He would release us.!lol I know that not everyone can do this kind of ministry. I believe that God calls some to homeschool, some to private, etc, for many of the same reasons. I guess I just didn’t want people who have to send their kids to public school to feel hopeless. Pray, stay on top of it. Be with your kids. Talk to them. And, our decision is never final. We make it every year based on the kid and where we are lead. As parents, we have the final responsibility for our kids.
The majority of our kids spiritual training goes on at home, so that in VBS, the kids see that job as to be a missionary. That is what our church uses it for. Some kids get SO little attention at home. We try to minister to the parents, but many could care less. The kids have a chance if we help them. My kids know what behavior is acceptable. I am always checking up on them. The majority of the time there friends are in our home. Don’t be discouraged if you must send your kids to the public school. Some of us are still there and our kids behave! 🙂
blessings to all,