The Time To Take a Closer Look At Our Public Schools is Now

I really don’t even know where to begin.

This morning, as I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I came across the news that President Obama is “strongly urging” all public schools to implement transgender bathroom and locker room policies, or they risk losing federal funding.

I’ve literally had tears well up over this, and I homeschool my children.

Recently Target has publically introduced these same policies in their stores. While my spirit grieved for this scenario as well, it’s not quite the same. Target is a private corporation, and as such, has every right to decide their own policies.

The public school system is different. It belongs to “the public.” Supposedly, it belongs to the people of our nation.

Our culture is diseased, y’all. Like it is seriously sick. It has been in a huge moral decline for decades now. Among other things, God will not bless a nation that allows the murder of it’s unborn children.

While Obama has usurped his executive power yet again, we must take note that he has been allowed to do this over and over. This decision will likely stand, despite the fact that the American College of Pediatrics has unilaterally stated that gender confusion in children is harmful.

I’m sitting here, literally at a loss for words. I can almost imagine how the Separatists must have felt before setting off for the New World.

While faced with adversity against their faith, they weren’t satisfied to hang around and try to invoke social change. They didn’t say, “Oh well, let’s stick around and continue to allow our families and children to be indoctrinated.”

While changing our nation for better is always a good thing, in the meantime, we have a responsibility to ensure that the teaching and training of our children is aligned with God’s Word. We have the responsibility to ensure that our children are in a safe place to the best of our ability.

We also must remember that we have no idea what the Lord has in store for our nation. Romans 1:28 is exceedingly clear that God gives those who do not accept His knowledge over to a depraved mind:

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. (Romans 1:28)

We cannot believe that the same government which allows the dismemberment of unborn children has the right mindset to teach and train our physical children. It’s just not possible!

The time is now for Christians to take a stand. It is time for us to take our children back.

I have been writing a book about homeschooling, and I would like to share the first chapter with y’all. It’s about our children. It is an unedited, messy first draft, but I am just so incredibly burdened for our kids, that I feel compelled to do so. Our kids are worth so much! We are called to defend the defenseless, and our children fall into this category.

I saw a quote by Israel Wayne this morning which scared me.

“Many Christians will boycott Target over the transgender bathroom issue, but will they ever boycott government schools over the same issue?

I don’t think so. For reasons I don’t begin to understand, most Christians are tenaciously addicted to their government school habit.

I don’t think there is ANYTHING at all the government schools would EVER do that would EVER make most Christians remove their children and pay for their own child’s Christian education. Sad, but true.

80% of Christians are still committed to government schooling…no matter what.”

– Israel Wayne, Family Renewal, LLC

I pray that Israel Wayne is wrong, but I fear that he is right. We must remember that government schools have an ungodly agenda at their heart, and our children do not belong there.

Believe me when I say that after this passes, another morality problem will occur. And then another, and then another. Our children deserve better.

A sweet reader shared her thoughts on this earlier, and it was spot on. While not all parents are in the position to homeschool, it is time for our churches to stand in the gap.

“I know not everyone can homeschool. I get that. We are blessed to be able to homeschool our kids. I feel like the time has come for true Bible believing Pastors to put their foot down and tell these parents to get their kids out of government schools, and for the churches to stand in the gap for those who cannot homeschool!”

Amen to this. The faith community must be willing to step in and help.

22 thoughts on “The Time To Take a Closer Look At Our Public Schools is Now

  1. Diana says:

    Excellent post. I agree whole-heartedly with each point. Unfortunately, I also agree – reluctantly – with the Israel Wayne quote, which is simply that American Christians are simply addicted to their public schools. I really don’t think there’s anything so despicable that the schools could do that American Christians would change their minds on this and start pulling their children out in large numbers. It’s so sad, especially as we are seeing young people leave the church in droves after completing their public school education.

    Thanks for speaking on this issue.

  2. Bridget says:

    Hi Nicole! After just recently telling my husband about a school in Michigan who implemented a similar policy (and the children not having to tell their parents when they fill out a paper with their preferred name and bathroom- information from a Heidi St.John Busy Mom podcast), I was horrified when he told me what President Obama had said yesterday. It’s so unbelievable that the transgender (and homosexual) mentality is being shoved down our throats when it’s a very, very small percentage of our population. It just gives an upper hand to pediphiles. So, yes, I agree with everything you say and the Israel Wayne quote. I feel that a lot of Christian parents think that the public school is a grounds for their children sharing their faith and that is how they and pastors give an okay to public school (we go to a very large church, but unfortunately, a very small percentage of children are homeschooled). I’m so thankful every day that my husband and I are able to homeschool our children.

    P.S. How are you feeling? I’ll be 25 weeks on Monday and it really seems to be going so fast because I’m so busy with my other 5.

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you, Bridget. šŸ™‚ I’m doing well, and I’m happy to hear that you are too. I’ll be 25 weeks on Tuesday!

  3. Christina says:

    We have been dealing with this for the last 5 months in Alberta as our ministry of education put out ‘guidelines’ that it then made every school board in the province incorporate into their policies. Ours go even further than the US that students can use different pronouns, different washrooms and change rooms and play on opposite sports team all without parents knowing. In fact, it now states that the child must give permission to the school to discuss that childs gender identity and activities at the school.

    It’s unbelievable.

    There has been a big push back here but even those of strong faith still plan to keep their children in public school. They view it as a defeat to remove their children. We have decided to give homeschooling a try as our form of protest but I fear the world we are now living in is one so very different from even 20 years ago.

  4. anislandfamilybygrace says:

    I just read the first chapter of your book, Nicole, and I thought it was very well said. Just this afternoon when I told a neighbour that we homeschool, she asked if I am a teacher. The only thing I regret about homeschooling is that we did not start sooner, before my eldest went to school. Thankfully God led us to homeschool a year later and it has been a blessing ever since. Well done for having the courage to encourage others to homeschool too šŸ™‚

    • Ashley Rowland says:

      I think it’s sad people think you have to be a teacher in order to homeschool your children. We’ve lost sight of the fact that parents are ultimately responsible for their children, not the schools and not the government.

      Great post, Nicole! (FYI – I found you through Arabah Joy’s link-up.)

  5. Crystal says:

    Love every word of this! My younger kids are in a small Catholic school. We pay a small tuition, but nothing like most private schools. There really are alternatives for those who can’t homeschool, especially as more and more people wake up to the realities of what public school is becoming.
    -Via MMBH

  6. JES the Pilgrim says:

    I heartily agree… This article now shares the 101th reason to homeschool (or at least removal from the public education system). Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

  7. Skippy says:

    Yesterday, I read an article that told about all the people that are boycotting Target because of their “bathroom policy”. While that is great, I commented that I hope the people boycotting Target don’t forget about our public schools. Someone replied back, “home school”. The thing about this is, what about the children of families that can’t home school. One major obstacle is finances; home schooling usually (not always) requires a parent to quit working outside the home; home school materials can be expensive. In my state, a parent that wants to home school is required to have at least a high school diploma; other states may require more. The list of obstacles goes on..

    It is great that we have/had the opportunity to home school our children, but does that mean we can ignore the other children? All children, whether they are home schooled or not, should be our responsibility.

    • Nicole says:

      I am a firm believer that God will provide if we are obedient and pull out kids from the public schools. By God’s grace, I was a single mother for two years and never had to leave my children to work. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      • Bronwen Lee says:

        Reading through your blog today so forgive me if I missed it, but how did you homeschool and work? If this isn’t’ a blog post, it should be! This is the topic that could really help make homeschool financially possible for a great many families. Thanks.

      • Nicole says:

        Hi, I didn’t work. The income that I received through my first husband’s social security check was enough to sustain us. I do know of many working homeschoolers however, and it definitely can be done.

    • redheadmom8 says:

      As a mother of 11 children, I can assure you that homeschooling is not as expensive as one might believe. If you are resourceful enough, you can homeschool every subject using only the library. Besides that, there are so many free printables online and great websites like Khan Academy that are educational and also free. We need to remember that just because schools use textbooks for every single subject does not mean that we have to. In fact, it’s pretty evident that public education is failing miserably, so why would we try to imitate something that isn’t working? Just figured i’d give you something to think about!

      • Nicole says:

        It absolutely isn’t as expensive as some think, and can be done essentially free! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your input.

  8. redheadmom8 says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I wrote about this very subject last week and have been saying the same thing that many others have been saying- it’s time to boycott public education and homeschool. Enough is enough.

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