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Christian Education of Children:

As a society we need to monitor the quality of education as is being done in the "No Child Left Behind" program.  Another method of taking education to a new level is to study different methods of education, identify excellence, and then model it.

The school system should return to using texts which teach Christian principles and Biblical metaphor. For 300 years of our nation's history we used texts such as The Bible, The New England Primer, and the McGuffey Reader. Modern apologists have written excellent examinations of difficult subjects and confronted issues such as evolution, and the validity of the Bible, in books like "The Case for the Creator," and "Evidence that Demands a Verdict".

An education based on morality, with a full understanding of the scope of human belief systems prepares a child to make an informed decision about his/her faith and worldview. The current model of education pretends to give an objective, non-religious education by teaching a purely evolutionist and secular humanist perspective. Such an education is a narrow non-Christian religious education, and poorly equips a child to be a broad thinker. We should not shy away from giving a strong and clear presentation of Biblical Christianity to our children. Biblical education should start in the home, but it should be reinforced in the public school system.

I propose that children be given a strong Christian education when young, and then gradually exposed to an ever wider array of the options of life such as world religions, the denominational views of Christianity, and science vs. religion. Our current society has attempted to expose our children only to the religion of evolution and secular humanism. Such indoctrination in the name of "Separation of Church and State" is hypocritical. It was the commitment of our Founders to establish a Christian Nation. So, our schools should continue in that tradition and deeply examine and emphasize Christianity.  We should provide an educational and training basis for restoring the roots of our Christian culture.  By teaching the basics of the Christian faith and its personal application to living in this Constitutional Republic, we will create more responsible citizens thus strengthening our society. Christian texts should be used as teaching tools to help ground our children in the fundamentals of Christian righteousness while they are learning the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. All other studies in science, history, philosophy, economics, civics, journalism, and geography, etc. should likewise consider the Christian worldview and contrast that with competing worldviews. The recent emphasis in education to eliminate the thoughts and philosophies of "Dead White Men" from our history distorts and hides the truth of our Christian heritage.  While others may have participated in our history, their contribution was peripheral to the central seminal creation and founding of our great Christian Nation.

The education system should have an element of free market economy available to the consuming public. Home Schooling and Charter Schools provide another effective option for excellent education. Customized attention is especially necessary for children with special needs. I am in favor of school vouchers, which give parents a choice in educating their children as they see fit. Parents should not be required to pay twice for their children's education.  When the free market provides options, the voice of the parents will speak clearly to the unresponsive school boards, the NEA, and state education administrators.

As a society, we should work to make child daycare obsolete. The need for both parents to work to support a middle class lifestyle has a high social cost. We must improve the productivity of the economy (State, National and Worldwide) so that just one working parent can provide for the family's needs. As a nation we must work to support the health of the family. There is no substitute for Mom staying at home while raising the children to be secure, loved, and well disciplined. As a nation we should encourage mothers to stay at home and raise their preschool children.

We should educate, train, and teach Godliness as a solution to prevent divorce and unwed motherhood. The atmosphere of free sexual expression has given the appearance of authorization to act out the passions of youth in the name of freedom of expression, independence, personal choice, and diversity. A society embracing the violation of the Biblical sexual standards has historically precipitated the fall of civilizations. The Youth push the limits of acceptable behavior; even so most will follow the standards set by parents, church, government, and peers when the society embraces Biblical morality as a sincere standard of proper behavior. For children to embrace Biblical morality, the adults must speak it, live it, and enforce it. Hypocrisy is recognized and challenged by the young. Open discussion and group support for Godly standards helps young people stay strong in their commitments.

Many youth sacrifice their faith because of questions about the character of a God who would give sexual desire, and then prohibit the spontaneous expression of that desire. Such dissonance leads young people to adopt alternate belief systems such as evolution and secular humanism which place no value judgments on any type of sexual expression. The purpose of resisting sexuality and other temptations can be understood as a necessary design feature of the creation. I believe that a major purpose of the creation is to satisfy God's desire for love and relationship. As such, free-will is required to make that love meaningful. We act out our love of God when we choose to follow God's rules and resist the temptations and unGodly behaviors which will damage our lives. Acting out sexually in non-Biblical ways has the appearance of living life honestly because we are acting out our feelings and being open minded and liberated from old fashioned taboos.  But the wages of sin are death; death of the purity of the heart which allows for monogamous lifelong partnership; death to our ability to hear God's voice; and ultimately to death of the civilization.

Children must recognize the divide between good and evil and choose Godliness. Such individual devotion to Godly righteousness is the foundation of a self-governing society. When the society avoids the responsibility to teach Godly self-governance, the nation & state must engage in repressive enforcement and extensive regulation of behavior to compensate for the lack of spirit led internal guidance.

A nation which ignores the sexual prescriptions and prohibitions is sealing its fate and calling down curses on itself from Heaven. The nation which rebels against God's sexual commands shows itself to hate the rules, commands, restrictions, and the Way of God. Being realistic, we cannot see God with our eyes of flesh. It is only by our obedience and loving of His Law that we can tangibly express our relationship with Him. The choice between obedience and rebellion is made in the formative years, the actions and attitudes of adulthood reflect that choice. Thus, the eventual fate of the nation lies in the hands of every generation and its parents.

Family is the foundational social unit.  When the family disintegrates the "Children are left behind". Divorce and infidelity break the trust and witness of parents who are the primary agents in the task of teaching Godliness. In order to maintain the continuity of Godliness in a culture, as parents, we should demonstrate love, faithfulness, and obedience to God's principles as we teach those principles.

A Godly relationship between husbands and wives provides the glue which allows the family to survive and thrive. As a society we should model the proper behavior between husbands and wives in our educational system.  Today there is little societal consensus on proper parenting, how to effectively engage in personal transformation, or the best methods for solving marital difficulties. But there are many effective solutions and methods that integrate sound Biblical and psychological principles. If we are committed to identifying and applying them, our nationís problem of broken homes and fatherless children can be solved.


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