Your Child’s Schooling Options
Kurt Bruner, The Center for Strong Families
Parents today often feel like they fail to measure up in their responsibilities—especially in something as challenging as giving their children a good education in an increasingly complex world. As you evaluate the many schooling options available to your family, reflect on the following questions to help apply Biblical wisdom to your educational choices.
QUESTION ONE: Who has ultimate responsibility?
Children are wired to observe and learn about all kinds of things in life. What is your role? The answer will vary from situation to situation. The most important thing to remember is that you have ultimate responsibility for the education of your child(ren). Deuteronomy 6:6-7 tells us: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Parents in all different times and places have found value working with other people (including schools) to partner toward a strong education. But delegation does not remove the responsibility for oversight. It takes diligence to make sure that the people to whom you grant some of the training work are performing well and enhancing rather than undermining your efforts.
QUESTION TWO: What is best for each child?
Your oversight of each element of your child’s education should be coupled with an annual assessment of your child’s education needs. You should evaluate each child at the start of every school year and then commit to the plan that works best. Some parents move from one option to another based upon what they believe will best meet a child’s needs rather than feel “locked in” to any one approach.
QUESTION THREE: How do we keep faith a priority?
Everyone wants his or her child to succeed in life, but what does success look like? Too often, well-meaning parents seeking to give their children an edge for the future load up their schedules with activities that can squeeze out time for family and faith. But it’s the investment in family time that deepens the roots of faith, character, relationship and other non-academic priorities.
QUESTION FOUR: Who can give advice and guidance?
It is always wise to ask those who have chosen different schooling options for insights on the good and bad of each. You may encounter those who seem to have a “one size fits all” perspective. That’s okay. Just listen and learn so that you can gain as much insight as possible as you prayerfully evaluate your own child’s situation.
- The Handbook on Choosing Your Child's Education: A Personalized Plan for Every Age and Stage from Focus on the Family
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