When my oldest was starting school, I was full of questions. Actually, that is not true. When my oldest was born, I was full of questions about what would be best for his schooling. I literally prayed from the time he was born about where to send him to school. God has been telling me the answer to that dilemma from the very beginning, but I was not listening.
My son went to private school for his first two years of his education. The foundation the school is built upon is rock solid. There is a team of loving Christian board members that govern the school, excellent teachers, aides, office staff, and an army of parent volunteers that rally around and encourage little minds to Christ and education. My son’s experience there was phenomenal, Christ-like, and healthy. The school operated and functioned like a family. We loved calling it home and the people in it our family. I have seen God’s work with my own two eyes in this private school.
This year we are at public school with my son and now my Kindergarten daughter. Their teachers are excellent. They love our children, nurture them, and care for their educations. We have seen them cry with us through tough situations and illness, and have gone above and beyond what is expected of them. I have seen them reach into their own pockets to fund their classrooms. I have felt their agony when they see children who do not have enough to eat or no coat to wear. I have seen them fill those needs themselves. I have seen God’s work with my own two eyes in this public school.
I know many homeschooling moms. A few I consider close friends and Titus 2 mentors. I have home schooled my children at home though not full time since they were two years old. Starting with teaching them preschool curriculum to our next adventure that begins this summer with science and math. I love and respect my homeschooling friends and their passion for their children’s minds, hearts, and education. Their children are focused, smart, and well loved. I have seen God’s work with my own two eyes in the lives of home school families.
So, what’s the better choice? Where to send my children to school? Where do I send them to get the best education, fill their hearts with the most love, and prepare them to be arrows for Christ? God told me the answer when my son was born. He whispered to my soul, “where I send them.”
In John 10:25-28, Jesus tells the religious leaders who He is in Solomon’s Colonnade and gives a clear explanation of following Him, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” I know His voice. I am one of His sheep, and so are my children. We follow Christ everywhere. We follow Him where He leads us. That means everyday. That means private school, public school, or home school.
There are pros and cons about any educational system. What you have to discern is where God wants your children to be and then obey His calling. There have been many times in the last three years that I have agonized, shed some tears, and prayed my heart out asking God to tell my husband and I what to do. Here is what I learned: God will send them where He wants them. Listen carefully to His voice. It is our job as parents to listen and obey. He will make it clear where He wants them and what is best for your family for His glory.
I do not know what He has in store for our future. But I do know one thing, He has it all under control. He has our very best interests at heart. We are here to glorify Him, to know Christ and make Him known, and that is exactly what we are going to do.
“When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.” Proverbs 31:21