Starting the School Discussion

Yesterday, my kids, along with countless others, started their first day of school.  In reality, it's a 5 hour, one-day-a-week Mother's Day Out program that we're calling "school", or as I have deemed it "mommy-gets-a-break-day".  And while our kids are still a few years away from the traditional kindergarten age, we've recently started the discussion about how our kids will be educated.  It is a decision that we do not take lightly, and one that deserves a fair amount of discussion.

We live in a country where education is highly valued and pursued.  In the US, we pay taxes so that our children can receive 13 years of free public school, a privelege not experienced in a large part of the world.  We have several friends that work in the public, private and charter school systems, so we know there are men and women who would invest well in our children.  But are those reasons enough to make a decision on how, why and where our children will be educated?  In these most formative years of our childrens' beings, what should be the source of their understanding of the world as God made it?  There isn't a simple answer.

Instead, we have made a list of questions to help us begin to navigate the waters of this decision, knowing that more specific questions will need to be answered as well:

  • What does the Bible say about knowledge, wisdom, and education?
  • What is the role of knowledge/education? What is it's purpose and/or intended outcome? 
  • Does the ability to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a godly life depend on a certain level of education?
  • What role, as parents, do we play in raising up our children in knowledge?  What are our biblically appointed duties in that regard?
  • Thinking outside of the traditional classroom setting, what other sources are there for gaining knowledge?
  • What feasible options are there for education?  {Taking into account the cost of tuition, time, and location.}

In order to answer these foundation questions, we plan to consult a few resources from sources far more knowledgeable than us on this topic.  As publically educated parents who were not raised in Christian homes, Brandon and I need outside opinion on this matter.  In future posts, I plan to share our answers to these questions as we move along in the process, in case there are others who may be facing the same decision.  In the meantime, here are a few of the resources I've been recommended:

Excused Absence by Douglas Wilson

The Case for Classical Christian Education by Douglas Wilson

How Classical Education Shapes Us as God Intended by Bradley Green {via the Gospel Coalition} 

Think by John Piper

If you have a resource you would like to share on the topic of schooling, please leave a comment below.  I would especially love to hear about homeschooling resources. 

And finally, a picture of Eisley and Easton on their first day of school: