Deciding how to educate your child can feel overwhelming, but because of the gospel, we have freedom.
With a growing number of sound options and many opinions on the superior choice, the decision about education can cause anxiety. Although the Bible doesn’t tell us which specific option is “better” for the Christian family, it does charge parents to be faithful to raise their children in the instruction of the Lord, teaching them to love God and others as they follow his design for life according to scripture. While there are strengths and weaknesses to any choice, when a believing parent has a humble heart and desire to honor the Lord, God will direct their path and work all things for their good in Christ.
We understand how difficult this decision can feel (We’re right there beside you trying to make the best choices for our young children too!) so during the month of March 2018, Risen Motherhood is focusing on educating our children and the freedom found in the gospel. Below you'll find the links to the shows for our Freedom in School Choice series along with related articles and resources that we pray will help throughout the decision-making process. There is also a link to a questionnaire we've developed to help you process this decision.
In all of this, we hope these resources can serve as a launch point for thought, prayer and discussion as you navigate the options.
The risen motherhood podcast: FREEDOM IN SCHOOL CHOICE SERIES
FREE PDF WITH GOSPEL-CENTERED QUESTIONS WHEN CONSIDERING YOUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION
HOW SHOULD WE EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN?
In light of our focus on education during the month of March, we’ve put together a list of questions that a parent or family can use to prayerfully converse about different educational methods. We understand how difficult and daunting this decision can feel but we are hopeful these questions can serve as a launch point for thought, prayer and discussion as you navigate the options.
This is a free, downloadable PDF. Please print as many as you like, and feel free to share this resource with your friends. If you choose to link to this document, please link to this page, rather than directly to the PDF.
Related Articles & Resources
We've rounded up a collection of thought-provoking and interesting education articles from around the internet. While we think they're helpful to think through as you make your decisions, the RM team does not necessarily agree with or endorse every opinion in these pieces, and they are not a reflection of our personal education choices. Our hope is that they spark good conversation in your own homes and help offer new viewpoints for your consideration. Enjoy!
Private (so hard to find!)
Perspectives on Our Children's Education: A Private Enterprise - The Gospel Coalition
Perspectives on Our Children's Education: Going Public - The Gospel Coalition
Why We Send Our Kids to the Poorest Public School - Christianity Today
Know Your Rights as a Christian in a Public School - The Gospel Coalition
How to Raise an Alien Child - The Gospel Coalition
Do Christian Parents Flirt with the Idol of Education - The Gospel Coalition
Education and Division - Tim Challies
Education is a Mandate, Not a Choice - Sally Clarkson
The Great Vision of Christian Education - Desiring God
Home School, Private School, or Public School? - The Village Church
A Prayer for Trusting Jesus As We Make Big Decisions - The Gospel Coalition
School Choice as Stewardship - Risen Motherhood
Perspectives on Our Children's Education: Homeward Bound - The Gospel Coalition
What are You Relying on in your Education Philosophy? - Sally Clarkson
A Few Thoughts on Wholehearted Homeschooling - Sally Clarkson
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