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    Filed at 11:52 pm under by dcobranchi

    The writer means well, I think, but the last sentence just plain sucks.

    Many Christians aren’t abandoning public schools

    Concerning the Associated Press article that ran on page E5 of The Star on Sept. 5, “Evangelical Exodus?”:

    As I read the article concerning the movement within the evangelical community to remove children from the public school system and home-school them instead, I was saddened by the lack of any evangelical voice which disagrees with this stance.
    First, the article gives a picture of the movement as considerably more influential than it is. The reporter mentions that both the Southern Baptists and the Presbyterian Church in America considered resolutions to urge a public school pullout. I spoke with two people who attended the PCA convention. They both recall that there was one vocal individual who was pushing for this, but the proposal was not given any serious consideration.
    Second, there is a growing, but somewhat less publicity-oriented movement among Christians to do the exact opposite and to get involved in trying to revive and restore public education, particularly in urban communities. I would beg The Star to speak with local PCA pastor Jason Dorsey of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Jason has three children in IPS at School 14. He and others like him are quietly working to improve the lives and education of all children within IPS by engaging rather than retreating. These people recognize that it would be disastrous if every Christian family pulled out of public education. They also believe that as Christians they are called to consider more than just their own children’s welfare, but the welfare of their neighbors’ children. They believe that, as Christians, God would not have them purchase the care of their own children at the expense of other people’s children.

    Tim Streett
    Indianapolis

    12 Responses to “LETTER OF THE DAY”


    Comment by
    CJ
    September 11th, 2006
    at 4:34 pm

    I am an odd duck—I am a VERY conservative Christian homeschooling Mom. Politically, I am Libertarian/Constitution leaning. I believe in SMALL government that has no business telling us how to live or raise our children. I personally don’t know an “Christian” that is going to SACRIFICE THEIR children for the “good” of the public schools, or the “neighbors’ children.” Nope, sorry! The very thought makes me nauseous!


    Comment by
    Jill
    September 11th, 2006
    at 7:50 pm

    Hey Pat – where do you live? $7,000 is a bargain – we have a state average of $12,500 in NJ and the really poor districts get $20,000 per kid of state taxpayer (as opposed to local property owner) taxes. Of course our average starting teacher salary with no experience is $40,000. Poor underpaid teachers…


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    September 11th, 2006
    at 8:01 pm

    Iintrigued by encounteriung a “very conservative” yet libertarian-leaning Christian for whom self-sacrifice for the greater good is nauseating? Is there a website or something where I could get more info about this world view? 🙂


    Comment by
    Annette
    September 11th, 2006
    at 9:39 pm

    I have a feeling CJ isn’t as much of an odd duck as she thinks. 🙂


    Comment by
    CJ
    September 11th, 2006
    at 10:50 pm

    Ya’ll are too much, thanks 🙂


    Comment by
    Annette
    September 12th, 2006
    at 8:28 am

    To be honest, it took Daryl’s blog here to get me to realize my libertarian leanings. Well previous to this, I had realized and appreciated NHELD’s constitutional leaning bulletins. nheld....recent
    Their information and mission of NHELD is about empowering the individual. I like that just as I like Home Education Magazine’s contributors the Kasemans. All good stuff to make a person think.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    September 12th, 2006
    at 11:39 am

    NHELD (Judy and Deborah?) is very conseravtive Christian?? Oh, wow, that makes aLOT of things make new sense all of a sudden!


    Comment by
    Annette
    September 12th, 2006
    at 12:10 pm

    There it is. Annette posts and JJ twists her words and makes snide remark.
    At least, she is perdictable. 🙂
    No, I didn’t say NHELD was a conservative or Christian organization. As to what labels Atty. Deborah Stevenson and Judy Aron might choose for themselves, I have no idea, and I consider it none of my business.
    I was referring to NHELD’s constitutional leanings.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    September 12th, 2006
    at 1:52 pm

    Oh, it’s not necessarily related? Guess this just looked like a handy place to insert NHELD off-point then.

    CJ, do YOU know of any websites that do fit this unusual combination, where one could learn more about it?


    Comment by
    Annette
    September 12th, 2006
    at 2:06 pm

    My comment was related to CJ’s reply, not necessarily related to anything you might construe my reply to mean.

    You know, it’s been over a year. You really need to get over the NHEN thing. Forgive, forget. I can.
    I’m curious, are you sure that you don’t see even the tinest bit of humor in the “empire strikes back” comment? We can laugh together about that now, can’t we? Come’on. It would beat following me around the internet and being snide to me.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    September 12th, 2006
    at 2:18 pm

    Wondering if CJ is a CS Lewis fan at all, for example? It seems like I’ve been stumbling over historical and Biblical references to self-sacrifice all over the place recently, and I’ve been meaning to go back to the Screwtape Letters or the Problem of Pain and see what I can puzzle out about applying it to home education politics in one coherent frame.

    So I’d seriously love to hear how his best works might be combined with very conservative libertarian homeschooling, especially by real homeschool families whose brains I might pick in real time! . . .I have half-baked ideas firing on all synapses about possible ways to do this but they’re no doubt much wilder than what ordinary folk are living out.
    🙂


    Comment by
    Annette
    September 12th, 2006
    at 2:31 pm

    JJ wrote:>> with very conservative libertarian homeschooling, especially by real homeschool families whose brains I might pick in real time!

    (Waving hand high in the air) oh, oh, I can help you with your half-baked ideas as it relates to CS Lewis and conservative libertarian homeschooling. 🙂