By Al Benson Jr.
So much material about outright public school abuses comes across my desk it is impossible to cover it all. Someone suggested I write another book but at my age I am not sure if I have the energy.
What I will do is to try to continue to comment on some of the more egregious abuses the government school system heaps on parents in the hope that if some folks read enough of this they might just be led to take their kids out of public schools and give them a Christian education.
I read an article on the fourth of November that was on http://www.libertynews.com that was a real gem. The headline read “Feds Tell Virginia Mom Her Child Needs A Doctor’s Note to Bring A Bagged Lunch from Home!” It noted a lady in Richmond, Virginia whose youngster attends a federally funded Head Start preschool program. The article by Joe Calandra Jr. states: “…the federal government gets to decide what her child learns and what her child eats too! Mrs. Brooks was informed she can no longer send her child to school with a brown bag lunch unless a doctor says the school lunch would be unsafe for her child to consume. Unless Mrs. Brooks: A—finds a sympathetic doctor, B—decides to homeschool, or C—sends her child to a private school, the state says, they alone, will control what her child eats!” The feds even sent a note home with the kids to make sure Mom gets the message.
You have to wonder why the feds are so concerned with what these kids eat—or is there something in the food they plan to serve these kids that they want to make double-sure they get and they won’t get it if they brown bag their lunches? Now that may sound far out, but with these government schools nowadays you really have to wonder. We know they want to change the kids’ thinking and poison much of what their parents have taught them. Some “educators” have even stated that most children enter the public school in some state of insanity and it’s up to a beneficent government school system to straighten them out but, to my knowledge, up to now they have not complained about what the kids eat. Or does this whole scenario teach both kids and parents that the government is in total control over all they do—that the government is, in fact, the real “god” in their lives? That wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
Back in 1985, theologian and historian R. J. Rushdoony wrote: “To control the future requires the control of education and of the child. Hence, for Christians to tolerate statist education, or to allow their children to be trained thereby, means to renounce power in society, to renounce their children, and to deny Christ’s lordship over all of life.” Rushdoony also observed: “Education is thus the power area in the modern world and the arena for the struggle between Christianity and humanism.”
Rushdoony recognized the critical importance of who controls your children’s education—you or the state. Thus, when you arrive at the point where the state even feels it has the right to tell you what your kids will and will not eat, we have gotten pretty far along the road to total dictatorship.
Sinful man always seeks to dethrone God and install himself in His place and for the last 150 years or so, in this country, sinful man has sought to use public education as one of his major vehicles for doing this. It never ceases to amaze me how many compliant Christians are willing to go along with this and never question it. Almost makes you wonder what they had in their school lunches.
Think of the implications for all of society in this. If Christians renounce their power in society then what happens to society? In Genesis God told His people to be fruitful, to multiply, and to subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28). This was a dominion mandate. Nowadays most Christians treat it as if it were maybe a suggestion, but nothing they have to get really excited about.
Lee Duigon, in an article originally published on http://www.newswithviews.com and reproduced in The Chalcedon Report for October/November 2013, has stated “The only way to protect your children from ‘public school culture’ is not to put them in the public schools. If you think you can protect them from gender coaches, King and King, and subtler messages like ‘The Bible is hate speech’ and ‘Communism has a lot of good ideas’ by having a nice, civil chin-wag with a teacher or a principal who’s going to think you’re just another homophobic Christian moron—well, you really need to think again But this is precisely the kind of fruitless drivel regularly indulged in by the pro-family movement. They dive for minnows in a pool of sharks. They babble away about nine-year-olds being ‘salt and light’ in schools run by adult immoralists.” They don’t get it—maybe they will never get it.
What we need is more organizations like Exodus Mandate that will tell people right up front that they need to pull their kids out of public schools and give them a Christian education, however they choose to do that.
There are a lot of home school curriculums mentioned on the Internet. Do some homework and check some of them out. When my wife and I started homeschooling there wasn’t that much on the Internet, if it even existed in the late 1980s.I’m not sure whether Al Gore had invented it yet or not. We looked around and found a book by Mary Pride called The Big Book of Home Learning. You can still find it on Amazon.com. It was, literally, a homeschooling encyclopedia and we learned much from it.
It can be done. My wife and I homeschooled our two and we both worked full time. Admittedly our two were a little older, but there are many home school co-op type programs out there if folks are willing to look for them. Although, in some cases, there are folks that absolutely are not able to homeschool, there are many that could if they tried to work at it. And it isn’t always that expensive. For your childrens’ sakes please check it out and see what you can do to avoid the public school dictatorship over your lives and your kids’ lives.