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  1. Karen says:

    Very well said and sharing this with my daughter to give her and our son-in-law stength to teach our 2 grandsons with Gods help.

  2. Home Schooling is fine if you can do it.
    But as a Lutheran School Director in a denomination with the largest number of non-Roman Catholic Christian schools in America, I know that plenty of Lutherans and non-Lutheran families trust us to help them in the education of their children in an environment that is not hostile to the Christian faith.

    I would have loved to see this article bring the Lutheran School System up as a viable choice as well.

    1. Matt Salger says:

      Brandt – I do not believe that Pastor Preus was discounting Lutheran Schools – it was more of an admonishment of the parents and the duties of parents in the perfect order directed by God

    2. Rita says:

      I think the option of the Lutheran School System is wonderful. However I think the point of the article is that it is the parents responsibility no matter where the children are taught. If they are in public school then the parents need to correct the wrong teachings and not just leave it to the school system, pastors, etc. They just mentioned that homeschooling is increasing because of the public school issues. Even if children go to a Lutheran school it is still the parents responsibility to teach their children. They shouldn’t just leave it to any school system.

  3. Jim says:

    This article is spot on, now depending on who is President they may make home schooling unlawful. Lets pray the right people are in charge.

  4. Shirley says:

    This is an excellent article! More of us (parents and Grandparents) need to read it! Many people think it is the church’s responsibility, not family’s, to teach Jesus and salvation. It is, indeed, parents and grandparents and sponsors.

  5. Michael says:

    Too often, in my experience, Lutheran Schools are simply public schools with “Jesus Time” tacked on somewhere.

    1. Laura says:

      As a teacher and parent of a child in Lutheran schools, I agree. As a teacher, I was dismayed and disappointed at the attitudes and behaviors of the teachers and principal at my school.
      I would love to homeschool, but my husband is not in agreement, yet.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Homeschooling is a wonderful way to teach your child about the love of Christ and to educate them in general. Our experience was truly a blessing.
    My husband and I tried sending our daughter to the local Lutheran school (she attended for 4 years), but we still felt only as spectators in her life, not parents.

  7. Paul Niksch says:

    All to often parents act as though the church, pastor or Lutheran/Christian school will satisfy their duty to instruct their children in spiritual matters. As the post correctly points out, those great institutions are there to support, not replace, the parent’s responsibility to God and country to ensure their children have a personal knowledge of and faith in God.

  8. Marie Haas says:

    That sounds well and good, but on the other hand, parents, grandparents and all Christians don’t let the children hear you say when it comes to immorality of any kind that “the world is going to hell in a handbasket.” It won’t if you don’t let it, but you have to be willing to fight for it, lead by example. “Onward Christian Soldiers”, ” A Mighty Fortress” and “Hark The Voice of Jesus Crying” aren’t songs for wimps; these songs are our battle cries!

  9. Laurie says:

    We need to esteem what matters and is worthy for whom we do depend on as a leading source of good Government and the House of His Divine Authority for all our days. A greater influence for all the youth to see and hear their parents upholding such Authority in our lifetime and theirs concerning their education and the future of education. GOD is prevailing no matter what anyway and the children belong to Jesus Christ for all their days. He is their eternal witness and so we only need to bow.

    1. Timothy Carter says:

      I assume that the article is intended to address the responsibility of parents for the proper education/upbringing of children and not a command to home school.
      Can you please give the citations for the quotes you placed inside the “quotation marks”?
      Excellent article: Parents have primary responsibility and we cannot depend upon the government.

      1. Timothy, thanks for the questions. The quotation marks were only added by the editor to identify particular quotations from my essay. They are my own words. Thank you for the compliment.

        I began the essay with the little tidbit on the rise of homeschooling only to indicate that its increased popularity is the result of the increasing hostility to Christ in our culture, particularly encountered in public schools. While parochial schools are often a wonderful Godsend, they are neither always available options nor always sufficiently better in certain respects. I believe homeschooling is the clearest way to teach our children (and ourselves) whose duty it is to rear the children God has given us. It is by no means the only way or necessarily the best. I was not homeschooled. I went to Lutheran and public schools. But my parents made it clear in other ways than by homeschooling that we were to look to them as our chief instructors. This is perfectly possible even today for parents who make use of the public school system. Today, however, this takes more concerted effort than in years past.

        The point I wanted to make was simply that which you correctly gathered, that it is the primary responsibility of parents to teach their children. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were not homeschooled. They were educated in the “public school system” of Babylon, which, though admittedly academically superior to our own, was also more hostile to Christianity. But God preserved them. Whether parents decide to take on the huge commitment of homeschooling or not, what I hoped to encourage in this little essay was for them to remain vigilant in taking the greater commitment of countering the culture of death in their homes. They do this by never being satisfied with their children solely being taught by others – whether by pious Lutheran school teachers or by Babylonian satraps. There is, by God’s design, extra work no matter what!

        I hope this clarifies.