Nicki is a staff writer for Expository Parenting Ministries, and a big fan of the book Expository Parenting by Josh Niemi.
What makes a good school? Is it the zip code? Your realtor will tell you so. Is it the size? Parents in small rural areas will enthusiastically say, “Yes!” Is it the teachers who go to church? Is it because they say the Pledge of Allegiance? Is it because it’s private? Is it because the teacher loves her students so much? Please don’t tell me it’s the football team. What is it that really makes a good school?
As a lifelong homeschooler, I am repeatedly told about the good schools in a person’s life. Maybe the teachers are Christians (I’m glad to hear it!), it’s a small town, or they have great test scores.
But are these enough? Are these the only standards that Christian parents settle for in the upbringing of their children?
In scripture, fathers are instructed to bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Parents are admonished to teach the scriptures to their children constantly (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). We are all encouraged to get wisdom when we get knowledge (Proverbs 1).
In considering whether our children attend a “good school,” dear parents, we must look deeper.