Principle #1

#1: The education of children and youth is the primary responsibility of parents.

  • Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord.
    (Psalm 127:3)
  • And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
    (Deuteronomy 6:7-9)
  • We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children.
    (Psalm 78:4-5)
  • Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.
    (Proverbs 22:6)

The above passages make it clear that parents are responsible to God for the education or training of their children. Another way of interpreting Psalm 127:3 is children are God's homework assignments to parents. Even if parents delegate some area of their child's education to others, they are still answerable to God for what and how their children are taught.

Malachi 2 makes it clear that God desires parents to develop godly offspring. This is a very awesome task and it takes maximum effort on the part of parents to accomplish. Our society is becoming more and more secular each day. One result of living in a secular society is the belief that the education of young people is a shared responsibility. Parents do have certain responsibilities but so do the local, state, and federal governments. In fact, at each level of government, various branches are constantly trying to assume more and more of this responsibility.

APPLICATION

Christian parents must make sure that they are assuming total responsibility for the education of their children. To achieve this goal, parents must constantly ask themselves certain questions.

  1. Who or what is in control of educating my child at home? What training is being done directly by me, the parent? What influence does the media have on my child at home? Do I know what my child is seeing, hearing or doing while at home?
  2. Do I know what my child is being taught in my neighborhood? What are other parents or peers teaching my child when they are together?
  3. What is my child being taught in church, Sunday school, and other church related activities?
  4. What is my child learning at school? From the teachers? From the textbooks? From the curriculum? From other students? From the school's policies and procedures?

Parents soon realize that it is a tremendous task to assume direct responsibility in each of the areas mentioned above. Therefore, it is important that parents follow additional biblical principles as they endeavor to take responsibility for their child's education.


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