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Making Your Choice

When considering the academic environment for your child, consider your ultimate goal for his or her life and place the decisions you are making in perspective. From a spiritual perspective, ask yourself questions such as these:

  • Is it enough that your child is saved or knows the meaning of Jesus' death on the cross and His lordship?
  • Do you desire to raise a child who is able to contribute to the Great Commission and share his or her spiritual gifts with the entire community?
  • If you select a program that isolates your child from those who do not know God, how will you provide relational opportunities for the "lost" to meet your child?

It is easy to insulate our families from any real relationships outside of the body of Christ, and that sets a dangerous precedent. Whatever you do, don't throw your child to the wolves in hostile public or private schools (if that's what you have in your area), but don't isolate your child in a Christian setting either. Parents need to provide a healthy balance between protecting their children and providing them safe contact with those who don't embrace Christianity.

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Adapted from Handbook on Choosing Your Child's Education, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright © 2007, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

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