Maybe this is a strange question, but wouldn't homeschooling all the Christian children be like pulling what little Christian influence is left out of public school? There's many people in need of Jesus at my school and I feel like God wants me here to help them. Isn't it possible to instill a strong faith in Jesus and have kids attend public school? What about parents who can't homeschool? My parents both work full time, and what about AP classes and other cool learning opportunities?
Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30 — both evangelical and mainline — who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research. And 34% of those said they had not returned, even sporadically, by age 30. That means about one in four Protestant young people have left the church.
79% of former Catholics leave the Church before age 23 (Pew). 50% of Millennials raised Catholic no longer identify as Catholic today (i.e., half of the babies you’ve seen baptized in the last 30 years, half of the kids you’ve seen confirmed, half of the Catholic young people you’ve seen get married). Only 7% of Millennials raised Catholic still actively practice their faith today (weekly Mass, pray a few times each week, say their faith is “extremely” or “very” important).
These are incredibly high numbers, so high that we need to start asking questions and reconsidering how we raise, educate, and equip our youth (Of course, there are many reasons for these numbers, but increasingly secularist public schools and Christian schools going astray cannot be ignored. In case you were curious like me, 10% of American youth go to private schools and out of that group, 79% go to religiously-affiliated schools.).
Yes, we need to reach people and yes, there are many strong Christians who go to public school. I went to public school for most of my life and my experiences, especially in my last two years of high school, had a huge impact on my journey of faith. However, take another look at those numbers. Most of the Christian young people I know personally either leave the church, become indifferent, or embrace secular and heretical ideas.
There has to be a better way.
Another thing to consider is the level of stress that a serious Christian might face in a public school (or a liberal Christian school, for that matter), whether it’s bullying or just being in such a worldly environment with a small circle of serious Christian friends (if they even have that) and all of the pressure that comes with that. It’s definitely not an easy thing to deal with and might distract them from their studies. We can fully equip our children and prepare them, but this is another layer of the issue that we cannot ignore.
My experiences as a junior and senior at a public high school are a huge reason why I would homeschool.
Homeschooling can have cool learning opportunities, too, and I know many bright and successful people who were homeschooled. I totally understand that not all parents can homeschool, though, and, with a faithful Christian school, moral formation is less of a concern. However, this is something to be carefully considered.
I hope this helps! God bless!
Ad Jesum per Mariam,
María de Fátima