Like many pastors, I take one day off during the week, as comp time for working Sunday. Despite having mixed feelings about the return of in-person school for the kiddos, I will say that today I have a level of quiet I have not experienced in 18 months!

@bitrot Two reasons not to: 1- where we live, school mask mandates are uncontroversial and strictly adhered to, and 2- I am married to a public school teacher and have too much respect for the profession to think an amateur like myself could do a remotely competent job at it.

@david 9 hours a day of someone else's values being fed to children is a recipe for disaster. even the most involve parent faces an uphill battle with instilling their values with the remaining hours of the day not dedicated to sleep, meal time, homework, and extracurriculars


@bitrot As I said, I'm married to a public school teacher. We find a great deal of (but obviously not complete!) overlap between our values and those taught in public education in our local context—citizenship, empathy, fairness, honesty to name a few. Doesn't feel like a fight to me. But YMMV, depending on where you are and what's important to you.

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@david truth is important. Christ is truth. if Christ is absent the curriculum, it is deficient.

@bitrot Hard disagree with the last sentence: All truth is God’s truth. “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” - Psalm 19:1.

Also, my particular Christian tradition has a deep, historic commitment to participation in civic life, which doesn't require others to share our beliefs. “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” - Jeremiah 29:7

@bitrot Church and home is the proper place for my kids to come to know Christ. School is a space they share with neighbors, some of whom believe as we do, and some of whom don't. And that's OK.

@david the church is not a building reserved for attendance a couple of times a week. it is the body of believers.

2 COR 6:

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

@bitrot But Paul himself quoted pagan poets (Epimenides and Aratus) in his Areopagus speech in Acts 17, showing that wisdom from other sources can help to form the knowledge of God.

This does not seem to me to be a productive or uplifting exchange. Perhaps we should let it be.

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