Homeschool/Christian School Advocate

My faithful readers and church members know that even though I have strong political opinions (well, actually, all of my opinions are strong), I rarely refer to them except among my friends because my calling is to preach Christ rather than politics and to minister to those under my care regardless of our political differences. For this reason, I usually do not get involved in the political process beyond my duties as a Christian citizen such as voting, etc.

Tonight, however, I am attending a political meeting at which another pastor in our area is speaking (he is not Baptist but is from a confessing, Reformational denomination). This pastor is trying to get appointed to the state board of education so that he can serve as an an advocate for homeschool children and Christian school children and remind the state that there are more students in our state than just public school children and these other children are important, too. I would suggest he also remind them that homeschool and Christian school children also have parents who are taxpayers. These parents not only pay for their homeschooling or Christian school, they also pay taxes for the public schools they do not use.

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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2 Responses to Homeschool/Christian School Advocate

  1. Arthur Sido says:

    How did it go? Does one get appointed to the board or elected? I have a hard time believing that in a state like Michigan that a homeschooler is going to be given much of a chance to get on the school board, but I could be (and hope I am) wrong.

  2. You do have to get elected which means you have to get on the ballot by being nominated by the state party, in this case Republican. He is not himself a homechooler but in personal conversation with me and in last night’s meeting he stated that he does not believe that homsechoolers should be outlawed (as some are trying to do in other states as a result of the recent court decision in CA) nor should they be held to a tougher standard. Outlawing homeschoolers punishes those who are willing to give up extra income, careers, etc. for the sake of their children.He has no problem with their submitting to standardized testing, etc. (as many states do, including my home state of FL and my wife’s home state of GA) but if they can do as well or better than the public schools (which is often the case) they should be left alone.He also wants to help eliminate the “quackery” (his term) in public education.When asked about vouchers he said that as a republican he is and a board member he would be in favor of it; as a parochial school administrator, he wants to see the fine print because the goveenment still thinks that’s their money, even though it comes from the taxpayer, and so will inevitably come with strings attached.This man is credentialed out the wazoo and it was refreshing to hear someone with his kind of credentials in education say such common-sense, down-to-earth things.If you or anyone else would like more information I would be happy to provide it to you off-site.

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