To begin with, let’s look at some good reasons to keep your child out of school.
1. School can be an unsafe environment. From the shootings to violent victimizations, school can be a dangerous environment. About 15 percent of Australian children are being physically hurt while at school. But who’s doing the bullying? Because 51% of students admit to bullying other students, it must be the other students doing the bullying. Weapons aren’t the only problem. Thefts, deaths, drug peddling and violent victimizations are becoming a more common part of school life with over a quarter of school students saying drugs were available to them.
1. Negative Role Models. The school environment is packed with negative role models. These can be teachers or other students. Negative role models often teach anti-Christian ethics compared to Christian settings. A Christian definition of a negative role model is anyone who is not a Christian. Environments filled with non-Christians will model a different set of ethics compared to Christian setting. Bad company ruins good morals.’
2. Reverse Evangelism. Reverse Evangelism is when children who are urged to ‘win souls’ and are, instead, themselves converted by the non-Christian company they keep. We know that sending children into dangerous environments is a bad idea. But somehow we don’t see school as one of them! It’s unwise and dangerous to send small, impressionable children into the main battleground of the humanists and then expect them to win souls.
3. Public Schools Are Not Thorough. A subject that rejects the Bible is incomplete and often inaccurate (e.g. how the world was made). In every field, God has something to say. Therefore, why do we persist in trying to educate children in unbiblical ways? After 13 years of school, no wonder children consider Enlightenment ideals.
4. Declining Academic Results. Compared to other countries, Australian children rank 19th for maths, 16th for science and 13th for reading out of 65 countries. This is down from 6th for maths, 8th for science and 4th for reading out of 41 countries, despite spending far more money on education compared to the majority of other countries we're compared to.
5. “Success is Possible without God.” The end goal of many schools is to prepare students for a successful life through education. These schools don’t think godly ethics are necessary for successful living.
6. No Fear of God in a Godless Curriculum. Many schools teach a curriculum devoid of reference and reverence to God. The founders of the public education system, Horace Mann and John Dewey, hated God openly. They feared the education system would be used to preach the fear of God, as it had been in the past. Therefore, they set up an anti-Christian curriculum. Dewey wanted to use the public schools for the propagation of non-Christian social values – like socialist Russia did. By sending our children to public school, we indoctrinate them with these godless values. Christian parents are simply raising pagans without the Word breathing into their children’s lives.
Look at the reasons to homeschool in my book on Australian Christian homeschooling.
 Within the space of a year there was 31 school associated violent deaths in the United States (25 homicides; 6 suicides) in 2010-2011. In 2012, there were 615,600 thefts, 749,200 violent victimizations, 5% of which occurred at school. In 2011, students are more afraid of an attack at school than in other environments. U.S. Department of Education (2014) National Center for Education and Statistics. Check ABS: Aus stats.
 Donna Cross, Therese Shaw, Lydia Hearn, Melanie Epstein, Helen Monks, Leanne Lester and Laura Thomas ‘Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study’ (2009) Edith Cowan University p. 22.
 Colleen Ricci ‘OECD education rankings show Australia slipping, Asian countries in the lead’ (2015) The Sydney Morning Herald <http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/oecd-education-rankings-show-australia-slipping-asian-countries-in-the-lead-20150525-gh94eu.html>.
About the Author
Rebbecca Devitt is an Australian Christian homeschooling author, writer and blogger at whyonearthhomeschool.com. She is a homeschool graduate, dementia nurse, wife and mother who lives in Wollongong, Australia. If you would like to contact her with questions, please contact her on the CONTACT page.