It’s no secret that Public Education is in need of some major changes. For the past twenty years America has helplessly watched as schools across the country have steadily lost its grasp at being successful and effective. But why? In my opinion teachers and educational leaders are better trained and more passionate than ever before. What’s going on that is making it so difficult for Public Education to get back on it’s feet?
You can’t point to one problem and place the blame because there are many aspects that play into this situation, but within the myriad of needed changes you can find some that carry more weight than others. Having taught in Public Schools, I feel one of the biggest problems that is killing our Educational System is the deterioration of families in America.
What do families and school have to do with each other? Everything. I would even go as far as to say that Public Education can only be successful once again if families in America regain a healthy standing. The two go hand in hand . . .
Here’s why: If little Suzie doesn’t have a Dad around and Mom is, for the most part, disconnected from her child, then the teacher not only has the role of being a teacher . . . but also a mom, a dad, and a counselor. Now, add 30 kids to the mix, and let’s say that at least half of those kids live within the context of an unhealthy family. In that scenario you exhaust and overwhelm teachers in no time at all. Bottom line, teachers are being asked to perform too many roles in the school system; roles that need to be within the framework of a child’s family.
So, what can the church do to impact Public Education? Well, that’s simple, Family Ministries starting at preschool all the way up through college can work with Parents, empowering them to take on the role of being the most important spiritual leaders in their kids’ lives AND by meeting families where ever they are in their spiritual lives, partnering with them, and helping them understand God’s story and how it plays out in their lives.
The curriculum that we use at Grace Community Church (RETHINK) helps us to reach this goal. We believe in the Orange Philosophy that says the church needs to partner with the family in order to be truly effective.
Check out Rethink curriculum today if you haven’t heard about it! And let’s fight for our families . . . and at the same time fight for Public Education.