Alabama school bus had a kidnapping and shooting. Today a facebook friend posted that link and told everyone to get their kids out of public schools now. today. And that made me think.
After the Sandy Hook shooting, the widely held belief among the evangelical right was that we need to put God “back” in the schools. Public prayer, ten commands, etc. The extreme homeschoolers had a different twist to the story. We need to pull our kids “out” of the school. This is what Kevin Swanson of Generations With Vision had to say:
Public schools are dangerous to body and soul. If parents won’t pull their children out for the godless content of the curriculum (that erodes all reverence and recognition of God), then maybe they will do it for their bodily protection. Don’t forget, the Columbine shooters referred to “Natural Selection” often on their web entries, and wore the moniker on their T-shirts as they conducted the executions.
Prediction: The homeschooling movement will grow in Connecticut. I was Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado during the Columbine shootings, and home education inquiries increased 50% during the six months following the shootings.
And this is what my facebook newsfeed said:
While the Religious Right was out hollering that the problem was we kicked God out of schools, the extreme homeschoolers were making ill remarks to the grieving parents. Thankfully, Mike Farris of HSLDA responded by posting this on his facebook page.
I would hope that my fellow homeschoolers would resist any temptation to use this tragedy as a means of urging parents to change their educational choices.
All parents need to stand beside these parents in their grief and do only one thing–support them in love as best we can. All educators need to stand beside these educators in their grief and pray for them as we would want them to pray for us.
Today is not a day to point fingers. Today is a day to hold our brothers and sisters by the hand and say loudly, “Your loss is our loss. Your pain is our pain.”
God’s love through us is the only appropriate message of this hour.
Good for him.
Unfortunately, despite how most homeschoolers are mature enough to not point fingers during a tragedy, there is still the underling idea in many circles that homeschool is safe, and public school is dangerous (gun wise). I heard this my entire life, and my facebook newsfeed is still reflecting this fear from among my more conservative homeschool friends.
Here’s the ironic part.
These two tragedies I mentioned weren’t even caused by a public school administrator, staff, or teacher, the so called bearers of our godless curriculum. They were caused by people of the outside. Public school teachers did not kill the kids. Other people did.
And might I mention that way more kids die from their parents than in school shootings, and random shootings happen in people’s homes too.
Delric Miller’s life ended at 9 months and Angel Mauro Cortez Nava’s at 14 months.
Delric was in the living room of a home on Detroit’s west side Feb. 20 when someone sprayed it with gunfire from an AK-47. Other children in the home at the time were not injured.
Angel was cradled in his father’s arms on a sidewalk near their home in Los Angeles when a bicyclist rode by on June 4 and opened fire, killing the infant.
My friends might say, “But my house is different. I wouldn’t kill my kids, and we live in a good neighborhood.” My intent isn’t to get anyone to stop homeschooling. Homeschooling can be very rewarding. Just know that shootings can still happen anywhere. Life is life.
And as always, lets remember that every kid doesn’t have a stable home. That is why, for those kids, public school is, in fact, safer.