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Parents the Crucial Factor in a Child’s Education

June 07, 2018
By John Morrison

Last week’s blog reflected on the priority of our children’s education being grounded in our Christian understanding of truth.  In this context, the apostle Paul wrote: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form …” (Col 2:8-9).  This priority focused on biblical truth must apply to the fundamental assumptions underlying our children’s education.

But as important as this emphasis on truth in education may be, there is another vital element that Christian parents must understand.  That is, they must always be the primary mentors for their children. This following piece from the Huffington Post is a must read for all who work with our children, especially parents.

Just 1 percent of teens ages 15 to 17 raised by parents who attached little importance to religion were highly religious in their mid-to-late 20s.

In contrast, 82 percent of children raised by parents who talked about faith at home, attached great importance to their beliefs and were active in their congregations [and] were themselves religiously active as young adults, according to data from the latest wave of the National Study of Youth and Religion.

The connection is “nearly deterministic,” said University of Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith, lead researcher for the study.

Other factors such as youth ministry or clergy or service projects or religious schools pale in comparison.

“No other conceivable causal influence … comes remotely close to matching the influence of parents on the religious faith and practices of youth,” Smith said in a recent talk sharing the findings at Yale Divinity School. “Parents just dominate.”

This is both sobering and encouraging. These findings simply reinforce what the Bible already tells us … that Christian parents must be the primary mentors for their children. When parents are proactive in this context, then the church and Christian school will have their maximum impact in coming alongside and reinforcing what is already being taught in the home!

To read the entire Huffington Post article, click here.

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