Inside Out 116: Why Public Schools?

09.02.11 | Martha Manikas-Foster

Many of America’s public schools are broken, but author and blogger Amy Julia Becker says this is exactly why Christians should be flocking to them, not running away.

“A Christian presence in any community ought to be primarily about the flourishing of the entire community,” Amy Julia says. So the fact that 68 percent of 8th graders are not reading at grade level and 1.2 million students drop out each year should move Christians to help make the schools more of what they were meant to be--precisely because they are part of our communities.

The idea of sending students into schools known for low academic performance frightens parents for good reason, as does the prospect of exposing children to sexting, cyberbullying and other activities parents may believe children will encounter less frequently in a private, Christian or home school context.

But what if God really does want us to help our communities flourish, and what if a Christian family’s influence in a school is one of the ways God is calling His people to help make this happen?

Join me for a conversation with Amy Julia Becker, a graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of the Christianity Today her.meneutics blog titled “How Christians Will Save America's Schools.”

AmyJulia is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, and the newly released book A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House), about the first years of parenting her daughter Penny, who entered the world with Down syndrome.  Learn more about A Good and Perfect Gift.


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