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Going Public: Your Child Can Thrive in Public School Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Now that I have two young children of my own, I knew I needed to prepare for the possibility that we would not afford a Christian education. Reading through this book, I received MUCH more than advice on how to help my children survive in public schools. The Pritchards give biblical counsel, practical tips, and helpful "catch phrases" on how to train children FROM INFANCY ON into strong, godly, healthy adults.
They use the challenges their children face at school as a means for training their kids to face the challenges of this world. While advising the reader on what key areas to focus on in developing their children's character, the Pritchards weave in godly counsel regarding everything from unfair grading practices and classroom distractions to bullying, persecution, and sex ed.
Be warned, that the Pritchard's counsel is based firmly on biblical principles. Readers who tend to cater to their kids or to make excuses for rambunctious behavior might feel some conviction at their straight-forward talk. At the same time, it is clear that they have a playful, loving relationship with their kids...just one balanced by authority and respect.Read more ›
I especially appreciated the authors' emphasis on teaching children, from an early age, the key concepts of loving God, obeying, and using self-control. They also do a beautiful job describing the relational focus that I want to create in my family.
I highly recommend this book to parents who are looking for alternative to a fear-based approach to their kids' futures.
I recently came across a book titled Going Public, written by David and Kelli Pritchard, who together have raised 8 children, all of whom attended public schools. This is not a book that is anti-homeschool or anti-Christian school. The purpose is not to convince you that you ought to place your children in the local public school. Instead it seeks first, to show that your children can thrive at public school and second, to provide a parent's field guide for helping them do just that. In this way it fills an important niche.
What the Pritchards do is simple: they allow us into their home and family, telling us why they made the decision to public school and then showing us how they have gone about it. It's not like they public school out of ignorance. To the contrary, they do what they do out of conviction that this is the way they can best raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. That word "fear" is important to them. Following Proverbs, they say that the fear of the Lord "is the foundation on which all learning, all knowledge-gathering, all schooling should be built.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm so thankful for this book. As a believer in Christ, I've wrestled profusely with the idea of what type of schooling option makes the most sense to my family. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
What an excellent book and an easy, enlightening read! I feel empowered to do public school well with my kids. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sera
When my family was deciding on whether to homeschool or send our kids to public school, I read this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sclubmama
Great book with a lot of practical ideas for families sending their kids to the public school. I appreciated all of the insight. Easy to read.Published 5 months ago by schwannsman
Such an encouragement to public school parents! I appreciate the honesty and wisdom the Pritchard share in this book. A great read for all parents!Published 8 months ago by Cara Mia Jenkins
I've been thinking through the issue of education and I found this book recommended by Tim Challies on his blog, who himself has decided to send his children to the public school. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brennan McCafferty
Public school v. Private Christian school... I'm dealing with this decision right now, and while my husband and I are still deciding at the time of writing this review, I am now... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peta-Gaye D.
This is a great book for Christian parents who want their children to thrive in public school. I gave it 4 stars because it gave a lot of stories of their family success with their... Read morePublished 11 months ago by megs
As a mother who is prone to worry about the public school influence on my children, I found this book to be very encouraging. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephanie M.