"Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Taking this verse at face value provides the perfect opportunity to prove it in the educational setting of our children, say the authors of Going Public. By nurturing the life and power of Christ within them, students will be ready to stand against negative influences no matter the environment, even bringing light to a dark place. They will also benefit from many of the services that the public school system has to offer. Readers of this practical guide will learn how moms and dads have a strategic role to play in the ongoing development of their school-age children. Discover what the Bible says about education, the three most important things to teach your public-school child, how to shape your child through teachable moments, the importance of getting involved at school, and why everyone should homeschool in addition to public school.
David Pritchard is a nine-year veteran of Young Life youth ministry, currently serving as area director in the south suburbs of Tacoma, Washington and as camp manager of Young Life's largest summer camp. Kelli Pritchard has degrees in secondary education and in social work. Together, the Pritchards are the parents of eight children, have been influential in the lives of dozens of other young people in their home, lead weekend parenting conferences, and are cofounders of a community action group to work for improvement in the local school district.