On the morning of June 16, 2011, Dr. Don Sweeting, President of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), spoke at Front Range Christian School’s First Annual Pastor’s Breakfast. Pastors from cities as far as Aurora and Colorado Springs gathered to hear him speak on the topic of: “Christian School, Public School, Home School: There Is No Foolproof Choice, But There Is a Right Way.”
Speaking as both a pastor and parent, Sweeting spoke on the challenges that pastors face counseling their congregations on their children’s education. “The topic of education can arouse strong sentiment in parents,” said Sweeting. “Parents from private Christian schools, public schools, and home schools tend to think they’re right and all others are wrong. But if a pastor wants to stay in his current position long, he needs to be careful of being judgmental on any position.”
Sweeting also spoke on the “mega-shifts in public education” in the last century. Even though universal public education had its foundations in the Reformation, Enlightenment thinkers like Rousseau believed that man was inherently good and could be formed with the right environment. This school of thought eventually spread to the US through Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, and became the mantra of progressive education.
“Even when I was a child, we read the Bible in public schools. Today that would be unthinkable,” remarked Sweeting.
Dr. Sweeting built his comments on Proverbs 22:6, which reads “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” He counseled pastors to encourage parents to start children on the right path by investing in their early moral education and maintaining a commitment to high involvement in their children’s education.
Dr. Sweeting, a former FRCS parent, began his tenure as President of Reformed Theological Seminary this last year after having served as the Senior Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church. For more information on his ministry, visit his blog or take advantage of free RTS seminary courses through iTunes.
Contributed by DJ Turner, FRCS http://bit.ly/jL20LL