From the time my oldest child was born I started thinking about where she would go to school five years later. This year marked that milestone. She started kindergarten in August. But it was about a year ago that I realized I wasn't the only parent obsessed with choosing the right school for my child. As kindergarten got closer, everywhere I went friends asked, "Where is your daughter going to school?"
My family lives in a community where every school choice is a good one. There are strong public schools. There is a vibrant homeschool community with options for hybrid, co-op, and classical schools. And there are a few good private schools, too. This is the case for many communities around our country. No doubt, it is a blessing to live in a country and in communities that give us choices. We have autonomy in educating our children that most people around the world do not have. However, whenever there are many choices, there is also much responsibility.
Choices are good until they lead to fear, covetousness, legalism, ungratefulness, idolatry, idealism, and parental determinism. Then they stop being a blessing and start becoming a curse. We become enslaved to them, letting them wedge between family, friends, and even spouses.
Five years ago I drew a hard-line in the sand when it came to choosing a school for my daughter, and it would have taken a tsunami for me to have crossed it. However, over the years I've grown in this area, and God has opened my eyes to see school choice in a way that aligns to His Word and His character.
Here are five things to keep in mind while you're making difficult decisions about your child's schooling.