Over at sbcvoices.com, a website that tracks issues important to Southern Baptists and provides a forum for open discussion, several posts have been written recently about the merits and deficiencies of public, home, and private schooling. The comments on many of these articles have provided some vigorous debate — most of it very useful, though some has unfortunately gotten ugly, a tendency of blog comment threads to which Southern Baptists are not immune.
In particular, though, I’d like to direct you to this interview with Christie Wright, who is the Assistant Principle at Highland Rim Academy (where I am on the board of directors), and wife of local pastor Jeff Wright. I think Mrs. Wright has done an excellent job laying out the case for Christian education, and responding to her comment thread detractors with charity and grace. Well done!
Other recent “SBC Voices” posts dealing with education include:
- I Was a Public School Brat — An SBC pastor contending for public education
- Successful Christian Education — Deals more with the actual teaching of the foundations of faith than the public/home/private debate
- How to Plant a Church With Little or No Outside Funding — The comments section here is not for the faint of heart. Plenty of examples how NOT to respond to critics with charity and grace!