Today, this truth is often either overlooked or misunderstood, and therefore seldom exercised. This book helps to set the record straight — and that should come as good, even beautiful, news to any Christian parent with children in public schools.}
The book: (from the publisher) Navigating Public Schools will empower Christian parents to navigate the increasingly secular public school system with the aim to:
1) cultivate strong relationships with their children in a season of immense secular pressure;
2) help their children stand firm in their Christian faith and Biblical worldview;
3) exercise their rights on campus;
4) become salt and light for Jesus Christ.
This book will also be a powerful resource for all Christians involved in schools-teachers, administrators, staff, extra-curricular groups, Christian club volunteers, youth leaders, pastors-as they learn to discern the misapplication of the “separation of church and state” and appropriately live out their Christian faith on public school campuses.
For Christians, navigating the public education system is becoming increasingly daunting. Christian parents often feel anxiety about sending their children into the public school environment. Navigating Public Schools was not written to debate whether kids should be in public schools or not because the fact is, the majority of Christian kids are in public schools. Navigating Public Schools was written to parents who are hungry for guidance on this journey.
This book is perfect for busy parents who want clear tools to navigate curriculum pitfalls, exercise their rights in schools, build a strong worldview foundation as a family, and influence the culture for Christ. This book is meant to help Christian parents be intentional about charting a course to protect their child’s faith and Biblical worldview.
But it’s not only for parents — Navigating Public Schools also equips teachers to step off the fear-induced cultural tightrope and appropriately incorporate Christianity into their curriculum. Christian educators, volunteers, pastors, and anyone who is involved directly or indirectly with public schools will learn to exercise their Constitutionally protected rights in a respectful way. All Christians who read this book will become more empowered to impact and protect the next generation.
The authors: Stephen and Sarah Williams founded Prepare the Way Ministries in 2006, following Stephen’s involvement in a federal court case concerning the censorship of historical documents with Christian references. Stephen speaks nationally on worldview, apologetics, and cultural issues. Sarah completed a Ph.D. in environmental engineering with an emphasis in microbiology from Stanford University.
Genre: Non-fiction/Christian Life/Parenting/Education
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Recommendation: First, I’ll say this: Navigating Public Schools breaks the stereotype of your average resource book as it’s actually a pleasure to read. Written in a clear and engaging style under an overarching nautical metaphor to thematically bind it together, it strikes the perfect balance between encouragement and practical help. While weaving in their own inspirational true story, the Williamses provide an honest look at where we are today without using scare tactics. Its well-researched appendices alone are worth the price of admission.
If I were to compile my picks of recommended resources for Christian parents, this invaluable resource would top the list. If you are a Christian with any connection to public schools — as a parent, educator, youth pastor, or even a high school student — I cannot recommend Navigating Public Schools enough. It’s also a must-have resource for any church library or parenting support group.
Having read Navigating Public Schools, I feel encouraged in my position as a Christian parent and far more confident of my children’s Constitutionally protected First-Amendment rights as students (as well as mine as their parent). These are, by the way, far greater than you may think.
After he won his legal battle with his school district, co-author Stephen Williams left public-school teaching to pursue a ministry calling. He founded Prepare the Way Ministries, which aims to “equip and empower Christians to uphold a Biblical worldview and engage an increasingly secular society” — including living out our faith in public schools. This flagship resource assists conscientious Christian parents in doing just that.
Thanks to Veritas Communications for providing me this book free of charge. All opinions are mine.
After words: Can you name the source of the now-infamous phrase “separation of Church and State”? Hint: it’s not the Constitution, nor the Bill of Rights.