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Wayne Grudem explains what the Bible says about parents and schools

This is a must-listen, especially for any single Christian woman who would like to get married and have children. If you want to marry a Christian man, you should listen to this lecture and also the Dr. Morse lecture on marriage Every Day.

In fact, the only reason why single men play video games and don’t want to marry is because women don’t know how to talk about education policy. We try to talk to you about school choice and you can’t, so we play video games instead. Your fault. Not our fault. We also like talking about tax policy and foreign policy, but education policy first. If a woman doesn’t know what a voucher is, then she might as well be a giant lobster. And men don’t like to talk to lobstrosities.

(I am totally kidding in that last paragraph)

With that introduction, here is the MP3 file on education policy.

And there is a PDF outline for all that.

Note: public schools = government-run schools.

Topics:

  • Does God care whether we people marry and have children?
  • Does God care whether Christian parents raise their children to know him?
  • Should government promote bearing children?
  • What are some effects of declining birth rates in other countries?
  • What are the economic effects of declining birth rates?
  • Who has the right to decide how children are trained: government or parents?
  • What does the Bible say about parents having to raise children to know him?
  • Does the government have the responsibility for training children?
  • What do educational bureaucrats think of parents training children?
  • What do school boards think of parents training children?
  • Should school boards be elected by local, state or federal government?
  • Should Christians be opposed to government-run education? (public schools)
  • How should schools be viewed by parents? As a replacement or as a helper?
  • How are schools viewed by those on the left and in communist countries?
  • How can you measure how supporting a government is of parental rights?
  • How is parental authority viewed in left-wing EU countries like Germany?
  • How is parental authority respected in the United States?
  • Should parents have a choice of where their children go to school?
  • What is a voucher program? How is it related to parental autonomy?
  • How does competition (school choice) in education serve parental needs?
  • Why do public school teachers, unions and educrats oppose competitition?
  • How well do public schools do in educating children to achieve?
  • Does the government-run monopoly of public schools produce results?
  • Does paying more and more money to public schools make them perform?
  • How do teacher unions feel about having to compete in a voucher system?
  • Does the public school monopoly penalize the poorest students?
  • Does the public school monopoly penalize children of certain races?
  • Does the public school monopoly cause racial predujice?
  • What else should parents demand on education policy?
  • Is it good for parents when schools refuse to fire underperforming teachers?

This podcast is just amazing! This is what we need to be teaching in church. Church should be the place where you go to learn and reflect about how to tailor your life plan based on what the Bible says. And I think that this whole notion of free market – of choice and competition benefiting the consumer (parents) – applies to everything that government does, especially education and health care. Go Capitalism!

(Note: I am not a Calvinist! But Grudem is the best theologian!)

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14 Responses

  1. Scott says:

    I haven’t listened to the podcast as yet, but thought I’d offer this quick, immediate reply before I get busy with other things and forget at a later time…. I just wanted to say that I had Dr. Grudem as a professor when he was at TEDS in the late ’80s. He was a gracious, good-humored and humble man who truly practiced what he preached (and what he tried to instill in his students), which included a love for reading, studying and living out the Word of God. For me, that experience of his personal integrity and holiness will undoubtedly make the message of the podcast resonate even more ! :-)

  2. Mary says:

    Thank you for the Wayne Grudem links – especially the PDF for those of us who can’t watch long videos online. I plan on reading it. Grudem is good.

    However, I do take issue with this statement on your part, Wintery:
    “In fact, the only reason why single men play video games and don’t want to marry is because women don’t know how to talk about education policy. We try to talk to you about school choice and you can’t, so we play video games instead. Your fault. Not our fault. We also like talking about tax policy and foreign policy, but education policy first. If a woman doesn’t know what a voucher is, then she might as well be a giant lobster. And men don’t like to talk to lobstrosities.”

    [Draws self up to full height (not very high)] Gross generalizations from first to last!

    Firstly, the women who are reading a blog entry entitled “Wayne Grudem explains what the Bible says about parents and schools” are interested in precisely that subject or they wouldn’t be reading the blog post in the first place. So, even if women were particularly the culprits in this area, as you seem to believe, the ones reading your post aren’t. You’re preaching to the converted and accusing them (all your italicized references to “you”) while you’re at it.

    Secondly, perhaps things are like that with regard to women in general in America, but they’re certainly not like that where I live. If Christian men try to speak to women about educational policy, they certainly aren’t speaking to me. I’ve had discussions on the topic – with Christian WOMEN (including a more mature lady I know who did her thesis at Bible college on the subject of Christian education) and with an atheist friend who ironically spends more time discussing these kinds of topics with me than most of my male Christian friends.

    Thirdly, even if all your assertions about Christian women were true, it certainly wouldn’t be the only reason why men don’t marry. For example, SOME women have contributed to men not marrying, chiefly through feminist attitudes (belittling men and masculinity, giving too much to men with too little commitment in return, etc). However, another major factor is simple laziness on the part of CERTAIN men (note that I prefer not to generalize) – the “adultescence” phenomenon.

    Perhaps you’ve had negative experiences and if so, I’m sorry to hear that. But please don’t generalize and accuse us unfairly. It certainly doesn’t make US want to marry. Perhaps, I’ll go play a video game instead… [raises eyebrow]

  3. Hey Wintery, was wondering do you have any good articles or podcasts you can point me to arguing in favour of social conservatism, not from the Bible but using secular reasoning?
    Obviously I’ve got the talks on marriage by Morse and Gallagher, but what abotu other issues, or just social conservatism in general? Like the whole thing about society being organic, human institutions being natural and how tradition should be conserved?

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