Going Public: Your Child Can Thrive in Public School
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Going Public: Your Child Can Thrive in Public School

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  177 ratings  ·  43 reviews
“Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Taking this verse at face value provides the perfect opportunity to prove it in the educational setting of our children, say the authors of Going Public. By nurturing the life and power of Christ within them, students will be ready to stand against negative influences no matter the environment, even br...more
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Published April 1st 2008 by Regal
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Tauna
May 17, 2011 Tauna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all parents - public school, private school, AND homeschool
Shelves: homeschool
I really like this book. I read it in one sitting. Ironically, it helped solidify our decision to homeschool. Their process for deciding to "go public" was very VERY similar to how God guided us to homeschooling. Reading that confirmed for me that I don't need to worry much about justifying our decisions to other people or defending it against those who are against homeschooling. The first part of the book addresses what seem to be common reasons people choose homeschooling over public schooling...more
Alana
Good food for thought. I was already leaning toward public school anyway, and this book gives some great recommendations for how to walk with your children as they attend school. There are lots of good, practical parenting tips, as well as great ideas for getting involved in whatever school your child attends. A good reminder that we as parents are still the primary influence in our children's lives, and we can use the lessons learned in school as a way to teach and train our children in the way...more
Chris
This book has some good advice about how to be an involved parent and supplement what your child learns at school with Christian principles at home. It's okay as long as you recognize it is good advice. This is not a very good book if you are looking for great exegesis or theology about the issue. Matter of fact, most the passages cited are out of context, lack depth in understanding what it says, and at times are just plan wrong. It is important to recognize you don't have to do things exactly...more
Jon
a book on insulated parenting vs isolated parenting as much as a book on surviving the public school ministry

loved the emphasis on active, intentional parenting in the world, but not of the world

very balanced insight into how to send a child into a public classroom, often not as "little evangelists," but as loving believers

"Right away we want to set aside The Myth of the Eight-Year-Old Preacher. Anyone who thinks they should fire up their second-grader to go proclaiming the gospel loud and clea
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Sarah
I had thought we would homeschool. I had, in fact, been researching it since before I was pregnant with our six-year-old. I have a shelf of homeschooling books, the ability to discuss philosophies at length with any poor sop who mentions it, and enthusiasm.

When my husband and I discerned, though, that homeschooling was not going to work (for a variety of reasons -- and this isn't the time or place to discuss them), I started another kind of research. Surely the schools couldn't be all bad. And,...more
Marie Notcheva
Excellent, clear and concise look at the advantages and challenges Christian families face in the public school system (often pejoratively termed "government schools" by public schooling's detractors). Pritchard is a leader in Young Life and the father of eight children, all walking with the Lord, so he knows of what he speaks.

Co-authored by his wife, I especially appreciated the Pritchards' reluctance to criticize those who choose to homeschool or to manipulate statistics the way those on the...more
Haley
This book was excellent! I would highly recommend this for anyone with kids approaching school age, whether or not you are considering public school. The authors, David & Kelli Pritchard, are family friends of ours, but more importantly they are a wise and godly couple who have raised 8 amazing kids in the public school system. They also just started the process to adopt 3 Ethiopian siblings through our same agency (YWAM)... so it is safe to say that I am big fans of theirs! I love their pos...more
Marlo
After homeschooling since kindergarten, we put our oldest in school two years ago as a fifth grader. This year our younger son followed in his footsteps. We chose to take the public school route for many of the reason the Pritchards laid out in this book, after laying a strong foundation at home. I appreciated the encouragement and practical examples and ideas found in Going Public. Some of it is just common sense -- involvement and such, but it also reaffirmed and strengthend my resolve to be a...more
Jodi
This book was extremely influential to me as a parent. No matter what route you take for schooling your children, your will find David Pritchard's philosophy on parenting and schooling your children very Biblical, practical, intentional, and challenging. This book addresses the common fears many parents feel about public school as well as encourages them in the endeavor. I felt like every question I had was answered and even more so! Great book!
Jeremy Walker
Can a child thrive in the government school? Sure, it is possible. With God all things are possible. Can a man stand in fire and not be burned, or face hungry lions and remain unharmed? Yes, indeed they can. --- But that does not mean that we walk into the fire voluntarily, or lay down in a den of hungry lions and expect to be unharmed. It is evil of man to put God to the test. When we have no choice in matters, we place our trust in God for a miracle, otherwise we simply listen to His wisdom an...more
Jen
I thought I was going to like this book much more than I did. I attended Catholic elementary and middle school, but my husband and I are sending our children to public schools, for a variety of reasons. With this book, I was looking for guidance on raising our children as Christians when they won't be getting religious education in school. The Pritchard's answer was basically, "Be a good parent." I didn't need a book to tell me that. Also, even though the Pritchard's take pains to state that the...more
Annette Whipple
I am so thankful that I finally bought this book. This book is NOT about why you should choose public school over private or homeschooling. The authors do not bad-mouth other school options. I think this is an excellent book for parents who are leaning toward public school choice or have already chosen it. This book will help the parent,especially the Christian parent, understand the benefits of public school while preparing for situations and help you, as the parent, to live out your Christian...more
Tara Gibbs
This book provides basic, positive advice on having open lines of communication to your children, reacting to "bumps" in parenting with calmness, communicating well with people in the school system, having your children immersed in Scripture and teaching your children how to interact thoughtfully and lovingly with the world around you. I think this book can be helpful whether you have your children in public school or not--the same principles still apply across school lines. The Pritchards volun...more
Jen
This book was refreshing to read in light of all the negative we hear and read about public schools. As someone who worked in the public school system for 5-years+, I know the negative - but also the positive. I realize there is a lot of controversy over homeschool vs. public; this book helped define it for me biblically and also prayerfully consider what God is personally leading us to do as a family.

The one thing I would disagree with the author on is his chapter on calling all families to ha...more
Lisa
This is an excellent parenting book directed towards Christian parents with kids attending a public school. It's about being involved in their school and in their lives. The focus is on looking for teachable moments which we should be doing anyway. This book covered everything and gave suggestions for materials to use to help teach your kids at home. They strongly believe that their children should be home schooled as well as go to a public school. They said that the whole family goes to public...more
Sam
More about parenting then school choices, Going Public is a thoughtful, open-minded resource on raising children to love God, serve others, and life for Christ in the world. I enjoyed the authors providing so many illustrations from their own lives, and their constant emphasis on God's control and ultimate plan. This was one of the best books I read this year. While we are still working through the education options for our family, this book has certainly encouraged me in that process. Loved it!...more
Lisa
May 30, 2008 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian parents
After reading so many books on home school and not feeling led to go that route, this book was a breath of fresh air! Parents are still the number one influence in your children's lives and education starts at home. It simply extends into Public School. We need to encourage parents to prepare their children well before they begin school and continue to stay involved in their lives and classrooms throughout high school. This book has excellent examples, encouragement and advice.
Matt
This book brings a great perspective to parenting a child through public school. One of the chief words here is "perspective" - that's what the book is all about. My children's education is just one factor in sending them to public school; learning to grow into Christian values is a much more valuable one. I really liked the emphasis on a dad's involvement in public schools, and in spending lots of time with our kids to dig into life lessons.
Mary Ann
My oldest is 3-years-old, and I have been thinking a lot about homeschooling vs public (not sure I want to spend the money on private), and doing a lot of research. Whichever one we choose, this had some great suggestions (although many common sense). It is a good reminder that even if we are not the "formal" teachers, we are still their greatest influence - always involved and available for our children, engaging them when we are with them.
Sylvia
Good book! Needed it to reassure my decision on going public. This book was recommended at a time when I was overwhelmed with the thought of homeschooling and decided that going public would be better for me. Feeling guilty for not giving the best to my kids, this book came at no better time. I would recommend this book to people who are worried about sending their kids to public school.
Michele
Wow--so much to consider and apply from this book!! I am amazed at their dedication to living and parenting with their hearts and minds, truly their whole selves. They are so connected to their kids and always LISTENING to them and offering respectful suggestions to their dilemmas. I took away so many practical suggestions about love, discipline and investing in my kids spiritually.
Stephen Altrogge
I was homeschooled from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Now I have three young children of my own and am wrestling through the appropriate schooling choices for them. This book helped me think through what is involved in sending a child to public school and helping a child thrive in public school. I recommend this book for all parents thinking through education options.
Kim
Excellent book for Christians who are sending or are thinking about sending their children to public school. David and Kelli are very candid and straight forward about their experiences with sending their 8 children to public school. They live in and send their children to school in Lakewood, WA. Easy read for anyone interested in this topic!
Jamie
I enjoyed this book. It challenged me to not just sit around as my kids are in school, but to be involved. Be a huge part of their lives and be their #1 influencer. Teach them to Love God and their neighbor. Impress on them self control and obedience. I recommend this book for anyone with a child in public school.
Beth
Can they come live at my house for a week, like Supernanny???
Loved this book from both the parenting aspect and the school aspect. I have tried this same approach for school and I wholeheartedly recommend it. Now I need to try some of their great parenting ideas which sadly are common sense but I have not done very well on!
Bonnie
Best "parenting" book I've read yet, whether you have your kids in public schools or not! Solid, Biblical advice about how to be there for your kids 100% and make raising them your top priority. I love how this heart naturally extends to all the other people God has put in the Pritchards' path. Truly inspiring.
Kari
Good advice for Christian parents. Great ideas for being Jesus' light to others and coming alongside your children to deal with trouble, controversy, and difficult life issues. While it's geared to the public school parent, there are great ideas for all Christian parents (public, private, and homeschool).
Dan Winnberg
Good book that did more to help parents think about how to teach their kids discernment and how to well...parent. Not much about the real dangers of a false educational world view but rather how to navigate it and build good relationships with those in the community.
Jason Snyder
Amazing book. Not only about sending your child to public school, but how it ultimately starts at home with the parents rearing their children properly. Very easy read with some great examples. Highly recommend this book to anyone with young children.
Sabra
This book was an encouraging book to read about going to public schools. If you are thinking about sending your kids, you should read this. Also, it gave helpful tips for engaging with the staff and the district and good tips on parenting too.
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