Is my Kid in a Bubble? – Part 3

Bubble Post

In Part 1 of Is My Kid in a Bubble?, I outlined the thinking behind shaping as much of the circumstances of your children’s lives as you are able to. In Part 2, I gave some examples and asked a few rhetorical questions to help solidify my point. (Again, I would recommend starting with the first and second blog.) For this last segment, I said I would give you the biggest example of how I intentionally seek this proverbial “Bubble” with my own kids. Here goes.

Christian education. In my estimation, it’s about the greatest investment I could ever make in my kids. In terms of time devoted to learning, nothing else is even close … they are in their school environment seven to eight hours a day, 10 months a year, minimum!

I am a Christian. (Don’t worry; I’m not trying to convert you non-believers … at least not in this blog!) As a Christian, I believe the Bible is the authority on how to conduct life. The Bible instructs Christian parents (me) in the book of Proverbs to “train up children in the way they should go, and when they are older, they will not depart from it.” It does NOT teach to “let them get a sense for the real world and how bad it can be, and/or dabble in all world religions and they will see that Christianity is better.”

Quite the contrary. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, the Bible instructs Christian parents to make the scripture and truth of God as conspicuous as possible in the lives of our children … to literally saturate their thinking with the Christian value system. (By the way, this in no way means to sacrifice academic quality; my kids go here and the school has students attend top schools across the country every year and the average scholarship is around $50,000/student.)

Therefore, from my personal view, it doesn’t make sense to me to arrange my kids’ entire childhood educational experience to be void of the Christian belief system. Again, that is just my personal belief, and I am in no way condemning a rival point of view, simply giving the promised example from my own life.

I believe that a person’s value system should serve as a platform for everything else the person learns. For instance, while the general attribute of leadership is a highly valued component all parents would want—and the business world pays good money for—for me as a Christian, it is vastly inferior to having good morals. In fact, great leadership absent of good morals always becomes Enron … and I think Hitler was a pretty good leader as well.

I hope you have enjoyed the Bubble series. Protect them and equip them while you can!

Coach

About Kris Hogan

With a 16-year educational tenure under his belt, Kris Hogan has spent the last nine years working at Grapevine Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sitting on its administrative team, Hogan also pulls double duty as Faith’s head football coach. Hogan also was the subject of Remember Why You Play, a 2008 book by sports columnist and author David Thomas that chronicled the lives, struggles and successes of Coach Hogan and his team. READ MORE→