My children will not be attending the local LCMS grade school this year. I pulled them out and put them into a public charter school. The level of the quality of their education will be equivalent, just minus the religious instruction.
It is a sad moment, I must admit. The principal, teachers, parents and students at the LCMS grade school are so kind and so wonderful. We will all miss them. My children will miss their friends and teachers.
If I had no other option for a quality education, I would have left my children in the Lutheran school. But since I do, I moved them. I moved them because I do not want my children to be taught false superstitions. No matter how wonderful the stories of Jesus and the saints of the Old Testament are to children, it is a belief system that in reality teaches situational morality: It is wrong to kill defenseless women…unless it is your god who is doing the killing. It is wrong to kill children…unless it is your god who orders them to be killed.
I also don’t want my children to be taught that “we” are right and everyone else is wrong (and even evil).
Yes, the people of our local LCMS school are absolutely wonderful…just as are the people of our local LCMS church. You couldn’t ask for nicer, kinder, more generous people. But I cannot and will not bring up my young children to learn and believe false and judgmental religious superstitions.