Churches must help parents to engage with their children’s schools, so the state does not have the final word on decisions about how children are educated.
This is the view of the Evangelical Alliance (EA), which has unveiled a guide to help Christian parents and their churches take an active role in the education of their children.
According to the EA, Christian parents are facing an often bewildering range of options and challenges in the education system and, with the state increasingly seeking to determine the content of the curriculum, they need back-up.
Called You’re not alone: a guide for the Christian family in education, the EA’s guide, together with an accompanying website, seeks to inform Christian parents of their rights and responsibilities in education. It also challenges the idea the state should have the final word on decisions about how children are educated.
Dr David Landrum, director of advocacy at the EA and author of the guide, said: ‘It’s important to remember the state is only there to maintain our school system. As the tax-paying funders of education, it is parents who are primarily responsible for the way that children are educated.
‘We hope that this resource will inspire parents, families, churches and local communities to see how they can take a fuller role in education, and to support the work of teachers and schools’.
The resource also sets out information about the education system and the rights and responsibilities of parents in different areas, as well as opportunities to get more involved for the benefit of the school community.
Dr Landrum added, ‘Sometimes parents stand back from getting more involved in their children’s schools, and they don’t realise how much they have to offer. Whether it’s through volunteering in the classroom, serving as a school governor, or even setting up a free school, there are huge opportunities for families to make a vital contribution’.