posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 01:09 PM
This is a topic that's been bugging me for a while, so I'm hoping to get some honest feedback here. So please only answer if you have a sincere
opinion, and please don't bash me.
I'm wrestling with the decision where to send my little son next year, when he's ready for kindergarten: our local public school or a private
Catholic school. I even made a list of pros and cons, but I'm getting nowhere with it. I'm going back and forth on the issue, and some of my
considerations definitely fall into the more supernatural category, so here it goes.
I'm a "recovering Christian"; I was very active in Christian church, YMCA etc. when I was a teenager, but then quit church because a) I couldn't
reconcile my critical mind with the discrepancies and atrocities in the Bible, especially the OT, and b) because I found that many so-called "devout
Christians" I knew were the most vile and selfish people I'd ever seen. For many years now, I've been more of the open-minded, pantheistic New Age
What worries me about sending him to public school is the government indoctrination and intervention the kids receive there. I don't trust the
government a bit. Also, our town is a resort town and full of wealthy people (we're not), and naturally my son would go to school with kids who are
all about money, the latest fashion fads and coolest toys. I don't want him to be in the midst of that and pick up this purely materialistic
attitude, AND find that he can't compete. I also don't necessarily want him to grow up atheist.
On the other side, we have the Catholic school in the next town over. EVERYONE I talk to says it's a great school, so I know he'd get a good
education. I also like the "school uniform" thing -- the great equalizer. On the other hand, I'm deadly afraid of him coming home one day and
telling me that I'm a "witch" and deserve to be stoned to death or some such thing.
So, my dilemma is mainly a spiritual one. I don't mind him getting "a little religion." I actually like the Christian values emulating Jesus'
life: compassion, charity, love, humility, etc. and I do know a lot of Christians who are wonderful people because these values were taught to them.
And I figure I can always talk to him at home, e.g., tell him what I believe in, and remind him that it's his own choice what he wants to believe.
Then there's another issue, what I call the "Dark Side": I absolutely do believe that demons exist (I've had some very real encounters with nasty
entities in my life), and I do KNOW that invoking Jesus' name can work wonders if you ever encounter something like that. So I'd like my kid to have
some sort of "spiritual buffer" in case he has inherited my susceptibility for supernatural experiences; i.e. I want him to know how to pray in case
he needs it, and have a strong spiritual foundation. (I'd even have him baptized, just in case.)
On the other hand, there are the fundamentalist Christians with their often hateful and derogatory attitude towards gays, other faiths, etc., that
simply scare me to death, and I don't want him to become one of them. I also don't want him to believe that man was created 6,000 years ago and that
God put fossils into the earth to make scientists think mankind is older than that... what a nonsense. I'm also writing a New Age "memoir" about my
supernatural experiences, and I don't know how well that would sit with the school officials...
So, to exaggerate a bit here, I have to make a choice between:
a) him receiving no religious indoctrination, but potentially becoming a materialistic kid who cares about nothing and no one but money and himself;
and who has no protection from the dark forces I've encountered so many times;
b) him receiving the protection and benefits of a strong spiritual belief, but potentially becoming a religious bigot and fundamentalist who hates his
parents for being "heretics."
What should I do?
[edit on 8-11-2007 by sylvie]