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Excused Absence: Should Christian Kids Leave Public Schools?

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Douglas Wilson

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Many Christian parents oppose our godless American culture, but how many of us are willing to put our money where our mouth is?

In this short but spicy book, Douglas Wilson calls for Christian parents to remove their kids from public schools. Beginning with the commands in Scripture for parents to raise up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, he shows that parents must not send their children to be catechized by unbelieving teachers and peers.

Although he has many hard words for public schools, Doug pulls no punches on parents who assume that a Christian curriculum alone will fix all their problems. Parents need to train their kids’ minds, bodies, and hearts so that they are prepared for the real world. This is a high and difficult calling, but we can look to God’s promises to help us as we train our children.

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What People Are Saying:

"Excused Absence is stimulating reading, and parents...need to think through its counsel." -Marvin Olasky, from the Foreword

"Wilson provides...a challenging and insightful call to radical thinking concerning the means for shaping the worldview of our children." -Fritz Hinrichs, Classical Tutor

"Phenomenal book." -Darren Doane, director

Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Decluttering Your Marriage, Future Men, and How to Exasperate Your Wife.

Look Inside the Book

AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson

PUBLISHER: Canon Press

PAGE COUNT: 148 pages

SIZE: 5.50x8.50

ISBN 10: 1954887132

ISBN-13: 9781954887138

EDITION: Second

PUB. DATE: February 8, 2022 (originally published July 1, 2001)

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David Strittmatter
Scriptural - Well argued

If I had to select one book to anyone to persuade them to give their child a Christian education, this would be the one. The scriptural justifications are well thought out and presented, very concisely too, and should leave any reader with an undeniable choice: educate your child according to scripture (not in a government school) or willfully, eyes wide open sin. I didn't think Wilson's disagreements with Charles Finney were constructive or necessary towards the purpose of the book but having read scores of books on Christian education, this is one of the best.

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Jenifer Humphries
A must read!

Great book with much needed info!