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May 2, 2006

Proposed Southern Baptist Resolution:
Develop Exit Strategy from Public Schools

A resolution calling for Southern Baptist churches to develop an exit strategy from public schools is being proposed by Roger Moran, member of the SBC Executive Committee and a homeschooling father, and Houston attorney Dr. Bruce Shortt.

The resolution identifies the systemic problems within public education and the damage it's causing to Christian children. The proponents hope that the resolution will be considered by the Southern Baptist Convention when it meets June 13-14 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The debate over Christian education has been continuing within the Southern Baptist church as more church leaders recognize that public schooling is no longer serving the goals of the church.

In particular, in June 2005, Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, called for all responsible Southern Baptists to begin developing an exit strategy from public schools.

Home School Legal Defense Association welcomes the debate within the Southern Baptist denomination and endorses the proposed resolution. Many current homeschoolers have already considered the issues outlined in the resolution and freely concluded that public school is not an acceptable alternative for the provision of a Christian education.

As well as encouraging homeschooling, the resolution also encourages churches to direct resources into developing Christian education within the church.

The resolution also commends the work of adults who are acting as missionaries in a public system which is rapidly undermining Christian principles.

This debate is likely to continue, since as Mohler said—public schools are not likely to improve in the years ahead. Christian parents have a choice to make. They can continue to risk the public system or take responsibility for the education of their own children and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

We hope that the members of the Convention will adopt this important resolution.

 Other Resources

Resolution on Developing an Exit Strategy from the Public Schools   ( requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)