#ExposeChristianSchools Guest Posts Wanted

exposechristianschools

I thought I would kick this back up to the front page in the hope that some of you would see it and agree write a guest post about your Christian School experiences.. Please contact me if you are willing to do so.

Chris Stroop, an ex-evangelical, recently launched the #ExposeChristianSchools hashtag on Twitter in response to “Vice President Mike Pence and conservative commentators like David French lambasting liberals over legitimate criticism of Second Lady Karen Pence for choosing to teach art at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia—a K-8 school that explicitly discriminates against members of the LGBTQ community.” Needless to say, Stroop’s effort has caused a tornado-level shit-storm. You can read Stoop’s article on the fallout from #ExposeChristianSchools here.

ObstacleChick sent me a two-part guest post detailing her experiences attending an Evangelical Christian school. As I read her submission, I thought, maybe there are other readers who would like to share their Christian school experiences. If you would like to do so, please email me via the contact form. Anonymous submissions are fine, as are pseudonyms. I hope some of you will consider adding your voice to the discussion. I plan to write a series of posts detailing my experiences as a pastor who started an Evangelical Christian school. Several months ago, the local school superintendent and I were chit-chatting and he asked me, “so where did your children go to school?” I chuckled and responded, “well, that’s a long, convoluted story I will have to share with you some day when we have time.” I hope this series will provide a vehicle by which I can share my past experiences and readers can understand why I, today, oppose the anti-culture, anti-human beliefs and practices used by many, if not most, Evangelical Christian schools and home schoolers.

Stay tuned. I have lots to share, and I hope other readers of this blog will too. Your voice is important. I look forward to hearing from you.

About Bruce Gerencser

Bruce Gerencser, 61, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 40 years. He and his wife have six grown children and twelve grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist. For more information about Bruce, please read the About page.

Bruce is a local photography business owner, operating Defiance County Photo out of his home. If you live in Northwest Ohio and would like to hire Bruce, please email him.

Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts in the comment section. If you are a first-time commenter, please read the commenting policy before wowing readers with your words. All first-time comments are moderated. If you would like to contact Bruce directly, please use the contact form to do so.

Donations are always appreciated. Donations on a monthly basis can be made through Patreon. One-time donations can be made through PayPal.

print

Subscribe to the Daily Post Digest!

Sign up now and receive an email every day containing the new posts for that day.

I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )

I will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Powered by Optin Forms
Series NavigationGuest Post: #ExposeChristianSchools Part 1 >>

5 Comments

  1. Caroline

    I’ve been a public school teacher for almost forty years. I have seen so many articles on Fundamentalist Christian sites about how public schools are indoctrinating children, into what I’m not sure. (I just go to work with the goal of teaching content and connecting with kids on a more personal level than any teacher I ever had did. There’s a lot of hurt among teenagers, and I just hope I lessen someone’s burden a little every day.) No one tells me to retell history or impose my liberal political beliefs on young people. In this climate most teachers I know are hyper vigilant about saying anything potentially offensive. Ironically, it’s the more conservative staff members who speak their minds without thinking about anyone else’s feelings or beliefs. I love the term indoctrination when Evangelicals use it, because they don’t seem to realize that we all indoctrinate our children in what we think is best for them. I convinced my own child that education, kindness, and appreciation of differences are the way to go.
    I suppose I encourage my students in the same way. What do the uber religious think the word indoctrination means? Rhetorical question.

    Am enjoying your blog-

    Caroline

    Reply
    1. Brian

      in·doc·tri·na·tion
      /inˌdäktrəˈnāSHən/
      noun
      the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
      “I would never subject children to religious indoctrination”
      ARCHAIC
      teaching; instruction.
      “methods that were approved for indoctrination in divinity”

      I think Caroline might be suggesting that we all coax and teach our own kids to reflect our own way of seeing things, not that we actually indoctrinate them as the dictionary defines it. Could be very wrong about this: When we stand to say the pledge of allegiance and worship the flag with our kids, we are indeed involved in classic indoctrination but when we demonstrate in our own lives that we value our critical powers and skeptical views, they learn thinking skills, not like the sheeple saluting the flag of the nation of endless war.

      Reply
      1. Caroline

        Yes, I think all parents everywhere encourage their children in the things that matter and make sense to them. For example, we encouraged our daughter to get the best education she could, but did not tell her what to study or major in or what career we thought she should pursue. She is on her own there.

        Ironically I teach in a military town where saluting the flag is a given. My students know that they can do as they please in regard to that as long as they are respectful and quiet while others do what they believe is correct. For example, I have one boy of color who doesn’t stand, others who stand but don’t recite the pledge, and some who stand with hand over heart reciting. The choice is there, but what students do with it is up to them. No one is shamed for his/her choice. Evangelicals I have known don’t provide much choice and seem to use guilt as a motivator. I can’t imagine the insincere relationships some must have with their children.

        Caroline

        Reply
  2. Brian

    ” Evangelicals I have known don’t provide much choice and seem to use guilt as a motivator. I can’t imagine the insincere relationships some must have with their children.”
    You sound like one of the three very decent and inspiring teachers I remember from all my schooling years, Caroline.
    My dad died last year in his nineties, after a life of evangelical pastoring. He told his children they had a choice but they had no choice… with respect to him as a human being, he beilieved that he was to love his children regardless their lack and so when I turned away from the Gospel, he still accepted me, tolerated my wayward weakness… Real evangelicals use guilt, sure and they use shame and silence and physical punishments if psychological harm does not work to change behavior. They do it because they care for the eternal soul of the lost child and they serve a high calling.
    It is one huge load of horseshit that is an age-old template for abusing children. Christian, tell me how your abuse, your sick Christian love helps anything at all, anything. I await your response but do NOT quote me scripture. Tell me from your human heart how it is okay to do what you do, how it is best in life….

    Reply
    1. Caroline

      Brian: I’m sorry about your dad. It sounds like he was an exceptional person who lived what he believed. There’s no point in not accepting people for who they are. It’s nice that your dad knew that despite the likely pressures he faced from other evangelicals. I grew up in a home where my siblings and I felt accepted for who we were and what we believed even if what we believed was different from what we had been taught in the faith we were raised in. And that’s how we have raised our children and interacted in the world. We are all much better for that.

      Most of the teachers I currently work with and have worked with treat students with respect and patience. There are always a few stuck in their own narrow mindset. It really bothers me when true evangelicals (often homeschoolers who are trying to shelter their children from the world and its perceived evils ) paint all public schools with such a broad brush. They are not the evil, scary places so many believe they are. I do try to inspire every day, but some days I fall short like most other humans. Two things I’ve learned in my life come in handy : Ask for help when you need it and say you’re sorry if you mess up 🙂
      Nice communicating with you –

      Caroline

      Reply

Leave a Comment

You have to agree to the comment policy.