Rev. Christopher S. Esget is senior pastor of Immanuel Evangelical- Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, where he has served since 2001. He previously served Bethel Lutheran Church in DuQuoin, Illinois. He and his wife, Kassie, have one son. Esget is the Fifth Vice President of the LCMS (representing the East-Southeast Region). He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Berklee College, Boston, and master of divinity and master of sacred theology degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He enjoys playing classical and jazz piano.

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Challenges Christian Parents Are Facing in Education

In the 1970s and ’80s, I went to public schools from kindergarten through my first year of college. . . . It wasn’t a Christian environment by any means, but it was a decent education. There were leftist teachers, but there were also
conservatives. Ideology did not dominate the curriculum.

Those with similar experiences tend to begin with a basic trust in the public education system. Parents assume their children will receive roughly the same education they did, albeit with the added complications of technology and social media. If that isn’t enough reason to send your children to public schools, finances usually seal the deal. Why should parents spend large sums of money on a private or Christian school when their children will receive a good
education for free, in addition to access to all of the extracurricular programs such as sports, music, and drama? It’s simply not affordable, the thinking goes.

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