Michelle Payne of the Times Virginian recently wrote an article entitled, “Educators discuss alternative schooling solutions.” We are encouraged to see this topic being discussed in the public square, as it rightfully should.

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 4:00 pm

Education professionals, parents and clergy gathered Saturday to raise concerns over the government school system and to discuss alternative education.

The 4th Annual Education Forum, held at the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy, lasted for more than five hours as speakers provided presentations from both historical and explicitly religious standpoints on the topic of education. About thirty people attended while almost three hundred watched via the internet live broadcast.

Retired Lt. Col. E. Ray Moore, founder of the Exodus Mandate (exodusmandate.org) and master of ceremonies, welcomed attendees and viewers with opening remarks.

“We have six speakers, and we’re going to let them present their argument for the growing area of Christian education — Christian schooling and homeschooling for all Christians, all times, and all situations,” Moore said. “This is God’s will. According to the great commission, Jesus said, ‘… teaching them to obey all that I’ve commanded you. And lo, I am with you, always, even to the end of the age.’”

The forum sought to promote Christian education as an alternative to the government-run public school system. Speakers proposed home education, Christian schools and cooperative academies as solutions to the educational needs of Christian families.