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Excused Absence: Should Christian Kids Leave Public Schools?

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Douglas Wilson


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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.

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AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson

PUBLISHER: Canon Press

PAGE COUNT: 148 pages

SIZE: 5.50x8.50

ISBN 10: 1954887132

ISBN-13: 9781954887138


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

Media: Paperback

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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

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Scott J.
A must read and a wake up call

This was the kind of book that led me to think of all the people I know who need to hear its message. The first couple of chapters were especially helpful, because I am working on a presentation on the history of government-mandated education in Ontario. These chapters will save a lot of research.

The main message is: "Get your children out, now!"

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.

Ed H.
As always, Wilson is a wordsmith. Excused Absence is a nice play on words to turn the phrase.

I read Why Christian Kids Need a Christian Education first and that is a great resource to put into the hands of parents. I would say the same thing about Excused Absence except the final three chapters read like something that may have been suggested by editors to get to a final word count. With that said, the first two thirds does a great job of providing a concise history of progressive education and challenging parents to consider how public school today is not the same as public school 100-75-50-25 years ago. I love the critique of how evangelicals were okay with the facade of public Christian education yet were blinded & fooled as Catholics exited to formulate parochial schools. Worth the time to read.

Jenifer H.
A must read!

Great book with much needed info!

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