Can School Reduce Crime?
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
As much as we would like to think that keeping our children in school is a way to reduce crime, it is not always the case. You might be asking if keeping your kids in school will reduce crimes committed. On an average, children spend 5-8 hours studying at school, and spending time with their classmates and teachers. The rest of their leisure time is being spent with their friends or at home. There are school guidelines and rules which our children are bound to follow. School guidance counsellors or principals usually call the parents’ attentions to discuss your child’s progress, or if there’s anything that you need to know about your kids. Knowing this, being aware of our kids’ issues or interests is inevitable.
Schooling equips the student for the future in terms of socialization, knowledge, morals, and skills. You need to be on top of the child’s moral education regardless of the type of school system they are in. We can’t simply say that one school system is better than another based on your ‘expectation’ or ‘personal standards’. Parenting is a privilege we should be happy about. It is best to guide and nurture our children passionately.
If the school is effective enough to keep a child of the streets and focusing on school work, then this would definitely be reduced in crimes committed by minors.
If the school is effective enough to instil hope for the child’s future and keep them working on their goals. Then this would definitely reduce crimes they might commit when they grow up.
Two common crimes referred to the youth are theft and vandalism. These crimes can be avoided with proper education and keeping the child following through on what they are learning.
The main reason a child would steal is if they want something they know they can’t have; or not supposed to have. Teach a child to be self-sufficient and be happy with what they have. Teach them how to appreciate the things they already have rather than what they want to have. Help them see the beauty of sharing what they have with others who are needy. Support your children with their hobbies or interests. This is another way of getting to know them more, and understanding their personalities.
A child who vandalizes property may not be seeing that they are stealing the rights of others from not having their property affected by their actions.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Keep your child educated not only in school subjects but also plant a solid moral foundation and keep them working on their goals. They, too, will grow up. Wouldn’t you want them to be responsible citizens happily serving the Lord?
For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.