Education is a Father’s Responsibility

It is your responsibility to educate your children. You may delegate some of the tasks of their education. You may hire tutors and teachers, send them to a private school. You may even send them to government schools (though I wouldn’t recommend it).

But you may not abdicate your responsibility to educate them.

When all is said and done, and things have not been done to your satisfaction, you have exactly one person to blame: yourself.

It feels nice when we can blame someone else. We can cast our guilt onto the teachers, point fingers at the school environment, and shake our heads in disappointment at the chosen curriculum, throw medication at a boy who is misbehaving.

All of that is easy.

All of that is an effort to absolve ourselves of our own failings.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4

If your child is falling behind, do something about it.

If something is not up to your standards, do something about it.

If you want them to learn something specific, do something about it.

This doesn’t mean you have to personally teach them everything (though you should be formally teaching them something). It just means you are the captain of the ship and you will answer for where that ship goes and how it was maintained. There are a lot of jobs that you don’t personally do, but it is your job to see that they all get done in an adequate manner.

Do not neglect this responsibility. Do not abdicate.

How many people have been complaining about schools not meeting? Or about how math is taught? Or about progressive agendas in new textbooks?

Stop complaining.

Do something about it.

You are their father.

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