Proverbs 4:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; 2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.
The biblical ideal sees the father as being engaged in his children’s education. Throughout both testaments, education was home-centered. While ancient Israel did develop elementary schools for boys, these schools were conducted often in the synagogues and depended upon the fathers to supply their student body and their financial support. The teachers actually served the homes; the school was an extension of the values and beliefs taught in the homes. Decline of educational quality begins when the influence of the home and church is minimized.