Homeschooling: Did you make the right choice?
(Sept 2006 TOS Newsletter)
Are you wondering right about now if you made the right choice to homeschool your children this year? Let's see if I can help you answer that question. Our role as Christian parents as outlined in the Bible must ultimately dictate the answer, but let's look at the choices again: there's public schooling, private Christian schooling, and home education. Which is best for your child? We'll start with public school:
I am not merely talking about the school at the corner that seems so nice. I am talking about the entire institution of public education. This is an institution where every child has to flow with the program no matter what that program or what their learning style or what sexual preferences the teacher possesses. Every child must be subjected to tolerance education no matter what their religious beliefs. Deviant sex education is the norm. No child may pray. God may not be mentioned but may be and is mocked. The public school is, therefore, anti-God. Is this where a Christian parent is to place his child? If the Christian parent is to raise Christian children who have Christian worldviews, it would be foolish to place that child in an anti-Christian establishment. Okay, so we know public school is out. Whew, you made the right choice there. Now down to two more choices.
While these schools are far superior to the public school institutions, are they the best choice for your child? Will they be taught true biblical doctrine? Will it match your doctrinal views or will you have to re-teach them at home anyway? Will they be taught "scientific" evolutionary thinking or a literal, Biblical, six-day creation? Having attended a Christian school myself while in high school, I know they will most definitely be taught all kinds of "social" structures including self-focused beauty pageants, dating foolishness, and sundry other not-to-be-mentioned things from all of those good "Christian" kids - those same kids you see at church that look and act just like the world so much that there is little or no difference. Should you allow your child to become a companion of fools and end up suffering harm? What if that homeroom teacher takes your child under his wing, only to have your child give her heart and attention to her instruction and despise yours if it doesn't match up? A better question would be, who exactly are the ones called in Scripture to be the teachers of children? None other than the children's own parents, plain and simple.
Again, you made the right choice to keep them or bring them home. Feel better? Just in case you're still not convinced, let's take a quick look at some benefits of home education:
- You are obeying God's principles laid out in Scripture.
- You have the opportunity to provide your child with Biblical instruction.
- You are preparing warriors for the Kingdom rather than peer-attached social flunkies.
- Your children will be walking with the wise (you) and growing wise.
- Your relationship with your child will be strengthened and not torn apart or away with other influences.
- Your child will be protected from mandated tolerance and sexual education as well as peer pressure relating to dating, dress, etc.
- Bullies, scoffers, deviants, and most things causing psychological harm will not be present.
- Your child will be socially adept above their peers and academically proven to score above all other school choices.
- Your child will be taught a Christian worldview under your watchful eye.
- Your child will be home with you where he or she belongs!
In an effort to keep this short, I will stop there, but the reasons are nearly endless for choosing home education.
Be relieved, be proud, be blessed - you made the right choice!
Deborah L. Wuehler
Devotional & Enews Editor
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC
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