Several people I know are grappling with the Homeschooling question – to do or not to do. I think the real question is more important. This is a – serious post – so I apologize if I come across as “Debbie Downer” – the stakes are just too high to be light hearted.
You have an opportunity to teach your children to think. Without it I don’t think they will survive their generation with their faith and their honor intact. We are being assaulted with misinformation and wrong philosophies at an astonishing rate. Television, Internet, movies, Web series, music, books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, YouTube, games, comic books, textbooks, conversations, lectures in school, Ted Talks, radio talk shows, Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, and Pinterest, to name some, but by no means all, the sources.
Home schooling can give you that opportunity, but will you take it? Private schools can be academically challenging and offer support to a Christian world view. There are public schools where there are still believing teachers and strong academics and lovely extra-curriculars. Some (few) are still emotionally and physically fairly safe. But no type of school will adequately teach your children to think, think rightly and investigate what they are taught, what they see and hear and are exposed to and teach them to have the courage to stand up for what is true and morally right. You must take responsibility to do that at home.
If you aren’t willing to be unpopular, if you aren’t willing to live through your children’s irritation, risk their anger and even alienation in order to teach them what’s true and how to check everything against what is true, you cannot accomplish this crucial part of loving your children. We are becoming fat, lazy consumers of culture and being subtly and not so subtly indoctrinated into philosophies that are untrue, irrational, illogical, and that lead to death physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
We don’t have time, are too busy, too tired, too over-committed, too overtaken by extracurricular activities, chauffeuring, the Web, sleep, wine, food, exercise, diet, cleaning, work, church programs, entertainment, electronics, hobbies, etc. to pay attention to our own false thinking let alone teach our children to think rightly.
I hate all those doom and gloom, government conspiracy articles constantly showing up in my Facebook feed. But the reality, OUR reality, and our CHILDREN’S reality is that we/they will face real persecution in our lifetimes when (if?) we stand up for what is right and true. We can’t do that, they can’t do that with honor and courage without right thinking. It’s crucial and it’s more challenging than it’s ever been.
Homeschooling can be a great vehicle for teaching your children how to think critically, what is right, and how to find the courage to stand in the face of opposition. But homeschooling doesn’t guarantee that will happen and other forms of schooling don’t prohibit that from happening. It’s up to you, the parent, to teach your children how to think.
The competition for our minds and those of our children is huge.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.’ Romans 12:1-2