Why I am Going to Homeschool My Children
While this may be a touchy subject, it is very close to my heart. One reason homeschooling is very important in the Christian home is if you want to raise godly children who do not fall away from the faith. Crossexamined.org found that 70% to 75% of Christian’s leave the church and their faith after high school and the number is even higher for college graduates. Why is that?
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
In public school, from kindergarten to senior year in high school, your child will be taught evolution. Your 6 year old child, who can barely count to 20 and say his ABC’s is going to be taught that the earth was made from a big bang and that we all came from nothing. We are just animals, they say. We have no purpose in life. We just die and get eaten by worms. And your child will believe it.
There is a big argument in the Christian community that homeschooling does not let your child be a light to the other children in school. I’m sorry… but your 6 year old child who is just starting to grasp the idea of Christianity is not going to be able to be a light to the other children. They are just learning! They will start to conform. They will be taught what the world says is right, not what God says is right. How will they know what is right and what is wrong? Their teacher is the one that is supposed to teach them truths, so they believe anything that teacher says. (Note: I am not against all teachers that teach in public schools. I know many people who are teachers in public schools and I have had many teachers leave a great impact on my life. I am against the system, not the actual teacher).
It doesn’t get any easier in high school. High schoolers are pressured into conforming to everyone else. In high school I felt like a total outsider. I started not praying at lunch because I felt like a freak. I started wearing skinny jeans and dark makeup (there is nothing wrong with dark makeup…) to be like everyone else. I got depressed and felt like God didn’t love me anymore. I started to lose my faith. Thankfully I got my grip back around my Junior year.
When I was taught about the cave men that were on earth millions of years ago, in 2nd grade, I believed it. I went home telling my mom all about the cave men and she had to set me straight. In high school I was taught about pangea, and I accepted it! I didn’t know it was a bunch of evolution bologna. Remember when you were young? You believed anything your parents or an elder taught you. Why would it be any different for your child?
Have you heard of the common core system that is making its way into schools around the globe? The common core gives a school a standard of what they are to teach. They are going to teach “health and sexuality skills” from kindergarten to 12th grade. Kids will be required to point out “different family structures” and to provide arguments as to why different kinds of families (gay and lesbian families) are equal. The world history standard will be about the world before humans lived “millions of years ago”/evolution (which is already being taught, but it will be pushed more). The science curriculum is almost exactly like the history curriculum pushing evolution. Teachers will not be free to teach what they want. They will be forced to teach lies from the government. Homosexuality, evolution, and atheism will be thrown at your children! They will be forced to accept it. (Some information was taken from this video).
Homeschooling will become illegal because of the common core. The government wants to have control over your child and to feed them their lies. There have been multiple stories of people getting their children taken away from them because they homeschooled their kids. Homeschooling is frowned upon by so many! Even people in the church. (Watch this video for more information about government control coming from the common core). I could spend all day talking about this, but I have more to cover. To learn more about the common core, go to fpeusa.org.
Michael H. Romanowski in his journal, Revisiting the Common Myths about Homeschooling gives the common myths about homeschooling and scientific rebuttals. I’m going to list and explain the myths below with my husband’s notes on the subject.
- Homeschooling Produces Social Misfits – Many people in society believe that when you are home schooled, you are left at home studying at least 7 hours a day with no communication with the outside world. Although this can be the case, it is most definitely not the norm. This article does an amazing job at flipping things around by showing how most elementary school students spend half their day with the same 25 to 35 people from similar ethnic backgrounds, similar age, and similar socioeconomic statuses. Each student will spend a large portion of their life with this limited group of students. Homeschoolers, on the other hand, often interact with a wider variety of people in out-of-home activities such as church, 4H, sports teams, and homeschool groups.
- Homeschoolers do not make good citizens – This comes from the idea that homeschoolers leave the public school system with a focus on themselves, rather than society’s means of education. The thought is that these young children who focus on themselves will grow up to be adults that are not interested in furthering the development of society and government as a whole. In reality though, homeschoolers often make great citizens. This article shows the results of tests comparing homeschooled adult citizens to non-homeschooled adult citizens. The test results show that homeschooled adults understand politics, tend to participate in community service more, are members of organizations, are more likely to contribute money or time to a political campaign, vote more, and other surprising results.
- Homeschoolers have a hard time getting into college – The opposite is true of this myth! A multitude of prestigious colleges encourage homeschooled students to apply. Many colleges even say that most home schooled students are more academically prepared for college and are in no way socially or emotionally handicapped.
- Homeschooling is only for religious reasons – It’s funny because when the homeschooling movement began, it was for parents who saw homeschooling as a liberal alternative to the school system. Today, homeschooling is done by a multitude of people for a multitude of reasons. One reason is that a lot of parents feel schools are not preparing their students well enough.
It is obvious by Romanowski’s research, that these myths are not true. A homeschooled child is not a social misfit but interacts with a larger variety of people than the public school child who is stuck in a classroom eight hours a day. Homeschoolers make great citizens, and may even be better than most! Many colleges say that homeschool students are more academically prepared for college than others, and homeschooling is not only for religious reasons.
By homeschooling my kids I will be able to teach them life skills. They will not be stuck in a classroom all day long, being picked on by others, and being taught lies. My girls will learn how to cook, clean, garden, and run a home along side me. The boys will learn from their dad how to build a business and take care of the lawn. They wouldn’t learn these things in public school! Yes, they would still be able to learn these things after school, but how great would it be for them to help run the home at a young age, or learn how to mow the lawn at eight years old? They would have responsibilities a normal child wouldn’t have.
Picture this. A child that goes to public school gets up, goes to school, sits in class for eight hours a day, talks to the same people all the time, then goes home to sit on the couch because they are exhausted from the day. A child that is homeschooled wakes up, sits at the kitchen table in the comfort of his own home, does work for about 3 hours, cooks, cleans, and does work with his mother, then goes to 4H, or goes on a field trip to an art museum or local factory. This child gets hands on experience while meeting new people on a regular basis. He even gets to hang out with his friends!
If you read my last post (Why I’m Going to be a Stay at Home Mom) you will understand more of why I want to homeschool my children. It is an important step to keep your children away from the evils of public school and to keep them strong in their faith. This obviously will not keep all bad things away from your child! You should teach your kids about evolution, internet safety, stranger danger, and why you decided to homeschool them. Install in them your strong faith in God. Teach them how to be good husbands and wives. I want to be my child’s teacher. I want to teach them life skills and how to read, write, and do mathematics. I am commanded by God to be a huge part in my child’s life. I don’t want a teacher taking over my motherly role. My job is to be my child’s teacher!
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
I want to leave you with a quote from Brian Rohrbough from the book IndoctriNation. Mr. Rohrbough is the father of one of the kids who was shot and killed at the Columbine shooting. This quote basically summarized my thoughts.
“These schools will undermine your child’s Christian upbringing by teaching as fact things like evolution where the strong rule, without moral consequences, and there is no right or wrong. They teach there is no God, we came from the slime, and do what you will.
The public school teach sex education with the intent of promiscuity. This is one area where they really succeed. But with this success comes the death of the innocent. As pregnancy occurs, the school is there to “help,” quite often by arranging and facilitation the murder of these babies through abortion. I can’t help but wonder how many of our Christian families have had their grandchildren killed as a result of sending their kids to public school. The schools teach, “kill the baby, cure the problem.”
Of course you know about the diversity training, the false science, and the revisionist history being taught. But do you also accept the social environment and political agenda of your child’s school? And do you deny the widespread availability of drugs and alcohol to which your child has access?
If you place your children in public school, within a few years, you will find a division growing between you and them. Will you tell yourself that this separation is normal and that it is just part of your children growing up? Do you really believe hatred between parents and children is normal?
… It is your responsibility to raise, protect, and properly educate the children God has graciously placed under your care. Please heed the Lord’s call to train them up in the way they should go, that they might desire an eternity of righteousness….” (22-3)
Gunn, Colin, and Joaquin Fernandez. “Introduction.” Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America. Green Forest, AR: Master, 2012. 22-23. Print.