30. FIVE REASONS WHY WE HOMESCHOOL
By Wayne S. Walker
Everyone who homeschools has certain reasons why they do so. Some of those reasons may pertain to educational philosophy, safety, or plain practical matters. I would guess that everyone who does not homeschool also has reasons why they do not do so. Here are five reasons why we homeschool.
1. Because we want to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
God ordained the family relationship as He did and gave children parents for several specific reasons, one of which is for parents to bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). This means that parents have the responsibility to train their children to know the Lord and His ways (Proverbs 22:6). In years gone by, it was possible for parents to do this while still sending their children to public schools because the schools were viewed as “in loco parentis” and worked together with parents in training children. But now we have judges who declare that once children step over the school door threshold parents have no say in what they are taught. It is no wonder that homeschooling is growing by leaps and bounds.
2. Because we want to give our children a godly education.
The McGuffey Readers, which were used in public schools in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, used scripture and Biblical principles to reinforce their lessons. These same principles formed the basis for our Western Civilization. However, today the Bible and teaching about God’s will for mankind are not welcome in public schools. Sometimes people say, “Send them to school to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic, and then teach them the Bible at home and in church.” If it were only that simple! The fact is that there is no such thing as “neutral” education. If reading, writing, and arithmetic, etc., are not taught in the context of a Biblical worldview, then they are meaningless and, in fact, become vehicles to inculcate a non-Biblical worldview. In homeschooling, we can teach our children what they need to know from God’s vantage point.
3. Because we want to protect our children.
School shootings, drugs on the playground, and teachers who sexually abuse students are in the news. Of course, these kinds of problems can happen anywhere, but the last place they should happen is at school. But beyond the need for physical protection, Bible-believing parents also want to protect their children from the kind of humanist indoctrination that often occurs in science classes where evolution is taught as a fact, in sex education classes where traditional morality is ridiculed, and even in literature classes where students are required to read books with filthy language and evil behavior. “Sheltering” children has gotten a bad name, but it should not. We do not let young children play out in busy streets or under the sink with harsh chemicals until they are ready for those situations. We want to protect them from physical harm. Homeschooling helps us protect them from spiritual harm.
4. Because we want to prepare our children to face “the real world.”
Our desire to “shelter” our children is not to keep them from facing “the real world” but to provide the time for us to guide and direct them so that they can be prepared to face “the real world” when they are ready. It is not our aim to shut them up in a closet for eighteen years but to use those eighteen or so years instructing them about “the real world” at the times and in the circumstances of our choosing with us at their side to help explain it. Another analogy that is often used is that gardeners do not immediately set tender young plants out in the ground with exposure to the harshness of weather but allow them to grow strong and hardy in controlled situations, such as a greenhouse or basement nursery, before exposing them to the outside elements. That is what homeschooling is all about.
5. Because we want to pass on to our children the values that we believe are best.
One of the current arguments against unregulated homeschooling is that children need to be in school so that they can be exposed to value systems different from those of their parents. This is folly! This is madness! This is insanity! Thousands of years of human experience demonstrate that God’s way, which puts parents and not the state in charge of raising children, is best. If parents do not pass on godly values to their children, who will? Thus, one very important reason why we homeschool is because of what Moses told Israel in Deuteronomy 6:6-7. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Yes, this is the essence of Biblical homeschooling.
(taken from Biblical Homeschooling, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalhomeschooling , Feb., 2011)