By H.W. Bass
Some people homeschool their children because they think public schools are a Godless place. Other people send their children to public school so they can wake up to the reality of the real world. Both of these reasonings are wrong. Yes, public schools may be “Godless”, but so is the grocery store and every piece of public land in use because the state and the church are separate. Therefore, it is an odd reason to keep children out of school simply because it is Godless. In fact, there are probably many Christian children in the school that parents may not be aware of.
Rather, the issue is whether or not the parents believe they can do a better job of administrating the public education of their children. When parents homeschool their children it is because they want their children to be children. They want them to play during the day and spend a little time learning and the rest of their time being themselves. When parents want children in public school, it should be because they believe their child needs structure and order AND the school does a good job administrating their education.
The Bible says that everyone should be as a child when they are learning of the kingdom of God, but that means everyone should be open. When parents are open to the idea of homeschooling and public schooling at the same time, they will find that they can make the right decision. Not all children should be in public school and not all children should be homeschooled. When parents get past the “Godlessness” of public schools, they will see that there are many more things to consider. Then, and only then, can they make a choice for their child or children that is best for what the child needs.
My thoughts on this is that whether or not you send your children to a public school or educate them at home, it’s about the kind of parent you chose to be. As you bring them up, are you interacting with them about those controversial topics that they are going to be exposed to in time? Do you talk about matters such as evolution,sex education,or historical events pertaining to the founding and building of our nation yielding their dependance upon and prayerfully seeking after God’s wisdom and provisions? Do you share the Biblical truths that they should apply to their lives to combat any deceptions that they will encounter down the road?
They need to be armed against any false teachings and find strength to stand against the pressures and temptations to go along with their peers or any adult who is in a teaching profession that are mislead and telling others how to think and practice their own misguided path.
Thanks for addressing this issue.
I see the main issue being this. Whether or not a child goes to public school or is home schooled, the parent should be the one raising the kid. The Bible puts the responsibliity in the hands of the parents, not the school system. The school system should never become a replacement for parental responsibility. However, it already has in some respects.
As far as home schooling is concerned, I agree with the previous comments. It can become TOO sheltered. Great article with a lot of content and food for thought. John