New Frontiers in Education (Part 1)

The post below, New Frontiers in Education (part 1) was written by my dear friend, Aimee Packard.  Aimee is a homeschooling mother of two sons with special needs, who contracts through her local school for Special Ed. services, but otherwise educates her children in the family home.  Aimee also writes a blog about their family’s adventures as they homeschool and raise children of faith. Her blog Scribing Life can be found here a this link http://scribinglife.wordpress.com/.

“THE POWER OF HOME EDUCATION”

(Aimee’s oldest son 5 years old, “Big Brother” drew a butterfly coming out of a crytsalis and descibed it to momma using correct scientific terms . Unfortunately he erased his drawing before Daddy got home from work. )

New Frontiers in Education- Part 1

(The WHY’s of Homeschooling)

Note:  this is PART ONE – where I talk about WHY,

in PART TWO I will talk about how

Disclaimer:  I am going to discuss why TO home school, why it is important, why someday it may be necessary and not a merely an option.  However, none of this, or any of my comments should be taken as an attack on parents that choose to use the public school as a tool to educate their children.  This piece will be pro-home education and will discuss what, to us, are negatives in the public school system.  Nevertheless every family has to make their own choice, as led by God.  I have dear friends who are not Christian; I have dear friends who make use of the public school system.  This is food for thought and is certainly not a judgment on anyone.
In the New Frontier there are going to be many ‘new skills’ that are skills our Great-Grandmothers and their mothers will shake the heads in dismay that we have to learn and that we do not simply do with our mind occupied with prayer or something else of value.  There is a good chance your life, or your daughter’s life, may resemble your Great Grandmother’s mother’s life more than your mothers’.  I pray to be wrong, but the fact is we must be ready.  You and I are going to have to learn to cook from scratch, to cook things we never thought we’d eat (maybe), to can, to sew, and to knit, among other skills.  One thing we simply must do now, and will certainly be forced to in the days to come, even if we do not choose it today, is personally educate our children.  On a mere moment’s notice, if necessary.  Read, think, keep materials on hand (great for a rainy Saturday afternoon or the summer).  Be ready; know what the kids know and what they need to know.

I do not care if your child goes to the best school, with a great teacher, at the end of the day you need to be sure your child is learning the skills and acquiring the wisdom they are going to need.  You need to be fact checking their education, and being sure they are obtaining real time-tested knowledge and the ability to use it, and not merely propaganda set forth by liberal government entities.  You have be in their books, in their assignments, reviewing their class notes.  You have to know what your children are being taught and what they are being exposed to, tested material or not.  When the rubber meets the road, maybe in ways unexpected, grades are not going to help anyone.  The schools and school teachers, no matter how good, have no vested interest in your child or their life beyond the end of the year test score and beyond high school graduation.

God gave us the gift of children on loan my dear friends and we have to answer to Him for their care and the path we put their tiny feet on.  There are many places where the public schools are excellent and many good private schools are an option.  There are many places where that is not the case.  Either way, God is going to ask you, not Timmy’s 3rd grade teacher, about Timmy’s lack of long division skills or his lack of understanding of Seward’s Folly  (if you need to look that up:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Purchase).

Think about it; let’s talk about it.  Please remember entire books are written about these subjects, so this coverage is going to be brief, at least as brief as I am capable of making it.

It is extremely difficult to compare home school students vs. public school students; at least accurately.  Even if it could be done, it really doesn’t matter as we all know correlation does not prove causation.  So even if you could truly compare the two, as if comparing the ingredients on a cookie package, you could not say beyond a doubt that the benefit of either was caused by the education choice.  Education choices come down to parenting, and good parents assure their children a good education no matter what tools they choose to use.  Nevertheless there is clearly no empirical evidence that homeschooling produces negative results compared to standard institutional schooling.  Homeschooling is an extension of parenting, and if the parenting is good, the homeschooling will be; but good parents are good involved parents to children in public school too.  Parents need to take responsibility for their children, children God has given to them, and the State needs to remember it is NOT the parent and the school needs a strong and constant reminder that they are employed by and function at the pleasure of the parents. If this reminder is in the shape of many children being removed, so be it; if it is the shape of the votes packing the School Board with people of faith, that is another option.

What you and I must remember are our God given roles, our responsibilities to our families, and to our Nation.  Home education can be, though this is not a primary reason for our family, it is something that I think of, an act of preserving the Republic.

As a Nation, we were founded by home educated men; we all have a responsibility to the Nation (under God).  Home education is preparing the next generation to lead, not to follow.  Home educated individuals founded this nation and it may indeed be up to home educated individuals who are called upon to save it.

Consider this: from the 1620’s to the late 1800’s in the United States there was no mandatory public education; for a long time no public school option at all.  Education was parents, older siblings, at the kitchen table and a strong commitment to the best the child could be.  Parents taught their children to walk, to read and to be adults.  Literacy rates in the colonies, (1640 to 1700) particularly in New England, were extremely high relative to those in the Old World; and sadly relative to today. Shipton, New England has a 95% literacy rate. By the middle of the 1700’s nine Colleges / Universities had been founded including Harvard, Yale and William and Mary.  All stressed Classical studies and a Biblical foundation.  Learning to read, learning to acquire and use information, to manipulate language (written and spoken), learning to think… not learning to pass a test.

Freshmen at William and Mary had to “be able to read, write, converse, and debate in Greek”.  The King’s College inNew   Yorkrequired applicants to translate the first ten chapters of the Gospel in to Latin.  Nevertheless Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe, all educated at home, of course, entered college at age sixteen.  (page 118 The Right Choice Home Schooling by Klicka).

There are three main elements, as to why we home school; there are other less critical aspects that make home educating ‘even a better deal’ but for us there are three main ‘deal makers”.  Our reason to home school, will not be the same as your reason (or your reasons not to home school).

First being we as parents do not want others (adults or peers) having a strong molding influence on our children, we want to strengthen our children’s values before they are loosed into the world and asked to make their own choices.

Secondly we dislike the public schools and their humanistic, politically correct, worldly view point; that we feel is not merely neutral (which would be acceptable if not desirable), but actually progressive and liberal.

Finally, related to both is the growth my understanding and convictions.  In many cases I truly believe God wants our children at home; and in every case no matter what tools you use, God hold the parents exclusively accountable for the education of the youth He gives them.

I strongly dislike the idea of someone other than myself or my husband or family fundamentally shaping the beliefs my children hold or their point of view about life and the world around them.   This is a statement about the inherent susceptibility of young children to things around them, good and bad alike; young children are sponges. QUOTE:  Young hearts and minds are especially vulnerable, having an amazing ability to absorb large amounts of teaching innocently, naively, without judgment, prejudice or bias.”  The How and why of Home Schooling by Ballmann page 20-21.

A big part of our parental choice to home school has to do with faith, but even more so with our understanding that children, any children are not strong enough (emotionally or spiritually) to be a leader and not a follower at 5, or 7.  Peer pressure and influence is not only for teenagers.

Big Brother came home from a week of Vacation Bible School (15 hours total) with new less-than-desirable phrases added to his vocabulary.  Bullies do not live only in middle schools and high schools either; again, Big Brother came home in tears 2 out of 5 days of VBS.  At VBS, he was in a group of 8 children with an adult and a couple of older youth helpers; what could be expected from him being a peer group of 20 or more with only one adult?

Yes, there will be leaders in Kindergarten – but the question we have had to ask is “if my child is not the leader, where will that leader take my child?”  There will be bullies in Kindergarten- what a choice!!  For our child to be either the bully or be bullied!  Can you honestly expect a 6 year old to walk away from peers making a bad choice, time after time after time?  To do so without then becoming the target of that peer group continually making poor choices?  Proverbs 13:20- He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.  One of our most basic parenting principals is that we set our children up to succeed not to fail.   We do not ask of them, or demand of them what they are not capable of.  Children below the age of reason are not capable of consistantly turning away from their peers, so we do not ask our children to do so.

We choose to keep our children at home, where their moral compass can be established and made strong by us, or other adults we personally choose.  At home where their pliable understand of the world can be wrought in accordance with out values and beliefs.  At home where their aptitudes (academic and moral) can be nurtured and supported, refined; where weaknesses can be address and remedied.  At home where they are will not be bullied, or over-looked.  At home where they have all their mental energy and emotional energy available for learning because they are safe and loved and their well is not spent trying to maintain and protect themselves.  At home where they are consistently challenged to excel, encouraged and celebrated.  At home where they are not bombarded by secular humanistic ideas; where they do not have to struggle over what is popular being deemed “right.”

We want our children to grow slowly and to grow strong- to have time to be children.  We do not want them facing moral challenges or struggling with the good and bad in the world when they are at recess.  We want them safe and happy and playing, not worrying about bullies or the greater inequalities of life.  They should be wrestling with each other, not with the moral ambiguities and life’s deeper meaning.  There is time enough for that when God calls them to be a force for change, not while they still struggle to change their shoes alone.  Trees grow slowly and, if bent while young, will always be bent.  We desire our children to be confident in themselves and in the right choices they will have to make as an adult.  I [will] have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. (3 John 1:4)

Our prayer is that, in the days to come, our children will serve God and be a force for the better in the world at large.  God can use anyone, but how much more successful will the ministry be of a proven and trained worker?  We defeat this goal before we start if we allow the evils of the world to destroy them before they are educated enough, strong enough and mature enough to stand up for the Right and be that force for Good.  To change the world for the better they are going to need a strong and straight moral compass, a rock solid faith and a stalwart education.  The Nation is going to need them, God expects me to have them ready.

I keep telling you God expects you to be accountable for the education of  your children.  Now let’s let Him tell you.  Biblical support for home schooling:

*Psalm 127:3  Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.

*Deuteronomy 6:6-7 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

*Deuteronomy 4:9:  Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

*Jeremiah 10:2  Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen

*Luke 6:40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher the beloved teacher –

*Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

*Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

*James 3:15-16 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

The Right Choice: Home Schooling, by Kennedy is an old book but I like his discussion of Christian children in the schools.  On page 111 to the concept as Christian children in the public schools as “missionaries” or being sent there to be the Light of the Lord in the schools.  This is an often used argument for why Christians SHOULD send their children into the world rather than keep them “separate.”  Kennedy notes that nowhere in the Bible is there a precedent for a youth missionary, not even teens.  The people of the Bible sent out into the world to be a “light” were adults, educated and mature in their faith, people beyond the age of reason and accountability, not at risk of being easily corrupted by the worldview.

Conventional education operates on the philosophy that education is neutral – that it merely conveys fact and that facts do not require a spiritual context.  That sums up my fundamental “problem” with a public school education quite nicely.  We believe that facts, whether scientific, mathematical, historical, or otherwise, can only represent truth if they are taught in the context of a Christian worldview.  We believe there is no neutral standpoint, to try to avoid God is to deny Him.  I accept that the school system as a whole cannot teach a specific set of values, there is no practical way to address the diversity of faiths with in a school.  It would be too much to address the diverse Christian views alone, much less add in Jewish students and others.  That I acknowledge, understand and respect.  The fact that schools cannot teach values; it is inherently impossible.  Values are my responsibility as a parent.  My issue is when the schools deny the Judo-Christian values and choose in their place another set of values to teach.   If values were simply NOT taught that would be another case; and I would frankly feel better placing young children in a school like that, where it is understood and agreed that value education is to take place at home.  I do not think such a school is practical, or realistic, but it is one I could support.

Home education is always a hot topic, and as our great nation faces more and more challenges it is more and more a hot topic.  It is a topic each parent must answer to God for.  Right now there are many choices; but the A great place to start really thinking about your child’s education, if you want to home school or even if you are happy with the public schools, is to make a family Education Mission Statement.  Here is a link to mine: http://scribinglife.wordpress.com/education/family-education-mission-statment/.  Think about what you want your child to look like as an educated adult.  Think about the skills you want them to have, the wisdom you want for them.  Think about how you want this happen, think about what you want to avoid as much as what you do want.  Reality is there may soon be a day when you have no choice but to teach Sally to read at the table in the kitchen, are you ready?  Have you even thought about your education choices in the light of moral questions and the future of our Nation?

Don’t miss Part 2, where I discuss the “How-to” of homeschooling!

God Bless,

Aimee Packard

I hope you enjoyed my friend, Aimee’s article on the reasons WHY home education of children works for many families, the historical significance and the behind-the-scenes information she provides.  And WHY home education will be important in our near future as a nation, whether we choose to fully educate our children at home, or merely fill in the gaping holes in our kids’ edcuation that are left when traditional public/private schools allow many necessary for life skills and faith education fall by the wayside in favor of budget cuts and teaching of political propaganda.

With my own family, I typically homeschool my children during the summer months especially.  Both o catch them up to grade level in areas they are behind and to prevent complaints of boredom.  Both of my Farmer Boys (Charles and Henry) struggle in various areas at school (Charles in math, reading, spelling, self-direction, cooperative group projects and penmanship and Henry in penmanship, attention span, memory skills, direction following, turn taking and math.  Due to our religious circumstances (with a church that is only able to meet once a month and can not meet in the the church building from Nov. to April due to lack of heat… and actually this coming Easter Sunday is THE LAST SUNDAY we will ever be able to meet in our church building, as it is being closed due to the need for too many costly repairs and a great lack of rear ends in the pews), I have been doing my children’s religious education at home, as no Sunday School has been available to them.  Our son Charles was treated very badly by Sunday School teachers in our 2 previous parishes that we attended because of his disability.  The very people who should have loved and accepted him most in the community, his own religious community, instead treated him with abuse and disdain… simply because he was “different”.  This rejection of our child caused us to leave these parishes where we were not accepted as a family.  Withou a “place” to teach Sunday School to our children, we have no other option than to teach it in the home.  Because schools typically neglect areas of life skills these days, like home economics, wood/metal shop, accounting, agricultural education, and enterpenurial skills and because children with autism disorders need extra and very specific education in these areas, we work on teaching such subjects, year-round at home.  Schools no longer teach students things like: learning to grocery shop on a budget, how to plant a garden and grow your own food, how to repair a lawnmower, a car or a piece of furniture and how to run a small business.  Schools would rather teach your child to praise Communism than to read a map, to do advanced algebra  and other “higher mathematics” than to balance a checkbook or the family budget (to be sure our government is not able to do that, so why should students… the government is happy to be borrowing money from foreign countries to write checks it can’t afford and wants to teach students to do the same, to buy on credit then declare bankrupcy.)

Laura Ingalls Wilder and her sisters were homeschooled for much of their education, as was another of my favorite authors, Mark Twain–Modern Ma (Rebecca Hunter)

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13 responses to this post.

  1. I am a senior now and so have no young children that require schooling.

    My thoughts on home schooling as a person is that I think it is wonderful when parents can do that for a child, especially one with special needs. I must think that there are resources that can guide and enable you to teach all subjects while not necessarily having expertise in them all. I think that the first few grades would be easier to do with basic knowledge but when the grades get higher it must take a lot of time to educate one or more children.

    The question I guess as many would do, is that in today’s society it is not feasible when two parents have to work or if they are ‘single’ parents….to home school their children. Probably it would be said that if people lowered their lifestyle they could…but with today’s economy and the job situation people have to live where there are jobs available.

    Hence the need for sending their children to public or private schools. Private schools of course require private funding, and that is an issue.

    So we are left it seems with most people sending their children to public schools. I believe if the educators were esteemed higher than they are, there would be a better quality of education. I’m not sure if I read where you live but am thinking it is in the USA. I live in Canada and our teachers are paid much more than in the States. I’m not saying that every teacher because they are paid more, do a better job but at least we recognize their importance.

    That being said the job of instilling in children, morals, strengths, confidence and compassion for others must I think be the primary job of the parents. Yes, I agree that teachers in years gone by used to be part of that process, but now it seems little is done in that regard by them. Bullying is a real issue these days and for the life of me I don’t understand why it has to be so. Why a child, when he tells his teacher about a bully, cannot count on that person to do something about it, is beyond me. It seems so simple to me…obvious it’s not…never-the-less why that teacher cannot involve the Principal and both sets of parents and put everything out in the open….and have some kind of consequence for the bully….is way beyond my thinking.

    Our son when he was about 8 years old had a bully who waited outside the school every day, no matter how long my son waited. He didn’t tell us about it at first, but we began to notice attitudes about going to school, and then he’d be often late coming home etc. and we asked what was going on, and he told us.

    We took it upon ourselves, in this case not to go to the school but to the ‘bully’s’ home, and my husband talked to his father. It was resolved and not too soon after our son became best friends with his ‘bully’. Unfortunately today it seems that bullying is a very serious problem. I still maintain however it should openly be then “seriously’ discussed with all involved.

    I digressed a little over the subject of home schooling but I hate what’s going on with our young people being subjected to another person taking away the well-being of another!

    I totally believe that since our countries were founded on Christianity that our schooling system should not have to deviate from those principals. I’m not saying that public schools should necessarily teach Christianity, but we should not have to veer away from those principals. When other people and religions come to live in our country from other far off places, they must be made aware that we are Christian based and therefore will have some of those beliefs present in our schools such as prayer and Christmas concerts …etc. and not be offended by same. Should they be offended then I would think our governments should suggest the have their own schools . If that seems ‘hard’, it’s what I believe.

    I am a Christian and I welcome those who want a free and more prosperous country to live in. We need to welcome these people, but I just don’t believe we should lose our own identity in doing so.

    In any case, to summarize I believe,,,,,that home schooling is a very good thing to do when one can, but not all can do so. Therefore our public school system should be encouraged strongly to do a better job than what they are currently doing.

    May God continue to bless your efforts. Diane

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    • Diane,
      Thanks for your comment. Glad to hear about your son and his bully-turned-friend.

      I had a very lengthy response written in answer to your questions & comments this morning about busy families and homeschooling, then my modem went wonky on me and I had to fix it. The comment didn’t save first so I had to begin again.

      I wanted to let you know there are ways for busy parents and single parents to homeschool if they desire to do so, should your children or grandchildren want to consider it at some point (assuming Canada has similar laws regarding homeschool as we do in most of the states here in the US.) One of such options is joining or forming with other parents a homeschool co-op, in which each parent teaches a larger group ofstudents than just their own in an area where they may have talents or expertise and teaching duties are shared among parents, friends or relatives of the students. Many times these co-ops can come in the form of “schools” that are attached to small to average sized church congregations and operate using a church’s Sunday school classrooms and kitchen space during the week when nothing else uses those spaces. My younger brother (who also has a form of autism) attended such a homeschool co-op for 8th through 12th grades after being bullied and not his special ed needs met.

      High school students are able to do more self-study if armed by parents with good lesson plans to follow than grade school children, so it is possible that older students can, with a liitle ovesight from a grandparent/relative or family friend could use computers,internet etc to work on research reports, literature and other subjects that do not need direct proceedural teaching (math or chemistry would be good examples of those that would take more intensive teaching) during the week and allow parents who work outside the home to concentrate on eaching the harder subjects on evenings and weekends. So there are advantages in both age groups with homeschooling. (With the little bitty ones, most parents are well equipped to teach ABC’s, 123’s and so forth. Classroom discipline and understanding mommy is wearing her teacher hat righ now is difficult with the little ones. The opposite happens with high school age students, they can understand parent as teacher roles well, but if a parent doesn’t know the subject matter, parents have to say to the child “I don’t know this stuff either, so let’s study it together and we will both learn it.”)

      There are ways to get there if you really want to do it. It’s no always simple or easy, but it certainly can be worth doing.

      This lovely post on the changing frontier in education was written by one of my best friends, who is very pro-homeschooling and I agree with her in many areas. However, my school aged sons are enrolled in public school. However, I find myself teaching more and more content at home either because schools are failling down on the job, spending most of their time teaching liberal political bias rather than reading, writing and arthmatic. W/o a Sunday School available to my family, I find myself teaching faith and religion to my kids. I spend summers catching them up in areas they are behind grade level, as summer school is not available. Because, my oldest son who has autism needs so much teaching in the area of life skills to eventually function on his own, I teach my kids home economics and my husband teaches things like how o do home repairs, auto repairs and growing your own food. Eventually I will tutor my children in French, in which I minored in college. I spend a lot of time having to unteach liberal politics to my kids and instead establish a healthy work ethic. I am reserving judgement on sending my daughter to public school, because I have a major disagreement with my school district’s disregard for South Dakota’s vaccine exemption laws for families who waiver their kids under a religious or medical exemption, regarding the CDC’s agressive vaccination program. My brother, my sons, my daughter and myself have all experienced serious auto-immune problems as a result of vaccine reactions and I choose not to subject my kids to further harm to satisfy school adminisrators. But who knows what our world will look like in 4 or 5 years when my baby is school-aged? I think we may be on the brink of major changes that won’t likely be good in this near-future space of time and everything may be very different by then.

      We live in a changing world. Raising a family in this new world is the essence of the New Fronier, education is something at that forefront of the New Frontier that parents must consider how and why and what that looks like for their unique families. The needs and challenges to each family is different from the next and the educational choices of each will differ. Education doesn’/ necessarily have to be all homeschool, all public school or all private school in our modern age. In using primarily homeschool AND contracting through a local public school for Special Ed services, essenially “dual enrolling” her children, my friend Aimee proves that today, education does not have to be all one thing or the other… tha parents can pick and choose what works for them and their children as students. We can no longer sit back and assume our child is learning what he or she needs to know from public schools. We must be involved parents and grandparents.. to dig deeper and find out what the kids are being taught and be prepared to supplement any gaping holes or to unteach world viewpoints we’d rather they did not learn at all.

      We started to stop teaching a lot of necessary life & faith skills in school about 2 generations ago, and with federal budgets being what they are, if we want our students to know these things, we shall have to begin teaching these in the home once again before they are lost forever to future generations. That is one of the main reasons my sons and I began this blog in the first place.

      Sincerely,
      Rebecca (Modern Ma)

      PS- I will foreward your comment and questions to the author of this blog article for her insights and answers to your questions as well. Perhaps she’ll have something to share with us that I didn’t think of myself.

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      • I don’t know if they do co-ops or not here in Canada…but that certainly would be a choice that would be good to have for families wanting to do home schooling.

        You certainly seem to have your situation well in hand for your children. I applaud your efforts and your success. It only goes to prove that when you want something bad enough there likely is a way to do it.

        I do wish though that some of the schools that exist were more than just a building for children and teachers to put in their time each day. I wish it were more geared to molding their morals and attitude, than just trying to pass them on to the next grade.

        That’s not to say that there are not teachers that try to do this, as I believe that there are many who truly do care!

      • I wish more schools and teachers actually educated students too… rather than warehousing and entertaining children like some kind of post-preschool daycare center while parents are at work. It’s sad that it’s actually come to this point, but in most places it definitely has.

      • There are some great teachers out there who really do try… they are just far outnumbered by the bad ones who are there for a paycheck and hope of job security via teaching tenure.

    • I am the author. :0)

      many thoughts

      first of all it is possible to live on one income. many families simple make choices that paint them in to situations where they feel they can’t. but it can be done. our family does it, many many of my friends do it. it all comes back to CHOICES. we choose that our children are most important, so we have no stuffed them in daycare since 6 weeks so i could go sit in and office and us both drive beamers.

      there are situations where both must work — but it is very very rare — many feel they both have to work, but if you look at their choices (cars, vacations, clothing) you’d see they have created that situation for themselves.

      Secondly I do know families that arrange their time, both working, to avoid needing childcare, or to homeschool (thus not use public school as daycare — sadly too many public schools are nothing but poorly run daycares). I do work a part time job, when i choose to and i work 37 hours a week while DH works 50+ and the kids are always with one of us. adding 3 hours to that would be no biggie to “hit 40 hours”. Again, it is choice and what you value

      “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:19-24).

      so I think a duel income family COULD home school — but i feel that most often the families that store up their children and seek to teach God and less likely to be a family that feels it has to make choices that put in that place.

      as for public schools, people need to remember that they are the $$ and the buyer. until parents start to demand accountability they are not going to get it.

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      • Aimee,
        This is a well thought out and very biblically based response to how families with 2 working parents could reprioritize and manage to homeschool if they really desired to travel that path. And more importantly, that parents who choose public schools are providing the money to the government to fund the public school system… therefore the parents (and grandparents) ARE THE PAYING CONSUMERS and THEY CAN DEMAND AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT!
        If you are a parent who does choose the public school path, do your homework… check often to see what and how much your child is learning… if the teachers and administators are falling down on the job and not getting it done, let them know! Demand excellence. Let the schools know you have no problem pulling your kids’ enrollment and doing it yourself if the schools don’t do a great job educating ALL students. Letting them know you would consider homeschool an option if THEY don’t produce results can often get a school off it’s collective lazy backsides and put forth some real effort if enough parents do it.
        The involved parent of a public school student who takes time to make sure homework is done and done right is doing his or her job at home, if children of involved parents are not retaining information, are not doing well at school, then there is a break-down of the process AT SCHOOL, not at home. We had big problems with that last year with my son’s 1st grade teacher and I am wonderring if we will have a repeat of it with my younger son next fall… IF we do… it’s probably the teacher who is not effective and not the student. Teachers must be able to teach in a way that the student can “get it”, if they teach to a point over the students heads then that is a problem. Our 1st grade teacher started out teaching Jr. high mathematics before switching to elementary school… not only was her curriculum far too heavy in math, it was appallingly short on the reading and language skills needed to do the assignments that were always heavy on story problems (which were typically written toward a 3 grade + reader), the entire class was getting marks well below where an average class of 1st graders should have been, several of us moms have been discussing that recently. There are 3 of us who have both a 2nd grader who was in that class and a kindergartener who will be in that class next year and the amount and difficulty of the math the 1st graders were expected to do was topic of discussion during the Valentine’s parties.

      • When my husband and I had our 3 children..I was of course not working for the first few months of their lives….and when I did start I also worked part-time when they were little so they did not need public daycare. My husband and I tried to work our hours so that they were mostly under our care. However when there was a gap ..we always had a loving person watching over them.

        When they came of the age of schooling we both had to work to make ends meet. Yes we did own a home but didn’t live lavish life styles. Our children went to public schools. We were very active in their lives and in how they were doing in classes. We made sure to talk with their teachers about any difficulties they may have been having. That is something I think all parents must do in order to assure the child’s well-being now especially more than ever.

        I don’t even remember home schooling being an option back then.

        As much as I agree that those that believe home schooling is the best way for their child and their circumstance, I also do believe that for many it just isn’t. I do believe that parents and communities and educational government agencies must demand more of our schools with regard to each child’s needs…especially right now with so much bullying present. The parents of a bully likely ‘know’ that their child is predisposed to doing so, and must be held accountable for what the child does, as much the school does also. If necessary strong consequences need to be put into law to deal with those that blatantly continue to do nothing to stop this from occurring.

        Aside from parents not opting for home schooling for whatever reason…one main one that I would say it that they don’t feel competent to do a good job at it. Other than the first 3 grades I know that I couldn’t have done so as I did not have an education myself past Grade 10, and did not have the means to do so.

        For those who can, and do it well, I say congratulations, and wish them well in their en-devours. I hope our school systems can somehow rise and meet the challenges of this day and age.

        I have a peace in my heart that I indeed put our children’s welfare first at making the decisions that we had to make during their growing up years and are proud of the adults and parents that they have become themselves.

        Thanks for your comments and explanation that you offered. Diane

      • Diane,

        You are so welcome. Actually, I am very interested in reading more about Canada’s homeschooling laws and plan to do some research in this area. (On the rare off-chance my husband’s employer transfers us up your direction at some future date. We never know what the future is going to bring and the company Pioneer Pa works for does have feedmills up there in Canada. And of course I would like to one day at least take my kids to vacation somewhere in our neighboring country to our North.)

        As a little girl, my parents took us on a family vacation to Victoria, BC. I remember it fondly, we camped and drove from Oregon to Canada and took a ferry boat, visited the Undersea Gardens, a Miniature village and on the way we also stopped at a wildlife safari park and Sea World (which I believe may have been near Seattle, WA… I was not quite 6 years old at the time.)

      • Hi..I just wanted to say I enjoy your blogs and have nominated you for The Sunshine Award..details.. http://hometogo232.wordpress.com/posts/ Diane

  2. Posted by Crystal on April 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    great post!

    Reply

    • Thanks, I have to give about 98% of the credit for this post to my friend, Aimee, though. She did most of the work on it and deserves the kudos for a job well done, rather than me this time,

      Reply

    • Crystal,
      I hope you will join us and continue to follow the blog. My friend, Aimee, is planning to write another guest post on the “how-to” of homeschooling very soon. It should be great info on geting started or keeping on keeping on with it. Aimee’s always full of wonderful references, links and other need-to-know info.

      Reply

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