Why We Homeschool

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 3, 2009

I was asked last week, after my post about not being a typical homeschool family, why we do it. There are a myriad number of reasons why families around the world homeschool… religious reasons, academic reasons, social reasons, etc., etc. In answer to the question, I am only going to share the heart issues, the Biblical reasons, that surround the decision that we have made. For this is really the most important.

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Above all else, we feel it is our God-given duty and responsibility to teach and train our own children. God’s written Word has quite a bit to say about this responsibility. As parents, we are given stewardship over our children (Psalm 127:3) and are accountable to God. I will answer to my God regarding how my children were raised, not the government or anyone else, since it is my sole responsibility.

In Deuteronomy 6:7, just after we are commanded to love the Lord, with all our heart, soul and might, parents are told to “teach (this command) diligently to your children, and talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.” In Proverbs 6, we are told to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it (the right path)”. And Ephesians 6:4 instructs fathers to “not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” God has given us, as parents, specific instructions. He expects us to spend a very significant amount of time with our children, throughout the course of every day, teaching them and training them.

“Could you not teach and train your children, in the way they should go, and send them to a public or private school?” you ask. Well, sure. However (and that is a BIG but), do I care to spend the majority of the short time I have with my precious children “un-teaching” them what they are being taught in secular institutions? Absolutely not! The Public School system is not teaching truth. It is my job to teach my children truth, to guide their hearts.

Here is some shocking news: “The overwhelming majority of children from evangelical families leave the church within two years after they graduate from high school; only 9 percent of evangelical teens believe that there is any such thing as absolute moral truth; and, our children are being forcibly indoctrinated to believe that homosexual behavior is acceptable.” (Bruce Shortt – The Harsh Truth About Public Schools)

There are many other reasons why we have decided to homeschool our children. I firmly agree with everything expressed in Harvery Bluedorn’s article, Seven Undeniable Truths of Homeschooling – It is a great piece and clearly lays out seven wonderful reasons to homeschool. If just the Biblical evidence is not enough, however, check out the following news stories:
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*School district: Sixth graders had s*e*x in class

*N.Y Teacher Fights Modern-Day ‘Witch Trial’

*Freshmen asked to research p*o*r*n online

*On the ‘sin’ of sending kids to public school

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This is real-life stuff, folks, and these four articles are only a glimpse at the corruption found in public schools.

Now, I believe that we, as mature Christian adults, are to be salt and light, but we must look at that command in its full context. Jesus says, in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing, but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Our young children are very impressionable. How can we expose them to the world, to the point of saturation, before they are adequately trained to withstand the pressures and temptations, only to be trampled underfoot?

I am not at all insinuating that we will keep our children sheltered completely from those people or situations around us that may not line up with our morals, convictions and beliefs. I am saying, however, that we will not send our young, impressionable children out into the world, (ie public schools) away from our godly parental direction and counsel. I believe our children should be given the opportunity to explore their world, as we steer them towards what is good, holy, just, pure, of good report, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). As long as we are doing our job, as parents, our children’s hearts will already be in the process of becoming aligned with our God.

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The Happy Housewife March 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Great post, we homeschool our kids for similar reasons. We did have our kids in ps for a short time and I was amazed at the things they came home with, and this was the best school in the district. I think it is important for all Christians to “train up” their children regardless of schooling choices, but for our family homeschooling is the best fit. I love being home with my kids during the day and I love the bonds I have developed with my older children who are getting closer to leaving the nest. I am sure it would have been harder to do if they were gone for 6 to 8 hours a day at school.
Toni

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Katja March 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Thank you so much for this blog post. I was already your biggest fan for homeschooling 6 children, even before I read this. Now – I am speechless, and touched to know the reasons behind. I am aware of many things that are wrong in the public school system, and want to teach my kids different values that are taught in public schools, but I still don’t have your strength and patience to homeschool my own children.

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Geri March 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm

From a heart deeply motivated to educate children spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically, I am proud that you and Ray have chosen to educate your children in the privacy and security of your home. All that we do here on earth has eternal consequences.
May your children rise up and call you blessed for doing so.

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Party Planning Professor March 3, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Right on Girl!!! My hubby and I am so there with ya!!!

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Shari Lyle-Soffe March 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

I would like to interview you for my blog. I would just ask that you answer 5 or 6 questions in an email. If you are interested please email me.

Shari
http://sharilyle-soffe.com

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Debbie March 4, 2009 at 11:45 am

Just started reading your blog. We homeschool our 6 for some of the same reasons!

Debbie

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Chrissy March 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

Wow. You homeschool 6 kids and still have time for a blog??? I am in AWE! I can hardly get through the day with my two kiddos and they aren’t being home-schooled! But I was really struck by that first scripture – Deuteronomy 6:7 – thank you so much for sharing that. That will be something I post in my house where I can see it several times a day. Thank you.

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AJacobsen March 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Thank you! You spoke to all of the reasons I am choosing to homeschool my children. It’s so refreshing to read this. I appreciate that you speak boldly of your Christian views, especially in a society that is becoming more and more “anti-Christian”.

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Mindy March 11, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Girl, you know I love you…but I’m also a huge proponent of public schooling (being a former teacher, and all). I defintely don’t think the public school system is perfect, but homeschooling definitely isn’t for all children and all learning types. While some of the stories you hear are shocking (and unfortunately true)in the public school system, they are the exception, not the rule. I have found that many of the schools are full of traditional, conservative, Christian teachers (at the elementary level anyway). Sometimes I think public schooling gets an amoral bad rap and doesn’t always deserve it. So, here’s my shout out to all of the AMAZING public school teachers who are doing a great job educating our nation’s kiddos!! (And a great big shout out to all of the homeschooling mamas and daddies too!)

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Christine - From Dates to Diapers March 11, 2009 at 8:41 pm

And, you know I love you, Mindy…. but I just can’t ignore the fact that I am directed BY GOD, according to Deut. 6 and Prov. 6, to teach and train my children. I can not expect someone else to do it for me, especially when it is the state that calls the shots, not those “traditional, conservative, Christian teachers.”

While I commend those Godly teachers who are following God’s call on their lives, I can’t ignore what God has called me – as a Christian parent – to do. I firmly believe that every parent is fully equipped to do the work God has called them to do, regardless of their child’s learning type and personality. He will never give us more than we can handle.

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J. June 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Hi there I am currently doing a blog series on education. While I am undecided as to what is best for my family I am right now inclined towards our local schools. I am really diving into all perspectives, can I use this particular blog as a guest post? Simply just presenting a perspective about schooling.

I genuinely would like your comments on a few blogs/book reviews that I’ve made in the last few weeks regarding educational choice. Thanks.

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