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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Biblical Basis for Homeschooling Christian Children ~ Part III ~ Who is Teaching Whom?

Who is Teaching Whom?

God’s Word says,
“Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.” (I Cor. 15:33)

Job reminded us that…
“God is exalted in His power, Who is a teacher like Him?” (Job 36:22)

In light of Luke 6:40, mentioned earlier, since a student will be like his teacher (and peers), no parent, having truly looked at how immersed in anti-Christian training that schools are, could send their children purposely to be trained by the enemy. Once more we watch as the neighborhood children are bussed off and away. So many parents stand by willingly and let that huge, yellow monster come by and gobble up their children. Do they come home unscathed? Or are they “socialized” to their betterment? Let us take a look at the public school ‘socialization’ that those who do not understand (or condone) homeschooling think our children are missing…

Even as far back as a study done in 1985, by the National Education Association, no less, declares that “Students…abuse other students, both directly and by damaging the school facilities. It’s estimated that every month some 282,000 people are physically attacked in schools, most of them students. In addition, $600 million are spent each year to repair vandalism.”[1] Yes, I am sure anyone can plainly see how that kind of socialization would be of great benefit to any Christian child. Don't you? The younger, the better!

Yes, this is just the environment we so willingly send our precious little five year olds and teens into. After that big yellow monster regurgitates them onto the school driveway, they are then hurried into the school building where absolutely nothing will resemble any other social or work situation of their lives. Unless, of course, you are living in a Socialist nation.

This is where individuality, uniqueness, free thinking and any bud of leadership dies. From here, the children are shown their classroom where everyone is the same age – give or take a few months. Everything is provided for them by the all-knowing, all-powerful teacher at the front of the classroom. Once class has been called to order, the teacher will then have all the children who brought their brand new, brightly colored school supplies to the front of the class and lay them on the teacher’s desk; the teacher will then inform them that those items – that their parents bought with their own money, for their own children – now belong to the whole class. Their personal school supplies have now become community property.

Homeschool parents do not want their children or teens to follow the mold of the institution. Children who enter school full of excitement and eager to learn soon find their excitement and eagerness are squelched. In the false environment of the public school, students must stay on the track that the teacher leads them on, they are a cog in the system, and there is no room for the individual. And, most certainly, there is no room for God.

On August 12, 2008 a Federal Judge in California made a most tyrannical decision. This judge took it upon himself to conclude that the University of California system was right in denying Christian students who were taught from texts from such well-known, well respected, highly researched Christian publishers as Bob Jones University and A Beka – to name only two – will not be accepted by any campus in the University of California system[2]. Concluding that the university was correct in rejecting students who had graduated after having been taught using Christian-based curriculum - whether they attended a homeschool or private school - the judge said, “Defendants [the University of California system] necessarily facilitate some viewpoints over others in judging the excellence of those students applying to UC[3].” A witness cited by the judge displayed his intolerance by testifying that the Bob Jones History book, United States History for Christian Schools, "instructs that the Bible is the unerring source for analysis of historical events, attributes historical events to divine providence rather than analyzing human action, evaluates historical figures and their contributions based on their religious motivations or lack thereof and contains inadequate treatment of … non-Christian religious groups."[4] This judge, and those representing the University of California system display by their own words, ignorance and actions that a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

And these are the leaders that have come from our secular school and university systems. These are the people who are influencing the minds of our future leaders. Our system of public learning – public school and college levels – have done a marvelous job in evacuating God from their hallowed halls. Johnny can’t read, but he still gets pushed through the system. A system where the leaders of tomorrow do not know the Word of God, have not been taught of morality, but have been taught that what is bad is good and what is good is bad. We were warned of this:
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Ps. 36:1 and Romans 3:18)

Homeschool parents understand that…
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Prov. 1:7)

Homeschool parents want their children to be dependent upon God, because of their choice to accept salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. They want their children to be literate in God’s Word, the Bible. They want their children to grow into men and women who have been influenced – read: socialized – by their relationship with the LORD. This relationship, and that of spending many hours under the tutelage and godly authority of their parents, will give this world the godly leaders of tomorrow. Those who will be of influence at the city gate.
{Continued...}

[1] Gregg Harris, The Christian Home School, (Wolgemuth & Hyatt, Publishers, Inc., 1988), 23
[2] Bart Carney, Association of Christian Schools International, 2008
[3] U.S. District Judge S. James Otero, Central District of California Ruling,2008 (Los Angeles, CA)
[4] Ibid

3 comments:

  1. Let me start by honestly admitting I didn't read this ENTIRE entry, but was touched by it all the same. I did go to both public and christian school growing up and as you know we hope to homeschool our two little blessings.

    I would like you to know that my experiance "in" school was not all bad. The scocail life was nice. *smile* And I did bring God into the school with my willingness to lead prayer group and my unwillingness to conform to the "christian" girls group that was not upfront and honest. I lived as I do now in that I lived for Christ to the best of my knowledge then just as I do now. It's really the best we can do. *smile* But making friends as an adult ouside "school" life it VERY hard! I had always thought through church and school that my friends had to be in my age group so now that I am learning I have very little if nothing in common with gals in my age group it is a pretty new thing to make friends in "the real world". I know some people choose to send their children to school, for whatever the reason, it's their choice. Though I think it best to home school to get the roots of our two in the Lord before sending them out to the world. For some homeschooling is daunting or just not an option due to other choices in life. But we still ought to be careful how we train our children in the times that we are their teachers no matter if that's one hour at night before bed or if that's all day long. It is an amazing thing to have people in school, your peers know that you love the Lord by how you live your life. In times when it's best to conform, easier at any rate, to know that you didn't and you showed others Christ is a heart warming thing. Though I would rather do things different than my Momma did. I do appriciate the past I have for it is part of what formed me into who I am today. I wouldn't change that for anyting. *big smile* Have a great day knowing Jesus loves you. And even though the school buildings are FULL of children, know that we as parents still have the joyful job of training these blessings! Sincerley, Mommy of two little blessings

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  2. I am just full of questions and I also didn't read every word of this entry. But I did read this paragraph over and over and I am still not sure where you are getting this information. Was this a certain school account (like a court case)? Or was this a personal experience?

    "Everything is provided for them by the all-knowing, all-powerful teacher at the front of the classroom. Once class has been called to order, the teacher will then have all the children who brought their brand new, brightly colored school supplies to the front of the class and lay them on the teacher’s desk; the teacher will then inform them that those items – that their parents bought with their own money, for their own children – now belong to the whole class. Their personal school supplies have now become community property."

    ??? I went to public school and never saw or had that happen. I have known people (since I have finished school) attending or sending their kids to public school and never had supplies taken and distributed to the whole class. Also, any supplies given from the teacher was seen just like my parents handing out something to everyone. A necessity and sourced by the school (but as a child I didn't know about parents paying taxes... either way I never thought the source was the teacher and I never saw the teacher as all-powerful lol). Then again, my parents taught me growing up who God is.

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