Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Why?

I did not realize how difficult this post would be until I actually began to think about what I would write. I'm so not one to bring up or talk about something that could be controversial or to stir the pot so to speak. I'm going to give this the best effort I can, so here it goes. Why do we home school? Well here are the reasons as best as I can articulate them over the internet:
1. First in foremost in our decision is the examination of scripture, by which we learn that it is the duty and obligation of parents to teach, instruct, and disciple their children in the ways and the admonition of the Lord.
"4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4"

"6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall 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. Deuteronomy 6:6-7"
2. Second we believe that it is imperative as parents and guardians of our children for us to be very careful of who we put in authority over our children, since all education is really discipleship. Disciple being derived from the Latin word Discipuli for student.
"A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40"
"1The fool says in his heart,"There is no God."
   They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
   there is none who does good. Psalms 14:1"

 3. Number three we need to be aware of who we allow our children to congregate with, and therefore who they are influenced by.
"20Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,

but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
21 Disaster pursues sinners,
but the righteous are rewarded with good .Proverbs 13:20-21 "
Not to say that everyone in the public schools is a fool, but we also learn from scripture that:
"15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of correction will drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:15"
and we all know that discipline and correction in the public school system is sorely lacking today.

4. We desire for our children to receive a high quality and personalized education. How can an education possibly be personalized when you have ratios like 1 to 20 or even 30. Also you do not have to look far to read and find out about how public education is failing our nations children. I just read an article last week about how little 12th graders know about our nations own history.

After much prayer and thought we came to the conclusion that the best way for us to fulfill these commands and goals is by home education. My husband and I are both on the same page about this and 100% behind this decision. Home Education is not something that just occurs between specific hours of our day it is a complete lifestyle for our family. These four reasons are merely the tip of an iceberg for us in our decision.


If you want to join in on this weeks blog hop simply post about Why you home school, and then come back here and add you direct link. Don't forget to link back to this post so others can join in too.





2 comments:

Dusty said...

My post was written awhile ago, but our reasons haven't changed!

Lynn @ TDHGP said...

Thank you SO VERY much for sharing this. I really needed to be reminded of Number 2. We've been homeschooling for 12 years and my sweet Senior daughter has really been struggling with realizing who her true FRIENDS are. I am going to share this with her as well. She'll be encouraged to know she is doing the right thing with the high standards she has set for herself.

I'm following from the Crew. It's going to be a great year!