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A Christian defense of homeschooling

children-reading-6Shawn Mathis:

In my naivete, I thought only the secular school sponsors ranted against home education.

But I was wrong.

I discovered that Christians could be against homeschooling

…Nevertheless, I think homeschooling should be defended from such detractors.

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3 thoughts on “A Christian defense of homeschooling

  1. Surprisingly we get quite a few arguments from within our church. Some believe we ought to be putting our children in public school so they can be light and salt to those they socialize with. Our argument, however, is that children cannot be light and salt without first being taught how to be so.

    1. I’ve never fully understood that point of view. Most of the “Christian” kids I know who have attended public elementary schools differ little from the non-Christian kids they hang out with. It would be interesting to see how many of the Christian kids in public schools retain a biblical worldview into adulthood (though homeschooling appears to be failing on this point as well). I was a “Christian” kid sent to public school, and most of those I know who professed Christ at that time are not walking with the Lord at all. That said, I don’t think the schools are necessarily the problem — it goes much deeper than that. I’ve always wondered at the observation that children from other faith backgrounds seem to retain their culture and heritage more than “Christian” children do. Something is wrong with this picture!

      1. Frankly, most Christian kids DON’T retain their faith. (The numbers are staggering.) They see their parent’s faith as a means of controlling them, and keeping them in line.

        We cannot begin to stress how important it is for our children to not just learn what we believe, but WHY we believe it. This is not a guarantee they will accept Christ as Savior, but a great step in that direction. When our children have a better understanding of their faith, and see it lived out, they are less likely to be swayed by the world.

        I wonder if the underlying issue is how we parents perceive our faith. Are we living it out; is it a living, breathing part of our lives or just something we do on Sunday? Do we allow our children to question faith and then provide them answers they are looking for? Are we ignorant in the arguments the world has against our faith, or ready to provide an answer when our children ask?

        Perhaps if more parents were dedicated to their own faith and culture, their children would follow suit. Just a thought…

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