As I’m walking down this path of homeschooling, I am learning more and more that there are “flavors” of homeschool philosophies. There are parents who unschool. There are parents who use public school online courses instead of the traditional classroom. (Which, I’ve since learned, is not REAL homeschooling.) There are parents who use the Montessori philosophy in their homeschool. There are dads who homeschool and moms who go to a money providing job. There are parents who are strictly “Bob Jones” in philosophy and curriculum. There are families that are eclectic. There are families who homeschool who have no Christian worldview.
I think there are as many ways to homeschool as there are families because no one family is alike. How about THAT for diversity?
I have no judgements against any family that chooses a different homeschool philosophy than me. In fact, I hope another family WOULD NOT homeschool the same way I do, because it probably wouldn’t fit the needs of the kids.
But I also have no judgements toward families who choose to use public school.
[I think a whole bunch of homeschool moms just sucked in their breath!]
Is there a problem with the nation’s educational system? No question.
Are there worldviews being taught that go against the Christian grain of philosophy? Absolutely.
Should “bad” teachers be replaced and “good” teachers rewarded? I think teachers overall need a pay increase!
I’ll tell you what the key to raising kids with a Christian worldview is: PARENTS.
It doesn’t matter which way kids are educated if parents, who love the Lord and have dedicated their lives to Jesus, are VERY involved with their children’s education. Now I do have a problem with Christian parents who drop their kids off at school and then are absent from their kids’ lives. No wonder they pick up all kinds of junk! But as a former Christian school educator, unfortunately, kids can pick up junk in private Christian school as well. Parents MUST be active in their kids’ education. Period.
Do public schools need Christian teachers? Absolutely!
Do public schools need Christian parents in the PTO? Definitely!
Do public schools need Christian parents holding them accountable for the curriculum they teach? YES!
Do Christians need to run for School Board positions? Please do!!
My brothers and sisters in Christ who choose to have their kids in public school need PRAYERS, not judgmental attitudes. But I will say that I’d like to have some nonjudgmental attitudes come my way from the NEA and from some other public school teachers I’ve run into.
What are your thoughts on the battle between public education and homeschooling?