I often feel as though I have to be careful how I articulate why I have decided to homeschool. I don’t want it to seem as though I believe this is the only good or wise option for all families and I feel the need to be sure that the focus, in talking through schooling options, is that “it is not for everyone”. I believe there is a focus on not being legalistic in our choices on discipline, education, and raising of our children. Obviously, there is truth to this. I don’t want to be, but it creates an environment where I feel as though I need to be so careful that I cannot even be excited, or opinionated, about the choices PJ and I have made.
I tend to also focus on the educational benefits of homeschooling when giving my reasoning behind my choices. This makes sense to people. We all know the public school system is failing for the most part. Yes, there are good teachers, and good schools, and successful children who come out of the public school system, but you can find enough research that shows that overall the system is not set-up well for a lot of kids. It is set-up for those kids who are currently succeeding and will come out of it doing ok. My point is, why do I never actually mention the fact that I want to homeschool because I want to raise my children with the values I choose? More than likely, it is because I do not want to be seen as isolating them out of some sort of fear.
I do not think that by homeschooling I am guaranteeing Godly children who fear the Lord. I am not insuring their salvation by giving them a Christian education at home. I am certainly not homeschooling to keep them out of the world. I am homeschooling them to prepare them to BE in the world.
I do not want to send my little missionaries out there without a solid foundation. Without a faith that can defend. There is the view that we should send them out to give the Christian view to the world, but my question is, would they really be being sent out to be given and taught the view of the world?
There. I said it. I think I have built enough bridges in the past to hopefully make clear my belief that there are many reasons a child will go to public school. Homeschooling is not for everyone blah, blah, blah. I just am tired of hiding, or being self-conscience, about my beliefs and thoughts.
There is no technique that will insure smart or Godly children. There is no method that will take away the fact that our children’s worst enemy is the enemy within. The enemy they are born with and that has been handed down from generation to generation. Sin. I just want to do my best to obey the Word of God, how I interpret that for my family, and for right now, that is homeschooling them.