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Normally when someone asks, "What school do you attend?” they expect a reply similar to “I go to P.S. 103” or “I attend Maple Grove Christian School.” They do not, in most cases, expect the response “I’m homeschooled.” In fact, for the few non-homeschoolers who have heard of homeschooling, some consider it as a cult. Despite this, every Christian parent should prayerfully consider homeschooling their children.
True, most homeschoolers do not socialize as much as children who attend school outside the home do. But because homeschooling is so flexible, if the parents want the children to socialize more, they can. Others say, “Only qualified teachers can teach.” While that is not necessarily true, many schools offer science labs for homeschoolers, and many clubs, classes, and camps teach writing, art, music, history, and much more. Parents can also hire tutors or switch curricula.
But that is often not the problem with homeschooling because the educational approach of homeschooling is flexible. The child who grasps concepts quickly can study at a more advanced level. If a child has trouble learning quickly, the child can learn more slowly. For the child who enjoys English more than Mathematics, the child can concentrate on that which he prefers. Some parents send their child to public school but also want to be more involved in their child’s education. For example, not everything that the government schools teach is biblically correct. So, Christian parents wonder how to teach their child biblical truths—and homeschooling can solve that problem.
Not only will the child learn from textbooks, but from what life gives him. We all know that each home has important responsibilities. In homeschooling, the child will have more opportunities to apply practical home-making skills. Changing diapers, mopping floors, and washing dishes all practically aid busy moms. Over time, as the child learns to be more independent in their schooling, seeing that these types of skills will benefit them when they live by themselves.
Furthermore, homeschoolers have a number of privileges that public-schoolers might not have. The child can spend more time with his family. Others influence a child the most in his youth. By homeschooling, parents have much more opportunity to devote their energy, love, and time to their child who will be the next generation.
Most importantly, parents must be involved their child’s life to affect him spiritually. Dropping their children off at school or daycare—even if the teachers are Christians, is not enough. The parents should be the ones teaching their children, not teachers or peers. Most children, sometimes even unconsciously, look up to their parents. They hunger for their love and for their devotion. They need someone to teach them what is right and what is wrong – they desperately need someone to raise them. Homeschooling parents can truly say that they have raised their children in the most intimate way.
Of course, there are situations where parents cannot homeschool, but when homeschooling is possible, every Christian parent should pray for God’s direction to homeschool. Homeschool will allow their child to learn at his own pace, be a blessing to his family, and learn from his parents.
Therefore, homeschooling is an important privilege to consider because every child is a gift from God—it is the parents’ huge responsibility to ‘Train up a child in the way he should go:’. And as God promises, ‘… when he is old, he will not depart from it.’