“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.”
Education is meaningless without a purpose behind it. What a person gets out of any educational venture is directly related to how he aligns it with his goals.
In high school my friends were very important to me. Being popular became my purpose in life. My education was far from my first priority.
Once, I even gave my friends a spare key to my house so that they could have their drunken birthday bash there while my mom and I were on vacation. I thought I could get away with the crazy scheme, but of course the party was busted by authorities.
I will never forget the look on my mother’s face when I told her. Disbelief, horror, stress, anger, concern; I could see all these emotions at once and it wasn’t pretty. My purpose of becoming popular was so strong that I was willing to betray the person who truly cared about me.
Purpose determines priorities. Without a clear and significant purpose in life, people of all ages lose motivation for learning. Many institutions leave out this important element. Educators and especially parents should consider the affect that this type of purposeless instruction has on the individual and society.
The focus of education should be shifted from obtaining a degree, and acquiring a bunch of facts, to the development of a student’s character and establishing in them a meaningful purpose for education.
My name is Janine LaTulippe, and that is what I want to do for my children. I want to ensure that their education helps them become happy adults. I want to help them have a strong moral character and enable them to become better than myself.
For me, this means educating them at home. This may require sacrifice and dedication, but I believe the rewards far outweigh anything I have to live without. I understand that this is not an option for some. That does not mean that the responsibility for the outcome can be placed on another.
Growing up, I changed schools almost every year. I attended 10 different schools in 6 different states, experiencing public schools, private schools, and even an elite boarding school. That school changed my life.
So, when it came time to decide what kind of education I wanted for my children, I was a little disappointed. At around $30,000 a year, there was no way I could afford an elite private school for ALL my children.
Luckily I stumbled upon something even better. That’s right – Homeschooling!
As I researched the different options for my children, I discovered the secret motives and mechanisms of school and recorded it in my book Revealing School. The truth will shock you, but there is a solution: Children can get an elite education at home.
I’ve made it my mission to create a curriculum that not only mimics an elite prep schools and is accessible to all, but also instills a strong faith in God. I’ve already published nearly seventy children’s learning books and a how-to teach manual; a hundred more are in the works!
There is a changing tide in this country, and it isn’t for the better. There is still hope, and it’s in the next generation. It’s time to take charge of our children’s future by bringing them home.
Samantha is a teenage homeschooler from Indiana, USA. Samantha is interested in WWII history, Israel, and politics. Her specialties are words, frugality, homeschooling, and procrastination. When not writing on her site, Creative, Clever and Classy, Samantha spends her time reading, trying to speak Hebrew, and wasting time on Pinterest. Connect with Samantha on Facebook and Twitter!
Misty is a Daughter of THE King, Native Texas girl, Navy brat at heart, loving Fisherman’s wife, blessed homeschooling mother of 2, founder of Year Round Homeschooling and author of Beautiful Ashes. She is passionate about being real through every stage of life and encouraging homeschool moms throughout their homeschool journey. Her heart is full of ideas and passions, but the hours in her day never multiply to get it all done. Misty enjoys reading, music and photography in her spare time. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Michelle has been married to her best friend for almost 17 years. She is also a homeschool mom to her two wonderful (and tall) sons. Michelle is a Christian, a fan of simple living, and a lover of chocolate. She loves her spicy Chai tea in the morning and she has a hard time staying out of the snacks at night. You can find her blogging at www.homeschool-your-boys.com . Her mission is to encourage and inspire parents as they homeschool their boys. Connect with Michelle ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ Google+.
A stay-at-home mom of 3 all under 4, she is passionate about homeschooling, homemaking, all things crafty, and God above all else. She is also one of the founders of Ardestre a brand new online marketplace that features high quality home furnishings, art, and décor created by hardworking U.S. craftsmen and artists. Connect with Amy ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter