Why do I homeschool? If you asked me this last week, I could have given a hundred different reasons – none of which are actually true.
I used to tell people that I homeschool because schools have low academic standards, safety concerns, insufficient curricula, sex-ed, bad influences, drugs, peer pressure, inadequate discipline, condom dispensers, unhealthy lunches, evolution, bad teachers, too little physical activity, not enough supervision, liberal biases, inappropriate student/teacher relationships and on and on the list would go.
Last week I thought these were all very good reasons, but on reflection I have changed my mind.
Whenever I have the, “Why do I homeschool” discussion with a non-homeschooler, it goes something like this…
They say, “Why do you homeschool?”
I say, “The schools have low academic standards.”
They say, “Our kid’s school is one of the top in the state.”
Then I say, “School violence.”
They reply,”Our kid’s school has a guard and a zero tolerance policy.”
I say, “The schools are secular and hostile to the Christian worldview.”
They tell me, “Our kid’s teacher goes to our church.”
On and on the circle goes, as the non-homeschooler addresses and dispels each reason that I give. Last week, I turned the questions on myself and discovered that while I have some good reasons, they are not the REAL REASON!
Instead of arguing about how bad school is, I asked myself, “What if school was great? What if schools had high academic standards, no safety concerns, a challenging Christian curriculum, no sex-ed, positive peer pressure, no drugs and all Christian teachers? Would I still homeschool? The answer is yes, but why?
If all the problems of school could be fixed, why would I still choose to homeschool my children?
I homeschool my children because I believe God commanded parents to raise their own children. I believe that God commanded this because only a loving family can meet all of our children’s needs. He understands that life is more than mere academics. Life is about relationships and love.
In healthy families, parents have a deep-seated, unconditional love that worldly institutions like school can never offer. A home rooted in this kind of love, is the only place where children thrive in all areas. That is how God designed the world to be and that is the REAL REASON I homeschool.
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