The previous post dealt with some of the political motives of the public school system: things that are counter to the culture of the home as God would have it. In this post I would like to show some personal reasons that you may wish to consider when homeschooling your children.
*The school system was based on a military plan of dividing children into age groups and grade levels. This is certainly not a reflection of each child's maturity and ability, nor does it echo real life. It causes peer-group language and dependence as well as a herd intinct. In this kind of system, children eat in herds, play in herds and study in herds. It is hardly as effective as the private tutoring that goes on in the home from the mother and father. In real life, children are not born in batches of 20 or thirty all at the same time, but have exposure to different age groups. Grandparents, parents, older and younger siblings, as well as people they meet at the market or day to day moving about, provide a much more balanced socialization.
* The structure during the school day seems to imply that everyone will be an office worker, sitting at a desk all day. Boys are especially harmed by this method of teaching. Boys need to be moving around, tinkering with things, building, fixing, inventing, creating and subduing the earth. A smattering of sports thrown in does not build the character and strength that a boy needs to have in order to become a real man, husband and father.
*Girls are harmed by the school system because they spend 12 years in an instutition that does not prepare them for real life. It prepares them to be feminists, seeking employment. . When they do get interested in boys in that institution, it is not for marriage, but for fun. Twelve years of public school prepares them for nothing but further education. There is something wrong with a system that takes 12 years out of a persons life and when it is over they still need MORE education. These young people end up institutionalized for almost 18 years. By the time they are 22, they are still not qualified for anything unless they have work experience. Before you put your child in public school, ask them how they will end up. They always ask homeschoolers that question, so you might as well ask them the question back: If I put my child in your system for 12 years, does it guarantee that he will be qualified for real life? Add all the questions you like.
*Preferences in clothing, music, friendships, matters of faith, food, and other things, are developed in those crucial years of public schools. Parents have a right to raise their children with their own beliefs and tastes in things. Daughters should not grow up to differ extremely with their mothers, and boys should want to be just like their fathers. The public school will not create the strong bonds between children and parents that are essential for happy childhoods. There are many things that happen socially, in the schools that are detrimental to a child's sense of well-being. Children often come out of public school with a heightened sense of fear about everything, rather than the reassurance they can receive in the home from parents who teach them God's loving care and protection.
*The differences between male and female are not emphasized as much as they would be in the home. Boys do not learn about the real nature of girls, and girls do not learn how to understand boys. Girls and boys in schools are not educated with a sense of who they are and what their male or female role will be. The schools are now trying to blur the differences between male and female, rather than emphasise them and treat these differences as something unique and wonderful. This sameness creates confusion about their identity. Homeschool parents have the opportunity to raise their daughters as feminine women, and the boys as masculine men.
*Creativity, personal development and manners are stifled in the public school because they are limited to the courses that are prescribed to them, Although they claim there is choice of courses and subjects, those choices are limited to the things chosen already in the public schools. Homeschool helps the children find their own interests, as parents are more alert to their needs.
*Only parents can love their children the way they should be loved. Public schools and teachers can only give a tenth or less of the care that a child really needs. When you compare the enormous amount of things available to a child in homeschool, and the life skills they can acquire in the home, the public schools are inadequate to teach our precious children.
*People wonder what happened to our country, and how it was changed from being ruled by Constitutional Law, into a land where all the leaders did just what was right in their own eyes. Every year the schools graduate thousands of new voters, all steeped in liberal beliefs, prepared to usher in new social programs, and vote for candidates which destroy free enterprise and turn our country towards leninism, marxism and communism. The one who has the children will determine the future of the country.
*Special interests of the children can be cultivated at home. If your child likes piano or hockey or art, they can spend many more hours in that pursuit, and all other subjects can be taylored to that interest.There is a lot more time to develop talents.
*Building a relationship with your children takes time. The Bible says you should teach your children as you sit in your house and as you walk by the way. You cannot teach them if they are away in someone else's house or institution all day. It does not mean you will be reading books all the time. You can increase your social life, too, by learning about hospitality and inviting people to your home. Children have to prepare for it and there is greater joy in their lives from giving , rather than receiving.
*You dont have to be a professional teacher or know a vast amount in order to be a suitable teacher for your children. You just have to love them and be tuned in to them. You cant really perceive your child's needs if he is away from you all day. Mothers teach their children how to speak the language, how to behave in the family and all about good habits. Mothers training is very effective.
*Reading and writing are not such huge secrets that it should cost thousands of dollars a year to teach. There are 26 letters of the alphabet, with 44 sounds. You can easily make colorful flashcards with these letters and sounds and train your children to read phonetically. Numbers are not a big secret either. Any parent who can count to a hundred can teach his child how to use numbers and combinations of numbers. I have seen paents that I honestly had my doubts about, but today, their children can read and write and are upstanding young people, already developing their own businesses.
*Fathers need to train their sons in a business so that by they are grown, they can produce and sell and have an income so that they can have their own home. There are many ways to train boys in business so that they can earn a living for their own families.
*The school system is not a system "of the people." Once you are in it, you have to obey their rules, follow their standards and study their curriculum. There is never a vote on what is best for the children, as it is all decided higher up in the organization. There is no such thing as "independent school system" , although it says so on all their signs. They are all connected to one big government education complex. Changes are very difficult to make. In homeschool, you can fathom what your child is or is not responding well to, and change your approach. You have the liberty of trying an assortment of teaching materials, outings and activities.
*You have your children during the most teachable hours of the day and the most formative years of their lives. Why give your child's mind over to another system, when the system that is the most natural is the family? Public schools take our little ones and form their minds, leaving the parents to clean up the house, feed them, and clothe them. Parents are the best teachers for their children.
*In the end, parents hope to give their children an optimistic, can-do attitude toward life. They want to pass on their faith and their talents. They have a right to do this. Homeschooling provides the time that it takes to do that.