Recently I've spent some time with my daughter and other Moms who HOMESCHOOL.
I admit I've had mixed feelings about Homeschooling.
Here's a short list of my previous concerns:
There are several Teachers among this group of Moms.
I know one who has a few of the questions I have had, but two others, who both homeschool, have given me lots of reason to believe that homeschooling can be very advantageous for kids. For many parents the primary motivation to Homeschool has been shielding their kids from the corrupting influences that seem to be increasing daily in American culture.
Years ago in a discussion with new parents a Lay Minister, who happened to be a College Professor and Guidance Counselor, made this observation, "You want to be clear about your intention as parents. You want to remember that you are trying to raise INSULATED kids---not ISOLATED kids. Give them what they need to see and perceive the world through the prism of Christian Faith. Don't make them afraid, just equip them to see things as God does and make decisions that are run through the filter of God's revealed truth".
That advice is more timely than it was 40 years ago when I first heard it.
So let's look at the potential UPSIDE of HOMESCHOOLING
God obviously thought parents were qualified to teach about the most important subject of all.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
So I'm adding my SUPPORT to the efforts of those parents I know who are HOMESCHOOLING by praying for them.
It's an epic undertaking, like all parenting, but the results can be life-changing for the parents and the kids.
What are your feelings about HOMESCHOOL?
What do you see as benefits or possible disadvantages?