I've experienced 3 different types of schools; the 14th best high school in the nation, a rough, rural middle school, and a conservative, rural, elementary school; all 3 were public. Although I was raised by loving, Christian parents with a strong vision for Christ, I barely made it out of the public schools with my faith. You could say I made it out in spite of the public schools. In three years of public middle school I experienced inappropriate behaviors only the movies could dream up. My high school was strongly academic but fewer than 10 teachers out of 60 were Christian and less than 5 admitted it openly. In most classes of 20 students I was one of 2-3 students who admitted to being conservative and even less admitted to being Christian. Scare tactics and indoctrination ran rampant. How can we expect our impressionable, innocent 8 year olds to ward off socialist thought, defend their faith before teachers, and avoid daily violence and language? Many Christian adults struggle to do this!
Every family has their own reasons to homeschool, but below are my 10 reasons to Christian homeschool. There's a mix of religious reasons and 'secular' rational (as if God's Word isn't enough). Do you have any reasons to add?
1) Christians have a Scriptural imperative to train their children to the best of their abilities. (Ephesians 6: Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
2) Parents have a duty to protect their children from immoral behavior and in the spiritually safest area possible.
3) Our public schools are failing children academically.
4) Our public schools are failing children socially. (1 Corinthians: Bad company corrupts good morals.) How can you expect your child to make it out alive when they spend 90% of their quality learning time in a God-hating environment.
5) Our public schools teach humanist, secular, and evolutionist principles such as homosexuality, cohabitation, and "choice" which don't align with Christian principles. The curriculum is corrupt from K-12.
6) Public schools don't teach Biblical character, responsibility to family, Scripture, individual responsibility, self-sufficiency, or a balanced look at American history. If you aren't for God, you're against God.
7) Homeschooling a large family allows more "training time" (family time) than traditional school. Consider how much quality time you get with your child if you take out school, transportation, and meals...maybe an hour a day at best? How can an hour a day compete with 7 hours of humanism?
8) Homeschooling allows for freedom- to travel, change pace, tailor curriculum, account for difficulties, biblical teaching, character training, real life skills such as gardening or book keeping.
9) Spiritual training is more important than academic training- so does it make sense to send children away for 7 hours of academic training, only to come home for <2 hours of spiritual training?
10) Children adopt the values of those they spend the most time with.
I encourage everyone to check out the National Center for Family Integrated Churches, IndoctriNation film, and Vision Forum Ministries.