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Tuesday, August 13

My 10 Reasons to Christian Homeschool


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

20 comments:

  1. I love that I found this! I agree completely. My husband and I agreed before we even had our son that I would stay home with him to homeschool because of our public school experiences. Thanks so much for this.

    Hannah J
    dreamingofperfect.weebly.com

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  2. Stopping by from "Top Ten" Thank you for this post! My son is only 4 1/2 months old but I am looking forward to homeschooling in the future. This was the cherry on top of our decision.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this! :) I am looking into homeschooling my little guy in a few years! :)

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  4. Blessings on you as you homeschool!

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  5. Agree 100%!!! So glad to see young ladies like you, gives me hope for the future :)

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  6. I agree with you!! I'm so glad I found you through the Deep Roots at Home Link up. I have been Homeschooling my boys since the beginning and I wouldn't want it any other way. Public schools are horrible and I'm surprised I made it out alive too!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!

    Blessings to you,
    Amy
    (Gods Grace Overflows)

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  7. We are returning to homeschooling after a 3 year "break"... I missed it so much! I am noticing my children's dispositions and attitudes returning to the higher levels of cooperation and sweetness that I remembered from homeschooling. Public schools just about destroyed me, too.

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  8. We are in our 3rd year of homeschooling and to be honest this year I have struggled more with the "why" we homeschool than any other year. I LOVE it immensely, but I started wondering if I'm doing the right thing. Mostly because all of the kids in our neighborhood (2 kids) are getting on and off the bus everyday, and I wondered if my kids would rather do the same. They said "No!" My oldest spent 5 months in public school before I felt I had to take her out and do this myself.

    Anyway, this post helps to remind me "why."

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  9. I need this on my wall to remind me every time I even think of questioning my purpose as a homeschool mom!

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  10. Stopping in from proverbs 31 link up- AMEN and I'd say those are 10 pretty good reasons right there ;) Good post ;)

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  11. That is a good list, thanks for sharing. I choose to homeschool because I love my children and love include lots of what you have listed here

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  12. Best list I've seen

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  13. Here from Deep Roots at Home. Thank you for your post, I really enjoyed your post.

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  14. This is such a well written post on homeschooling. I love reading about homeschooling this time of year. I am linking up with you over at Wisdom Wednesdays today. Have a blessed day!!

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  15. I am SOOOOO glad God put it on my heart to homeschool. Best decision I've made in years!

    Good luck to all of you!

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  16. Thank you so much for linking up last week at Wisdom Wednesday. This post was in the top 3 clicked, and will be shared on my Facebook Page later this evening. Blessings!

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  19. whoa....what happened to my comment???? It was a valid question!!! not an insult!....c'mon.

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    1. I apologize for deleting your comment. There are enough critical comments on the blog that I cannot respond to each one of them individually. I appreciate criticism and comments, however I address criticism throughout blog posts. This post was not meant to offend parents who send their children to public or private schools. Ultimately, it's a decision that lies between the parents and God.

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