Thursday, October 3
What Public School Taught Me (A Daughter At Home)
I am a product of the public school system. My parents were some of the millions of Christian parents who bought into the politician-union leadership concocted lie that parents are unqualified to teach their own children. I like to say that I made it out with my faith in spite of the public schools. Although at times I've questioned why my parents sent me to public schools, today I truly believe that the Lord sent me there to be a unique witness for Him. I've attended conservative, rural schools, a public, southern college, and a nationally ranked magnet high school for gifted students. Yet, I still desire a home education for my children. No one can accuse me of being brainwashed.
My public school experiences allow me to enter into a variety of social circles that would be closed to me otherwise. When people find out that I'm a future homeschooler, they're flooded with negative homeschool preconceptions.
I conflict with almost every stereotype people have about homeschooling and 'conservative' Christianity. I look, talk, and dress 'normal.' I'm educated, well-spoken, and socialized. So how could I possibly desire to homeschool.
But then I can explain why and how I believe what I believe. Every American likes to think the public school are a success. But when they hear from a product of the best public schools in the nation about her experiences (good and bad) they often leave the conversation with a new perspective.
After leaving my high school for college, then returning home the next year to finish out my studies at Liberty University Online, the Lord has given me a whole new package of experiences to share with others. For instance, I encourage other young people (Christian or non) to recognize the lies dispersed by universities that they must spend 4+ years and $80,000+ on a degree in a field they may or may not go into. I encourage them to look into the variety of other non-traditional options like internships, online schooling, community college, small business ownership, certification, and volunteering.
Most importantly, I encourage them to assess God's biblical plan for their life instead of blindly submitting to their parents, politicians, or the world.
** I don't intent to judge, insult, or criticize families who make any educational choice for their child. In the end, it's a decision between you and the Lord. For some families (poor single mothers are the first to come to mind) there are few options other than public school. Let's increase scholarships to Christian schools, encourage 2 parent-traditional marriage households, and most importantly, share the Gospel!