Many of you have likely started reading this post with your mind already made up as to its content. You are either annoyed/angry/aggravated that someone is going to tell you how best to educate your child or you are ecstatic/elated/euphoric that someone is going to support your decision to home school your child.
Don’t get too worked up. This post is not about home schooling in the way we commonly think about it.
The fact of the matter is that when people hear the term “home educated” or “home schooled,” they most often think in academic terms. However, education is not merely an academic venture.
A typical academic education does not teach children how to gain wisdom, combat pride, or live in relationship with each other. Subjects such as the supernatural, the spirit, and sin are considered irrelevant to discuss as part of an educational curriculum.
Some may say, “We send our child to a Christian or parochial school for their religious education.”
While there is no fault in choosing this educational route, as parents we can’t ignore these 2 powerful reasons why every child should be home educated:
1. The Bible tells us.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4
“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.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7
These verses and others clearly state that the responsibility to educate our children lies squarely on our shoulders. As parents, we cannot abdicate our role as educators.
2. False teachers abound.
When we hear the term “false teachers” we often conjure up in our mind deceptive, unscrupulous-looking cult leaders. However, in Galations 5:7-12 Paul gives us some simple guidelines for identifying false teachers:
• They distract us from obeying the truth of the gospel (v. 7),
• They cause confusion and discouragement (v. 10)
• They spread false reports about the church and its leaders (v. 11).
Using these Biblical guidelines, false teachers abound in our children’s lives. We should not (cannot) passively stand by.
Granted, their decisions are their own, and they will bear the consequences of ignoring any wisdom we may share. But it is our responsibility to prepare them to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion against the knowledge of God.” (2nd Corinthians 10:5)
Making time at home for education may seem impossible in our already overloaded family schedule. But with our children in mind, let’s ask ourselves:
- Do we exert as much effort urging them toward the kingdom of Heaven as we do urging them toward college?
- Do we spend as much time with them in the Word as we do in the batting cages?
- Do we focus as much discussion with them on the eternal as we do on the temporal?