Why I Choose to Homeschool

Posted on January 18, 2010

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Why do I homeschool? The choice for me is primarily one of faith. The Bible gives clear instructions as to the role of a parent. As parents, we are charged with the responsibility of training our children.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

A couple points need to be made here. First, The Bible always refers to the process of raising a child as “training.” While some people may find this term objectionable, it is really the perfect word to use. Our job as parents is to shape and mold the child, to prepare him for adulthood. If we lay the correct foundation early in life, they will grow to be productive, God-fearing adults. Secondly, The Bible gives parents the SOLE responsibility for child training. It does NOT take a village to raise a child, It takes responsible parents. Having said this, Proverbs 22:6 says to “train up a child in the way he should go. . .” What is that way?

Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV)
4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

The answer is “in the training and admonition of the Lord.” That simply means that we are to train them according to the dictates of God’s Word. They are to be taught the Word of God, and have those values instilled in them from an early age. This has the ultimate benefit of leading them to become Christians when they are old enough to make that decision. Such was the case with Timothy.

2 Timothy 3:15 (NKJV)
15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

This brings me to the answer to the question “why do I homeschool?” Knowing that we are to bring up our children in the training and admonition of the Lord, Why would I send my child to be trained by an institution that teaches just the opposite. I am speaking, of course, of the public school system, but you may be wondering how i came to that conclusion. Well, there are certain things that a child will be taught during their time in the public schools.

  1. At some point, they will be taught that you have to treat all religions equally, that no one religion is any better than another. The schools call this religious pluralism, but God calls it idolatry. Exodus 20:3 (NKJV)
    3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. At some point they will be taught that homosexuality is a legitimate lifestyle, and must be accepted. They call this diversity, but God calls it an abomination. Leviticus 18:22 (NKJV)
    22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
  3. They will be taught that evolution is fact, and they will call it science. It is not science at all, it is a faith, and it seeks only to remove God from the equation. It attacks the very foundation of Scripture, and leads children away from Christ. The Bible warns very strongly against this. Mark 9:42 (NKJV)
    42 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.

These are just a few of the reasons, but they should be sufficient for Christians to understand the inherent problems of placing their children into the public school system. As a Christian, my main objective is to please God, and the Bible says that without faith, that is impossible.

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

The public school system simply lacks faith (despite the many Godly teachers out there); therefore, it is impossible for it to be pleasing to God. This is why I like to be able to hand pick the curriculum that my child uses. I can be sure that the history, science, and all else that he learns, is firmly rooted in scripture.

What about socialization? this is one of the main objections that is raised. It is, quite simply, a fallacious argument. They have sports, church, and extended family, that provide ample interaction with other children. It has been well proven that the majority of homeschooled children are well adjusted, and perform favorably in both college and work environments.

I certainly hope that I have given you something to think about. Believe me, it is well worth the time and effort.

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