“Well, first of all I learned just how well I had been brain-washed and programmed by my own education….”
“Where the public school propaganda left off, the culture stepped in. I took my cues from the experts, the magazines, the TV shows, and even popular preachers. I looked everywhere but found nothing of substance. I was demoralized; my education and my emersion into post-modern culture left me feeling more like a number than a person.”
“My view of education and culture is so very different now–so comforting and peaceful. I rarely give even a thought as to what others may think, but I am so consumed with pleasing my Father in Heaven that everything I do that there is just no room in my mind for anything else.”
“The most wonderful thing about homeschooling is that it changed the way we look at things, not just educational things, but the whole world.
We delved into homeschooling by trying to fit it into our lifestyle, and then we found out that it was so much better to build our lives around our learning experience. What we discovered was a richness and a beauty that has been lost in today’s world.”
“I can tell you this–homeschooling is worth fighting and persevering for. Not because it turns out perfect, godly little geniuses, but because it transforms your life and brings you more in line with God’s purposes, in private and profound ways that cannot be fully expressed. You grow as individuals, and you grow as a family.”
If you ever get discouraged about homeschooling or wonder why we as homeschoolers are, to use a secular phrase, “marching to the beat of a different drummer” it is because we strive to follow Christ alone and work hard at removing the educational and cultural baggage we were giving as children. After homeschooling for so many years, I will still surprise myself by thinking of something that I was taught as a child, which has no Scriptural basis or worse is totally against Scripture.
One specific thing that is hard for me to get beyond is the statement that was drilled into us as children.
“Don’t talk to strangers.”
Didn’t you get that drilled into your head as a child? Ever wonder why as a Christian sharing your faith is difficult with strangers? How does that compare to Christ’s command to go into the whole world and share the gospel making disciples of all men?
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in a the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” NIV
Now before anyone jumps up and down and says it isn’t safe for children to talk to strangers, safety isn’t the issue. The issue is obedience. True it can be dangerous talking to strangers, even for adults, but there are ways that it can be done without as much risk. Parents have shifted the responsibility for a child’s safety to the child instead of being responsible themselves for keeping their children safe. Children should not be in a position of dealing with strangers alone until they are responsible enough to notice a potential problem (which is much later than society thinks it is). Children can be taught not to give out personal information to strangers.
Think about that one sentence you were taught as a child. How does it hinder your witness?
What other phrases are in your head from public school or society that needs to be reevaluated?
How about this –
“You gotta watch out for number one.”
If you think about it, there are a lot of those in our heads.