What Do You Think The Kids Say?

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I’m done with summer.

The school can have my kids back.

School starts for us on September 6th. I love having the kids home with me, I really do. But we’ve done summer. We’ve had the pool parties, the sleep overs, the camping trips, the roadtrips, and the all-day-tv veg days.

What do you think the kids would say about mom?

Sad, sad. 🙁

When did parenting become entertaining the children until “real” life starts back?



Spurgeon on Public Schools

Can geography teach them the way to Heaven,

or arithmetic remove their countless sins?

The more of secular knowledge our juveniles acquire,

the more will they need to be taught in the fear of the Lord.

To leave our youthful population in the hands of secular teachers,

will be to sell them to the Ishmaelites.


Charles Spurgeon


Homeschoolers Are Abusers According To the Media

I have been very busy lately and hardly had a chance to read any news.  But yesterday I did read an article about a missing young girl.  There was one sentence in that article that said “Because the girl was homeschooled, ….

So in addition to the sadness about the little girl who no one knows where she is, I was also saddened by the need to point out that she was homeschooled.  First of all she wasn’t homeschooled, she was home.  There is a big difference!  Just keeping your children out of public school is not homeschooling.  Abusers keep their children hidden away at home; homeschoolers live with and teach their children at home and in public.  The difference is like night and day.

Just yesterday my children were seen in public and private by probably a hundred people.  They had their private violin lessons.  Then we shopped at Sam’s Club.  We bought gas.  We then spent a long time at Academy Sports contemplating Bows and Arrows for my middle son.  The men working the hunting section would remember us well.  Then last night we ate at Red Lobster to celebrate our oldest son’s recent birthday.  Believe me at least the waiter there would remember bringing endless plates of shrimp to starving boys!

Over the past few days my children have been seen by no less than several hundred people.  Over a hundred have interacted enough with us to remember if they were to see our pictures or be asked about us.  (Which of course blows away the “lack of socialization” claim!)

True homeschoolers aren’t hidden away at home!  We might have a couple of days where no one outside of the family sees us but those are rare now that the children are older.  Even if we did nothing else like shopping or school activities, we are at church at least twice a week.  Accountability isn’t an issue.

My point is just because a child is home and not in public school don’t call it “homeschool”!  There is a big difference.

Terry has written about the same issue today.  Funny how often that happens!  Hers is a well reasoned argument while I just ranted. 🙁


And Then They Are All Mine

Here is a Sodom that parents often don’t hesitate to send their children to – alone.  The below are professor’s quotes from Al Mohler’s article.  Better read this if you have children approaching college age.

“And Then They Are All Mine” — The Real Agenda of Some College Professors

“We need to encourage everyone to be in college for as many years as they possibly can,” this professor wrote, “in the hope that somewhere along the line they might get some exposure to the world outside their town, and to moral ideas not exclusively derived from their parents’ religion. If they don’t get this in college, they’re not going to get it anywhere else.”

“The children of red states will seek a higher education,” he explains, “and that education will very often happen in blue states or blue islands in red states. For the foreseeable future, loyal dittoheads will continue to drop off their children at the dorms. After a teary-eyed hug, Mom and Dad will drive their SUV off toward the nearest gas station, leaving their beloved progeny behind.”

Then what? He proudly claims: “And then they are all mine.”

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We “dittoheads” had better be aware of where we are sending our children the Lord entrusted to us.


Homeschooling Is a Privilege to Cherish

Homeschooling our children is quickly becoming a privilege for us to cherish because the time is short that we will be allowed to continue.  Enjoy while we still can.

Sweden Bans Home-schooling, Religious Instruction

The Kingdom of Sweden took a dramatic turn toward totalitarianism with the adoption of a sweeping new education “reform” package that essentially prohibits home schooling and forces all schools to teach the same government curriculum.

In addition to abolishing any remaining distinctions among schools, the new education act also prohibits home schooling for religious or philosophical reasons. Home education can be allowed only in “exceptional circumstances” like extreme bullying, Neuman explained. Lawyers have said the new condition basically means never.

Regulation of home schooling was already impossibly strict in Sweden, where, as reported recently by The New American, social service workers took a seven-year-old boy from his parents because he was being educated at home — even when it was technically legal. But under the new rules, home education will be all but done away with.

“It’s a fear that [home schooling] doesn’t work appropriate[ly],” press secretary Neuman explained, though she admitted there was no report or evidence to back up the fear.

Even a member of the political party sponsoring the new education act refused to support it because of the restrictions on home schooling and fears that it could be a prelude to mandatory day-care and pre-school. The opposition parties in Parliament voted against the law for several reasons. Among them: It was rushed, and the Supreme Court’s advisory council criticism was not properly taken into account.

Other changes in the new law include tougher standards for becoming a teacher, and the idea that government day-care (for children as young as one year old) should be considered “school.” The act will also give the “Swedish Schools Inspectorate” the authority to shut down educational institutions that do not bow down to the government’s rules.

Regimes that have banned home schooling in the past include the National Socialists (Nazis) in Germany, since Hitler feared it could lead to “parallel societies,” and the Soviet communist dictatorship, where government was the sole arbiter of what children would learn.


When God Abandons the Public Schools – Tim Challies

When God Abandons the Public Schools

Yesterday morning I was in despair. In the morning paper I had read about a new health curriculum that was to be introduced to the public schools here in Ontario. Beginning next school year, students were to receive a thorough indoctrination in sex education. And as you probably know, my wife and I have chosen to enroll our kids in public schools. We were despairing, wondering how we would deal with this new reality. Would this be the last straw, the situation that would force us to consider alternatives? Would this be a one-day program for which we could easily withdraw our children from school? Or would it be something they would be taught over the course of the entire year? Questions abounded; answers were few.  …

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Tim Challies asked that the post not turn into a public / private / homeschool debate in his comments.

But what are your thoughts?

Can something like this ignore the public / private / homeschool debate?


The Timing of College?

Who doesn’t know an individual that after attending college right after high school and getting their degree decided to return to college for a totally different career field?

Many juniors and seniors have ideas of what they want to be as adults and will direct their education in that direction but often their ideas are based little on the facts of a career. Very few get the opportunity to really see what their planned work will really be like. You know, the pre-med or nursing student who faints at the sight of blood. The accountant that can’t stand looking at numbers all day.

Children mature at much different rates. While some teens are prepared to make lifelong decisions many are more interested in what outfit to wear. Public school pushes the idea that a certain age child should have reached certain goals. Not all 5 year olds are ready for Kindergarten, not all first and second graders are ready for reading. And contrary to popular opinion not all seniors in high school are ready for college and the independence associated with it.

Homeschooling generally prepares teens better for the more independent studies of college. I said generally because all parents homeschool differently. Some parents are more hands-on and directing about a teens education while others assign work and supervise but allow the student more independence similar to college.

But even if a child is prepared for the academics and the less directed studies in college, all high school graduates are not mature enough for the college environment. This is where a parent can be most helpful. Parents should know their children well enough to determine if their child is easily influenced by others, peers and/or teachers. Use to be worrying about negative peer influences was the biggest concern, yet today there is just as much concern about the negative influence of teachers. Homeschooled children are often accused of being gullible and easily swayed by others. I’m sure that there are some homeschooled students that are like that, just as there are some public schooled students like that. But generally most homeschooled students are independently minded enough not to believe everything they are told, especially if parents have taught them to analyze false claims and advertising gimmicks. Also many parents work at preparing their students to be discerning and to determine the truth of what they hear no matter who said it.

What is a parent to do if they realize their child is not prepared for college?

Should a student attend college and hope to settle on a major while attending?

Has your child any real idea what their declared major is like in real life? Here is where an internship would be invaluable if it is an unpaid job.

What if your student is not academically ready for college level classes? The child that has to be constantly reminded to get projects in on time or forgets about things until the day they are due will struggle in college.

What if your child is not mentally ready for the peer pressure and influence of questionable teachers?

These are several things to consider in relation to college for high school graduates.


Need Any More Reasons?

A wide variety of encouraging reasons for homeschooling your children.

New Nationwide Study Confirms Homeschool Academic Achievement

… In short, the results found in the new study are consistent with 25 years of research, which show that as a group homeschoolers consistently perform above average academically. The Progress Report also shows that, even as the numbers and diversity of homeschoolers have grown tremendously over the past 10 years, homeschoolers have actually increased the already sizeable gap in academic achievement between themselves and their public school counterparts-moving from about 30 percentile points higher in the Rudner study (1998) to 37 percentile points higher in the Progress Report (2009). …

In a letter to his daughter Abigail, John Adams wrote:

In your solitary hours, my dear daughter, you will have a delightful opportunity of attending to the education of your children, to give them a taste and attachment to study, and to books. A taste for science and literature, added to a turn for business, never can fail of success in life. Without learning, nothing very great can ever be accomplished in the way of business. But not only a thirst for knowledge should be excited, and a taste for letters be cultivated, but prudence, patience, justice, temperance, resolutions, modesty, and self-cultivation, should be recommended to them as early as possible. The command of their passions, the restraints of their appetites, reverence for superiors, especially parents, a veneration for religion, morals, and good conduct.

You will find it more for your happiness to spend your time with them in this manner, than to be engaged in fashionable amusements, and social entertainments, even with the best company.

From Large Family Mothering Sherry writes a challenging post about homeschooling Have you lost it?

… In our country we do not face physical retribution for having unpopular ideas. We have been conditioned to believe that the goal of our entire lives is to make sure that people “like” us, or understand us, or that everyone should feel “comfortable” with their life choices. All it takes for us as the wimpy, spineless church we are is for someone to get their feathers ruffled, then we immediately back off and recant! …

Home Education: The Strength of Our Weakest Argument

As an exponent of Home Education, I often find myself engaged in the same arguments over and over again. It seems there are not many “arguments” for Christians sending their children to government schools (once you answer the ‘Salt and Light’ argument, the ‘what happens if all the Christians leave?’ argument, and the ‘educational antinomianism’ argument, there’s not much to say). However, one argument that one hears on the rarest of occasions is the ‘superiority of government education’ argument. It seems some people have not gotten the memo and still believe the myth of home-educated imbeciles walking around who can neither read nor write well (and is “extremely awkward” when relating to others), and have little more than a few memory verses (KJV of course) to show for their years of sheltered isolation under the tutelage of their legalistic, under-educated, hyper-patriarchal parents. (by the way, this is only a slight exaggeration of the actual charge) …


Do you still need any other reasons?