This article was shared with my homeschool group this morning:
Essentially, the author is saying that we homeschoolers have already been accused of poor education practices and poor socialization of our children. Both of those have been refuted, over and over, and pretty well proven wrong. Homeschoolers are scoring overall significantly higher on standardized tests than kids from public schools. They’re now being recruited by colleges because of their self-sufficient natures and high academics.
*NOTE*–I am NOT anti-public school. I know PLENTY of wonderful parents and public-schooled kids. Brilliant kids, who rival any successful homeschooler. And of course there are homeschoolers who don’t do as well. My opinion is that kids need to be where they flourish. Mine flourish in a homeschool environment. Maybe yours flourish in a public school environment, or a private school environment. My point with this is simply that you can NOT tell me that homeschooling as an institution does not work. It DOES. Quite well.
Now homeschoolers are being attacked because many of us are Christians and we include that in our curriculum. YES, my kids study the Bible as part of our lessons. It’s not the extent of our schooling, of course. We learn math, reading, spelling, writing, science, history, and everything else we’re supposed to. But we add Bible to it.
What I find ridiculous is any group telling me I don’t have a right to do this. I should NOT be forced to teach anti-Christian ideas to my kids because they are present in public school curriculum. This article uses the example of intolerance–Christian parents teaching their kids that homosexuality is a sin and that Jesus is the only way to salvation.
I am SO TIRED of being told that I’m “intolerant” because of that. Guess what folks–I have gay friends. They are people I love and care about. Do I agree with their lifestyle choice? No. But I accept THEM as human beings. I don’t preach at them, discriminate against them, degrade them, or anything else. I don’t tell them that they have to change. I live my life with my choices and they live their life with theirs. They know I’m a Christian. I am here with open arms to talk to them about Christ. But I will not force Him down their throats–any of their throats, gay, straight, or otherwise–if they don’t want Him, nor will I turn them away because they do something I don’t agree with. Because I love them, and me showing anything less toward them is not representative of Jesus’s love.
Now, regardless of this–what is stopping homeschoolers, or any parent for that matter, from teaching their kids values outside of school lessons? Any homeschooler can “teach” their kids about evolution during lessons, then turn around and say, “Lessons are over. Now, remember, everything I just told you about evolution is false. Let me, as your mom, tell you about Genesis and Noah’s flood….”
If homeschoolers can’t teach their kids about anything contrary to public school curriculum, we can simply supplement that curriculum with our own. And public-schooled kids, or private-schooled kids, can be taught Christian values at home. HOW is stopping homeschooling going to change that? Do these people honestly believe that if homeschooling is outlawed and I send my kids to public school, I’m not going to sit them down afterwards and teach them what I believe anyway? That I’m not going to arm them against falsehoods?
If you know me at all, you know I’m not a political person. I don’t post on my personal blog or Facebook, or anywhere for that matter, about political happenings or my opinions about them. I discuss politics minimally. I vote, of course. I research before I do so, as well. But it’s not something I like to debate, discuss, or dwell on. HOWEVER, when someone tries to march into MY HOME and tell me what I can and can’t teach my kids, I get riled. The cat turns into a tiger, folks.
This country was founded on religious freedom. Regardless of what you have been told, that’s the fact. And when someone tells me I don’t have a right to a BELIEF, that’s a violation of what our country is founded on. Our rights and freedoms are being violated all over the place. Follow Diane’s posts and you’ll see innumerable examples of that. It’s a scary thought, and while I’ve kept silent on much of this online I still feel the fear. And the anger.