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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Taking It Back

G.K. Chesterton once said, "The only people who seem to have nothing to do with the education of the children are the parents." Never was that more true than the day we live in. I think sometimes parents rely too much if not entirely on outside sources to teach their children. The public school teachers teach them reading, writing , arithmetic, and sometimes things that go against truths that parents hold to. The pastor and Sunday school teachers? Let them instruct them on the spiritual matters. This is where I think parents miss the mark.
Now, I know not every family can homeschool. Sometimes, situations don't allow for it, sometimes it's not a calling. It's a big decision to homeschool and not one that should be made lightly or without serious prayer. It's not for everyone, though I wish it were. However, it never ceases to astound me that when you say you homeschool , people start looking around for your flying saucer. The world sometimes forgets that public education is a relatively new concept when compared to homeschooling. Before public education it was the parent's responsibility to instruct the children from academics and life skills to spiritual guidance. And, it still is.
God gives us our children. We will answer for how we instruct them. Whether we homeschool or public school, we as parents are still held accountable as stewards over our kids and can take control of our children's education. We can take an active part in what our children are learning. C. Everet Koop said it best, "Life holds no greater respnsibility, no greater privilage, than the educating of the next generation. "

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