16 December 2011

Paragraphs to Ponder: Homeschool Edition

The world says, "Get your children into preschool as soon as possible. Keep them in school as long as possible. Let the experts raise the children. Keep the children segregated in groups with only their age-mates. Minimize their interaction with the older generation."
The facts do not support the world’s view. Research indicates that early schooling is not effective in the long run. A child that learns to read at four appears to be brighter than a child that learns to read at nine; but by sixteen the difference has disappeared or even shifted in the opposite direction. Studies of the long-term effectiveness of early childhood schooling indicate a negative effect - that while children isolated from their parents at a young age may do better in first grade than those who stayed with their parents, in the long-run (at the high school and college level) they tend to do worse.
Maybe that is why God placed the responsibility for training children in the things that really matter not on government institutions but on parents, and why he stated that instruction should be from the older generation, not from peers or near peers. (Genesis 18:19; Ex 12:26-27; 13:8; Deut. 6:6-9; Psalm 78:4; 145:4; Proverbs chapters 1-5;13:1; Isaiah 38:19; Ephes. 6:4)

I’m in the middle of a writing project related to this thought, which I hope to finish very soon.  In the meantime, I will simply say that public schooling is, for those who wish to serve God, an anti-biblical choice.  Parents who forego their God-given imperative to teach their children deserve the fires of hell that undoubtedly await them.  Public school is a toxic wasteland, spiritually speaking, and has absolutely no value of any sort.  Not social, not academic, and certainly not spiritual.  As such, if you are a Christian who is at all inclined to act in your children’s best spiritual interest, the best thing to do is homeschool your children.

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