I started home schooling out of desperation, but I have continued out of conviction.
Right before I took my 7th grader out of public school all those years ago, I had been substituting at a couple of middle schools. My experiences in those schools were not pleasant. Things had changed drastically since my days of puberty, and it was not for the better.
I home-school because I want my son to learn without distraction. I want his ears to be sensitive to profanity and his heart to be soft to injustice. I want to teach him that it’s God’s Word that matters most, not the most popular kids word…I want my son to know that God is in every single thing in his life, and it’s his very ability to learn that comes from Him.
I home school because I believe that all children deserve to learn in the way they were created and at the pace that their brains can keep up with. I don’t teach to a test, and we don’t move on until there’s complete understanding. The time will come soon enough when meeting the status quo will matter, but it’s not in adolescence.
I have learned that when you teach to a child’s heart, knowledge and understanding will follow. Grades are just a way to see what we still need to learn. They are not the defining mark of any child. Their character is.
I have totally selfish reasons for home-schooling as well. I love the schedule of it. I love planning activities with my son, and going on field trips. I love implementing life responsibilities in our education, and I just love being a part of the whole process… We rarely run out of time for the things that matter, because it all matters.
I believe that the public school systems do have the children’s best interest at heart. I also believe, unfortunately, that their interest can only be diluted when you have the increased population in the classroom, and the varying, ever changing, opinions of those in control. It is a government entity that has taken too big of an influence in our lives, in places where it has no business.
I choose to home school. I take it seriously. I don’t judge you if you choose not to, but I do admonish you to talk to your child about their day at school. I implore you to be pro-active with your child’s studies. Get to know your child’s teacher. They would probably appreciate your support! Know what they are learning and be involved. It’s your right as a parent. You are your child’s best advocate, and their character development is up to you.
When all is said and done, and the diploma is hanging on the wall, the adult that your child becomes is really up to them. We can only do what we can. As I have said before…faith, hope, love and prayer will always be yours long after control and influence have expired. Take comfort in those and know that God loves your kids more than you do. Really.