So why did we choose homeschooling over a Christian or other private school? The root of the answer lies in my last post. Since our primary goal for our children is not academics but rather godly character, (here is my post on academics) we believe the best place to accomplish this is in our home where we set the goals and pray every day for wisdom to accomplish them, rather than in an institution dedicated primarily to academic instruction and not as well suited to developing character.
The classroom is a one size fits all for both academic and character instruction. Because teachers have a limited amount of time to cover the academic lessons that are necessary for the year, they are unable to deal with all the various and diverse character issues that may arise. So just as a classroom setting can be difficult for the child who struggles with learning as well as for the child who grasps concepts quickly, it can also be ineffective for both the child who is being diligently trained at home as well as the child who receives no moral guidance. No matter how skilled and caring a teacher is, he or she can not possibly know each child, their strengths and their weaknesses, like the parents can. The deficiency is in the institution not in the teachers.
At home we have the luxury of private tutoring combined with the advantage of a loving parent-child relationship. We are able to give to our children exactly what they need, whether it is more intense reading work, practice in speaking kindly, drilling in hard, diligent physical labor or an exhortation to die to self and serve others as Christ served. Character training and academics are an integral part of our daily lives. Whether we are aware of it or not, every minute a child lives they are developing their character. We prefer to be aware of this fact and to self-consciously train godly character every opportunity that we are given, rather than allow teachers and other children to unwittingly mold and shape our children.
Whereas we believe that biblically Christian parents should not have their children in the government or public school system, we do believe that Christian schools can be a biblical option for parents. However, we believe that homeschooling more closely resembles the pattern laid out for us in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 of parents teaching their children when they rise up, lie down, sit in their house and walk by the way. We also believe that homeschooling is the best way for us to accomplish the goals that we have for our family. Different families have different goals and different callings, praise the Lord that we are not all exactly the same.
Comments are welcome as always, but if you haven’t read Disagreeing with Love please read that first.