Our children deserve a meaningful education and I firmly believe they can receive one at home. It doesn’t take a teacher-certified parent to give their child a meaningful education, especially when you consider what it actually means to be educated.
Harvard Magazine published a post titled: The Risks of Homeschooling. This is my reply.
From the above referenced article: She views the absence of regulations ensuring that homeschooled children receive a meaningful education equivalent to that required in public schools as a threat to U.S. democracy. … “But it’s also important that children grow up exposed to community values, social values, democratic values, ideas about nondiscrimination and tolerance of other people’s viewpoints,” she says …
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Passion-Driven Education: How to Use Your Child’s Interests to Ignite a Lifelong Love of Learning
A Different Kind of Teacher: Solving the Crisis of American Schooling
The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto
Why a child can receive a meaningful education at home.
Besides the point that children are the responsibility of parents, parents simply know their child best. A parent’s love is like no other and is born the moment they discover they have conceived a child – and only grows from there.
A parent cares for their child’s natural needs, emotional needs, physical needs, and spiritual needs. They pour hours into research and endlessly seek the knowledge needed for every single “new” thing they face as a parent.
Parents sacrifice sleep, free time, food, and even their health for the sake of their children. They want the best – and they choose the best – for their children.
The majority of all parents are fully capable of caring for their children. It is an absolute exception for it to be otherwise.
To suggest anything else would not only be false but slander. To suggest that the mass majority of parents are not capable of providing their child with a meaningful education is actually ridiculous.
Not only has it been proven time and again that homeschooled students achieve some of the highest test scores, but they often go on to be successful adults in college or careers. Can the same be said of children educated in the public school system – do the MAJORITY achieve high test scores and become successful adults?
In the same way that a parent can research and seek information about choosing the best diapers, baby food, pillow, shampoo, vitamins, toys, technology, etc. a parent can – and will – do the same when it comes to academics. In the same way that parents can – and do – seek out experts for advice and input in all areas of parenting, they can for academics, too.
Academics are actually some of the least important skills needed in life for children or adults, so let’s go ahead and put them aside for a moment while we look at what education really means.
What is an EDUCATION anyway?
EDUCA’TION, noun [Latin educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties. (Websters Dictionary)
To put it simply… raising children with manners and habits that will benefit them now and in their future as adults, to give them skills for interacting with other humans, to care for animals and the earth, to become adults who can take care of themselves and others … that is what it means to educate a child.
When children are at home with their parent(s) every day, they are experiencing real life. They are not confined to a classroom or desk for the majority of their day but are actually doing/learning skills they will use as adults.
Homeschooling allows the time for practice, hands-on experience, applying what you learn to real-life, developing critical thinking skills, interacting with various people of various ages, learning skills from a variety of experienced adults, embracing the family’s culture and heritage, learning about others’ culture and heritage from spending time with them, having time to be creative, and so much more. What an amazing opportunity the human race has for passing on a meaningful education to the next generation!
We are so thankful for the Home School Legal Defense Association and the work they do to defend parents’ rights & responsibility in educating their children. We support them as lifetime members!
On a personal note.
We are conservative Christians who have taught our children the following:
- that all humans are of the same race (the HUMAN RACE)
- that all humans deserve empathy and kindness regardless of their choices/beliefs/lifestyle
- that all humans are created in the image of God
- to protect the vulnerable and innocent
- to care for the poor, widows, and orphans
- to understand our Nation’s constitution, laws, and justice system
- to love their neighbor (community) as themselves
- to do unto others as they would like others to do unto them
- to stand up for what is right and just
- to look people in the eye, give a firm handshake, be honest, and hardworking
- to extend grace, mercy, and forgiveness to others
- and a lot of other biblical values
If the above list isn’t a meaningful education, I don’t know what is!