Articles on Home Schooling
Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
Deuteronomy 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deuteronomy 11:19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
The verses above don't necessarily command home schooling in the since of formal education, but they certainly do teach the parent's responsibility to teach their children about God in their homes.
Today many Christian parents depend on their church to teach their children about God and the Word of God. This, however, is not adequate religious training and is just plain failure on the part of parents to do their rightful responsibility to religiously educate their children. Most Baptist churches have a church covenant of one form or another, which states in one way or another that we as parents will religiously educate our children. Many parents may interpret this statement to mean that they are to bring their children to Church and to Sunday School. Now bringing our children to Church and to Sunday School is good of course; not to do so as members of a church would be sin I believe; but is this all that parents should do to "religiously educate" their children?
Whether parents choose to home school their children or not, it is the solemn duty of Christian parents to teach their children about God in their homes. This is done in many ways of course, the greatest perhaps being by our good examples of living the faith. But our examples are not enough. We must also teach our children the Bible in our homes. We should teach our children from the Scriptures everyday of their lives. The heart of the matter is that many parents are not sensitive to the importance of their children's spiritual training. They see to it that their children are trained in all the ways of this world; in all those things they consider essential to live and prosper in this life; they don't want their children to lack anything in this regard. While these things are good in there proper place, what about the eternal spiritual education, and the spiritual prosperity of our children? Is spiritual education secondary to the carnal? Is God and His Word less important than history, math, or science? There are plenty of mathematical geniuses burning in hell right now. But there are many in heaven who never knew their times tables. I'm not advocating that our children should not get a good education, but it’s a matter of priorities.
Please do not think or say that God is sovereign and therefore He will save our children if He wills to do so, and nothing we do will make any difference anyway; therefore there is no use wasting time teaching our children spiritual things. Please do not blame the sovereignty of God for our laziness and for our lack of concern for our children's eternal souls! Please carefully and prayerfully consider the following verses:
2 Timothy 1:5
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
Yes, God is sovereign over all things, including the salvation of every sinner ever saved. And as such, God is pleased to use and to honor obedience and faithful, humble submissive service. Here is the way that I look at it: I should do all that I believe God would have me to do towards my children's religious education and training, peradventure God may be pleased in His sovereign plan and purpose in grace to save them and use them in His service. Do right and do good, and expect good to come of it!!!!!!!!!!! Shouldn't we have a positive attitude toward God, and expect His blessings upon our efforts; upon our prayers; upon our tears and labors over our children. Come on sovereign grace brothers and sisters; sovereign grace is not fatalism, but rather assurance of God's blessing. Grace is cause for optimism, not negativism. Let the following verse sink deep into our hearts and minds:
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
I'm not a "name it, claim it" Baptist, but I'd rather put my faith and hope in claiming God's promises than be a fatalist who expects nothing from God. I know God loves me, and that He hears me, and that He is pleased to answer my prayers favorably. He has proved His love towards me over and over again in my life. So why shouldn't He use all His servants' labors to fulfill His sovereign will and purpose in the salvation of our children? I'll assure you that He does.
Having said all of this, home schooling is a wonderful opportunity to teach our children the Bible and about all the glorious works of our God. Make the Bible a part of the daily curriculum. In teaching all the regular subjects, teach everything from a Biblical perspective. Teach math and English, and especially science from a Biblical perspective. Give the God of all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding the glory due unto His Name. Glorify God as we teach our children at home. They will learn their subjects, but more importantly they will learn about God. Teach them the books of the Bible. Teach them all the favorite Bible stories. Most importantly, teach them about Jesus our blessed Savior. As we teach, pray God to save them for His glory, and to take and use them in His service. Like Hannah, give, as it were, our children unto the Lord. "Take them dear Lord, I give them to you; please save them and use them for your glory".
By Brother Burke
Home schooling parents must have strong convictions if they are to have good success in home schooling. I've known parents who home schooled for various reasons, but who didn't have strong convictions from the Lord. These parents didn't last long with home schooling their children. The reason? The trials, difficulties, and demands of home schooling were greater than their motivating force to continue on. We want to observe seven convictions that motivate Christian parents to persevere to the end in their quest to do what is right for their children.
1. Parents are responsible to teach their children. God has given parents the responsibility to raise and to teach their children; not the state nor this lost heathen world. Godly parents and other godly persons should be the ones molding our children's values, characters, behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes. Do we want atheistic infidels, evolutionists, humanists, or homosexuals training and molding our children's young minds and lives?
2. Godly character and attitude are more important than the "best" education. Perhaps home schooling parents cannot always provide the best instruction in every subject. But isn't it more important to have well adjusted children with good attitudes; who respect and honor authorities; who respect and care about other people? What are we willing to sacrifice on the alter of secular education? What do we consider to be success with regards to raising our children? More importantly, what does the Lord consider to be success.
3. Our children's innocence is our responsibility. Innocence is a rare and precious commodity among today's children. What is wrong with innocence? What is wrong with children who are not filled with and indoctrinated with the ways the this wicked world? Why can't they grow up and mature in innocence before they are turned over to this wicked world? Is it essential to our children's proper upbringing to desensitize and demoralize them with filthy language, lifestyles, and perversions of every kind?
4. Spiritual training is more important than secular training. The emphasis in many Christian homes today is on material wealth, and the education and training to secure it. What is most often left off is our children's spiritual training. Why is it today that so many of our children drop out of church when they come of age, and show no interest in ever coming back? Could it be that parents have trained their children to despise the Word of God and the Lord's church by making secular education and wealth top priority in their lives?
5. Christian parents should be training our children to serve the Lord. By faith we should train our children to serve the Lord all the days of their lives. We should plan as though the Lord would save and call our children into His ministry. There is great preparation that goes into a life of serving Almighty God. This is not a matter to be taken lightly.
6. Peer pressure is a powerful force that parents have the responsibility to control. Yes, peer pressure has destroyed countless children by seducing them into sexual misconduct, drugs and alcohol, cigarette smoking, perverse language, and all manner of rebellion toward God and society. Should parents exercise control of the peer influences during our children's developing years. To say no is to join the devil's chorus.
7. Love. Love for God and for our children's souls is sufficient motivation to sacrifice our time, energy, and resources to provide our children with the best possible upbringing. Love is the greatest motive, the strongest conviction, and the unfailing power to start the race and to finish the course of home schooling our children. Is our love strong enough to sacrifice our all for the most precious gift that God has put into our trust- our children?
By Brother Burke
One of the great concerns that the "experts" have about home schooling is that home schooled children will be deprived of necessary social interaction, and thus grow up to be social misfits. I know quite a few home schooled children, and most of them that I know seem like very normal, well adjusted children. In fact, I rate them above average for being polite, respectful, thoughtful, considerate, outgoing, courteous, and the other qualities that I consider to be good in people. Now maybe these are the characteristics of social misfits today. After all, many parents today are training their children to be "…lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…" (2 Tim. 3:2-5). So if we are a society that calls good evil, and evil good, then I suppose home schooled children for the most part are social misfits.
I believe that social interaction is only good and wholesome to our children as it is good and wholesome interaction. The Bible teaches us: "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners." Much of social interaction that children receive in the public school systems is not good and wholesome to their proper upbringing and social development. I believe this is true of much of the teaching curriculums, where sinful lifestyles and sexual perversions are taught to be acceptable and even praiseworthy. Children are confused between what their God given consciences tell them and what our perverted public school curriculums teach them in response to the popular trends of our ungodly society. Much of the peer interaction is not good or wholesome either. Children who are reared in ungodly, wicked homes bring their wicked and perverted attitudes, behaviors, and habits to school where they expose our children to them. They don't call it peer pressure for nothing! These wicked children are bent on pressuring our children to practice their ungodly ways; to listen to their ungodly music; to smoke their ungodly dope; to take their ungodly pills; to lose their virginity for sensual pleasure. Yes, this is what the experts say our children need in order to be normal, well adjusted citizens. What, may I ask, do the experts consider to be "normal and well adjusted"?
On the other side of this argument, some Christian parents say that our children need to be in public schools so that they can be an influence and a witness to this wicked world. This sounds pretty good on the service, however, the outcome is usually the reverse. Dear Christian parents, this is a lie of the devil. Don't let Satan sell you this lie, that your children are needed to influence this wicked world. The truth is, Satan wants a hand in raising and corrupting our children, and if the laws of the land won't mandate it for him, then he will use more subtle tactics. Don't think for a minute that our little, weak, frail, innocent children are going to have the wherewithal to counter the powerful onslaughts of their cruel ruthless enemy. We are merely throwing our children into the den of lions, and into the fiery furnace; just hoping that God will deliver them. Oh yes, God may deliver them; but if God doesn't choose to do so, who will be held accountable for their fall into corruption and away from the things of the Lord?
Finally, those of you Christian parents who are considering home schooling for your children, don't be afraid that your children will become social misfits. Take them to church every time the doors are open. Take them to special church meetings and church functions. Be a major part of their social development yourselves. They will become better adjusted socially and better fit for society than children who attend public schools all their lives. My four children are not social misfits. The two of adult age have strong Christian beliefs, values, and opinions, yet they are outgoing and well equipped to be a good witness for the Lord in this world. At the same time they are properly equipped to work and function in society as a much needed Christian component to bring praise to the glory of God's grace.
My oldest daughter (20 years old) just came in from work a few minutes ago as I was writing this paragraph (what a coincidence). She told me that her boss called her aside today at work to tell her that the company sales have increased 20-30% because of her! He told her that people come back because of her! Her job is not a big important job, but it is her first public job since she's been out of school. She works with a lot of lost people who desperately need Jesus. While being a good employee, she has also brought coworkers to church to hear the gospel. That doesn't sound like a social misfit to me. I am not boasting, please don't misunderstand me, but God will bless our efforts as Christian parents if we are willing to do what is right in His eyes.
May the Lord Jesus bless you and give you the strength you will need to be a good home school parent!
By Brother Burke
This is a very important home school article. Most home schooling that gets accomplished is owing to, for the most part, the dedicated wives and mothers of our children. I, for one, am one father/husband who contributes very little to the home school cause in terms of time and effort in the daily routine. JoAnn, my wife, does it all! I want to give some credit to her in this short article, and to you other wives who are primarily responsible for home schooling your children; credit that you get far too little of through the day to day home school grind. Now, my wife is not a glory seeker by any stretch of the imagination, but she does like to be appreciated occasionally for what she does. Well, sometimes she doesn't even get appreciation shown for all that she does, especially with regards to home schooling our children. Such is often the case of home schooling mothers. They learn to give their all and expect little in return.
1. Home schooling is a stressful and difficult job. Besides trying to teach several children at different grade levels at once, and provide them the necessary discipline, instruction, and individual help they need, JoAnn also has to keep up-to-date and accurate records, and also order and/or purchase all the necessary materials. Additionally, she attends the monthly home school meetings that are a part of our home school requirements in the state of Florida. Needless to say, performing all these home school tasks on top of doing all the regular duties of a housewife and mother, makes daily life a major undertaking for my wife.
2. As already implied, home schooling is a major sacrifice of JoAnn's time. I think some people who don't realize just what all is involved in home schooling, probably think our wives have it easy. Well, they should try it for about one day and they will change their minds. Not only is home schooling very time consuming, but there are a lot of other things that my wife can't do because she home schools. Many Christian women go out into the workforce every day and work a secular job. Well, that’s another subject altogether. But even if my wife desired to work out of the home she couldn't do so as long as she home schools our children. As a result, she and the kids go without some of the material things in life that the extra money could have provided. Many other Christian women, on the other hand, enjoy a social life with their friends. They go shopping and eat out, or just get together and talk. JoAnn barely has time to talk on the phone occasionally with our church members. And when she has the time for extra things, she is so tired and worn out, she just doesn't feel like it! This may seem strange, but JoAnn just doesn't have much time left for friends!
3. The burden of the children's education is on JoAnn's shoulders for the most part. She is the one who has to worry about whether the kids are learning, and whether they're getting all the right things that they will need to function in life, or to go to college if they so desire. She doesn't pass her teaching failures onto the next grade teacher like public school teachers do; she is the next grade teacher! She is the "fall-guy" as they say. This is a major burden to bear for my wife, and for you other wives out there who can relate to these things. If a child isn't learning a subject, you have to try and find a motivator or another teaching method. And if a child still has difficulty after all options seem to be exhausted, it is you that has to live with the fact that your child isn't a mathematician, or a scientist, or whatever the discipline may be. Often times the special news articles we see show home schooled children as excelling far above the public school children. Well, there is no magic in home schooling. Our children are still just regular children. Some learn better and quicker than others. Some learn some subjects better than others. Some kids are just average kids. Some kids are slow learners. But who bears most of the burden when a child isn't a miracle kid. It is our wives!
4. The wife often doesn't get the support and help that she needs and desires, especially from some of us husbands. Sometimes we husbands are very supportive. We say "home schooling is great and wonderful; keep up the good work!"; but we won't lift a little finger to lighten our wives' burdens. I'm guilty as charged! We have been home schooling for a long time, and I just haven't helped like I should have. And you notice I said "We have been home schooling"; I still get glory and credit while JoAnn does all the work. She still manages somehow and gets things done. She gets up sometimes at 4:00 o'clock in the morning to catch up on goal charts and journals, etc.; and stays up late in the evenings occasionally, when she has the energy left in her, in order to keep up with things.
I'm sure that I have only barely scratched the surface of all the labors that my wife performs, and of all the things that she sacrifices in order to home school our children. On the other side of the story, however, there is always a reaping of that which is sown. JoAnn, and all you other dedicated home schooling wives, will be able to reap the joys of seeing the blessings and benefits that will result from all your faithful labors that you have bestowed upon your little ones. One day your efforts will be rewarded- in this life, as well as in the life to come. Right now you may be scratching your heads and wondering if this is really true. But I assure you that it is. God will bless your labors of love. He doesn't soon forget your works of faith that you do in His Name. After all, you are doing these things as unto the Lord, because you believe that this how the Lord wants you to raise your children. You're not just home schooling for the fun of it! You're not a sadist; you are not home schooling just because you love pain and stress; but you are home schooling because you desire God's blessings upon your children, and therefore you are willing to sacrifice for Him and for them. You are home schooling because you believe that God is "a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him" and who seek to know and do His blessed will.
May the Lord give you the strength and the will to continue on in this worthy work for Him. When the going gets tough, and the way gets hard, just remember the Bible admonition:
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9
By Brother Burke