Wednesday, August 09, 2006

You Might Want to Move those Toes...

I received this article from a friend the other day. I really debated long and hard on whether or not to put in on my blog. Before you go and read it, let me say a couple of things:

1) I do not agree with everything the author says, although the article as a whole brings up good points.
2) Even though I do plan on homeschooling the girls for now, I do not think that God calls every family to homeschool or even private school. It is a decision I think every family should pray about and receive God's direction. I just think that so many parents don't.
3) I am a terrible debater. (Ask T. He wins every time even when he is wrong. I stink in the clutch.) So, feel free to leave your comments--nicely.

14 comments:

the "other" Sarah said...

I think the article makes a lot of important points. Regardless of whether our children are homeschooled/public schooled/private schooled, we as Christian parents are the ones who need to teach them the ways of the Lord. We have not yet made a decision about what schooling method we will be doing (Abigail is only 14 months old) but this article sums up a lot of the reasons why I don't think I want my kids in public school, especially in the early years. That being said, I DO think that there is a place for children who have been established in TRUTH and who are strong in the Word and in faith to go into the schools and be salt and light therein.
Anyway, thanks for posting the link. Good food for thought.

Addie said...

Great article! So glad you posted it, because otherwise, I was gonna have you e-mail it to me! It's given me a lot more to pray about. :-)

Big Mama said...

Thanks for posting the article, it brings up a lot of good points. The bottom line is that parents have the responsibility to "train up a child" with Christian morals and convictions because the schools aren't going to do it.

Sarah said...

Now don't you go posting articles like this! You know how I feel about h/s, and how Chris feels--and I don't want to want to do it:) Because I can't. Yet. And only you will know what on earth I'm talking about!! :) And I'm calling you right now!

Texas Gal said...

Wow! I have seen so many articles on blogs lately, H/S vs Christian, Christian vs. Public. I am assuming it is because school is starting/has started.
When it is all said and done, isn't this something that is really between God and the parent. I am a product of Christian Education and was a Christian School Teacher for several years. There are many things people don't know about Christian schools that could be very eye openning if they really did some research.

Robin said...

Texas Gal--I do believe it is between God and the parent. I just think more than a few parents don't really ask Him.

My MIL is a teacher in a Christian school. I know no situation is completely perfect. We have chosen what is best for our family and how we feel God is leading us to educate our children.

Hopefully this will encourage others to do the same.

Kristie Vinson said...

That's a hard one Robin being a teacher and all. I see what my district tells me to teach and it's good stuff! I know I can trust myself and the teachers in my school. I think when Middle School and High School come, that is when it gets scary. I have met those teachers and they just don't care the same as elementary. They freak out in elementary schools! They don't know how to handle those "little" kids. One thing for sure, my school website says I go to church and I have crosses in my room and scripture on my desk. Where it's visible!

Lori Bailey said...

I am oh so glad we live in a country where this is our choice! And personally, I'm so thankful for how many Christians teach in our school system. Ben's principal and about 85 - 90% of his teachers are openly believers. We are seriously spoiled!

I think this choice should be as individual as each child. In fact, I know of families who choose to home school some of their children and have others attend public school (they always seem to have many children ;). In our case, Ben's growing edge is social. (And frankly so is mine.) So I don't know that I would trust myself to expose him to the number of relational opportunities he gets in school. But I feel strongly rooted in our faith, and also comfortable that he is not motivated by peer pressure - I feel like that is a base that we can cover. And as far as a Christian school, that's just not in the budget ;)

Texas Gal said...

I agree with you 100% many parents don't seek God when making this decision. It is unfortunate, but very true. We live within LISD. There are many believers in this district that is a plus for us. Especially, since we decided to put our son in public school. Most people gasped when they found out me a former CST decided on Public School. I look into C/S but my husband and I were not sold on either of the schools. I have to agree with Lori, it is a wonderful thing that it is our choice.
You have given everyone alot to think about. Thanks for posting the article!

Robin said...

I taught at Central Elem (LISD)the last year I was working! I did look into public schools in Dallas and found one that would be more than suitable. But by then God had just really impressed on my heart to homeschool. I don't think we will forever, but who knows. I am open to what ever God has going on!

Texas Gal said...

We are Kindred Teacher Spirits! I taught Kindergarten, First Grade and am currently teaching PreK at our Church's preschool. :)

Susie said...

Okay, I wanted to really think about this before posting and what I think is-no comment. Just kidding. I actually homeschooled my first for kinder and then sent her off to public for 1st-3rd. She has attended private for the last 3years and will continue until 8th grade. My middle child and my last have only gone to private. I love the Christian school they attend. It only has about 220 kids and they give discounts to families with more than one child. We also get a pastor discount which rocks. We basically figure that we will never get a new vehicle until the kids graduate from college, which is fine with me. I used to be a 3rd grade public school teacher and I have only love for those being a light. We just felt an unbelievable leading to go Christian private and haven't doubted once. Let me say, however, we do not have a great school system here in my town as many of the previous commenters do. If you have little ones and are contemplating, seek God and he will show you. We prayed for about six months before we were given a definite word from God. Sorry so long.

PEZmama said...

I think you are right when you say that most parents don't even consider homeschooling. If pressed, I think a lot of them would say "I can't" (as in, I am not capable) or "I would go crazy" (as in, I could not get my kids to do it without one of us going crazy) or, "I'm just not cut out for it."

All of those responses, IMO, reflect nondecisions, because they are all based on the parent, not the child. I think a lot of people feel scared or intimidated (myself included) at the prospect of homeschooling and so they figure it isn't right for their family. But really, they never asked God. Perhaps afraid of the answer they might get.

I do not think all families "should" homeschool. But, I DO think that IF we ask God, and IF he says "yes" then he will provide the ability and the wearwithal to do it. We might even grow from it ourselves. Who'd a thunk?

Paula said...

Robin,
Thanks for the article. I taught K&2 for 6 years in a public school before staying home with my son. Frankly, I don't blame anyone for Homeschooling. Schools are NOT at their best. Left Behind is a joke and the ones who suffer are the kids. Yes, there are some WONDERFUL teachers out there! I taught with a few. FEW, A FEW! See my problem is that is the exception, not the rule. Yes, most definitely yes, it is a decision between God and the family. God will lead the family in the right direction ONE year at a time if one seeks and listen. No, I don't think everyone should do it. I don't think we should think of ourselves as bad parents if we don't or that the ones that do are somehow doing their children an injustice. I hate to hear that. When it comes down to it, we just want the best for our kids. For me, at a tender age of five, I don't think children need to be expose the "worldly" things. I have a problem with a 5 year old hearing about sex or cuss words. Oh, YES THEY DO!!!! When is it time to expose them?? God will guide that. Sorry, so long. A little soap box.