I came across this chilling misanthropic missive in support of home schooling.

The greatest pitfalls of public education are the humanistic philosophies taught at the expense of biblical truth, ungodly teachers and classmates seeking to influence our children, and the absence of spiritual or moral considerations within the educational process. However, those problems aren’t isolated to the public-school setting (as evidenced by just a few minutes of television-watching).

Within most of our neighborhoods–and even in some Christian schools–there are influences that tear at our desired spiritual standards. Christian schools, for instance, can sometimes be hotbeds for hypocrisy (when everyone claims to be “Christian”) and legalism (when an overemphasis is put on external moral standards).
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… and so on and so forth.

So it is not just fear of public schools, or fear of society in general, but fear of fellow Christians. I had no idea.

Not sure what to do? Try praying:

If high-quality Christian education is available and affordable, that’s usually preferable. However, carefully evaluate all the factors and options of your situation. Seek God’s will earnestly (Ephesians 5:17) and couple that with strong, biblical parenting (Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-21).

The colossians … gotta love those guys. They were big in their day…

Comments

  1. #1 the real cmf
    February 7, 2008

    ahhh “The Collissians”. I love them too, they so many hits….oh wait, that was the “Colliseums”

  2. #2 Bob
    February 8, 2008

    Dude, I totally saw Blue Öyster Cult at the Colosseum back in ’82 – they were awesome!!!

    Seriously though, there’s a girl in my art welding class who was homeschooled. She’s nice enough but when the instructor tried to explain very basic flame chemistry (oxygen plus stuff equals fire) to her, she was mostly lost. Note to kids taking middle-school chemistry: yes, you might actually need to remember that experiment with electrolysis, hydrogen, oxygen and the glowing wooden splint, especially if you take a welding class.

    The upside is that she doesn’t argue about turning off the oxygen before turning off the acetylene. :)

    For better or worse, I think I established myself as the science geek in the class so the instructor pokes at me to help explain capillary action “Er, it has to do with … um … surface tension, and … uh … DAMMIT, DIDN’T ANY OF YOU GO TO A NORMAL SCHOOL WHERE THEY DID THAT THING WITH THE FOOD COLORING AND THE CELERY?!? NO WONDER THIS STATE IS FULL OF RETARDS!

  3. #3 Becca
    February 8, 2008

    *obligatory coming out of the wordwork*
    Some of us former homeschoolers are the science geeks to.
    Crazy-fundamentalist-Christianity is really the motivation for homeschooling only for a (albeit vocal) minority of homeschoolers.

  4. #4 Chuck C
    February 8, 2008

    So it is not just fear of public schools, or fear of society in general, but fear of fellow Christians. I had no idea.

    Good lord: hating other Christians is what Christians do best.

  5. #5 Chad
    February 8, 2008

    I’m another ex-homeschooler (~year and a half in elementary) who ended up in science. I remember a few social activities that my mother made me attend while being homeschooled and they were full of Christian fundies. Yes, they were nice, but they were also crazy. After two of those experiences not only did I not want to go to any more of them, but neither did my mother.

  6. #6 Mike Easter
    February 8, 2008

    I was homeschooled the whole way through to high school, but most (but not all) of the hs’ed kids I know/knew were not the crazy fundy types. To be sure, I’ve seen that sort of missive before; watered down, I think it’s one of the main reasons for people around here to homeschool. My parents certainly let religion color their decision to homeschool me and my siblings. But considering the quality of the schools around here, I’d say they made an excellent choice.

    Having Christian-themed science textbooks was…interesting, especially when I got to biology in college, but by then I was more “balanced” in my views and got big laughs at the expense of other kids trying to argue against evolution in class. Simply, being homeschooled does not equate to being bad in science: on my end, it was more because I played too much Halo during the semester.

  7. #7 Bob
    February 8, 2008

    I should clarify one thing in my comment above, the rant about not going to a “normal” school was more broadly intended to refer to the poor state of science education, especially in Texas.

    I’m of a mixed opinion on homeschooling. I don’t trust the quality of the local public schools, there’s no way I’d subject my (hypothetical) kids to parochial education, and there’s no guarantee of having an affordable private secular school nearby (and don’t get me started on the whole “voucher” and “charter school” scam.) The alternatives are to homeschool or to move someplace where the public schools don’t suck (i.e. someplace buried in snow for nine months of the year…)

    The other side of the coin is that kids need socialization and group activities that just aren’t available outside a larger organization. The kids need academic peers and regular interaction, more than soccer games once a week. The kids need to be away from their parents and, maybe more importantly, the parents need to be away from their kids. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort it would take on the part of parents to give their kids the same overall quality of experience you’d get in a typical school setting, even if the parents had the background in math, science, literature, humanities, physical training, industrial & home arts, etc. as well as the ability to teach.

    With sensible parents, a motivated student, and individualized instruction, I have no doubt that the child can do great things, homeschooled or traditionally schooled. My impression is that those cases exist but are rare and that most homeschooling is done to protect children from anything that might challenge their parents’ dogma.

    PS: Where did my umlauted “O” go? Something ate the nice Ö in “Blue Öyster Cult”…

  8. #8 Anne Gilbert
    February 9, 2008

    Like Bob, I, too, have mixed feelings about homeschooling. I think in some cases, for some kids, and some parents, it may be a good idea. Whether or not to homeschool also depends on the quality of education available locally, and what sort of time and energy the parents have. It is not always possible for parents to homeschool their kids properly, and I don’t think most of these “Christian crazies” that write the kind of stuff Gred supplied us with, above, make a very good case for homeschooling at all. But then, most of the parents I know, who homeschool, are not doing it for these kinds of “religious” reasopns, but rather because their kids may not otherwise get the kind of education t hey need.

    I do agree with Bob, though, about the “downsides” of homeschooling, namely the lack of interaction many homeschooled kids have with their peers. A good school, carefully monitored by astute parents, can do wonders for a child.
    Anne G