Monday, July 30, 2007

Home schooling does not shield from opposing views

Posted at the Daily Herald (UT)

Does home schooling shelter students from the real world? There is a point in a child's mental programming where he needs a safe womb before he is strong enough for birth into a world of growing selfishness.

Like an umbrella in a rainstorm, home schooling attempts to balance the onslaught of politically-correct and morally-limited doctrines forced upon teachers in public schools.

Home schooling gives parents a chance to show the way more from their perspective instead of allowing juvenile social pressure to govern their children's beliefs. Parents can help their children develop good habits and high standards with strong parental ties before the children are turned loose in an increasingly corrupt society.

Home schooling fails when unprepared parents fail, through their own lack of personal preparation, to achieve their objectives.

As more parents join the movement, growing support will provide a market for better materials and opportunities for home schoolers. Meanwhile, just turn on the TV and you have all the different views you want, uplifting or degrading. Take your choice. Church/civic activities and neighborhood kids are enough to give any child a good (or bad) look at the world.

Shelter is not necessarily a bad thing. One doesn't have to stand in the storm to learn how to survive a storm. Many times, we can see the storm and the impact that it has on the world around us from the safety of our own homes. We should not push our children out into the middle of bad weather hoping that someone out there is going to teach our children how to survive in this world. We also shouldn't push children out into the storm and expect them to teach others before they are ready. The world is a dangerous place to those who are vulnerable, and life can be a wonderful thing to those who have been well prepared to deal with the storms as they periodically arise.

"And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock." -Matthew 7:25

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