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Why We Homeschool – Again

Yes, I bring this up again. It seems to be a recurring topic (here and here), I know, but it keeps coming up, so I wanted to share some more thoughts. This post was inspired after reading another post – here: http://raisingolives.com/2009/04/public-school-homeschool/ I agree with this post entirely, so there are quite a few similarities between the two posts, and yes some of it is directly copied, sorry; I guess my government school education didn’t stress enough not to plagiarize. 🙂
Homeschooling is not the “mainstream” or “normal” way of doing things, but not much of what we do here at the Baldwin homestead is “normal” or “mainstream”. It’s also a lot more difficult “doing it ourself”, than passing it off to the State. So why do it the weird, hard way? Here goes:

Why Education by the State is not an option for us.
Our family’s goal is to base our lives on God’s word. We’re not always very consistent, and are thankful for God’s mercy and grace. We don’t know everything and all too often get things wrong, but we are learning and He is allowing us to grow thru our mistakes. My purpose here is to try to share what we believe and why.

First off – these are what we use as our ground rules for this discussion:
1) God’s Word, both the Old and New Testaments, is our standard by which we live. Human logic and practicality do not trump God’s Word, ever.
2) Real knowledge apart from God’s Word does not exist. (Proverbs 1:7, 2:5-6, Col. 2:3, Psalm 111:10, Psalm 53:1)
3) Christians should train their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4)
4) God has given parents the responsibility to educate their own children. (Deut. 6:4-9)
5) Education is not neutral. (Luke 11:23)

Here are some reasons that our family has chosen not to allow our children to be educated by the State.
The State school system violates the eighth commandment. (you know – “thou shalt not steal”) The State-sponsored “edu-mah-catation” system is based on theft. Yes, that’s right – theft. The government takes (steals) money from our family (and yours) and uses it for the education of other family’s children. The state did not earn that money, our family did. The state did not ask for it as a voluntary donation; if we don’t pay up, men with guns show up to take it by force. That’s not only theft, but one of the basic ideas of socialism – taking from the producer by force to “share” with the masses “for the common good”. The state is also using force, or threats of force to steal money in support of things that many people are morally/religiously against. Roman Catholic parents must pay for prescription birth control to be passed out to 11 year old girls, Christians are forced to pay to have their children indoctrinated with GLBT and Pro-“choice” (pro-death) propaganda.
Nationalized education is unlawful. The national involvement in the state school system is illegal. Yes, illegal. The US Constitution limits the power of the federal government. Our founding fathers knew that the natural tendency would be for the central government to grab more and more power and so, in an attempt to preserve our liberty, the Constitution spells out (enumerates) the powers that are given to the federal government (article I, section 8) and then to make things clear the tenth amendment says:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Read the Constitution. Our federal government was not given authority over education, therefore according to the tenth amendment that power is reserved for the States or the people.
State schools are Godless. Several Supreme court decisions and continued federal involvement and regulation in the government schools have led to a system where God, the Bible and Christianity are marginalized at best, and viewed with disdain and contempt at worst. In the government schools teachers are forbidden by law to pray (Engel v. Vitale) or read the Bible (Abington School District v. Schemmp) in class. They may not directly teach the students about how God’s word applies to every facet of education. (Read this story for one example of how teachers can get into trouble for telling students about God’s truth and love.) Since our goal is that our children would love the Lord their God with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their might, and that they would examine everything in light of God’s Word, it does not make sense for us to choose to have them “educated” (brainwashed), for 30+ hours a week, in an institution that, by law, excludes God and His word.
God gave the responsibility for training children to the parents, not the state. If parents would stop shirking their responsibility to educate their children, even though it is difficult, even though it’s “weird”, we would not have the problems that we see all around us today.

Until next time…..

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