Two Arguments Against Homeschooling

Years back, while we were homeschooling, I’ve repeatedly heard these two arguments against home education:

  • The children will not socialize well.
  • You are not a teacher. How can you teach your children?

The first argument is one that every homeschool family will face sooner or later. So, do children that are homeschooled socialize well? I’ve shared a few thoughts in August last year (see my post Socialization) and I will share some more soon.

The second argument usually does not come up that often but it is still important. The homeschool mom may or may not be a teacher, the student’s willingness and ability to learn is of greater importance. If the homeschool children are able to study they will reach the goal and graduate. Their mom teaches them how to learn, where to find reliable sources and then she encourages them to keep on learning. That is called Learning For Life. 😉

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Doing a Study About the Kings Of Israel

About two weeks ago I’ve ordered a few books from the States. They are part of my study for this year. I was so thrilled when they got delivered last Thursday. One of them is called Kings Of Israel. It is an A Beka Book.

For those of you who do not know this publisher, A Beka publishes Christian books to use for grades K to 12. They sell textbooks to Christian schools and to homeschool families. You can find out more about them at their website: A Beka.

Last week the Kings Of Israel materials arrived. I’ve ordered the Student Study Outline, the Hymnal and the CDs (Sing His Praise — Kings Of Israel) The study is suggested for Grade 9 but it is very suitable and interesting for adults to study along, too.

The students will do quite a bit of Bible reading — going through the books of 1. Samuel, 2. Samuel, 1. Kings, 2. Kings, 1. Chronicles, 2. Chronicles, Daniel, Esther, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Their study begins with a quick Background of Events and then takes them through the United Kingdom (of Israel) and the Divided Kingdom. The book contains maps and charts. One page in the front lists the memory verses that are suggested to memorize. The text of the study is followed by an Application section, where students will read how to apply the individual lessons. After a couple of pages there are Questions for Review and Mastery.

I thought I’ll do this study in about 24 weeks but it is so rich and interesting that I’ll take my time and use the suggested 34 weeks for it.

If you are thinking of ordering the book, you might want to consider getting the Teacher’s Edition, too, which provides the answers to the questions, a scope and sequence, teaching guidelines and daily lesson plans. I cannot tell you more about that today because I haven’t received it yet (I’ve ordered both books separately) but I will catch up on that in a later post.

In All the World and Socializing

Socialization is something that has been on my heart for almost two decades now — ever since the time we’ve homeschooled in Germany. This post is about homeschooling and the two main accusations homeschool families usually have to stand up to:

  • not sending their Christian children out to be the salt and light in the world
  • not allowing their children to socialize

The first charge comes mainly from Christians who say that, as a family, we have to evangelize others. Of course, we need to tell people about the Gospel, that’s not for discussion. However, we can do a lot of talking the talk without walking the walk. The second doubt comes from believers as well as non-believers who are questioning if homeschooled children are kept from socializing with others.

But see, this is not a question if we will send our children out into all the world or not, but a question of when is the right time to send them! What is meant by socializing with others?

Collins Dictionary defines socialization like this:

Socialization is the process by which people, especially children, are made to behave in a way which is acceptable in their culture or society.

Question is, what is acceptable in our culture or society? And should we care more about that than we care about what God’s Word says? Does our society value the same things we as Christians value?

Many years ago I did a project on socialization as part of a book called Wenn Kinder zu Hause zur Schule gehen. You will be able to read a (edited) English translation in the near future. As for now I want to share some of the words I wrote that time:

In other words, the children will takeover the standards, values and rules of conduct of the society.

Question is, as Christian parents, what standards, values and rules of conduct do we want our children to takeover?

Before I continue, I’m not saying that a child that goes to public school will never become a Christian! Nor am I saying that none of these children would be able to talk the talk or walk the walk. I’m saying, though, that in a secular culture the salt must be kept pure and the light must be kept on a lampstand to shine and that’s really hard in today’s public schools with today’s public agenda.

Let’s think about it… If we have the choice, should we send them into this world, into the public schools, before they are well socialized — that is, if we really want the socialization to happen according to biblical standards? Do we think they can be salt to the world without being trembled upon and losing their flavor?