For Home Educators, Only, Please. Part 2

Homeschooling - Gustoff family in Des Moines 011Should All Families Homeschool?

State educational institutions are often wonderful for adults.

For children, we have homes.

When it comes to children, God says parents should train them, bring them up, teach them. With the return to home learning of the past quarter century, we are discovering that Father knows best and that the brave new world of mandatory public schooling for all children is not the way for civilized cultures.

Maybe it is the best way to germinate Communism or raise up a nation of soldiers, but it is not the best way to grow children who turn into the type of adults we really want managing our finances or our country when we are old.

Various excuses float around for those who do not home school and these excuses need redefining, too.

For instance, I often have heard that some people are unable to home school.

I agree, but for most, it is to their shame and not something to boast about, as they do.

Some people have disqualified themselves from being the ones who raise their children. Perhaps they attack or neglect their children and perhaps they have lost custody. (Perhaps not, too often.)

Sometimes they prefer misleading their children into sports injuries or demonic teachings, and so must drop them off where these things happen.

Many prefer making a show of wealth that requires abandoning the children for two incomes, rather than doing the right thing, as Moses did. (Hebrews 11:24-27)

The fact that these people are extremely poor parenting examples does not mean that home schooling is bad. It only means that some homes are bad and morality is taking a new plunge.

Sometimes we hear of children who do not want to home school. Surely, we do not think the parents ought to home school them!

Well, yes, we do.

Usually these sadly mixed-up children are the products of the above-mentioned types of parents. Attacked, neglected, misled offspring of unfounded and deceiving displays of affluence usually lack ideals, morals, discipline, and even discernible personalities.

If we further define “personality” as “mind, will, and emotion”, we realize that these children are losing their souls.

True, these children sometimes do not work out well in the normal home school setting, especially at first. Neither do they always perform very well in the public setting, but it is not their fault.

And their parents should quit boasting about it.

What ought to happen is that the parents should “die trying” to fix the mess they have made of their children’s attitudes, but they do not.

Some go as far as laughing about it. If there is any hope for these children at all, the remedy, still, exists only in the home. These parents should have home schooled and still should home school.

The alternatives, correctional and psychiatric institutions—as if we would prefer these to the home—usually control or mollify, only, and do not apply true, known remediation, as parents can, if only they have not disqualified themselves.

“Harsh words!” you say?

I say the words are hardly as harsh as the reality. The prisons of the godless school generation are overflowing, as are the mental institutions.

These human wrecks were America’s children, just one generation ago.

More tomorrow.


photo credit: Iowa

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

13 thoughts on “For Home Educators, Only, Please. Part 2

  1. Glad I buckled my seat belt before reading! 😉
    Well said. Those who say they CAN’T homeschool, really mean they WON’T. God ALWAYS teaches the parents more than what the kids learn, if they will just DO IT. Some of it is even academic.

    1. Hello, Leah!
      Thanks for stopping by and for this comment!
      I must restate, there are a few who truly cannot, and it is sad. When it’s from their own bad choices, it is sadder, still.
      We are, however, SO prone to making excuses, aren’t we? I even said “can’t” on those days when we just skipped math and took extra P.E. 😉
      Those were often the days, though, when the learning was gelled and minds prepared for better work, later.
      Oh, I could write another post here. 😆 But will just end with: Thanks again!

      1. I know a few who truly can not. Their whole situation is sad, but in my experience, THEY aren’t the ones who say they can’t. Others say it for them. 😦

        1. Of course, I come from the time when even the government was denying the possibility that I could homeschool, but all I can say is we each draw a line around ourselves that we are unwilling to cross. Sometimes it is hard to see that line, but it is always there. And sometimes, it is a good thing, but often, not.

  2. I agree with you and am enjoying reading this. I like how direct you are being here.

    Have you read The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto? I started reading it last night and what you are saying here pretty much perfectly aligns with what he says in the book. It can be read for free online at the website below, but the book can also be purchased. The proceeds go to helping the organization produce their new documentary.

    I just wondered if you’d heard of or had read the book.

    1. No. I had not heard of this one. Just went there, and will own the book, if only for the wondrous quotations, such as:

      “Take at hazard one hundred children of several educated generations and one hundred uneducated children of the people and compare them in anything you please; in strength, in agility, in mind, in the ability to acquire knowledge, even in morality—and in all respects you are startled by the vast superiority on the side of the children of the uneducated.”
      — Count Leo Tolstoy, “Education and Children” (1862)

      Thank you so much, Victoria, for this comment, for adding to this post far more than I could have said! You have uncovered a gold mine for all who read here. Thank you.

      1. You are welcome. I’m reading it now, and will share with you when I finish. It’s a long book, but is incredibly interesting. The author covers a LOT of history of schooling in America and elsewhere, and his conclusions are obvious if looked at with an open mind ready to receive what is there, instead of with a closed mind that already knows the “truth.”

  3. If we were left with the option of state school or home school, I would keep to exclusive home-schooling forever. The state is failing on so many levels. I certainly don’t hate America, but the the world seems set on a collision course like an addict headed for “rock bottom”. As I’ve said before, all parents are home educators, but not all are aware of it. Even a single mother with multiple children is a home educator–just one with more challenges. I have all of my tutoring materials and reading lists lined up for the fall, even if they are headed to parochial school for part of the day. 😉 Unfortunately, I question how long that option will remain viable as there are direct attacks being waged on the Church at the moment. People scoff at the concept of religious freedom. These are strange times. It is good to remain flexible in all areas except commitment to faith and family.

  4. Thanks for the comment, CM!
    I know the pull to parochial school, and I have gone there and might have stayed there if it were not for finding them, in my instance, to be hardly any different from the State institutions.
    But I would have missed so much with my children, had I done so, and I never knew that until I brought them home. It was hard to know that, then, when so few were broadcasting the joys of homeschooling. Once I learned it, though, I NEVER wanted to go back, never wanted them or me to miss out on any more, and have constantly shouted out the joy.
    We each have our own decisions to make, but those who say “can’t,” when the reality is they “won’t,” are not basing their statements on truth.
    And never will know the truth until they try:

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