Taking from the article that prompted this series, the third function of home mentioned is “education”.
This is a timely post as I have just begun reading Restoring America One County at a Time by Joel McDurmon (also available in Kindle).This might be one of the most important books of our generation. Go get it now.
There are too many reasons to list in a post why the home should be the center of education (which doesn’t necessarily mean homeschooling; it could mean the parents choosing private education, the point being that parents have complete authority and jurisdiction over who educates their children).
In light of the angle I’m reading from this book and its current relevance to our threatened loss of freedom, let me just focus on a few of those aspects.
Once Upon a Time
Until around the 1830’s, people understood the importance of freedom in education and contrary to what some believe, literacy rates were extremely high. Parents took responsibility for educating their children (and more importantly, helping them to become self-educators) and/or found someone they trusted to assist them.
As we have given that responsibility over to the state, we have had our freedoms slowly eroded and only we are to blame. The “free” education isn’t free at all, and whatever government funds, government controls; including our children.
When home is the center of education, and especially where home-education is embraced, a myriad of benefits are available. (See related posts at the bottom of this post for additional thoughts.)
There has never been an easier time to take back education as now, with technology offering everything under the sun, even to the most intimidated parent. (As the article below explains, we don’t need “experts” to teach them facts; we’re already living in the information age. Our primary focus should be simply teaching our children how to use, process and communicate information that is readily available.)
But far more than academics, parents are better able to transfer their values (this is what the state is trying to avoid), strengthen their character and let them flourish in whatever areas they are gifted when they take control of their child’s education. (Think Outside the Classroom)
In my experience, this has been the biggest challenge AND the biggest blessing of choosing to come home. Education is life, and is much bigger than a classroom. My heart longs to see families embrace the blessing of this privilege–not without sacrifice, but still a privilege within most everyone’s reach. And I’m willing to speak on this hottest of topics (and take the heat) not because I want to “force my choices” on other people but because I believe, with all that is in me, that this is the best for parents and children who long to delight themselves in the law of the Lord. That He has given us what we need to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and that a nation is blessed whose God is the Lord, including the Lord of our education.
(Actually, and I don’t have time to expand on it here, a “free market education” would be better for all of society, Christian or otherwise, if we can ever become convinced and demand it. But it first requires us to refuse the socialist form of education we now receive so happily.)
And I long to see the far-reaching benefits of such taking back of our educational responsibility. As McDurmon said,
“Do we really want a free society…? This [education] is priority number one. If we are serious about freedom, we have to start with education. If we can’t accomplish change in this one area, then forget the rest. Nothing about truly restoring America will be easier or more readily obtainable than taking free control over your family’s education. There’s nothing stopping us here.”
Are there obstacles? Probably. But there is little worth fighting for to overcome those obstacles more important than our children. I get obstacles. We have fought through many of them so I’m not speaking from a place that doesn’t touch me.
As home becomes the center of education, our minds begin to shift because we now hold responsibility again, and that’s big. It’s big in more ways than, “can we teach math?” They become ours, wholly, to educate as a person, to shape, form and prepare for all of life. We begin, again, to invest in ways we didn’t even have time for before. Most of our hurdles are psychological. But the effort to jump over them is worth it a hundred times over.
I think you’ll love this article too: Conventional Education Will Go the Way of Farming
“What schooling is for many is a 12- or 16-year sentence wherein young people are penned up, talked at, cajoled, quizzed, and tested, for the most part on facts and figures that can now be retrieved in seconds with a handheld device….”A true bubble is when something is overvalued and intensely believed,” says Thiel. “Education may be the only thing people still believe in in the United States. To question education is really dangerous. It is the absolute taboo. It’s like telling the world there’s no Santa Claus….Yes, the facts and figures are a click away. The ability to use, understand, and communicate those facts is what must be taught and currently is not. And it doesn’t take an army of 8 million and a budget of 1 trillion dollars and counting to do it.“