- Being concerned about the religious or moral instruction of your kids is not the same as
- Thinking Bishop Ussher was right
- Being a Protestant fundamentalist
- Disliking 'real' science
- Not all Christians are dolts
I suppose some are.
My wife and I, though, home schooled (and are home schooling) our kids from grade seven through high school graduation because they chose that alternative. I'll admit that we didn't try to talk them out of it.
"Socialization" was a big deal a few decades back, when it came to reasons against home schooling your kids. Denied the many experiences available in the social milieu of America's government schools, they might reach their eighteenth birthday without
- Using controlled substances
- Contracting a sexually transmitted disease
- Experiencing an out-of-wedlock pregnancy
- Or getting fixed with a simple medical procedure
We've really got it pretty good here.
Still, I'm not sorry that my wife and I decided to give our kids the home school option.
Some folks here in Sauk Centre have asked me how home schooling works. They've got reasonable questions - and I appreciate being able to share. Here's a sort of Q & A list:
- Is home schooling legal?
- Yes: but local school district leaders may not believe that
- Check it out, using the resource link after this list
- Will it warp the kids?
- No guarantees - just like the government schools
- Home schooling parents do spend more time with their kids, though
- Which may head off some crises
- Or, not
- Let's face it:
- Life doesn't come with a money-back guarantee
- Do homeschooling parents have to have a formal classroom in the house?
- No, although that would be very cool
- About all you need is
- Or their equivalent
- Writing materials
- A flat work surface
- Like the kitchen table
- Is home schooling easy?
- But I think it's worth the time and effort
And we depend on existing curriculum materials - some geared specifically for home schooling Catholics. Speaking of which, here's that list of resources:
- "Homeschool Resource List"
Liz Gormley & Cecilia Ann Smith, via EWTN.com
- "Home Schooling, Religious and Moral Instruction, and American Culture"
(March 6, 2010)