History shows that nearly every nation has ultimately caved in to a very counter-intuitive (satanic?) temptation: That the only sensible way for 4 and 5-year-old children to begin their life-education journey is that they be ripped away from the care of Mom and Dad at home and turned over to "professional specialists" in state-controlled classrooms.
I chanced upon the well-known Parade Magazine, a Sunday supplement no longer carried in my metro area’s major paper. (I had hoped to find a Sudoku puzzle.) Parade is notoriously liberal and left-leaning, so I almost missed their Intelligence Report which featured the article, Should Homeschooling Be Illegal?
Last week I implored Dr. James Dobson to take a risk
I eventually used my doctorate in dentistry to specialize in gum diseases and jaw bone loss, and, looking back, I often wonder why. Compared with the specialties of crowns, root canals, implants, orthodontics, etc., it’s the only specialty demanding near-fanatical daily cooperation by the patient.
Whether you homeschool or not, you’ll see why the plea for advice in the amazing letter below prompted my heartfelt attention and reminded me of the old nursery rhyme; There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
Following a recent article, several of you emailed to ask why I appear to prefer homeschooling (HS) as the best educational weapon in this battle for the mind of fragile (5 to 18 year olds) Christian kids instead of opting for a two-way mix of homeschooling and private Christian schools (PCS.)
Although still mostly a Christian phenomenon, homeschooling has been rather effective in reminding all parents of the sad condition of state education. Ten years ago, everyone agreed that public education was in trouble and debated endlessly over what could be done, yet no one really provided any answers beyond more money.
Speaking of being surprised, a retired public school teacher and I were recently lamenting the mutual distress we share when encountering lone young people on the street, at the mall (and even in church), and to observe there the deliberate avoidance of eye contact, plus the cold, dejected, angry, depressed, dead, dull, hostile, de-moralized looks in the eyes and body language of 75% of them.
Is this church "praying 4 you" because the quality of education in government schools continues to decline despite the money that taxpayers keep pumping into it? Is this church "praying 4 you" because they hope the students don’t engage in premarital sex or get hooked on Methamphetamines?
As a homeschooling father whose children speak and read German fluently, I read with some interest the recent Rome News-Tribune’s story on the German government’s abduction of Melissa Busekros as a part of its ongoing persecution of Christian homeschoolers.