Monday, May 17, 2010

Lost Causes Learning Together

There is a list that circulates around the Internet, with 10 tongue-in-cheek reasons why public schools are better than home schools. The reasons include, 'Fluorescent lighting may have significant health benefits', and 'Publicly asking permission to go to the bathroom teaches young people their place in society.'

Parts of the list are pretty funny. But the number one reason has a serious side. It says, 'Most parents were educated in the under funded-public school system, and so are not smart enough to homeschool their own children.'

Funny, right?

Unfortunately, that's one of the most pervasive messages--direct or indirect--sent by critics of home schooling. It's one of the messages I think we as parents are very willing to believe. And because of that, it's one of the messages that CC works hardest to fight against.

See, that message implies that it's okay to give up on two generations of learners.

If you received a mediocre education, you're obviously not capable of giving your children anything better, so you should just be content with the fact that their mediocre education is neither worse nor better than your own.

It's a message that settles for second-best for your children. What's more, it's a message that implicitly says, "Your education is finished. What's done is done. You're beyond help."

I think we have to remember, then, that our Lord is a God of lost causes--a God who delights to redeem His people and make them more like Him.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:13, 19

That's why I'm so adamant that you are smart enough to teach your children to learn anything. Not because it's easy or comes naturally, but because the Lord has promised to give us the strength to do all things for His glory.

That's why CC hosts Parent Practicums to equip smart moms and dads with the tools to teach their children as they reclaim their own education at the same time.

And that's why we need each other in community to share stories, laugh over mistakes and mishaps, and then remind us again who we are in Christ.

How has your home school community been a blessing to you this year?


Sharon said...

Aren't most public school teachers educated in public schools also?

1 Smart Mama said...

True! The difference cited is that public school teachers have gone through a certification program.