Recently I was asked why I pulled my kids out of public school to learn at home. For most homeschooling parents, there is hardly a simple answer for this. And I am sure that each family has its own reasons why they choose to educate their children outside of the public forum. The purpose of this article is to offer a brief yet descriptive summary of why we choose to separate our children’s education from the state as much as possible.
From the outset, I must address the information that is being fed to our children. Over the past few years, I have come to realize that the curriculum in public schools is a controlled method of programming children, telling them what to believe. Many of the subjects taught in schools are against what we believe in respect to our faith. In the home, however, we can teach our children what we believe to be the truth according to Scripture, all while developing their skills in Math, English/Reading/Spelling, and other standard subjects. Nevertheless, when it comes to subjects such as science and history, we believe these are very dangerous to learn from the perspective offered in public schools.
The public-school setting creates an institutionalized mindset that conditions our children to think in terms of submission and authority. It programs the child to view the system as the authority and those who question the system as “insubordinate.” (In my book Crushing Conceptualism in Modern Christianity, I dive a little deeper into this subject in Chapter 4.)
Kids today are expected to receive a checklist of immunizations / vaccines in order to enroll. This goes back to the issue of submitting to authority and not questioning the experts. We are trained to trust the pharmaceutical industry in public school, which many times is an infringement of our religious beliefs. Many of the pharmaceuticals that are pushed on the public today are in violation of the Father’s standards, although most Christians today are either ignorant of this or they are in denial about it. But we are expected to submit to this form of authority without question.
Science is no different. Our children are persuaded to view popular science as perhaps the trumping authority. It has had such a devastating effect on society that professing bible believers today interpret their bibles through the lenses of the curriculum they receive in school. And even if you dare present the contextual interpretation of the Bible to those individuals, they will react in a manner that displaces you as a credible voice in their conceptual reality.
Morality has experienced a significant shift over the past few generations, thus compromising the biblical principles on which we stand. Schools today push for normalization of that which is contrary to the biblical model. We were created in the image of Yahweh, the Father of Creation. We were designed to be productive and to glorify God with our bodies. But in the public-school setting, expressing this aspect of our faith is considered “hate speech” against those who demand tolerance and equality; those who challenge God’s original design.
Children today are exposed to many other forms of wickedness as well. I know what you’re thinking. We can’t expect to shelter our kids from everything. We need to let them experience the world for themselves. That is true to a certain extent. Keep in mind, homeschooling is not about sheltering or depriving the children from the world. It is about providing a healthy, biblical environment for them to grow and learn while protecting them from situations they may not be ready for at such a young age. We can teach them about the world without promoting it or glorifying it. Yet when kids learn about evil in peer situations, it is rarely from an educational approach; rather it is more often experimental. Call me overprotective, but I would rather have my children learn about the evil of the world from an educational perspective and not an experimental approach.
Society has persuaded parents that children should be left in the hands of complete strangers as young as infancy, i.e., babysitters and daycare employees, to schoolteachers and schoolmates. For a moment, consider by what standard you are basing your decision to leave your child with a group of people you may not know anything about. If it is because you wish to send your child off to someone “qualified,” then consider that the very qualifications required to educate those children was determined by the system itself. And if that system is so successful, then there is no reason mothers who have been through the public school system can’t teach their children themselves. After all, wouldn’t someone who succeeded the system be qualified upon their completion? Shouldn’t a high-school graduate be competent enough to relay the information they received?
My children will never know what it means to “pledge their allegiance” to a governmental system or to salute a flag that signifies their bondage to a heathen nation. No, my children will know what it means to pledge their allegiance to YHWH the Father of Creation and to follow the example of Yeshua Mashiach, the Son of Yah. They will learn what it means to “come out of Egypt” and to follow the ways of the Father.
I’m sure many other parents have their own reasons why they choose against public school. But for me and my house, we choose to homeschool because it removes our children from what we believe to be a dangerous environment. Thus, we choose against indoctrination for the purpose of protecting the minds and spirits of our children.