The Role of Christian Parents in Education
For the Christian parent, educating a child means academic plus spiritual. We want the best for our children educationally, but also raise them with our Christian beliefs.
I think it’s easier to raise children in a Godly environment if you homeschool them. In public schools they are not allowed to mention God, or Jesus, they are not allowed to wear t-shirts with anything Christian on them. So if you send your child to school you are asking them to act as if God doesn’t exist for 6 hours of the day and then when they come home, act as if he does exist.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
I’ve heard some parents quote this verse and say that the Bible says all Christians should homeschool their children, but I think it’s just easier to talk of Godly things when you are with them for a large part of the day.
Our job as a parent
Proverbs 22:6 says
Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.
The original Hebrew suggests training a child in the path that the individual child was designed to go. The Amplified Bible tells it like this
Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Following your child’s passions is easier if they are homeschooled because they have time to develop their passions and spend extra time on the subjects where they excel.
My son is ADHD and he wouldn’t spend time reading. I feel it is very important to get your child reading well, but my son has a basic inability to sit still. What I eventually did was to get him to walk on a treadmill while reading a book and that is how I got him to read. He wouldn’t have been able to do that in school.
Children need quantity time and not just quality time. They need to come to the supermarket with you and do boring chores. They need to help look after the house and learn to cook. If your child goes to school and then does after school activities they will feel the world revolves around them and become very selfish.
What are we educating for?
I never had Teenage rebellion in my house. I don’t know, maybe it will come. The main thing about homeschooling is that it builds relationship with the parents, and especially mom. I’ve always had a good relationship with my children because I spent so much time with them.
We as a society seem to accept teen rebellion and a difficult time in middle school as the norm, but it isn’t the norm in many homeschool households.
Fish club I’ve heard it said that we should put our children into schools to be salt and light to the population. Just think about that. You are putting your immature child into an environment where God cannot be talked about and expecting them to be salt. Don’t you think the opposite will happen? Wouldn’t it be better to train your children to be firm in their faith and then send them out to evangelize when they are mature as people as well as mature in their faith?
My personal opinion is that children under 10 should be with mom. If you read the child rearing books, children under 6 believe everything they are told. It is only after the age of 6 that children will question what you say. So whatever a Kindergarten child is told they will believe, for a Christian parent, I find that idea scary.
What atmosphere do you want your child to grow up in?
Do you want your child to grow up in an atmosphere of love and an environment of grace because that is the atmosphere you can produce in your home.