I am so thankful for the HS conference this past weekend. Several things struck me and/or confirmed ideas in my head. It was so good to hear Gregg Harris speak on the seasons of life and how they should naturally progress. In his Friday night keynote, he discussed the 3 different types of homeschoolers. Here is what he described:
1. The Pioneer. These are the people like the Harris's and my in-laws. They blazed the trail. They fought to carry out their God-given responsibility. They are the ones who faced the threat of jail, worked to pass laws and did whatever it took to home-educate their children. These are the ones we have to thank. Because of them, we are not fighting this battle on the same level as they did.
2. The Settler. These are the ones that come after the Pioneer, they don't know firsthand the hardships the Pioneers faced, but they respect what was accomplished and wish to carry out the work.
3. The Immigrants. (1st, Mr. Harris was very careful to say that he didn't use this term to offend people but as a category of people.) The Immigrants don't understand the path the Pioneers took. They are letting the state in carefree. Taking government funding for computers, supplies, textbooks, etc. working with charter schools and see no problem with doing this. Mr. Harris talked about the DANGER with this type of homeschooler. If one homeschooling family takes $$ then the government assumes that all homeschoolers should. It opens the door to the state being able to tell you what curriculum to use and what you can't use!
If you fall into the Immigrant category, please reconsider. The Pioneers fought a very hard battle. The Settlers like what the Pioneers did for us. If you are letting the government into your home whether it be for computers, Parents as Teachers, or other programs you are giving the devil a foothold. You risk ruining home-education for us all. Personally, I don't relish the thought of my children fighting the same battle that my in-laws fought 20+ years ago. You might be saying “what can a “free” computer hurt. My dear friends, there is nothing in life that is free. When it comes to education, the enemy is the government. They don't like home-education because it takes funds from their schools and because homeschools are producing better students. The almighty dollar is the bottom line–homeschooling costs the government. If you don't believe me just sign up for HSLDA's weekly alert– some of the stories will curl your toes. Furthermore, HSLDA does not recommend taking $$ from the government for school supplies or participating in charter schools
You cannot serve God and Mammon. As for me and my house, we will Serve the Lord. Who will you serve?