Since writing about the Immigrants that Mr. Harris spoke about last weekend at the conference, I have been thinking about the dangers of the lukewarm homeschooler.
This is the home-schooler that cant decide who they are going to trust to educate their children. Theyll home educate for a year then theyll place their child in government school, then theyll home educate because the child is behind again and then place them back in the government school again. Oh, they may home educate for 2 years or maybe theyll put their child in a private school but the premise is generally the same.
Or maybe home-schooling is a passing fad for this parent. After all it is the new in thing. This parent doesnt realize how much work is involved and how much you really have to be committed to your children and after the first year they realize that they dont want this much work and gives their child back to the government.
Or maybe they moved to a better school district so they place the child into the government school, or the teacher theyll have this year is so good that itll be okay for them to sacrifice their children to the government for a year.
Friends, home-education is not about the school. At least it shouldnt be. It shouldnt matter what kind of school it is or what kind of teacher your child has. A parent should home-educate because they are the childs parent. After all, dont you know your child better than any government official?
As a committed home educator, this kind of person scares me just as much as the Immigrant. The dangers are very similar. This kind of person says tells the government that they need their help in educating their children. If we give the government a little, they are going to take a lot. If some parents that home school their children go back and forth, the government is going to pick up on this and think that all home-educators cant teach their children.
(One a side note, this kind of instability cant good for the child either)
I dont so much mind the person that says well try it for a year and see what happens or even those that say well take home-schooling on a year to year basis, because most often it works so well that they never end up placing their child back in government school. Its the person that doesnt understand how dangerous giving the government schools a foothold can be.
The book of Revelation talks about the lukewarm Christian, they are neither hot nor cold and God will spit them out. Homeschoolers, lets not be lukewarm. Lets be hot or cold. Either decide to give your child over to the world, or decide to raise them as warriors in the Mighty Kingdom of God and then stick with it. You can do it! You are youre childs first teacher. Please choose to be their only teacher.