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Old 01-11-2016, 08:55 AM   #1
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Default Parental Responses to Declining Academic Rigor

A recent article regarding the Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy of Academia may leave some parents in a quandary regarding how to ensure their children have an adequate education to earn a living in the 21st century. Many people of faith recognize home schooling as a great path to ensure academic rigor and learning through high school, but how can parents ensure real learning and value added in cases where they (along with their children) believe they are called to a profession that requires a college degree?
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Spiritual growth happens in the home/church....I believe home schooling is taking away from a kids development. They don't interact w/ others so they may have adjusting in the "real world". Trying to shelter your child is not giving your child to GOD. I have several friends that home school but the kids play sports and attend church regularly so they do have some interaction w/ others. Now if I lived in an area where the school was crap, I'd definitely let the ole lady home school ours! I have seen lots of parents that have no business home schooling, but do --- which is not fair fer intellectual growth of the child....

Basically to sum it up, I guess it would depend alot on the circumstances....
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....I believe home schooling is taking away from a kids development. They don't interact w/ others so they may have adjusting in the "real world". Trying to shelter your child is not giving your child to GOD.
My experience and the experience of my children in public and private schools is that the destructive behavior rampant in these schools has reached a level that it exceeds the risks of sending children into bars, casinos, and strip clubs. Scripture says, "Bad company corrupts good morals" and that God does not let his children be tempted "beyond what they can bear." Sending your children into a bar, casino, or strip club is closer to giving your children to the devil than giving them to God.

Truth does not change over time. Was home schooling children in ancient Israel taking away from their development? Was home schooling children in the American south or west before public schools were widely available taking away from their development? In the US today, it is not hard to ensure that children have more interactions with people outside the household than was typical in ancient Israel or the American west.

As a practical matter our home schooled children (high school age) interact with others outside the home on a daily or weekly basis in a number of ways including 1. church 2. youth group 3. sports (organized and "pick-up") 4. music program 5. academic competitions 6. employment 7. attending college classes, etc. There are many other possibilities for other home schooling families. There is no need to allow children to spend 35+ hours per week in a poorly supervised destructive environment to ensure adequate socialization. Home schooling parents need to make some efforts to ensure adequate interaction with others, just as they need to make efforts to ensure academic rigor.
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Believe me, since all my kids (3 of em) are or should I say were very active in sports/church. My youngest is a junior and maintains a 4.24 =/- .01/.02, plays sports and is dual enrolled on track to get his AA by the time he gets outta HS. Same w/ my other 2 kids that already went that route. We are a 1A country school and play a few "christian private schools". I tell ya, I hear how them kids talk and see how they act and it's very hypocritical.... Mine is a leader and was raised to be. He tells us of the "friends" that smoke dope/drink including some that attend our church regularly. He's been asked to participate in these activities and is very honest with us about the pressure. He resists the pressure and many kids look up to him for his strength and faith.

I look at it this way, he is a tool for GOD and like our preacher says---if you hang around nothing but "Christians" what good are you doing for GOD? You must show folks who are not saved how GOD changes your life and be a testimony of faith to make folks strive to seek GOD.

I can totally understand not wanting to give kids more temptation, but as long as your faith is strong in the lord---those worries are laid at GOD's feet.

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I look at it this way, he is a tool for GOD and like our preacher says---if you hang around nothing but "Christians" what good are you doing for GOD? You must show folks who are not saved how GOD changes your life and be a testimony of faith to make folks strive to seek GOD.
There are plenty of opportunities for our teens to interact with non-Christians in the youth group at church, sporting activities, academic extracurriculars, music programs, and their college classes.

Our own children spent many years in public schools before we pulled them out because we were needing to supplement math, english, and science too much after they had already spent 7-8 hours in the public school. Home schooling opened up the schedule for more extracurricular activities and less total instructional time.

Your view also seems to assume that the parent's faith can extend protection over unsaved teenage children in very tempting circumstances. Our experience is that unless the teens themselves are saved, it will be very hard for them to resist all the temptations present in many 21st century public schools. Some level of temptation has always existed, but at many schools administrators and teachers have closed their eyes to electronic porn, drugs, and even sex at school.
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I reckon I'm fortunate to live where I do and many of our church are also staff at the local schools. Most of the kids chiristians and non are purty tight and have good relationships. If we lived in a different area I may have a different attitude. I can only say, I grew up in Pcola and was a little hellion. After the way I grew up and seeing how my children have grown, it's like comparing peas to carrots! I tell folks all the time, my youngest is 10x's the guy I was at his age...

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I reckon I'm fortunate to live where I do and many of our church are also staff at the local schools. Most of the kids chiristians and non are purty tight and have good relationships. If we lived in a different area I may have a different attitude. I can only say, I grew up in Pcola and was a little hellion. After the way I grew up and seeing how my children have grown, it's like comparing peas to carrots! I tell folks all the time, my youngest is 10x's the guy I was at his age...

Good luck to ya
We looked hard at Pensacola and applied for a number of jobs there (unsuccessfully) before moving to Louisiana. It does not exactly build faith in the local schools when a teacher at our church's school is arrested for sex with a student.
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