21 REASONS TO HOMESCHOOL

by Terry O'Hare

1.Because the responsibility for training and educating children rests primarily with the parents and primarily take place in and around the home. Parents are capable by God'sgrace to accomplish this (Deuteronomy 6:7, 11:19; Psalm 78:5-7; Isaiah 38:19).

2.Without quantity of time with parents, there is little quality time to train and influence our children in all areas of life (Deuteronomy 32:46-47). To lay up treasures of memories in the lives of our children.

3.So our children will daily learn the truth of God's Word for the ultimate salvation of their soul (II Timothy 3:15) and as a basis for developing all other areas of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7).

4.So our children will experience the peace of the Lord in their lives (Isaiah 54:13).

5.As defended by the Supreme Court, parents have the fundamental constitutional right to direct the education of their children according to their beliefs (Wisconsin vs. Yoder [1972]). A right exercised is a right preserved (Acts 22:25-29).

6.Though some aspects of education may be delegated (I Samuel 1:25-28; Galatians 4:1-2), in this day we cannot in good conscience place our children under the control of government schools (Proverbs 29:12; Colossians 2:8; II Timothy 2:14-18), especially with those whose philosophy is contrary to righteousness (Psalm 1:1).

7.To protect our children's hearts from negative peer pressure, various fleshly temptations, and ungodly role models during their formative years (Proverbs 28:7; I Corinthians 15:33). Children will have more parent supervised time and therefore be better protected from injury or assault, especially in these wicked days of random, senseless violence.

8.To gain the respect of being the teacher to our children (Proverbs 31:28-31), to prepare ourselves to teach younger parents (Titus 2:3-5) and to provide visible evidence of our ability to handle ecclesiastical affairs (I Timothy 3:4-5).

9.To be the customary source of answers to life's questions, the dispenser of advice to life's challenges, and the giver of encouragement to life's trials (I Thessalonians 2:11).

10.To foster family unity, emotional closeness, and mutual enjoyment (Proverbs 1:8-9).

11.Increases the opportunity to develop your child's tastes and attitude (Proverbs 22:6) and to provide individual nurturing for their unique needs (Ephesians 6:4).

12.The social training received in home will produce a stronger sense of personal identity through their unique contributions to the family and will call our children to higher levels of maturity (Proverbs 13:22, II Corinthians 12:14; II Thessalonians 3:10).

13.To have greater personal influence in preparing our children for the responsibilities of adulthood (Philippians 2:12).

14.Choosing curricula suited for the child's needs will assist them in developing confidence in what they know and lay the groundwork for independent thinking.

15.A tutorial education is a superior academic process. It allows our children to have more time to explore and think since their studies will generally be finished in less time. Since we know our children best we can make the studies fit them individually to develop their areas of weakness or mature their strengths, without wasting their time on repetition or busywork.

16.It gives us the freedom to live our family life without having to accommodate to the structure and demands of a school setting. It decreases certain stressors on the family, such as rushing to be at school by a certain time (though punctuality is a virtue) or facing unwanted imitated behavior.

17.It is a cost-effective choice compared to an expensive private education and a wasteful government managed education. Some of the investment in equipment, materials, and curricula can be recouped by resale.

18.To obey the Great Commision of our Lord Jesus Christ in the lives of our children (Matthew 28:19-20).

19.To repetitively pass on lessons that we have learned in life in order to guard our own hearts as well as our children's (Deuteronomy 4:9). To personally be challenged to grow in grace through the instrument of our children.

20.Public school are unable to administer corporal punishment and Christian school are limited in the adminstration of such discipline.Therefore, the godly fruit of corporal punishment is more likely to be achieved in the home school setting (Proverbs 3:11-12, 13:24, 22:15, 23:13-14, 29:15).

21.To reap rest, delight, and salvation in the lives of your children (Proverbs 29:17). To avoid reaping shame for leaving our children to themselves or in the company of riotous men (Proverbs 29:15).