I have been enjoying my bloggy break. I'm about to get my head above water, but I'm still in need of more time away. I have been reading my favorites, and found this quote today that I cannot help but post. My husband is at a home school conference this weekend. He called today to tell me about an awesome session he was in with Voddie Baucham. Of course, I recognized that name so started to dig around the web to find out what I had read about him before. I found this quote (regarding public schools) and it's gonna stay with me for a while so I thought I'd share it with you. What's your response?
I have asked before, and I will ask again, how far do they have to go? What do they have to do to our children before we will leave? Do they have to molest our children? They’ve done that. Do they have to beat, maim or kill our children? They’ve done that too. Do they have to fail to educate our children adequately? They’ve done that. Do they have to deny our God and his laws? They have done that too. Do they have to lead our children away from Christ and his Church in droves by indoctrinating them in Atheistic Secular Humanism? Check that one off too. When will enough be enough? When will our desire to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4) outweigh our addiction to free daycare?

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Virginia (Jenny) said...

Wow, that is really heavy. Thank you for sharing.

Virginia (Jenny) said...

You are still on break! Wow! I hope you are doing well. :)

Carol Van Atta, Princess Warrior said...

I believe that for many homeschooling is right. There are so many benefits, and obviously the quote highlighted the deadly downfalls.

However, I had to struggle not to take offense, as I am a single mother, who must work to provide for my children. I take every opportunity to discuss those very things that are listed in the featured comment, and pray that my children will be lights in the darkness.

Believe it or not there are some "rebel" Christian teachers still out there in the public schools. God is alive everywhere. I've spoken with several homeschooled young adults who really struggled upon entering college. They were unprepared to stand up for their beliefs in secular setting.

I am all for home schooling, but shame on me if I should judge others, who do not, for whatever reason, choose not to educate their children by homeschooling. God is big enough for all our kids, wherever they are.

Kristin said...

Carol: I agree with you. I do not want to be a stumbling block. I am open to public education for my children (in the future.) I am learning from people like Vodie and Spunky about why public education began in the first place and why uninformed parents continue to send their children without thinking about the options. I am glad you have at least thought thru the options - the Lord will take care of your children no matter where they are educated.

Kristin said...

Jenny: yes, I'm still on a break. I really thought I'd be back by now. But our lives have changed a lot in the last few months and I do not to spend extra time worrying about what to post and finding info to share. I enjoy reading blogs, but for now I can't write much. Takes too much energy.

Cat said...

Wow Kristin - First, I am going to blog light, fun topics (like what is FABULOUS in life) so I don't blame you if you were feeling like it was taking over your life - I can see how that can happen.
Second - from the blog comments before (when you said you had to take a break because you weren't perfect) - who wants to be perfect? Perfect people aren't any fun to be around because they are rigid, worried, trying to always match up so some expectation that can't really ever be attainable so don't beat yourself up. You are a great mom and wife!!!
OK - so now - my comment about the quote on this blog - keep in mind that Scott is a public school teacher and all three of our kids attend a fabulous PUBLIC school (and my mother was a public school teacher). So, I take offense to the quote because there have been numerous parents who have done those things and worse to their kids behind closed doors -in their HOME. I don't have a problem with home schooling - every family has to do what they need to do and what is best for them but, I do take offense to people like that who stand behind the WORD and bash others decisions - isn't that the true definition of judgment and wouldn't it be great if everyone focused on loving God and loving their neighbor. So, he chooses to home school and go to the conference and speak - great! Just don't criticize others for their choices. My husband is one of the most Godly men I have ever met and he is a freshman high school teacher and coach who makes a HUGE impression on the kids he mentors. I know for certain he is a jewel in HIS crown and thank goodness the majority of us haven't given up on public schools. Comments like that are why home schooler advocates get a bad name - making statements like that imply that everyone who sends their children to public schools aren't living Gods way (when in actuality they are saying "my way"). Sorry Kristin - I love you but I am on the opposite end on this one.

Jill said...

I think that in 20 years no one would have a single regret about living on less $$ and homeschooling their kids for a few years if not all. The ones who might regret it would never consider it to begin with. I consider the next 2 years an awesome opportunity to connect with my 11 year old in a way that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
All too soon they are gone and I encourage anyone to put keeping up with the Joneses on the back burner and consider doing the unthinkable (in some circles) and do it yourself!