Friday, September 19, 2008

Homeschool - Christian or Public?

I was talking to my mother on the phone. Mom was telling me about an interview she saw with homeschooled children who are now in college. They loved being homeschooled and loved that their mom started their homeschool day with prayer. My mom asked if that is how I open our homeschool days with my son this year. 

Laughing (maybe scoffing?), I said, "No, Mom, my son attends a public homeschool, not a Christian homeschool."

Seriously, Chantico Prep is a public school. I made our homeschool a public school on purpose. What? But you're a Christian! Why aren't you teaching a Christian curriculum?
Unlike many Christian homeschoolers, I am homeschooling for practical, educational reasons. Not because of religious ones. This is not a mission for me. It is a means to an end.  And, based upon my personal experiences, I am not big on religion classes in schools. 

Growing up, I attended a Catholic school with religion classes. When I transferred to a public school, I was behind on science, health, and math. I was a smart kid, so I was able to catch up quickly. But I felt the time spent on religion would have been better spent on math and science.
As a Christian parent, I see it as our responsibility to teach our children our beliefs through conversations, actions, prayer, music, and family Bible teaching.  The Christian education our children receive in our home is supplemented by children's church and any other organized religious training we send our kids to. 

If school is a 5-hr day, I would rather my kids learn 5 hours of core subjects. Which is one of the big reasons I love the K12 curriculum we use. Core subjects. No religion. Sorry Mom.

1 comment:

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

THANK you for this post! There are so many stereotypes of homeschooling out there and the more personal stories we can read about different choices that families make, the better.

It's fine for me, as a fairly secular person to talk about how I conducted my homeschooling, but I run into friends who make horrible generalizations lumping ALL Christian homeschoolers. No one should ever be lumped in a group. I hate groups, other than the ones you CHOOSE to be a part of.