Monday, February 12, 2007

21 Reasons to Homeschool

21 Reasons To Homeschool
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

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 13:22l
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

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).

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