As Good As
by Barb Shelton
This is actually one question that I am not commonly asked, probably because most people know I will give them a very biased answer. But I know it is the NUMBER ONE question that will keep the majority of our population from homeschooling!
It's also a question that you might not think you need to grapple with because, "Hey, I've already taken my child(ren) out of public school and KNOW that's not where I want them to be! But chances are quite good that even though YOU have come out of public school, the public school mindset has not come out of you!
how one mom put it for her particular situation: "I've been trying to
decide if I want to homeschool my daughter starting in the eleventh grade, or just let her finish in public
more simply put, and all age-encompassing: "Can I possibly do as
good a job of educating my child as the public school?"
So why is it so important to have this question settled once and for all in your mind and heart? Because, if you do NOT settle it, and get God's perspective on it, you WILL follow the world's way of supposedly educating your children. Here is what John Taylor Gatto, New York State's "Teacher of the Year" in 1992 said about this:
And yet, thousands of homeschooling parents are spending literally thousands of dollars attempting to imitate and bring that same system right into their homes! ~ and cram it down their children's throats for 5 to 7 hours a day, thinking they are doing their children a favor!
There are many articles in the "Homeschooling Basics" section of my Article Chart that will give you many good reasons for why homeschooling is superior to public or private school. Or maybe I should say "can be superior", because it isn't automatic. But I hesitate to even say that because you have to define "superior" before you can understand what I mean by that. And to understand the adjective ~ superior ~ you have to first know what it's describing: in this case, "education." That's what my "Season of Re-education and Renewing of the Mind" is all about. We naturally have a preconceived idea about what "education" is, and as long as we think it's the same thing as "school at home" we will strive for the wrong thing, and waste a lot of time, money and love of learning in the process. So begin by reading all the articles here at my Article Chart, and you start getting an idea of what my views on this are!
I wouldn't trade the experience for the world! In fact, you couldn't
pay me enough, even in private school tuition, to do it any other way! The fruit that has come in our relationships and in their lives and hearts is
soooo good and soooo precious!!! It's PRICELESS!
I would have given anything to have had this wisdom available back when I was first needing to get a new mindset in this area, but most of them weren't even written! Mr. Gatto was named New York State Teacher of the Year in 1992; I started homeschooling in 1982!!! So it took me a lot longer and a lot more struggling to figure it all out. (And THAT is why we now sell these books! Many are "off the beaten trail" and not commonly available in bookstores or libraries.)
But I had Jesus, and I'm still amazed at how He was able to lead me through and out of my wrong thinking, and into freedom! Jesus' burden is easy; His yoke is light. If we want to experience His blessings, we have to allow Him to lead us in HIS ways, and that includes homeschooling and how we approach it as much as anything in our lives! There's no "one right way" to do it. He is a very creative God, and each person and family is unique. That's why His plan for each family is also unique! That is what I want to help you find and walk in!
I got the plaid wallpaper at:
...the blue house and red schoolhouse at:
...and the tiny garden between the two at:
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