The word EDUCATION means “to lead.” That begs the question…
Where are you leading your children? As a homeschool parent taking on the responsibility of educating your children at home, you have to know where you are going and why.
The public schools lead toward a standardized uniformity with their standardized tests, standardized curriculum, and standardized scope and sequence charts. They are looking to give every child the exact same education…the exact same leading.
But where they are leading, I do not want my children to follow.
I don’t want my children standardized.
I also don’t intend to raise super-geniuses. I’m not homeschooling because I think I can do a better job academically for my children. Even though I do believe I am providing superior academics because I am able to tailor each lesson to each individual child, I am not “leading” them toward this end.
So, where am I leading?
I am leading them to Christ.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
I am fulfilling the Great Commission right in my own home. I am making disciples. I am teaching the fear of the Lord, and therefore, I am offering knowledge and wisdom beyond what any other institution can offer.
My husband and I are responsible for leading our children in their education. We are responsible for where their hearts are turned. We don’t get to shirk this responsibility as we please. We don’t get to ignore God’s Word in favor of the latest legislation. We don’t get to spend our day focused on academics while avoiding the fact that the very knowledge and wisdom we are trying to give our children has been authored by the Almighty God.
How humbled I am when I realize nothing I do will ever be good enough apart from God. And nothing I offer my children in their homeschool day will ever bring forth the fruit the Lord desires in their lives if I am not diligently seeking to teach His precepts, His wisdom, His truth.
Where am I leading?
To the Lord. Everywhere else is a waste of time.