Episode 13 - HOMESCHOOL

Show Notes:

  • Educational Challenges
    • Wide Range of Quality of Public School
    • Teaching Toward Testing
    • Secularization of the Curriculum
  • Options (Not One Definitive Christian Answer)
    • Stay in Public School
    • Find a Private School
    • Homeschool
  • Deuteronomy 6
    • "You, your sons, and your grandsons"
    • he Shema - "to hear" and "to obey"
      • LOVE as the center of the curriculum
      • Education must saturate the culture of your home
      • All of home life should honor God in some way
      • Spiritual Conversations
  • What We Learn Naturally (Romans 1-2)
    • There is a Creator
    • There is a Moral Law
    • To deny either of these is a suppression of the truth (Rom. 1:18-19)
  • What We Must Be Taught
    • Observations and conscience do not complete our education. We need more.
    • Secular curriculum may be aiding in the suppression of truth rather than in the discovery of it.
  • Parental Responsibility
    • Fathers as the shepherds of the education of their children
      • You see this in Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6
      • "Discipline and Instruction"
      • Balancing healthy training and counsel (prevents angry children)
    • Learning from Jesus the Master Teacher
      • Use what is evident (currently on their minds or in their vision)
      • Use what is relevant
      • Object lessons teach truth. Mistakes teach truth. Victories teach truth.

Resources:

We never completely endorse all the thoughts of any human teacher. Make sure you put all resources through the Berean Test (Acts 17:11).

In Sticky Faith, Powell and Clark provide some insightful research on the factors involved with children that retain their faith whenever they leave the home. The book also provides some practical challenges for families of the types of conversations and activities that will help a child form a complete Christian worldview.

 

 

 

If you want to learn more about the Classical Christian Liberal Arts approach to education for K-12, this book by Douglas Wilson is a good resource. It includes a classic essay from Dorothy Sayers on the value of a classical approach to education. The classical approach emphasizes learning Grammar, Rhetoric, and Logic (The Trivium) from an early age.