- “Although home-based and parent-led education was the norm throughout many centuries of history in most nations, it waned to near extinction in most countries by the mid-nineteenth century” (encyclopedia.com).
- Government mandated compulsory education in the 19th century caused the massive shift from home to public education.
- In the United States, in 1999, there were approximately 850,000 children homeschooled.In 2003 it was 1.1 million. It was estimated that approximately 2.3 million children were homeschooled in 2016.The numbers continue to rise, not just in America, but throughout the world.
- According to a 2009 study conducted by University of St. Thomas, Homeschoolers have higher ACT composite scores (26.5), higher college graduation rates, and higher college grade point averages.(http://i.bnet.com/blogs/homeschool.pdf).
The above general facts are interesting, but I have to be honest. I don’t care about them. I could care less if anyone on this planet homeschooled or what some study says.
What I care about is the glory of God. The primary reason my wife and I have chosen to homeschool is because we accept the foundational truth that God created my wife and I to glorify Him. The text that is the compass to my life is 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Obviously, this would include the raising of the children that God himself has blessed us with. God’s expectation and our obligation is to raise our children in such a way that God receives glory.
So how am I to do this? I believe it can only be done through an educational system that is founded upon the truth of God’s Word. The Bible explicitly tells me in Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Let’s just read those words again “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Secular school is completely and utterly void of “the discipline and instruction of the Lord”.
As my children learn to read, they should be reading the living Word of God (Hebrews 4:12) that can make them wise for salvation (2 Timothy 3:15). As they study anatomy they should know God “formed my inward parts” and that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14). As they look at the sky and see the sun, the moon, the stars and all of creation they should know that God created all these things, for the purpose of His Glory (Genesis 1, Colossians 1:16, Psalm 19:1). As they see the beauty and consistency of math they should know that it is a God who ordains and holds in place these laws so as to accomplish all his purposes. (Proverbs 16:33). And so on and so forth.
Handing your child over to a system that has explicitly (and most times proudly) prohibited the use of God’s Word is in direct opposition with how God commands us to instruct our children. So in a nutshell, this is why we homeschool.