Why do I homeschool? Since public school is starting (or has started), this question has been asked quite a lot.
So I started thinking -- why do I homeschool?
My first response used to be that I homeschool because, in general, the public (government) school system is terrible. I know there are extremely good teachers in the system, but what if my daughter doesn't get that fantastic teacher? Oh well! Also, even if the teacher is fantastic, do I really want to expose my children to someone else's worldview for 40 hours a week? Am I willing to render my children to Caeser?
But it goes so much deeper than that--actually the reason I homeschool has nothing to do with educating my children. Well, not in the traditional sense of the word. My first and foremost reason for homeschooling is to raise my children in the Lord.
I have two beautiful girls. In a society where the divorce rate among Christian couples is about the same as non-Christian couples, where it is ok (even encouraged) to have sex at a younger and younger age and where purity and modesty are laughed at, I want to guide and educate my girls in what God says about women and their roles in society. I want them to know how much God loves them and cherishes them and that if it is God's will, they find a husband that loves and cherishes them as Christ does. I want them to be spiritually strong women of Christ.
I am still learning about this myself--I did not even hear about the "Proverb 31 Woman" until a couple of years ago and just kind of heard about Titus 2:4-5. I have been reading fantastic books by Voddie Baucham and have been challenged in my thinking in many areas. Some of them being about the churches' role in spiritually raising my children. That is another blog. I also have some wonderful blogs by wonderful women of God (some of them I know personally--some I know only through their blogs) that I follow. I need to add some of them to my blog list--I will put that I my "to do list." I would recommend reading this post by my friend at Keepers At Home.
For those of you who are worried, YES--I do teach my girls the three R's. It is just not the primary reason WHY I homeschool.