My wife and I homeschooled our children for thirteen years beginning in 1990, and for eight years (1998-2005) I worked as an Academic Consultant at Australian Christian Academy in Brisbane, assisting many hundreds of homeschooling families in that time. This was a very fulfilling experience for me.
From the beginning, we heard a lot of false ideas being perpetrated by critics of homeschooling, which many ignorant and naive people found confusing. Here are some of them:
a)“Homeschooled children won’t get a well-rounded education.” Rubbish. If you think that consistent sexual innuendo, perversion, bullying, drug availability, indoctrination in political correctness (including evolution, global warming, socialism, environmentalism and feminism) constitute a well-rounded education, well you go right ahead. For example, in 2004 a mother explained to me that she had withdrawn her teenage daughter from their local NSW State High School, when her back was nearly broken in a school bullying incident.
When schools declare, “we have strong anti-bullying policies,” I say, “A policy is one thing: successfully enforcing it is another.” Schools may have a policy document that no one could fault, but the classroom, playground or bus behaviour often displays a school’s total failure to enforce that policy. So much for “a well-rounded education.”
b) “Homeschoolers won’t be well socialised.” The research indicates that they will be socialised better, at home. Children in a State School spend some twelve years (about 14,400 hours) amongst their peers. The Bible says that “he who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fool will suffer harm” (Prov.13:20). Would those State School peers be mostly wise or foolish? If they are foolish, to send Christian children amongst them is an exercise in irresponsibility and disobedience to God.
c) “Homeschooled children can’t get into university.” Nonsense. I know plenty of homeschooling children who have gone on to university. Universities want capable, disciplined students who possess the diligence to complete a degree. The SAT and the STAT tests are available for students who want to go to university, and homeschoolers frequently do well at these.
Public schools are utilised for about 18% of a year’s hours (eight hours a day, five days a week, for forty weeks) but homes are used 24 hours a day! Homeschooled children do not cost the taxpayer $13,000 annually in school fees (which is the cost of educating a child in an Australian State school), nor do they sacrifice precious time travelling to and fro from school, permitting an enormous saving to the taxpayer in bus, train and ferry travel.
Homeschooling tends to bring families together, rather than splitting them up daily, permitting the parents to teach their children the things they really believe are important. And when the process is over, a 17 year old homeschooling graduate is more likely to be an employee that every boss wants: honest, polite, well-mannered, ready to work hard.
Have you decided how your children will be educated this year? Homeschooling represents an excellent and legitimate opportunity to educate your children, as you extend the kingdom of God in your home. You can start now!
Look up our website (www.hebronhomeschoolers) for further information on how to begin this great adventure with your family. We’re ready to help you.