Are Your Kids in Public Schools?

By Gary North (1942-2022,, 17/3/2015

Although I would love to homeschool, we are located in one of the top five school districts in the state. I supplemented their education with the Robinson Curriculum and the Ron Paul course, (when it was free). We are less than a half mile from both the MS and HS.

We are Christians, so my wife and I try to monitor what they are being taught. Unfortunately, Common Core is firmly in place here. A lot of the teachers live in our community, so they are also trying to spot some of the offensive things that may be taught. We are in a conservative county.

I travel for work 4 days a week, my wife works. I would love to homeschool, (or at the very least, have my kids avoid all of the darn tests that the state is making them take).

This man should not have dime invested in gold or silver. He should not have a dime in the stock market. He should not have a dime invested in the bond market. He should not have any real estate, including his own home. He should rent.

He should take every dime he has, and he should enroll his children in a private school, preferably a Christian day school. He wants his wife to work, so she cannot teach at home. He will not teach at home. So there’s only one choice left him: put the kids in an expensive private school.

In any case, no matter what the price of gold is, no matter what his savings account is, no matter what he has in his 401(k), no matter what he has in an IRA, no matter what he owns, he should sell every dime of it, tomorrow, until he can afford to get his kids out of the public schools.

When his kids are out of the public schools, he can start thinking about his investment portfolio. But until then, he is funding his investment portfolio by sending his kids into the enemy camp of the public school system, where humanism, relativism, hooking up sexually, and drugs are a way of life.

If he thinks that this country is facing an economic crisis, why would he send his kids into a public school, where the kids are taught Keynesianism?

If he thinks that this country has been hijacked by the Left, and that he has to join a website like this, why would he send his kids into a public school, where the textbooks are going to teach him that Franklin Roosevelt saved capitalism from itself, and that the New Deal was the way America avoided a Communist revolution?

If he thinks that the cultural foundations of this society are coming apart at the seams, why would he send a child into the public schools, where the English teachers are going to teach some version of situation ethics, situation meaning, post-modernism, and deconstruction? When the child gets into the public schools, he is going to be taught in English classes that there is no ultimate meaning. He is going to be taught that we make up our own interpretations of whatever we read, or whatever the picture is on the wall. We autonomously impute meaning to everything around us, and there are no fundamental standards, meaning ultimately religious standards, that govern our interpretation of anything.

This is what teachers who are employed by the public schools teach. There may be some older teachers who have not bought into this, but it is unpredictable as to whether a child is going to be instructed by any of these teachers. The odds are, the child will get a mixture teachers, and the curriculum is in this sense schizophrenic.

His kids will be trapped in a massive new experiment called the Common Core curriculum. Nobody else knows how to teach math, according to the Common Core standards. Everything that the public schools have taught in the past has been wrong, according to this new view. All the methodology that had been taught before, with the possible exception of the New Math, is to be scrapped. It wasn’t good enough. It was always second rate. Now the revolutionaries are going to clean things up.

As a result, the teaching is incoherent. There will be older teachers, who teach the old system, and newer teachers, who will do their best to undermine the old system. A power battle between two rival views of proper curriculum has broken out. Out of this conflict, the student is supposed to make up his own mind. Yet he will be told in the English department that there isn’t any truth out there which will help him make up his mind.

He is going to be educated in terms of textbooks. The textbooks are written by liberals in New York City publishing houses, and then screened by committees of liberals, who do their best to evade the mild controls imposed by the Texas state textbook committee, which is an elected committee.

For a century, the Left has controlled the public schools, yet this man has not figured out that he has to get his kids out of the public schools. His wife ought to homeschool, which she can do for about $500 a year per student, or less, by using the Ron Paul Curriculum. At the high school level, this requires her to read a couple of 100 word essays each week. That’s all she needs to do. The instructors handle everything else. But, instead, he sends his wife to work, so that he can invest, invest, invest.

I think your primary investment in life is your children’s education, at least until they are adults. Once they are legally adults, they should be in a position to make up their own minds. You can fund their education or not, depending on your assessment of the quality of the education your children want you to pay for. But while they are minors, and you are legally in charge of them, you have to make your decision in terms of what you believe, and that means you had better have control over the curriculum. You had better be able to choose the curriculum you want, and not have the curriculum shoved down your throat by agents of the state.

Why would anybody send his kids into the public school system, and also send his wife off to work? Why would the wife agree to go to work under these conditions? Why would anyone abandon her children, sending those children to be taught by people who believe in nothing that she believes, to be indoctrinated for 12 years by a system that is run by secular humanists, and virtually all of them are leftists? Here is an institution run by the teachers union in cooperation with the superintendent of public instruction. Meanwhile, the United States Supreme Court determines what shall be taught and what shall not be taught.

This is why the conservative movement is a sham. This is why most of American fundamentalism is a sham. These people have made their peace with the enemy. They have made their peace with the state. They have made their peace with progressive education, which has been at war with conservatism in Christianity ever since 1837.

They will not sit down and read Rushdoony’s Messianic Character of American Education. They will not sit down and read John Taylor Gatto’s book, The Underground History of American Education. That might make them feel guilty, and they don’t want to feel guilty. They want money. So, they sacrifice their children on the altar of upper-middle-class income.

For anybody who does this, I don’t have any investment advice except what I provided in this article. If this investment advice doesn’t sound reasonable to you, then I don’t think anything I would say about peripheral matters will sound reasonable. Peripheral matters are: gold, silver, bonds, real estate, 401(k) accounts, IRAs, and foreign currencies.

I have listened to all the excuses for over 50 years. I read Rushdoony’s book, Intellectual Schizophrenia, in the spring of 1962, the year after it was published. It presented a comprehensive case against the religious and moral legitimacy of compulsory public education. I understood it then, and I have not changed my mind. That is why, in 1986, I published Robert Thoburn’s book, The Children Trap.

First things first. Take care of first things first. Distinguish the fundamental from the peripheral, and then take care of the fundamental. Christian parents should begin with this movie: IndoctriNation.

Well Being: Homeschooling

The teacher’s union and the pandemic make homeschooling an obvious choice.

Robert W Malone MD, MS 1/9/2022

Why homeschool? Why support people that you know who homeschool?

Let’s start with some homeschooling statistics

  1. Homeschoolers made up 6.73% of all school-age children (K-12) in the U.S as of 2020/2021.
  2. There were 3.7 million homeschool students in the U.S at the end of 2020 and estimates show that the last two years homeschooling has increased at least 10% per year. That means an estimate of 5.5 million children are being homeschooled for the 2022/2023 is probably fairly accurate. However, the hard data has not been updated since 2018.
  3. A study led by Michael Cogan by the University of St. Thomas revealed that the homeschool graduation statistics are 10% higher than that of students from public schools.
  4. Homeschooled children score 15-30% higher than students in public schools in the standardized academic achievement exams. This is based on reports from The National Home Education Research Institute in 2015.
  5. The National Home Education Research Institute report shows that, irrespective of the parent’s educational level and financial level, homeschoolers can score well.
  6. The top reason for homeschooling is a concern about school environment.
  7. Homeschool students outperform institutional school students academically.
  8. 48% of homeschooling households have three or more children.
  9. The average cost of homeschooling is $700-$1,800 per student annually.
  10. Homeschooling saves about $56 billion of taxpayer money annually (probably more now).
  11. There are almost no studies being conducted on homeschooling best practices and outcomes. Statistics are few. Peer reviewed studies even fewer.

I am biased in favor of homeschooling. Jill and I homeschooled our two sons through middle and high school in the 2000s. At the time, this was fairly unusual and resources were scarce. That said, Jill took the lead and we have never regretted the decision. In retrospect, we should have pulled our boys out of the public school system much earlier.

We do believe that children are social animals, they need companionship. That parents must find community for their children and for themselves. I think this is partly the reason why 48% of homeschooling households have three or more children. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone or every family. A stable home life, a parent(s) who have the time and resources and a commitment to the process are important.

There are many ways to teach children. There is no one perfect way. That different children do better with different styles is obvious.

However, I believe that, given the sad state of affairs of so many public schools, homeschooling is a much better alternative at this time. There is also the benefit of teaching children family and community values.

Homeschooling: A Reluctant Mother’s View

By Jessie Hodge, 1992.

Can I Teach My Children?

When my husband, Ian, and I began to consider the question of education for our children he was quite emphatic that they would not be going to a government school. I then assumed that a Christian school was the only other option. He often hinted at home schooling but I was nervous and thought, “I don’t have the ability to educate my children!”

At Ian’s insistence and by trial and error, I successfully taught my first child to read before the age of four. At about this time I was hearing more and more of children who were still illiterate after spending many years in school! (Some years later I taught a 29-year-old illiterate to read and I then knew that the rumours about illiteracy were very true.) My next child was also reading quite well by age four.

Despite the fact that I had taught two of my children to read I still felt intimidated by the professional teachers and thought that I could never do the job as well as they could. One of the most frequent questions I get asked about homeschooling is “Are you a qualified teacher?” This question used to make me feel uneasy at first but now when I see how well my children seem to be doing, particularly in the literacy skills, my lack of credentials seems unimportant. In fact at one stage I had some local mothers bringing their children to me to be taught to read because they were concerned at their lack of progress!

Children Can Teach Themselves

Our first child spent three years in school and during the last two of these years he was using the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum. Ian had always believed that a child should progress according to his own abilities and this curriculum made that possible. When we decided to home school we continued to use this curriculum. Having become familiar with it during the two years prior to home schooling this made me feel a little easier when I commenced homeschooling our children. Because the curriculum is self-instructional and my children could read they needed little tuition from me apart from the occasional new concepts in Maths that caused difficulty.

Using a well established, self-instructional curriculum gave me more confidence to home school firstly because I knew my children would cover all the necessary subject areas, and secondly, if for any reason I was unable to spend time in preparation or supervision, there would be no interruption to lessons because they were already prepared with clearly written instructions and set work to do.

When Do I Do My Housework?

Yes, with five children I do have some. I used to be fanatical about having a clean and tidy house but with each new addition to the family I’ve had to make a few changes to my ideals or go crazy. It’s difficult — impossible? — to have five children in your home 24 hours a day and have a show home! Some people love clutter but I’m one of those strange people that find it very difficult to be organized when surrounded by it. If I can see that the clutter is being used I don’t mind but I encourage the children to put toys and belongings away when not in use otherwise they’ll make one mess after another for me to get frustrated over and then waste everyone’s time while we search for missing things.

Most mothers today have a full time job away from their home and they get their housework done so why can’t I? Sometimes I wash at night so that the clothes can be pegged early next morning. But even on disrupted mornings it’s nice to be able to peg clothes or do other urgent chores without the pressure of getting everyone out the door to catch a bus or train to work or school.

Do I Have a Daily Routine?

I have always tried to have some sort of daily routine but with new babies being born this has not always been possible and each year has had its own set of problems. Since the birth of my first child I’ve always known that you don’t get very much done around the place during the first six months of a new baby’s life. My fourth child was born one month after I commenced homeschooling and although I didn’t quite know what problems to expect with homeschooling I knew just what to expect from a new baby. He seemed to be awake many more hours than any of my previous children or was it my imagination? At that stage only two of my children were school age and I was so glad that I had taught them to read well before my fourth child arrived (never put off till tomorrow what you can do today!) Although there were many frustrating days I somehow managed to give the older children some of my time and even if I wasn’t available they were teaching themselves with their self instructional curriculum.

In the second year of homeschooling with less nappies to wash and a baby who took a little less of my time I turned my attention to my third child and began teaching him to read. I made sure he was reading fairly well by the time he was five so that he too would be able to begin to educate himself from his books like his older brothers and sisters. Two months after he started his first official year of schooling child number five arrived. So again I commenced another cycle of breastfeeding, nappy changing and washing etc. When number five became less demanding of my time I turned my attention to number four and began teaching him to read. So I feel a bit like the man who operates the merry go round — as you send one safely on his way, you then help another get started.

Children’s Daily Routine

Our present daily routine goes something like this. We rise about 7:00 a.m. and the children get dressed, make their beds and do various allotted chores such as emptying the dishwasher, setting the breakfast table, making toast, feeding rabbits etc. After breakfast they clear the table, brush their teeth and hair and complete any jobs they didn’t do prior to breakfast.

About 8:15 a.m. we have devotions where we read the Bible, sing a hymn and pray. After this we spend about ten minutes learning and memorizing the bible passage (usually about 10 verses) that has been set for the month. At 8:30 a.m. the children go to their desk and begin their daily goals.

The ACE system advocates the use of a weekly goal chart on which you write the pages to be completed in each subject for each day. This teaches the children to organize their day to ensure that they achieve their daily aims. I prefer to set the goals for the younger children so that their goals are realistic and achievable (i.e. not too hard and not too easy). As they complete each subject for the day they cross it out on their chart. With this system I am assured that they are moving consistently through their workbooks and they have no excuse for not knowing how much work to do. It’s a great way to teach children to manage and be responsible for their time and efforts.

It’s All in a Day’s Work

A typical morning could go something like this. The children open their workbooks and start while I finish pegging the washing or maybe dressing the youngest child. I then see how my youngest student is progressing and will often sit with him to make sure his writing is neat or listen to him read social studies and science to ensure his pronunciation is right and generally to encourage and motivate. I sometimes wish they needed more help than they do because I actually enjoy explaining things to them but they rarely need this sort of help.

However, occasionally the situation will arise where I’m trying to explain a new and troublesome concept in Maths or English grammar and at the same time my three year old strikes a problem with his bike, puzzle or whatever and he begins to scream. Just then another child develops a problem and also wants my attention. In the middle of this the phone rings and chaos then reigns. By the time I come off the phone no schoolwork has been done, I have to sort out a teasing match that developed into a fight and the youngest child didn’t quite make it to the toilet in time and has left a wet mess for me to clean up. Thankfully not every day is like this, and yes, I do try to discourage phone calls during school hours.

The younger children usually have their goals completed by midday when we break for lunch. I sometimes find the afternoon more frustrating than the morning because I have older children trying to work and younger ones needing to be occupied in some other manner. Finding ways to keep them out of mischief requires new ideas and, as always, mother’s supervision. Although I enjoy sewing, knitting and needlework, I’ve never been the sort of mother that has had a lot of ideas and inspiration when it comes to arts and crafts for children, so I usually let them work this out for themselves as long as they are quiet. Since I’m addicted to cross-stitching that’s one craft the older children can do! Sometimes we just walk to a nearby park or reserve for a bit of exercise and fresh air. On other afternoons an older child might suddenly develop the urge to cook something — oh the bliss and mess of it all!

Practical Advantages of Homeschooling

Despite all the problems involved in homeschooling there are many simple advantages that I’ve just about taken for granted. I can’t forget the hassles I had getting my eldest child to the bus stop during his first year at school. During that year he seemed to take forever to eat his breakfast and get dressed and we were always running late. Because we had a deadline to meet which was a 15-minute uphill walk away I always felt under stress getting there on time. Some mornings we just didn’t make it and I had to phone a friend to give him a lift to school. Some mornings my three year old was still asleep or the baby was wanting a feed. When it was time to meet him in the afternoon I usually had a sleeping toddler who had to be disturbed if I couldn’t find a babysitter.

Many mums spend almost an hour in travelling time just to get their children to a Christian school. In that time my children have finished a good proportion of their schoolwork for the day.

Good health is another advantage of homeschooling that can easily be taken for granted. On cold wet days my children are warm and dry all day and this means they are far less likely to be infected with colds and flu which often result from wet clothing. They also escape many other infections which spread easily from one child to another in the school environment. At home I can make sure they are eating nutritious food each day and this of course also goes a long way towards good health.

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child

The Bible says: “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child” and I certainly find this to be the case on many days. Just recently I walked into the boys’ bedroom and was greeted by piles of clothing scattered all over the floor. My two youngest boys had decided to play in the cupboard where I store clothing not currently in use. It had taken much time and effort for me to sort this clothing into about ten different bags according to size, season etc., and here it was in a big jumble in the middle of the floor. Not being a person who “tolerates fools gladly” there are many “hair tearing” days such as this when I would love to have a full time nanny.

Not surprisingly, then, many mothers inquiring about homeschooling have been concerned about the problem of discipline. I’ve had comments made such as: “How do you get your children to do their work — my children don’t take any notice of what I say?” These mothers have a problem, and worse than that, they are creating problems for society by raising undisciplined, spoiled children who only want to please themselves. To be sure, the most difficult and frustrating aspect of homeschooling is discipline. It is the first and most obvious problem that confronts the homeschooling mum — controlling and managing your children — and yet it is probably the most important aspect of home schooling.

If more mothers were willing to take on this task, instead of paying other people (with my money!) to do the job for them, families would be much happier and societies would be better off. I’ve had mothers tell me that they are glad to see their children go out the door each day, and others who moan and groan about school holidays when they have to babysit their own children for a few weeks. With this parental attitude, is it any wonder we are seeing aged parents abandoned by their children in nursing homes? Discipline does require much time, effort and patience in following consistent guidelines so the children know exactly what they are being punished for and why. I’ve still a long way to go in mastering this problem, but my husband constantly reminds me that “if I can’t control my children at age four what will it be like when they are sixteen years old?”

Coping with a Home Business

For the past six years we have had a home business which involves selling books by mail order. When we first commenced homeschooling Ian was at home for at least part of the day and he did all the work involved in running this business. Two years ago he commenced a full time job in the city which takes him away from the home from 7 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m. This is not the ideal situation to be in when running a home school, however there seemed to be no other alternative until the home business was established and could support us.

I’m sure every homeschool has its own problems and frustrations but in order to ensure that the main goal, namely educating your children, is achieved each day, it is best to try and do this at every available opportunity. For example, last year when my two year old would have an afternoon nap I would use this time to process accounts and orders on the computer. However I was often interrupted by my four year old who wanted to help or at least be entertained.

I explained to him the value of computer equipment and that he could only help if he did sensible things with it. The result was that he learned to recognize the capital letters of the alphabet by helping me with my typing (you could call this “killing two birds with one stone” or “making the most of a bad situation”). Sure, I could have done my computer work much faster without him being around — but he was around — and so I made the best use of the time I could, but I won’t say it wasn’t frustrating at times.

Many other afternoons are interrupted by the necessity for me to go to the banks or local post office to collect mail, including boxes of books which have come in from overseas. The mention of “going out in the car” brings different responses from the children. Some of them grab the car keys and are out the door in a flash (free at last!), while the others complain about another boring trip to the post office.

By the time I get my belongings together and head out the front door I can hear that World War III has broken out in the car. Before I can reverse the car from the garage I have to discipline the warriors, try and remember who’s turn it is to sit in the front seat and maybe settle a dispute about who will be near the window and who is in the middle. I’m reaching the stage where I need a roster system to keep track of who sits where. I’m also starting to realize that perhaps I should plan my week differently to eliminate any unnecessary trips of this nature.

Life’s Like That

Going to the bank has never been a favourite past time of mine because of the usual lengthy delays. Recently it was my misfortune to have to go to the bank with four children in tow, to open a new account. Much as I desired to jump the counter and complete the application form myself, I stood patiently for twenty minutes gritting my teeth while the female clerk casually filled in the form. I wasn’t bored however, as during this time there was plenty for me to do such as untangle my five and seven-year-old boys who had decided to have a wrestling match in the middle of the floor, reprimand my three-year-old who was fascinated by the locking device on the bank entrance door and persisted in locking customers in and out of the bank, and various other scenarios that children get up to when confined in a small room with nothing to do but stare at blank walls.

The two wrestlers reluctantly but finally settled themselves on the floor (there weren’t enough chairs) while the three year old stretched out comfortably across the entrance way to the bank. He hadn’t tripped too many customers before his 13-year-old brother who had just returned from an errand to the post office, decided to walk on him as he came through the door to see if he could encourage him to remove himself to a better location.

I could imagine the thoughts going through the minds of the onlookers as I tried to answer questions at the desk while trying to keep four healthy, lively children out of mischief, “Oh that poor woman with all those children — hasn’t she heard of a school or pre-school?” As for me, I was trying to remember what life was like before homeschooling. But I wouldn’t swap it for anything (most of the time, if you know what I mean).

When Do My Children Mix With Other Children?

This is the most frequently asked question and the inquiry seems to revolve around two concerns. Firstly, how will my children cope when they finally face the real world? Secondly, don’t they miss the companionship of children their own age?

Most children these days are quite aware of what is happening in the real world thanks to the explicit details given in the news media. As far as coping with a society whose lifestyle may be contrary to their upbringing I don’t believe my children’s task will be any more difficult than mine was, although increasing pressures will not make it any easier.

I was child number eight in a family of ten children, lived next door to a family with eleven children and was educated in large primary and high schools. Did this make my life in school or the workforce any easier or enjoyable? Not always. To “get on with others” usually meant conformity with the majority, and so despite all my socializing, I was often a misfit because of my Christian upbringing.

One of the reasons I survived in these hostile environments was because I belonged to a loving, secure family, where strict discipline and high morals were encouraged. I could therefore make a comparison between the two environments (family or valueless society) and it wasn’t difficult for me to decide which one I preferred.

It isn’t easy, however, to swim upstream and I know of children with similar upbringings to mine who couldn’t cope with peer pressure and so conformed to be accepted. Although some of them returned to their family values in later years, is it really worth the risk of putting your children under that sort of pressure?

With regard to companionship my children thoroughly enjoy any time they spend with friends outside of the family. However they are just as happy amusing themselves either with their own individual interest or with another member of the family. If my children seem to be needing companionship (i.e. someone to talk to or play a game with) they are usually quite happy if I become the companion.

Nearly every person I have ever associated with has been through a large public school. Has that ensured their ability to overcome shyness, be extroverted and able to get on with everyone they meet? Certainly not! Although fairly quiet-natured, my brothers and sisters make friends easily and quickly, and people often comment: “Oh he or she comes from a big family.” Not once have I heard the comment: “Oh he or she went to a public school!” There is no doubt in my mind that the learning centre for the art of mixing and making friends is not the school but the home.

I do not want my children to learn to “get on” (conform) with those who oppose their Christian faith and way of life. However, I do encourage them to be friendly and caring towards others, beginning, naturally, with the immediate members of their family. They learn from the Bible that “if a man wants to win friends he must be friendly”. They also learn from the Bible many other friendship winning traits such as compassion, kindness, goodness and truth.

When I compare my totally different childhood with that of my children I believe that if they develop the same godly characteristics that I was taught they will have no trouble making friends later in life and getting on in society.


Can I recommend home schooling? Families need to weigh up for themselves the relative advantages and disadvantages of this option and the alternatives. As my husband says, choices in life depend upon which set of problems you want. Homeschooling is not ideal, and has its own set of problems. The public schools, and private Christian schools offer yet another set of problems.

It seems the better question is this: are the problems insurmountable? They certainly are not. This is not an attempt to play them down, for they are real and difficult. The rewards, however, must outweigh the disadvantages. As a family we believe we’re providing the best available opportunity for the children by homeschooling. If happiness in the home, godly training, and advancement in the children’s education are a guide, the advantages of home schooling are certainly there for those who are willing to try it.

5 Crucial Questions to Ask When Buying Curriculum

By Kevin Swanson (, 30/7/2021

Although there are many considerations when it comes to purchasing curriculum, we’ve identified five crucial questions that we believe every homeschool parent should ask when evaluating curriculum for their children. Here’s a brief synopsis below (you can read the full write-up in our Busy Parent’s Guide to Selecting Homeschool Curriculum ebook when you sign up for today’s final webinar!).

1. What philosophy of education does the curriculum follow?

By the word “philosophy” we’re not talking about whether the curriculum uses workbooks, unit studies, kinesthetic learning, or online learning. What we’re looking for is the basic worldview of the authors.

As you review the curriculum, do you find a respect for God’s Word, God’s Wisdom, and God’s Truth? Are the truths of God’s Word tied in to the material—the history, the science, and the literature? Also consider the focal point of the curriculum. Does it emphasize the achievements and works of men? Or does it emphasize the glory and works of God?

2. What is the curriculum’s chief goal or objective?

Every educational approach is directed toward a goal—whether that goal is stated or unstated. Sometimes that goal is to raise up “better,” well-socialized citizens for a socialist state. Sometimes it is to prepare a child to get into a good college and make a lot of money in life. The curriculum you choose will make a big difference in steering your children toward or away from a Christ-oriented discipleship and a Christ-centered life. Always remember to ask the question: What is the goal laid out by the producers of this or that curriculum?

3. Who wrote the curriculum?

Teachers are important. And parents are the most important teachers in the homeschool endeavor. However, a large part of our children’s schooling will be determined by the authors of the curriculum we use and the books our children read. Usually, we give our children the best books written by competent writers or the greatest authors of all time. However, keep in mind that the great writers are great teachers. They may lead our children to the truth, or they may lead them to error.

A good question to always ask is: “Who wrote these textbooks? Who wrote these classics? Were the authors humble men and women? Did they fear God and trust in Christ?” Checking out the life of the author is one of the best and quickest ways to determine whether he or she would be a good teacher for your children. That applies as much to Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Shakespeare, and Mark Twain as it does to John Bunyan or Augustine.

4. Is the curriculum relevant & easy to use?

With much of modern education, countless disconnected facts are thrown at kids— terms to memorize, dates and events in history, and all the rest. Think of it in terms of one little formula:

Boring Books + Pointless Assignments = Less Learned

But homeschooling should never be boring! We want our children to see the relevance of the information and the knowledge they are learning on every single page. They need to know why they are learning what they’re learning and be able to apply it to their lives.

Easy-to-use curriculum prevents the academics from becoming too overwhelming and all-consuming for parent or child. Instead of spending all day doing bookwork, we recommend you set aside time for family economy, practical learning, field trips, planting gardens, and doing real life.

5. Does this curriculum fit into my budget?

Last but not least, families are concerned about the expense of the curriculum. Single income homeschool families (in some cases blessed with a large brood of little ones) can’t always afford to spend $400 – $800 per child on curriculum.

Why is curriculum so expensive? Keep in mind that some curriculum is super expensive because of the sheer magnitude of the content included. Too much of this is busywork; it’s designed to keep kids busy in school, doing headwork for 6-8 hours a day. That’s not the homeschool regimen.

Homeschooling Is Surging, and Especially in Homes the Left May Find Troubling

By Brandon Morse (, July 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a myriad of consequences to our society, but not every effect was negative. One such result was a dramatic increase in homeschooling, and especially in households that the left may not like.

According to the Associated Press, parents took their children’s education into their own hands and found that their children seemed to be performing much better under their own tutelage than under the public school system’s. The surge itself was confirmed by the U.S. Census Bureau that reported homeschooling more than doubled between March and September of 2020, going from 5.4 percent to 11 percent.

The biggest jump of all? The AP reported that black households skyrocketed from the single digits to the double. What’s more, some are motivated by religious reasoning:

Black households saw the largest jump; their homeschooling rate rose from 3.3% in the spring of 2020 to 16.1% in the fall.

The parents in one of those households, Arlena and Robert Brown of Austin, Texas, had three children in elementary school when the pandemic took hold. After experimenting with virtual learning, the couple opted to try homeschooling with a Catholic-oriented curriculum provided by Seton Home Study School, which serves about 16,000 students nationwide.

The Browns plan to continue homeschooling for the coming year, grateful that they can tailor the curriculum to fit their children’s distinctive needs. Jacoby, 11, has been diagnosed with narcolepsy and sometimes needs naps during the day; Riley, 10, has tested as academically gifted; Felicity, 9, has a learning disability.

“I didn’t want my kids to become a statistic and not meet their full potential,” said Robert Brown, a former teacher who now does consulting. “And we wanted them to have very solid understanding of their faith.”

Another parent in a black household, Angela Valentine, felt the need to keep homeschooling her child due to her son, Dorian, being the only black child at a school. The isolation he was experiencing was getting to him and so she now teaches him about black history and culture while homeschooling.

“I felt the burden of making the shift, making sure we’re making the right choices,” Valentine said. “But until we’re really comfortable with his learning environment, we’ll stay on this homeschool journey.”

Homeschooling also allows parents to conform the learning to their children’s needs instead of the children having to conform to the one-size-fits-all style of learning public schooling forces on children. AP reports one parent has a child with Down syndrome and noticed that her progress at home was better than her progress in virtual learning. They ended up doing the same for her son Noah, and the classes went so well that they decided to continue for the next few years.

“He told me he was learning so much more at home than he ever did in school,” Osgood told the AP. “He said, ‘School is just so chaotic — we don’t get very much done in any particular class. Here, I sit down, you tell me what to do, and minutes later I’m done.’”

Other families have weighed in, noting that their children excelled better at home, and learned far more than they did at public school.

While this is all well and good, parents should likely not get comfortable. Many are just getting into the homeschooling life but they should be aware that there is a war on homeschooling going on. Many on the left would rather see homeschooling made illegal, and Harvard professors are already making the case for this as mainstream media sources applaud and echo them.

(READ: Homeschooling Is One of the Left’s Worst Nightmares So Expect a Long Fight)

These professors are concerned that parents will make teaching children what the left wants them to learn impossible, and Elizabeth Bartholet, a Harvard Law School professor and director of its Child Advocacy Program, warned that kids are in danger of teaching their children “conservative Christian beliefs” specifically.

Right now, American parents are at war with many educational bureaucracies attempting to push left-leaning ideological extremism on their children through Critical Race Theory. As RedState has previously covered, the people leading the CRT charge have direct connections to top members of the Department of Education, and the movement is on to create radical leftist ideologues out of your children.

They can’t do that if they’re safe at home with you. Don’t expect them to take this laying down. They want your children and they will cook up reasons and attempt to craft laws in order to take their education out of your hands and into theirs.

Don’t Set Your Kids at the Feet of Fools

By Kevin Swanson

Proverbs 3:13-15 says, Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.

Obviously as Christian parents we desire for our children to grow up to be wise, godly adults. But with all the books, movies, and music out there whispering their worldviews in our children’s ears, helping our kids distinguish God’s wisdom from man’s wisdom can be a huge challenge!

In fact, we can even be tempted as parents to think that if our kids are going to grow up to be informed, “well-rounded” adults, they should be reading books and absorbing media by the “great” thinkers and writers of our day. But let me remind you of another verse in Proverbs:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Plato, Nietzsche, Twain, Steinbeck — all “great” thinkers and writers by the world’s standards. But these men scoffed at God…and the Bible calls them fools. So how should we as parents respond?

I would suggest that if you want to assist your kids in growing in God’s wisdom, that you follow this process:

Teach your children God’s word FIRST: The Bible is the greatest book of wisdom in existence. And it tells us how to do the smartest thing a human being could ever do: repent, receive the cleansing blood of Christ, and inherit eternal life.

Next, set your children at the feet of the great Christian thinkers of history. Bunyan, A’Kempis, Calvin, Brother Andrew, those who feared God. Give your children the stories of those who made themselves “fools” for Christ’s sake, but who God calls the wisest of all.
Once your children have a firm grasp of God’s Word and the great Christian thinkers, introduce the great non-Christian thinkers. But now they will be equipped to discern truth from lies and not get sucked into deadly ideas.

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Grades 6-12 give students stories and classic works written by some of the greatest Christian thinkers of the last 2,000 years.
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Why Is Home Schooling Growing in Australia?

By Stuart Chapman BEng; BA, Grad Dip Ed, May 2020

The numbers of students being educated at home in Australia has been steadily increasing with an annual growth rate of 9.4%, over the last eight years. The reasons for this growth are:

1. Legal Acceptance:

In every state and territory, home education is now recognised as a legal alternative to attending school.

2. Australia has a history of Government Distance Education

Australia has a history of Distance Education with Schools of the Air since 1951 and correspondence schools for over 100 years. These government-approved schools have helped Australians accept that learning away from a classroom is possible and even a little romantic.

3. Greater Media And Community Acceptance

In general, home schooling has been getting an increasing number of positive news stories in the media. Home education is now accepted as an alternative form of education in the community.

4. Numbers Bring Numbers

As more people commence home schooling, more hear about it and in a positive way. It is now likely that most people know at least one family that has home educated or are home schooling. Knowing others personally reduces the fear factor considerably.

5. The Socialisation Question Is Now A Non-Issue

With the increase in numbers and activities, especially in the major cities, there are now more social activities for home-schooled children than is possible to attend. While some families still feel isolated, due to finances and or a rural location, social opportunities are much better than they were 20 years ago.

6. Rise Of Homeschooling

Support Organisations Every state now has at least one home education support group. These support groups have been active in lobbying government for better laws and regulation for home educators. They are also a great point of first contact for families enquiring or starting out. Some groups provide additional services such as teacher support, organised activities, and assistance with government registration.

7. The Internet

The Internet has made it much easier to find information about home education and support groups. It is also much easier to find books, resources and videos, which make the decision to commence home education easier.

8. Parents want a different philosophical method for their child’s learning This is one of the top three reasons parents give for choosing to home educate their child. Many parents want to choose a different method of learning such as unschooling or use an alternative curriculum such as Classical Conversations neither of which is used in the school system in Australia.

9. Schools are not able to provide adequate one on one instruction

Parents are concerned that on average a child will only receive four minutes of one on one instruction during a school day. Many students will not grasp complex concepts within this time frame. These students fall behind and lose confidence. At home, a student can ask questions and check their understanding with a loving adult who is not distracted by 29 other students. In such an environment, learning and progress occur steadily.

10. Public Schools are perceived to ignore God

Public schools are not able to state that God is the designer and maker of all things. They ignore the existence of God, and their subtle message is that God is irrelevant. People of faith often choose home education, as they believe that public schools are teaching a differing worldview.

11. Parents are concerned about the recent cultural shift in schools

Some parents who were previously happy with the school system are concerned by the introduction programs which teach a different worldview such as the Safe Schools program.

12. Parents are concerned with peer pressure at school

Some parents are concerned what kind of danger peer pressure could have on their child, especially if their child is naïve and easily led. Parents see the home as a safe environment. Social activities with other home schooling families are safe, diverse and well supervised.

13. Expense of Private Day School Education

While many would like to send their child to a local private school, fees have increased significantly and for some have become prohibitive. Education at home is now an attractive option financially.

14. Easier Access into Tertiary Institutions

Over time tertiary institutions are making entrance easier for home-educated students. It is much easier to enter university now as a home schooled student than it was 20 years ago.

15. Bullying

Bullying is now one of the most common reasons given to start education at home. A typical conversation that this author has heard hundreds of times is when a mother calls and says, “I have a daughter in Year 9 and I just can’t get her to go to school. She says to me, ‘Mum, they are horrible, I just can’t go back.'” Other parents say, “It breaks my heart that my ten year old cries all the way to school each day.” Parents say, “I am up at the school every week and each time I am told, “We are dealing with it, but the bullying just goes on and on. I am over it. It is not something that we ever really thought about, but right now home school is the only option for us. “

16. Children with Special Needs

Home schooling because a child has special needs is one of the top four reasons parents choose to home educate. Many of these children do not qualify for a teacher’s aide and start to fall behind emotionally and academically.

17. Advanced Children

Some parents indicate that their children are well above average academically and are frustrated and bored in the classroom. When home educated, these students are allowed to advance faster than their peers.

18. Not happy with culture of local schools

Some parents are concerned about noisy, disruptive classrooms or with the level of swearing in the playground. Some children say that it is hard to find other students who try to follow the teacher’s instructions and complete homework correctly.

19. School Waiting List Some parents desire to place a child in a particular school but are on a waiting list. Rather than swap schools halfway through a year, some parents choose to home educate for 6 to 12 months.

20. Parents are concerned that their child is underperforming in school

Some parents realise their child has a lazy streak and are concerned that their child is just drifting through school and underperforming. At school, students can often get away at working at 50% of their capacity. Many students are not performing anywhere near their best. Their motivation is low, and their friends may be distracting them. At home, a parent can see exactly what a child has done each day and whether he is underperforming. There is no hiding in a class of 1 or 2 students. Parents can sit with a child and encourage him or her for a whole hour if they are struggling. Parents believe the ultra-small class sizes at home can make a huge difference to their child’s academic performance.

21. Students are Immature

Some children will ask to be home schooled because they find that their peers immature.

22. Unhelpful Relationship

Sometimes a parent will remove a child from school to remove the temptation to continue a relationship with another student that has become too intimate or destructive.

23. Some children just don’t like school

Some children just don’t like the school environment. When asked why, they often can’t verbalise what is the problem. They have not been bullied, yet they will get stomach cramps in the morning and complain about not feeling well. When a parent notices a child is missing school one or two days a week, home school becomes a real option. These reluctant students often (but not always) make a complete transformation when they commence home education and become enthusiastic about their learning again.

24. Not Happy with a Teacher

Some parents state they had been very happy with their local school until this year when their child has a teacher, in whom they have little confidence. Whether it be a first-year graduate who is still learning the ropes or an older cynical teacher who has lost their passion, one year of a struggling or jaded teacher is just not acceptable. Home education becomes a viable alternative in these situations.

25. Failure to teach Phonics.

Some parents are dissatisfied when their child is still not reading after five years of formal education. The effective teaching of phonics will result in a rapid growth in reading ability. It is common for a child’s reading level to jump 2-3 years in a semester when a good phonics program is used. The one-to-one interaction time with parents that is possible with home education using a phonics based program will greatly assist a child to improve their reading ability.

26. Travelling A number of families home educate while traveling around Australia by car or caravan;

27. Elite Sports

This author has worked with students who were training at an elite level including golfers, surfers, swimmers, Olympic squad members and ballet dancers. Home education can help these children achieve both their academic and sporting goals.

28. Parents on Student Visas Another group of recent additions to the home schooling movement are parents who are studying in Australia on student visas and who would have to pay $14,000 a year to send their children to their local school and therefore find home schooling a very attractive option financially.

29. Health Reasons

Some parents choose to home school because their child suffers health issues such as depression, chronic fatigue, a suppressed immune system, or cancer. There are also teenagers who are pregnant or have a young baby. There are also children who are extremely anxious and have panic attacks and become physically ill if you force them to go to school or are self-harming and who have attempted suicide. For all these children, education at home provides a safe environment while they are unwell. Sadly there are also parents who have a terminal illness who want to spend as much time as possible with their children while they can.

30. Parents who want to be more involved

There are parents who have no problems with their local school but just want to be more involved in their children’s education, and not outsource it to strangers. They see the benefits of home schooling and do it for family bonding and overall flexibility.

31. Too Young

Now that the compulsory age of schooling has been lowered, some parents are concerned that their child is simply not ready for school. Some children are not entirely out of nappies. Some still require their midday sleep. In schools, teachers are encouraged not to touch a child or let them sit in their lap, so 4 and 5- year-olds are now starved of physical contact for six hours a day.

32. Vaccinations

Some parents do not want to their child to receive vaccinations and believe that educating at home will reduce the pressure to do so.

33. Not for everyone

It is recognised that home schooling is not for everyone and many parents have said it is one of the hardest things they have ever done. When it is clear that it is not working, parents sometimes try a different methodology to see if that may work better with their child. Others feel they need a break and choose to put their child back in school for a time leaving the option to try home education again if necessary.

Covid-19 Update

As a result of the Corona virus lockdown many millions of parents have now experienced distance learning. All home education registration authorities are reporting a significant increase in enquiries and registrations in 2020. It is yet to be seen whether this will lead to a long-term increase in home education numbers.

Stuart Chapman is an international speaker who has spoken at home schooling conferences on five different continents. He has been a board member of the Global Home Education Conference and the International Certificate of Christian Education and is a current member of the International Home Educators Leaders Group.

He was the founder and director of the largest home school academic support group in Western Australia. He was elected as a committee member of the Home Education Association in 2019. He and his wife Dianne home educated their five children for 18 years.


Homeschooling Skyrocketed In 2020, As Much As 700 Percent In Some States

Since public schools are spectacularly successful leftist recruitment centers, weakening public attachment to them through lockdowns was a dangerous move for Democrats.

Joy Pullmann

By Joy PullmannJUNE 1, 2021

Between May and October 2020, homeschooling more than doubled among U.S. households with school-age children, from 5.4 percent that spring to 11.1 percent that fall, according to new Census Bureau data.

Black and Hispanic Americans were the most likely to switch to homeschooling, while white and Asian Americans were the least likely. This could be due to the fact that African-American children are the most likely to be financially locked into poor-quality school districts, or that black Americans have been the most likely to exhibit COVID caution, or some combination.

All demographics reported large increases in homeschooling between spring and fall 2020, but black Americans increased homeschooling the most, quintupling from 3.3. percent to 16.1 percent.

The data show wide differences among states in the 2020 homeschooling surge. Families in Alaska showed the largest homeschooling increase, from 9.6 percent to 27. 5 percent, a 17-point jump. Florida went from 5 percent to 18 percent homeschoolers, and Vermont went from 4 percent to 17 percent homeschoolers, in the second- and third-largest homeschooling jumps by states in 2020, respectively.

Other states that saw 10 percent or more increases in homeschooling were: Massachusetts (from 1.5 to 12.1 percent), Mississippi (from 3 to 14 percent), Montana (from 8 to 18 percent), Nevada (from 2.5 to 13.1 percent), Oklahoma (from 7.7 to 20 percent), Vermont (from 4 to 17 percent), and West Virginia (from 5.4 to 16.6 percent). Homeschooling in New York increased seven-fold, from 1.2 to 10.1 percent, quadrupled in Kansas, tripled in Connecticut and North Dakota, and more than doubled in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

It seems pretty clear that their experiences governors and local governments constantly changing the rules and expectations in spring 2020, plenty of parents decided they were not going through that insanity again in the fall. Even when schools did open in person, would you send your child to a place that looks like this photo from a February 2021 Wall Street Journal story about Chicago schools? It looks like some kind of a dystopian novel. Or a prison.

Researcher Nicholas Zill points out that, while homeschooling has been gradually increasing over time in the United States, the 2020 jump is “unprecedented.” Here’s his chart.

Since lockdowns and the great school unsettling began, however, Congress has been showering deficit-funded billions on public schools that were largely closed to in-person instruction and hemorrhaging students. “Congress has included more than $192 billion for K-12 schools — roughly six times the amount of the fiscal year 2021 base federal funding — in the three big Covid relief bills passed since last March,” notes a recent CNN story. “Each piece of legislation sent more money to K-12 schools than the last.”

While Congress sends more money to support institutions that have horribly mismanaged their response to the COVID outbreak, public support has grown for instead giving parents more control and flexibility over education spending instead of relegating families to one-size-fits-nobody institutions. One April poll found among its highest support ever for school choice via parental control of education tax dollars, at 71 percent of respondents. A different poll that has measured public opinion on schooling monthly since the beginning of the lockdowns shows similarly high support for parent-directed education in its latest results.

The latter poll, from the organization EdChoice, also found 64 percent of respondents saying their opinion of homeschooling has become more positive “as a result of the coronavirus,” with just 21 percent saying COVID has made them less positive about homeschooling.

A question ripe for speculation is whether the dramatic increase in homeschooling will continue or fade with the pandemic. It’s impossible to foretell, of course, but important to note that dissatisfaction with public schooling has grown along with homeschooling over the past several decades, and current conditions suggest that dissatisfaction will only grow. For example, the critical race curriculum battles are reaching even into conservative communities.

Zill also points out that many of the underlying reasons parents traditionally homeschool are only increasing: lack of moral instruction and presence of a negative peer environment in public schools, as well as the availability of one parent at home. A Gallup poll this February found that 20 percent of parents had either quit a job or reduced their hours to help their kids with online schooling, and mothers who quit or were laid off during COVID lockdowns are still largely not back in the workforce.

In addition, there is evidence that once parents switch from government to private education, they typically like it much better. Parents who privately direct their children’s education, either in a private school or through homeschooling, report massively higher satisfaction with that education than do public-school parents. Here are two examples of that from the latest EdChoice poll, and it’s a consistent finding across surveys:

Realities like this are why the anti-scientific school shutdowns Democrats pushed at the behest of their union donors may come back to bite their behinds. Since public schools are spectacularly successful leftist recruitment centers, weakening public attachment to them through lockdowns was a dangerous move for Democrats. In short, their hubris has raised a nemesis.

As I wrote last summer, when two-thirds of Americans supported sending kids back to school in person yet most were denied that opportunity thanks to Democrats’ stranglehold on schools:

Once this exodus starts, it will be hard to stop. Parents have for years told pollsters that private education is their top choice, not public education. They haven’t left yet because it hasn’t gotten bad enough. Long-term coronavirus schooling is easily a tipping point towards ‘bad enough to finally leave.’ It will likely create a cascade effect of long-term parental divestment from public schooling.

Sure, some parents who homeschooled over COVID will return to public schools. But the fact that one in ten American parents — three times as many as before — now have a largely positive experience with homeschooling will have network effects.

The past two years of politically disrupted education make public schooling less default. It is no longer the automatic conveyor belt leftists need it to be. And they’re doing even more offensive and extremist things that will further sabotage their mind control factories.

In addition, the higher education bubble has quietly burst amid the lockdown abuse of college-age Americans, as well. Millions of young people put off college over lockdowns, and millions who stayed were treated like inmates while paying dearly for the abuse. Nearly half of parents now want alternative pathways into adult life that aren’t a four-year degree. That’s a significant shift away from the hardened previous preference for “everyone going to college.”

These are cracks in a big dam. But they are significant cracks. And it doesn’t take many to open the way for a flood.Joy Pullmann is executive editor of The Federalist, a happy wife, and the mother of six children. Her newest ebook is a design-your-own summer camp kit, and her bestselling ebook is “Classic Books for Young Children.” Sign up here to get early access to her next full-length book, “How To Control The Internet So It Doesn’t Control You.” A Hillsdale College honors graduate, @JoyPullmann is also the author of “The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids,” from Encounter Books.

What Does it Mean, to ‘Train up a Child?’(9)

Taken from, “The Significance of the Godly Family,” 2009.

By Andrew McColl, 11th May, 2021

The decision of parents to homeschool their children means that they take complete responsibility. That doesn’t mean that they have all knowledge about every educational possibility that they could possibly employ. Nor does it mean that decisions can’t be reversed.

What a family chooses this year, they may not choose, next year. It means that the parents, beginning with the father, look at some of the options available (and there are many), and make some choices: “What do we want? What do we need? What do we have time for? What suits our children? What can we afford?”

This is the function of responsibility. “Every passage in the Bible that mentions the education of children makes it clear that parents are responsible.”[1] 

Furthermore, parents have the opportunity to tailor their childrens’ education to their family’s needs. Family needs and circumstances do vary and change over time. The overriding issue, is that parents have a glorious opportunity and responsibility to educate and disciple their children, for a life of possession and dominion. Parents should explain to a child that:                                               

God has a Destiny for my life
Destiny requires my Discipline
Discipline leads to Dominion.

The fact that children are at home and are being educated under their parents’ supervision, ought not mean that their home should be a place of anarchy. Conversely, every moment of the day need not be completely regimented. Home school families are able to structure their day how they want, enjoying their freedoms, while making sure theirs is a home of relative discipline and industry. This could be yours!

Sue and I commenced home schooling our children, in Dubbo (central-west NSW, Australia), in 1990. At the time, we had three sons; Jonathan aged 9, Benjamin aged 6, and Philip, aged 4. Philip commenced in 1992, and of course was the last to finish, in 2003. He never attended a school in his life. Home schooling was an excellent experience for us all. All of our sons have been grateful they were home schooled. We were able to do a lot of things together, which would not have been available otherwise.

To home school children is a marked change in role especially for women, who commonly haven’t seen themselves as educators, or believed they could do it. Plenty of people believe they can’t, and may say so. It certainly seems to be different in relation to other people, but we aren’t told to observe other people; we are told to follow and obey Jesus Christ.

About ten years ago, I heard a quote from Ruth Prince:

If women do not fulfil their God-given calling, it leaves a void in the fibre of society which nothing else can fill.                                                                                                 

That has made a lot of sense to Sue and I, in relation to home schooling, and the training of children. Helping her husband to train their children to “rule and have dominion” (Gen.1:26-28), is a vital part of a woman’s role.

Is home schooling better for students academically?

In a 1997 U.S. national study by Dr. Brian Ray, home schoolers (K-12) were found to have outperformed their government school counterparts by 30 to 37 percentile points across all the areas tested. In reading and mathematics, for example, home schoolers scored in the 87th and 82nd percentiles, respectively. The study showed that by the 8th grade, the average home schooled student was performing four grades ahead of the national average.[2]

The Fraser Institute, a Canadian public policy think-tank, conducted research on home schoolers’ academic performance in 2001. The survey author, Patrick Basham, summarised that,

According to the U.S. Department of Education, ‘virtually all the available data show that the group of home schooled children who are tested are above average.’ Such impressive results have been observable for at least 15 years…From coast to coast, and from border to border, homeschooled students in the United States surpass the national averages on both of the major college entrance tests, the ACT and the SAT. [3]

As part of my study for a Masters Degree in Education (completed in 2005), I surveyed students who had graduated with a Year 12 Certificate, from Australian Christian Academy, between 1999 and 2002. Of the 55 graduates who responded, 96% were positive about their use of a Christian curriculum, 90% thought they had received a good preparation for life, 94% said they were glad they were home  schooled, and 74% believed they would home school their own children. One respondent indicated that she valued “being in a Christian environment, being nurtured in my education, and the flexibility to do things with my family when it suited them best.”[4]

Gatto seemed to concur with this respondent, when he wrote that “the curriculum of the family is at the heart of any good life.” [5]

One U.S. restaurant operator, who has employed 75 homeschoolers, claimed that

People assume that they [home schoolers] will be socially handicapped because they’ve been homebound, but it is just the opposite…they have a good sense of humour and know how to act. Lots of kids have trouble with judgement…Not these kids. They’re stable and mature, good team players and likely to stand up for what is right. [6]

 A former U.S. Department of Education researcher, Patricia Lines, who is well acquainted with home schooling, has rendered the most telling judgment on the character of home schooled children:

If I didn’t know anything about someone other than their educational background, I’d rather hop into a foxhole with a home school kid than one from a public school. The home school kid will be a little better educated and dependable. It’s just the law of averages. [7]

 U.S. Senator Dr Ron Paul commented in 2007, that

parental control of child rearing, especially education, is one of the bulwarks of liberty. No nation can remain free when the state has greater influence over the knowledge and values transmitted to children than the family…The best way to improve education is to return control to the parents who know best what their children need.[8]   


God gave clear statements about education to Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses. Nothing much has changed since then, as the scripture says, “there is nothing new under the sun”(Ecc.1:9). But God’s requirements have remained the same, for Jesus is the same, “…yesterday, today and forever”(Heb.13:8).

The responsibility for the education of children will not go away, though it can be ignored, but the consequences of inactivity or the wrong kind of activity are frightening. Dabney, at the end of the nineteenth century, so ably expressed this:

The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated; and every parent especially ought to feel every hour of the day, that, next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God-this is his task on earth. [9]

[1] Shortt, ibid., p.55.

[2] Quoted in Shortt, ibid., p.343.

[3] ibid., p.343.

[4] Andrew  McColl, “Homeschooling: the Graduates Speak,” unpublished Thesis, 2005.

[5] John Gatto, “Education and the Western Spiritual Tradition,” (date unknown) p.152.

[6] Quoted in Shortt, p.349.

[7] Shortt, p.349-350.

[8] Ron Paul, quoted on, 2007.

[9] Dabney, quoted in Shortt, p.356.

What Does it Mean, to ‘Train up a Child?’(2) – Children and Education

By Gary North (, from “Unconditional Surrender,” 1994, p.181-184.

Children are a tool of dominion. They are to be sacrificed for in their youth. They are to be instructed carefully and continually in the law of God.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (Deut.6:6-7). 

The time spent in training children in God’s law is time well spent, for it is a capital investment. It does produce the next generation of godly, dominion-minded families. The Bible says, “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6).

This leads us to an extremely significant conclusion: education is the moral responsibility of parents.  They are the ones who must determine whether or not their children are being taught the truth. They are responsible before God for the rearing of their children. They are held responsible even for the content of their children’s education. This is why it is a great responsibility to bring children into the world.

The modern State has asserted its responsibility to educate children. This is the means by which the modern State has arrogated to itself the position of the established god on earth. The government schools have become the established religion of every nation on earth. Humanism, which is the worship of man and his works, rests on this crucial institutional foundation:  the tax-supported, State-regulated, hypothetically neutral, deeply  religious  humanist school system.

There can be no neutrality, yet the government schools have almost completely stamped out Christianity and the law of God by means of the neutrality myth. The State forces Christians to finance schools that teach a rival religion, the religion of humanism. The State has also attempted to regulate Christian and independently financed schools. At every point, the State has substituted tenured bureaucrats who are virtually impossible for parents to remove from authority, while it has removed parents from the seats of power in setting curricula or any other standards.

The modern State, which is a messianic, supposedly man-saving institution, has used the tax-supported, compulsory schools as the primary means of stealing children from God, by removing them from parental control. Christians complain about taxation, but they have tithed their children to the State. They have abdicated their financial responsibilities – “Let the State finance my children’s educations”– and in our day, they have abandoned almost all other aspects of their instructional responsibilities.

They have turned the production of citizens over to tax-financed, State-directed schools. The priests of the religion of humanism have been able to enlist the support of many generations of Christian parents, who have decided that it is easier to transfer the responsibility for educating their children to bureaucrats hired by the State. Naturally, parents have to delegate responsibility to someone. Few parents have the time or skills to educate their children at

home. But the fundamental principle of education is the tutor or the apprentice director.

Parents hire specialists to teach their children along lines established by parents. The private school is simply an extension of this principle, with several parents hiring a tutor, thereby sharing the costs. But the parents, not the tutors, are institutionally sovereign.  Since someone must bear the costs, education should be parent-funded.  Anything else is a transfer of authority over education to an imitation family.

Children are to honour their parents (Ex. 20:12). It is the first promise which is attached to a commandment: “… that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Ex.20:12b). So the parents owe their children education, food, shelter, and care, but the children owe their parents honour. This means financial support. There are mutual obligations based on personal bonds. No one in the transaction is to become an endless giver, and no one is to become a perpetual recipient.

The modern messianic State has intervened here, too. The State promises to uphold men

from womb to tomb. The State promises to become the new father. The impersonal, bureaucratic State has substituted its rule for the father’s rule, and its children– perpetual children– are to remain obedient to it all the days of their lives. The Bible tells us that children grow up and begin new families. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen.1:24). There should be no perpetual one-way obligations. Parents are to train their children to be obedient, but also independent. They are to foster maturity in their children. The State wants perpetual children, complete obedience. The State is a sad imitation of a family. It is a pseudo-family which threatens human freedom.