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Girl to Girl Talk: Is Homeschooling Better than Public Schools?
Written by Christi Given | March 16, 2015
This week, a PI Girl asked for people’s opinions on homeschooling and whether it’s okay or if public school is better. What do you think?
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Personally, I believe choosing whether or not to homeschool is a case-by-case situation. Some people like public school, and believers can be a light to nonbelievers. Also, public school can make you well-rounded, and as one girl said on the forum, not in a bubble away from society, in a sense. I think it depends on the student, really.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house… (Matthew 5:13-15)
Homeschooling can also be good for a season or for a couple years, and you could transition into public school. Something similar happened to my cousin, who is 11. She wasn’t homeschooled, but she attended a private Christian elementary school and now attends a public middle school. I feel like she is strong enough to be salt and light in her school (Matthew 5/6), but at times I wish she was learning more scriptures and around like-minded believers.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
I think if you can experience both, it makes you see the difference and appreciate one or the other. The people I know from my hometown and from the church I grew up in who were homeschooled are very blessed, live pure and godly lives, and have good fruit. Homeschooling is a great thing, but when it’s time to transition to high school or college, it’s okay to go to public school as well.
On the other side of the coin, some believe homeschooling can be restrictive. I read an article recently on The Guardian website called “The Dark Side of Home Schooling: Creating Soldiers for the Culture War.” The article was a commentary on someone who actually was homeschooled and was reflecting on her experience, now as a 28-year-old.
“The Christian home school subculture isn’t a children-first movement. It is, for all intents and purposes, an ideology-first movement. There is a massive, well-oiled machine of ideology that is churning out soldiers for the culture war. Home schooling is both the breeding ground—literally, when you consider the Quiverfull concept—and the training ground for this machinery. I say this as someone who was raised in that world.” (TheGuardian.com)
What an interesting perspective. I am sure there are positive reasons for homeschooling and more inclinations for people to want to homeschool, since they are taking God out of the school systems more and more, and there is an increase in campus threats. There is a lot happening in our culture and more rapidly, so I’m sure there is a desire as a Christian parent to want to protect your child, too.
This could be controversial…what do you think, PI Girls? Comment below!
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