R.C. Sproul Jr.
Who should teach our children? What should they be taught? What is the goal of education?
R.C. Sproul Jr. provides this unique approach to homeschooling, answering these and other questions. He maintains that education is discipleship: the goal is seeing your children bear fruit, grow in grace, and become more and more like Christ.
Paperback: 142 pages
“I really appreciated the perspective in this book. I’ve read many books on homeschooling, and am familiar with many of the “arguments,” pro & con. What I liked about this book was the idea of seeing homeschooling as a responsibility given to us by God, and as such, we don’t need to defend it according to wordly standards. For example, if someone argues against homeschooling because they believe the children cannot be as well educated at home, homeschool proponents immediately cite the cases where homeschooled children have gone on to ivy league colleges and become “successful,” according to worldly standards. The author reminds us that our first goal as Christian homeschoolers is to teach our children to love God & others, and the rest is secondary to that. If we do that, we will be successful. The point is, our standards and goals are not the same as the world’s. The author also opened my eyes to the many untruths I was believing about education simply because I was educated by the state school system. We do not need to model our homeschool after the failing public school model…we don’t have to do “school at home.” It’s pretty obvious to most Americans that the current public education system is lacking, at best, and failing miserably, at worst, so why try to emulate it, or whitewash it by taking out the “bad” stuff, and adding a Bible course? Again, our goal isn’t the same as their goal. We teach our children history because it is God’s story…we teach them science because it opens their eyes to the world God created, & thus to the God who created it. God gives children to families as a trust, a stewardship, and expects us to raise them up to love Him & do His will. How can we do that if we send them out to be raised by people who won’t even acknowledge Jesus, or even allow our children to do so in the school by praying or reading a Bible? Let’s stop rendering to “Caesar” what is God’s…let’s stop delegating our God-given responsibilities out to a system that doesn’t even acknowledge the God who created these kids.” – Mrs. Johnson