Testing Home Education – Part 5: Back to the Basics (Part 24)

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Eventually, one does get past the opposition to your initial decision to home educate.  Those who are really obsessed with you daring to do things differently start slowly backing off as they witness your resolve and, more importantly, see the results of your home education program.  Most children are not even aware of the profound impact their freedom from school constraints has on those who believed the only way a child can learn is at school.  We can therefore say home education eventually goes into a sort of cruise control once the first few years are completed.

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Testing Home Education – Part 4: Back to the Basics (Part 23)

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The most common form of persecution coming from outside the homeschooling community is likely from within your inner circle.  I am talking about family members who take issue with your decision to educate your children yourself.

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Testing Home Education – Part 3: Back to the Basics (Part 22)

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We have now established the fact that doing the right thing comes at a cost, usually in the form of opposition or persecution.  We also determined that the objective of naysayers is to mindlessly advance the status quo education system and that the best way to deal with this is to ask questions of those who would have you do something other than home educate.

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Testing Home Education – Part 2: Back to the Basics (Part 21)

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As mentioned in the previous vlog, we can expect persecution for being on the path of righteousness, and it is not meant to be enjoyable.  The pressure to adhere to government schooling can at times be overwhelming, especially when it comes from close individuals, and it can lead us to question whether we have indeed made the right decision.  We need to be ready to answer those who would advance the status quo.

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Testing Home Education – Part 1: Back to the Basics (Part 20)

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It must be understood that doing things God’s way is superior to other alternatives, assuming of course that God exists as part of your life.  This should apply to all things, including the education of our children.  For most home educators, doing things God’s way is the reason for home educating in the first place.  However, we need to understand that if believing in God and doing the right thing bring about persecution, home education will as well.

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Why Home Education? – Part 3: Back to the Basics (Part 19)

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We have discussed how home education provides the best opportunity to have a loving home in which to develop and grow as a family, and where the end result is usually a strong family unit of people who truly love and cherish each other.  Although this is not always the case, there is a much better chance of siblings growing up to be each other’s best friends when they spend every day, all day together as a family.

God in His wisdom does not allow us to completely see the future.  He has chosen to allow us to create our future through the influence and consequences of our decisions.  Therefore, success is usually measured as “the goodness and the mercy of God following us”.  We get to see the future when we get there.  The overall consequences of home education are no different.  We see the results after they have manifested.

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Why Home Education? – Part 2: Back to the Basics (Part 18)

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Sometimes, something is so obvious it is hard to see and even more difficult to describe.  That is what I have come to believe regarding home education.  I cannot claim home education should be practiced by everybody, but I can definitely claim it is the best educational choice, when possible.

Most anyone can home educate.  There are no better teachers than those who brought a child into the world.  And, there is no one with a greater vested interest in the child’s success than loving parents.  While many may say they are not qualified to be a teacher, parenting trumps teaching any day.  However, while acknowledging that not every parent is “qualified” to home educate, lacking confidence is a not good reason not to.

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Why Home Education? – Part 1: Back to the Basics (Part 17)

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We were no different than most people in our early days of home educating.  We knew the school was failing our children so we decided to bring it home.  Unfortunately, we did not solve anything by bringing school ideology and practices into our home.  We erroneously thought we could fix the problem simply by doing a better job of schooling our children ourselves.  Why did we believe school had the correct model for educating children in the first place?  Why did we think we were competing with the school?

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Common Sense: Back to the Basics (Part 16)

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It is often said that common sense is not that common.  This may be true, but it depends on who is involved.  Most people have been educated in some kind of school.  School was initially invented to help children think differently from their parents.  Perhaps there are a few schools that serve the community on behalf of the parents, but what if parents are themselves deluded by the things they learned in school?  Talk about a self-perpetuating institution of error!

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I Want My Child to Attend University: Back to the Basics (Part 15)

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We all want to see our children succeed.  Yet, when I ask parents what they mean by success, almost always the answer is, “We want them to be happy, content with their lot in life, the job they have and the person they marry.”  Maybe not in that order, but close enough.

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