Building up believers and the New Testament church

Education of Children

Home School

There is a growing movement today which advocates doing all of the education at home. There are many good things to be said about this. Parents are more involved, discipline can be high (although not necessarily), and children can be taught more because of individual attention, assuming parents know what they are doing. In the few words here, I am not discouraging anyone from using this form, but would only caution parents to be sure they know what they are doing.

Home school is not the cure-all to every problem, and is very demanding on the parents. If the father is working, it can throw a very heavy load on the wife. It requires utmost diligence in God to maintain discipline 24 hours a day so that the proper training is taking place. It is very easy to "let down" to a lower place, and the resulting effects can be long-lasting. Extra care must be taken to properly involve children with other children under supervision. If home schooling is the choice that God is leading a person to make, the underlying motivation should be carefully examined to make sure it is not just being done to cover up a weakness which is being revealed elsewhere. Under these circumstances, home schooling will not solve the problem but hide it for a while, and in the end make matters worse.