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When the topic of homeschooling comes up, there often seem to be various assumptions as to why we homeschool our children, which are simply wrong, or, at the most, inadequate. Yes, the government schools have bullies; yes, the government schools might be bigger targets for armed shootings; and yes, the government schools (even the ones in good school districts) have kids or teachers who will teach our children language or experiences that we would rather them not learn that early in life (or at all).
And while all those things are true and good reasons to educate our children at home, even if those problems were corrected, we—and many other parents—would still be committed to homeschooling our children. Why? The purpose of this book is to answer that question—and to answer it from the Scriptures.
|Title: Why We Homeschool: The Meaning and Significance of Christian Education|
By: Adam T. Calvert
Number of Pages: 106
Vendor: Wipf & Stock
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.21 (inches)|
Weight: 5 ounces
Stock No: WW655900
Author: Adam T Calvert
Located in: Boone
Submitted: August 09, 2018
What was your motivation behind this project? When I first started telling people that my wife and I were homeschooling our children, we would often get expressions of doubt – even from our Christian friends and family members. "Surely the public school teachers, who have a degree in education, would be able to educate your children better than you. Right?" Knowing that I had put a lot of research, thought, and prayer into the decision of homeschooling gave me the ability to write a brief answer to those wondering why we homeschool and why it’s so important when we think about the Biblical definition of education. Having found that answer, I want to have something to share with those asking. Further, I want this book to be an encouragement to those already doing the task of educating their children at home from a Christian worldview.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My hope for this book is that God will use it to help my Christian brothers and sisters know what Biblical education is and who is responsible for it. Mainly, that Biblical education (that is, education as defined from the Scriptures) is nothing other than discipleship; and that it is the parents’ duty, responsibility, and calling to bring their children up to become disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ rather than send them to state schools to become disciples of the state. That may sound harsh. But that is why I wrote the book: to explain it in a rational, irenic tone - so as to keep the conversation going at the very least.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? There are many influences I had that I mention in the preface as well as in the bibliography (and even more that I was unable to mention). But the two biggest influences on my thoughts regarding Christian education came from Cornelius Van Til’s Chapter 1 of the book Foundations of Christian Education, and Greg L. Bahnsen’s series of lectures called A Thousand Generations.
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