Is homeschooling for everyone? I’m not sure. To date, I can count with my five fingers the people I have directly influenced to come to a decision to homeschool. And from what I have seen, if tried, it can work. There is also wisdom in what someone says, “Unless you have tried it, you can’t say it’s not for you.”
In my mind, the choice to homeschool has a lot to do with our parenting philosophy. There is something that is very “hands-on” about taking charge of your children’s education. More than this though, there is something about “what’s out there” that we would like to “shield” our children from.
Parenting can be viewed as something quite similar to teaching children to swim. Just throw them into the water and allow them to learn for themselves their natural ability to float. Raising children, however, can be viewed as something similar to growing plants. Environmental factors will come into play. For surely, one will not go ahead and plant a seed outdoors in the dead of winter. This is what a greenhouse is for. In the same way, homeschooling children allows for parents to set favorable conditions in the hope that when the tender shoot is stronger, it will thrive the harsher world outside.
The Bible says, “I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil” (Romans 16:19b). It doesn’t seem that our children need to be exposed to what is wrong for them to know right from wrong…especially during their formative years. In fact, the Bible says, “For we all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). What our children need is training in what is right and what is good precisely because it is not in our nature do go this way. They need to have something solid to stand on…something they can anchor their lives on.
Of course, all this is not assurance that they will keep to that path. They will still have their choice in the end. Our part is to keep to the responsibility to raise them in the hope that they will impact their generation for the better.