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Topic: Elementary School (07/19/04)

TITLE: Six Little School Desks
By Kay Brown


Six, darling, little school desks line the walls of my den. An oversized dry erase board runs the length of the room and several thousand books are stuffed into a myriad of shelves all around our home. Most definitely, we have some kind of homeschool.

When passers-by see six children playing out in the yard during the day, they will occasionally stop and ask if their child can be enrolled in our ‘day-care center.’ Seeing all of us wearing matching tee-shirts, parents have actually asked if their child can join our ‘group.’ All of us get a kick out of that question.

But it is not a bad idea.

We parents loved school when we were little, but public school is not what it used to be; a disturbing paradigm shift has occurred. No longer can a child skip happily into our government institutions to safely explore the wonders of the big, wide world with high-principled adults. No longer can a parent realistically entrust their offspring to others in the morning and expect than their child will return un-damaged that night.

No longer.

Perhaps the cruelest results of this sin-ravaged world are revealed in the hearts of our precious children. Mirrored in their innocent eyes, we are horrified to recognize our worst fears. Rapidly, our babies are being exposed to incredible immorality, graphic violence and disgusting sexual perversion. Their innocence is being methodically removed under our very noses; it seems, with our blessings.

How can we continue to look the other way?

Even in Christian circles, it is politically incorrect to challenge the public schools in this country. Professional educators across the board generally distain the grass-roots homeschooling movement and consider it inferior to the nation’s system, but the fact remains that it is growing by leaps and bounds, anyway.

Homeschooling works.

A well-meaning person once insisted that I should expose my children to evil purposely in order to avoid culture shock when they left my home someday. Later recalling that God told Adam and Eve to avoid the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, I wondered if God was being fair, because after all, they did need to know the difference. My thinking was not right thinking. He loved his children.

He did not want them to know evil.

The truth is that our little homeschool is fraught with weaknesses, as am I, as its chief instructor. On some days, educational accomplishments are limited to reading our Bible and missionary story together and getting our household in order. As we spend time praying, talking, working and laughing, however, I cannot imagine sending my children’s impressionable minds and hearts out into the world for others to shape. It is my job.

It is a critical responsibility.

Not every Christian parent can home educate his or her children. Not everyone wants to. Every noble endeavor is always undertaken at a cost of great personal sacrifice. Nevertheless, the excuses I often hear wear thin when I see the damage being done to our children.

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

By the way, those six little desks sure are cute.

Member Comments
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Al Boyce07/26/04
Thanks Kay. We home school our three children and I know the sacrifices have been worth it. Even so, the world seeps in.
L.M. Lee07/26/04
wonderful piece! You need to send this to parenting magazines.

I was not one of those able to "homeschool" as I was a single mom and had to work all day.

The school board knew me on a first name basis and they always rolled their eyes when they saw me coming! ha! I fought many a battle.

But God gave me a verse to hold to and keep my faith strong...Daniel didn't receive a good Jewish education, he was instructed by the most occult education system of the day and remained pure!

Homeschooling is a real blessing...but God can hold our babies safe, even in the lion's den.

Good article!
Angela Moore07/26/04
It takes strength to do what you feel is right, especially if it's against the grain. Thank you for the encouragement.
Deborah Anderson07/26/04
I personally think you deserve a ribbon for how you're living your life. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you in Jesus Name.
Melanie Kerr 07/26/04
Maybe it is just where I live, but I would trust my children to the schools in Inverness. I know quite a few different teachers and I know that they do an excellent job. As I said, maybe it is just where i live, or perhaps the fact that I am a teacher in a city high school.
Marcell Billinghurst07/26/04
God bless you for your commitment to homeschool your children. We chose to enrol our children in a Christian school and were blessed.
John Hunt07/27/04
Great article, Kay. If my children weren't already attending Christian school, I would, despite my inabilities, try homeschooling. God bless you and your children!
Phyllis Inniss07/27/04
I have to commend you on the marvellous job you are doing. The children's innocence is lost too early when they attend some of these state schools.
Dan Blankenship 07/28/04
Very nice article. I know all too well about the struggles in public school.

God Bless.
Dan Blankenship
Karen Treharne07/28/04
At first I thought the six desks belonged to your own six children, Kay. But as I reread, it appears that other parent's kids are involved as well. Is that correct? Not that it matters really, I'm just curious. Looking back on my own son's elementary education, they were privileged to attend a Christian school for a couple of years, then public school thereafter. I was grateful for their sound beginning with God's word as their instructor. Home schooling was not a popular option then, or I would most certainly have considered it myself. Since I was a stay-at-home mom for most of their growing up years, it would have been easy and I would have enjoyed it. Learning and teaching seem to come naturally to me. A blessed gift from God that has ultimately led me to writing for His glory. You can be proud and feel secure that God is blessing these children and their moms! Great article worth sharing.