If There Was Ever a Time to Homeschool, It Is Now

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)

Twenty-five years ago when our first child was born, homeschooling was nowhere on my personal radar screen. Then in 1996, Rachael and I reluctantly began our journey down this path. Four years into it we were sold on the lifestyle and made a personal commitment for the long haul, even with high school looming in the not-too-distant future. Not long after that, we began to actively promote and support home education by serving on the board of North Carolinians for Home Education. Seven years ago I got more skin in the game by becoming a publisher of homeschooling curriculum as president of Apologia Educational Ministries.

Along the way, my encouragement and urging to families to undertake this adventure of a lifetime has increasingly moved from kind and gentle to bold and serious to completely politically incorrect. The bottom line is this: I don’t understand how a Christian parent can even consider sending their children to a public school anymore.

You may be thinking, That’s a strong statement! But it’s been my observation that most people think public schools are terrible—that is, all public schools except the one their own kids attend. All those tragic news stories happen somewhere else. With all due respect to the families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook, Columbine, and other cities, they thought their schools were safe. Although the subject of physical safety is a real and serious reason why you should consider homeschooling, it doesn’t comes close to the spiritual dangers your child faces at a public school today and especially in the days to come.

I present a workshop at conferences entitled Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool. In that session, I start with a fun list of reasons to homeschool. Here are just a few:

• It’s a short commute to school
• Your kids never miss the school bus
• Recess can last two hours on a sunny day
• Your kids don’t have to read until they are good and ready
• Playing with LEGOs counts as learning
• Every kid gets a role in the school play
• No waiting in lines
• You can schedule trips to theme parks when the crowds are gone
• Cleaning out the refrigerator doubles as a science experiment
• If you’re caught talking to yourself, you can say you were having a parent-teacher meeting

And one of my personal favorites:
The teacher never goes on strike

After breaking the ice with this list, I then transition to a serious list of reasons to educate your children at home. In this article, I want to address just one of these important reasons: the liberal agenda.

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you know that the Supreme Court recently announced a deeply troubling opinion on marriage that goes against what the Supreme Being Himself said about marriage (Matthew 19:4–5). But truth does exist and real marriage has an actual definition and a spiritual meaning. And there is such a thing as a counterfeit disguising itself as the real thing. So what does this have to do with homeschooling? Quite a bit actually.

The enemy has been working his game plan and gaining traction by implementing a liberal agenda into the public school system for decades. Prayer was dismissed from classrooms in the 1960s. A culture of death became the norm in the ’70s with the Roe v. Wade decision and the social acceptance of abortion. Parents willingly handed off their children to day-care facilities in droves during the ’80s. During the 1990s and 2000s we saw the indoctrination of climate change propaganda and placing the love of creation over that of the Creator. Relativism and a “whatever” attitude came to permeate the hearts and minds of millions of young people, including those growing up in Christian families. Research uncovered the disturbing trend that teens were not only leaving the church when they graduated high school but that they were already gone in elementary school and junior high because of the false teachings they were exposed to so forcefully at an impressionable age.

Now history has been made once more with the SCOTUS decision, which tries to force states to accept a false definition of marriage. If you think you’ve seen a liberal agenda in the past, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The National Education Association and its cronies want to cram it down the throat of every American, starting with your son and daughter in kindergarten and making sure they are devoted converts by the time they finish fifth grade.

So what’s a Christian parent to do? You had better grab the people you love and get out of Egypt as fast as you can. I’m not kidding.

When I say that I no longer understand how Christian parents can consider sending their children to a public school, let me be clear about what I am not saying. I’m not saying that the Bible commands us to homeschool, although we are commanded to teach our children diligently to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. I’m not saying that it’s a sin to send your kids to public school. But I am saying that no five- or six-year-old kid is prepared to handle such an onslaught of brainwashing, bullying, and sexual deviancy. And I can’t understand how Christian parents can be okay with sending their older children to these dark institutions to be harassed, pressured, desensitized, and possibly won over.

Let me remind you what’s at stake here and refresh your memory of what is included in the liberal agenda: God is dead. Truth is whatever you want it to be. Darwin was a saint. Evolution is fact. Creationism is silly. Faith is for people who need a crutch. There is no right or wrong. When the choice is life or death, blessing or curses, they opt for death and curses. And now, homosexuality is flaunted as a good and normal lifestyle that had better be accepted by everyone.

This is the liberal curriculum. These are the messages your young children will learn, recite, memorize, read, and write about in public school. Save your children from these lies. Don’t turn a blind eye, and please don’t sacrifice your kids on this pagan altar. I know that you love them more than anyone else in the world, certainly more than any of the strangers who will indoctrinate them in public school.

You simply can’t ignore the facts any longer.

If there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

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© 2015 Davis Carman

22 Responses to “If There Was Ever a Time to Homeschool, It Is Now”

  1. Beth says:

    I totally agree. I have yet to talk to a Christian parent whose children go to public school that is happy about what is being taught at their child’s school. I have heard the anguish over what their children are learning that is against their Christian teaching and anguish over how their children are subject to testing that sucks the joy out of learning. BUT, they keep sending their children to these schools. I am of the mindset that nothing will change with 80-90% (if not more) of Christians that send their children to public schools. I have offered again and again to help the stay at home moms who dislike what their children are learning to leave the public school in order to homeschool. I have yet to find someone who will take me up on my very serious offer. I know this sounds very pessimistic, but in my limited experience, I have yet to see anyone make dramatic changes because of worldview taught in the public school.

    • Tina H says:

      Some are doing it. I moderate a Christian homeschool support group on Facebook that has nearly 5,600 membrs from across the country, quite a few of whom are newbies because they’ve finally seen the light. Obviously, they are but a fraction of Christian parents but some are finally obeying the Lord.

    • Amy says:

      In what ways are you offering to help the stay at home Moms with homeschooling their children?

      • Davis says:

        Amy – Apologia Educational Ministries is the educational publishing company I run to help families homeschool. We have how-to resources such as The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling and lesson planners by Deb Bell. We also provide K-12 science curriculum, biblical worldview curriculum, constitutional literacy DVDs and workbooks, and online classes for 7th-12th grade students in every subject for which we publish curriculum.

  2. Claudia Garcia says:

    Please email me more info

  3. Tina H says:

    How can it NOT be sin to send our children to government schools? Where in Scripture does God tell us to hand our children over to a pagan system – the few (scared, intimidated) Christian teachers notwithstanding – for 13 years of indoctrination? In all of Scripture, the ONLY child we know of as having been influenced primarily by unbelievers was Moses…and only then because he otherwise would have been murdered by the government. If it were okay for believers to hand over our children as nonchalantly as today’s parents do, the Bible would have made it clear that such a practice is okay and blessed by God. But we see nothing of the sort. Instead, God tells us that parents are to instruct and disciple their children, which cannot happen if their bodies are absent from us for most of their waking hours and if their minds and hearts are stolen from us by the system’s indoctrination. If God speaks without doubt to a parent and says, “Your child is the next Moses,” okay. Or if the only alternative to the government schools is the government coming in to slaughter a child, fine. Short of that, I would say that, yes, it is sin to sacrifice one’s child to the pagan/demonic forces running the government schools.

    • Davis says:

      Tina – Personally, I am not a homeschooling evangelist, but I think we need some. So thanks for your comments. I am committed to being is a homeschooling advocate, promoter, supporter, and publisher. Yet like I said in my article, I really and truly don’t understand how a Christian parent can even consider sending their kids to public schools these days.

  4. I really need help getting started with homeschooling my autistic son. He is in 4th grade and miserable, as I am, with our public school. I cannot find a Christian school near me that will take him in, none have a special needs curriculum. Please help me start the process immediately of homeschooling my Elijah. Thank you.

    • Davis says:

      Madeline – I suggest contacting Heather Laurie at SpecialNeedsHomeschooling@yahoo.com. She has a ministry to help families homeschool children with special needs including autism. She is expecting your email.

    • Jolece Wainman says:

      I applaud your desire to homeschool at this age! We did not know our daughter had autism (high functioning) until last year – her junior year in high school. The symptoms started around 3rd grade, but mimicked just struggling learners. When she went from a small-town rural school with a class size of 20 to a consolidated junior high of 200, she spiraled downhill quickly with physical symptoms we could not diagnose: sleeplessness, nausea, dizziness, headaches/migraines, and finally daily non-epileptic seizures. She would complete but not hand in assignments, or not do the ones she didn’t understand, wouldn’t ask for help, was stressed & depressed all the time to the point of having to use anti-depressants. No school faculty or administrator ever suggested any kind of IEP or evaluation and we (as first-time parents) had no clue about our options or why this was happening. She was even unprofessionally questioned by teachers and sent to the principal’s office for feeling sick. The social, academic and emotional pressures sure took their toll. She was unable to not only cope with academics, but was bullied by lesbian and bi-sexual 7th graders, and boys thought they had free reign with girls in general. The last 7 years have been a nightmare with doctors who told us not to worry about it –until the 5th time when we found a neurologist who listened, diagnosed, tested, and directed us towards help. And we homeschooled her senior year. She had only a few seizures the whole school year (sensory related). How I wish we would’ve known all this at your child’s age and saved her (and us) years of distress!!!! She is so impressionable and we can’t undo the damage of the public school agenda and social norms that do not match ours. God Bless you!!! And if you have a Skill Sprout organization nearby – we highly recommend them to assist you and your child in the autism !!

  5. Joy H says:

    As a former public middle school teacher (mostly in Florida), I can agree with 100% of your list here. The agenda is real, damaging and even difficult for Christian educators to fight (this raging cultural current). We start official homeschooling of our kindergartener this year. While I am scared I will make mistakes since I have not taught “little people” formally, I know I can not do worse than what I have seen in my travels as a teacher in three different states and internationally. Parents need to daily debrief their children from public school–curriculum, discussions with adults and peers that day, activities, etc. Leave all media OFF in the car including the radio and you’ll be amazed at what your child will share. Ask open-ended questions and WAIT for a response! Do NOT interrupt your child. IF you feel the need to send your child to public school, at the very least, plan your battle strategy for your child’s mind, allegiance and perhaps even their soul. It is a clear and present danger. Do not fool yourself. Ephesians 6

  6. Joanna says:

    What are your thoughts about Charter schools? Many of them offer a homeschooling option with educational funds included that can be spent on curriculum and enrichment classes. From what I’ve heard, they even allow the parents to choose the curriculum and will pay for it as long as it’s not religion based. However, they do give the parent the option to purchase faith based curriculum with their own funds.

    • Davis says:

      Joanna – Thanks for asking about Charter schools. What people need to be careful about is being tempted by the money. If they are already dictating that you can’t buy anything religious, then you aren’t in control. They can change the rules on anything at any time, and it will most likely be more restrictive rather than less. Parents need to keep control of the money in order to be fully in charge of the curriculum.

  7. Anita says:

    It is sad when there are moms that can stay at home, why not home school them? It is much harder for working parents, but I have even seen working single parents figure out a way to home school their kids. It can be done, it is scary and sometimes hard, but the rewards are abundant. We started over 5 years ago, and never looked back to PS, not even now as my oldest starts high school. All things are possible through Christ who strengthens us!

    • Davis says:

      Anita – I remember the days when homeschooling looked scary before we got started. I think that is partly because people try to bring their public school experience to the home. But once a family feels the freedom and really takes ownership, then a whole world opens up. This can include a more family-friendly schedule, customized and individualized educational plans. And like you say, the rewards far outweigh the sacrifices.

  8. Dyson says:

    If ever there was a time to celebrate and profile the commitment and contribution of social workers, it is now.

  9. Davis says:

    Dyson – My mother-in-law is a retired social worker. She did much good helping patients and their families deal with Alzheimer’s.

  10. Kim says:

    In agreement with the article published above. Just started homeschooling my little one. God opened up such a beautiful path for us as a family to learn together. It also has been an outlet to me to deepen my understandings as an educator and to get back to the root of what is important:God. Before I had my daughter I was a public school teacher for eight years,and feel I need to give a respectful shout out to those Christian teachers who made their influence felt boldly and for the positive. Granted, I live in a small Republican town,but on jeans Friday my team and I would wear biblically based T shirts and hold coffee mugs with Christian messages with pride. We had a good time greeting the kids with “How do you like that global warming?” As the kids came in freezing off the bus.(Science teacher was ringleader here…) We all kept Bibles available to kids, mine as a primary literary source, science as a reference to creation, and social studies as a reference point for the structure of the founding of the USA. Poor math, hers was just there to read, but it was just as present as ours. I want to let my daughters light grow at home, because I agree that there are so many societal pressures to put it out. However, there are lights out there in the public schools! My pastor reaches out to kids daily as a part time reacher in this same public school. If you know children who go to a public education institution, teach them to find those lights
    and hold on tight!

  11. Barbara says:

    Preach it! I too have felt that if you are a Christian parent, how in the world can you compromise and send your children to public schools knowing that all day long their heads will be filled with ungodly stuff. How can effectively raise a child seeped in that? They’ll hang out with ungodly kids that will get them to question their faith and trust me, no child is that strong. Not even into their high school years. They will compromise and then eventually rebel. Satan will use this as a perfect opportunity to destroy what you are so carefully trying to protect. I’ve been homeschooling my son since he was in the third grade. Private Christian schools prior to that. He is now approaching the 9th grade and I am so grateful and thankful that the Lord has allowed me to keep my son home. He loves it and has never asked or even considered wanting to be with “all of the other kids” in the school system. Well written article!!!! God calls us to sacrifice and this is one of those times that you have to ask yourself where your priorities are. They should be with your children!

  12. Kim says:

    * I should restate that my Bible was used as a primary reference for research papers. I didn’t mean to imply that it was viewed as an article of fiction literature.

  13. Janine Largent says:

    I really appreciate the frankness here. It is a difficult time for adult Christians in workplaces etc. to navigate the difficulties of demonstrating the love Christ to those living lifestyles that are incongruent to Christian values without appearing to support their sin. I have seen many adult Christians either “evolve” on these issues or be silent even about their faith leading to greater and greater ostracism of Christians in the public arena. How can we expect children, who are immature in their faith to withstand the onslaught of antichrists if we are failing this ourselves. Christians, in general, not only are not participating in the great commission, we are compromising our own faith on a daily basis ensuring our financial security over spiritual. Many of us shy from sharing our faith,even with fellow believers. We need to be bold in our faith. The harvest is full and the workers are few. I wish for each us to reject actively the attack on our faith and also to be bold in sharing it and support one another.

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