What Kind of School Complements Family Life the Best?

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1)


“School choice” is a phrase we hear a lot these days. This is not the same concept as Buckminster Fuller’s “education by choice,” which he described as having the “marvelous motivating psychology of desire for truth” and results in a life that is “ever cleaner and happier, more rhythmical and artistic.” However, the modern idea of educational choice does conjure progressive thoughts of parents selecting an optimal educational setting and methodology for their children to learn and realize the dreams their parents have for them.


“Educational choice” implies that more than one possibility exists. Most people today recognize five primary educational options: 1) public school, 2) public charter school, 3) private secular school, 4) private Christian school, and 5) homeschooling. Which one is right for your child?


There are many questions you must ask and answer when making this important decision. Will your son or daughter be challenged academically? Are there extracurricular activities in which they can participate? Does the culture of the institution provide a wholesome, healthy, and nurturing social context in which to learn and grow?


What about spiritual concerns? How will the educational setting shape your student’s worldview? Does the educational setting have any realistic potential to bring about the hopes, dreams, and prayers you have for your children? Does the institution support your family’s values, or will you find yourself regularly fighting against it?


But there’s another, more personal question I’d like to explore: What kind of school best complements the life of your family?


When it comes to daily schedules, most schools start very, very early. It’s pretty much impossible for a child or teen to get enough sleep, bathe, dress, eat an unhurried meal, and arrive at school before eight o’clock in the morning. Yet today, most kids have to be on a bus or out the door by six o’clock!


Then there’s the waiting. During the last few weeks, I’ve seen multiple social media posts from parents whose kids are enrolled in public or private schools, complaining about the long drop-off and pick-up lines and how they’re such a waste of time.


There’s also the school calendar to consider. My barber was pretty upset telling me how her son’s school schedule had been changed unexpectedly, resulting in a conflict with the dates she had planned to take her kiddo to visit out-of-town family.


Finally, if you step back and really examine the situation in most schools, you won’t be able to ignore the many negative social influences, worldviews that say God doesn’t matter, and poor academic track records. At this point, it should be pretty clear that the most common (read: easiest) school choices truly have little of value to offer a godly family.


So if you want something better for your kids, choose the path less traveled. With homeschooling, you are in charge. You control the calendar, the daily routine, the curriculum, the peer influence—everything. You can enjoy the freedom and benefits of an educational lifestyle that supports and naturally complements the life of your family. Homeschooling is a perfect fit.


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

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© 2016 Davis Carman



Davis Carman is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of creation-based science and Bible curriculum. He is also the author of four illustrated children’s books. Good Morning, God is based on Deuteronomy 6, A Light for My Path is an ABC book based on Psalm 119, and In the Beginning is based on the creation account in Genesis. His latest, Psalms to Know Early, is now available. Davis believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!

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