Dealing With Disadvantages Part 1 - HomeschoolAug 25, 2023
Dealing with the Disadvantages of Homeschooling: Divine Solutions for Developing Children -Part 1
While doing research for this month’s topic for our homeschooling post, I came across multiple posts listing the disadvantages of homeschooling.
We all get criticism based on the list of challenges or have had our own experiences with them. Being an advocate for homeschooling (which is ironic as I do not have my own children), my mind went to what the solutions might be.
As a co-op owner I often find myself explaining why the advantages of a homeschool like model used in my class surpasses the number of concerns of homeschooling. As I am sure you have also gathered your points to explain your choice in spite of the challenges.
I have however not seriously sought out scripture to see whether or not the disadvantages of homeschooling will impact my students’ faith and if I am be obedient to the word by presenting my argument based on the Bible.
In this topic-series please explore the Word with me to find how scripture guides us on dealing with the disadvantages of homeschooling and what we can do practically to ensure we are bringing up our children in the ways of the Father.
- Lack of Socialization:
This is probably the first concern that we ourselves are worried about most. Homeschooling may present challenges in providing ample socialization opportunities for children. Here are some scriptural solutions to address this concern:
Proverbs 27:17 (KJV):
"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."
Hebrews 10:24-25 (KJV):
"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV):
"Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners."
These scriptures emphasize the importance of positive social interactions, fellowship, and being in the company of others who inspire goodness and growth. They encourage homeschooling families to seek out opportunities for their children to engage with peers and other groups to build strong relationships.
Most congregations have a program for the youth to join. If you are currently not part of a congregation, pray for guidance for opportunities where socialization will be positive and rooted in the Word. Joun groups on Facebook, Messenger or other chat-apps to find out about social events. Or even better yet, organize a group yourself.
- Limited Extracurricular Activities:
At times homeschooling might limit access to organized extracurricular activities. It is often difficult to feel comfortable joining sport, dance-class or other extracurricular activities. We worry that the worldly influence at these activities bring about disobedience to the Word. Observing Sabbath can also make it more complicated.Here are some scriptural solutions to consider:
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (KJV):
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."
Colossians 3:23 (KJV):
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men."
1 Peter 4:10 (KJV):
"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
These verses encourage children and parents to seize opportunities that come their way and to use their gifts and talents for the Holy One's glory. While homeschooling may limit some activities, it also opens up the possibility of exploring unique interests and using them as a form of service to others. It also allows for practicing and developing the skill to stay steadfast in their faith while navigating the world.
- Lack of Professional Guidance:
Homeschooling may mean that children don't receive instruction from professional educators. I am very sure that this is a disadvantage that came up in a conversation or that you were concerned about teaching high school level science. Here are some scriptural solutions to address this concern:
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (KJV):
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
Psalm 32:8 (KJV):
"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."
These scriptures emphasize the role of parents or caregivers as primary educators and guides in a child's life. They encourage parents to be diligent in teaching and guiding their children, trusting that with the Lord's help, they can provide the necessary instruction and support.
Most of us homeschool because we feel that we provide a more biblical atmosphere, surrounding and background that schools do. Remember that, that is the main aim. Raising followers of the Word. It is not a disadvantage to not be qualified in a content area. Explore the topics together with your children or seek out tutors who might share your values. You can also speak to parents or graduates in your congregation about tutoring your children. With the advancement of technology, you can also look for online tutors. You can also join a part time co-op group or speak to local private schools and collages about joining for these specific classes.
As we continue on this homeschooling journey, let us not be discouraged by the perceived disadvantages, but rather, let us embrace the divine solutions found in the scriptures. Remember, our ultimate goal is to nurture our children's spiritual growth and create an environment where they can thrive in their faith. By seeking guidance from the Word and leaning on the Lord's wisdom, we can confidently navigate the challenges and uncertainties of homeschooling, knowing that we are fulfilling our role as stewards of our children's spiritual and educational development.
Let us be prayerful and proactive in finding opportunities for positive social interactions, embracing unique extracurricular activities, and taking on the responsibility of being our children's primary educators. May our homes be filled with the love, knowledge, and guidance of the Holy One as we continue to grow together in faith and learning.
With YHWH's grace, we can overcome the disadvantages and transform them into opportunities for spiritual growth, making homeschooling a rewarding and enriching journey for both parents and children alike. Let us stand firm in our faith, trusting that the Lord will guide us every step of the way.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
Most of us homeschool because we feel that we provide a more biblical atmosphere, surrounding and background that schools do. We all get criticism based on the list of disadvantages of homeschooling that our friends, family or even ourselves have. In this post lets sought out scripture to see whether or not the disadvantages of homeschooling will impact my students’ faith and how we can overcome these challenges.
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