I promised our readers (family, friends and strangers from far-off places) that I would start to outline the reasons we decided to homeschool. But, before I start, I want to put out this “disclaimer” of sorts. You see, too often opinions come across as judgemental. Especially mine! So, before I even start down that road here is something to bear in mind whenever you read a “why we homeschool” type post….
Despite the fact that we clearly favour homeschooling, we do not believe that other families are inferior, unloving, stupid, wrong or lazy to place their children in regular (whether private or public) schools. We assume that most families have considered the options and have made a careful and informed decision as to where they want their kids schooled. We also understand that homeschooling is just not possible for some families for various reasons – just as some families really are in a position where both parents have to work. The choice of where you school your kids is a CHOICE that each family has the right and duty to make on their own without having to feel that others look down upon them.
To our Christian readers: although our convictions about homeschooling also do have some biblical roots, we do not believe that homeschooling is a biblical mandate that all Christians should follow. This is definitely not a “right-wrong” decision, although we do believe that it oftentimes fits into the “wise-unwise” bracket. At the end of the day, homeschooling is a disputable issue. So, once we’ve all had our say and all opinions have been aired, it is up to us to continue loving one another as Christ loves us, not judging each other for the decisions we’ve made about such disputable issues.
So, whenever you read our opinions on this matter – no matter how strongly they come across nor how heartfelt they are – please know that we KNOW that these are just opinions at the end of the day. Although we’d love for others to catch the homeschooling bug, we will continue to respect your decision and be interested in the progress your kids make at school. And we’ll still love you! We ask only that you also still love us, respect our decision and be interested in the progress our kids make at home. Fair enough? Hope so!