When people asked, “How long?” we cautiously said, “one year at a time.” And probably every year, we briefly re-think our decisions. That was nine years ago. Now people query me: “Are you really going to go through high school?” The implication is: “Are you crazy?” Doubt is easily sown and I have considered our options again. I prayed again for wisdom (before bringing it up to my husband).
The evening news is a constant reminder to me of some of the reasons public school will not be our choice. Almost every time I watch, there is a teacher or student arrested, a bus accident, or some other horrific occurrence to show that many schools are not safe places these days. My niece brings us stories that make me cringe about the indoctrination the public school tries to give her. Besides evolution and tolerance-training, her school annually shows “The Secret” – the Oprah flick about how to ask the universe for what you want (New Age philosophy) -- yet she is not supposed to bring a Bible on campus. A friend of ours is interning in a public middle school and keeps reminding my kids, “You aren’t missing a thing!”
So, my mind turned back to Christian school. They tend to have rigorous academic standards and they would certainly uphold our conservative Christian values, wouldn’t they?
Then I ran into an old friend of mine, one whose children have gone to Christian school all their lives. And, while her children have done fine, she revealed that a majority of her eldest child’s senior class (now in their first year of college) have already abandoned their faith and training. No matter how hard the school tried, they did not make a difference. The children are partying, drinking and playing around with the world.
I felt a sudden renewed peace with our decision to home-school through high school. Because there is no security in any option that we choose. Homeschooling certainly does not guarantee a child will continue in the path laid by the parents. We must only rely on the Lord.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.