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Thursday, May 28, 2015

It's Because They Were Homeschooled........

I don't kow about you, but I get tired of reading/hearing that.  Every time something happens that is considered "big" news to someone in the homeschool community, it gets blamed on the fact that they were homeschooled.  Even in smaller areas or communities among less public figures when something happens within a homeschool family it automatically gets blamed on homeschooling.

There is one really big problem with that.

" For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

For some reason some people assume that homeschoolers should be perfect.  That would be nice but it just isn't true.  Homeschoolers just like everyone else live in a fallen world.  There is no exception written in saying "For all but homeschoolers have sinned." Homeschoolers deal with issues just like those that go to public school or private school.

On the flip side of expecting them to be perfect, the fact that they are homeschooled is blamed every time these imperfections come to light.  I have actual;y heard from people that you shouldn't homeschool your kids because so and so in the media did this crime and that child was homeschooled, or this child got pregnant at a young age and she was homeschooled, or this child rebelled against her parents and left home and she was homeschooled.

And then we have the parent issue.  There have been very sad cases of abuse and neglect that have been publicized in the media as the parents were homeschoolers. Does this happen? Yes.  Does it happen in every homeschool? NO.  Is is because they homeschool that they were abusers?  NO.

The majority (because we do know there are some who don't) of parents try very hard every single day to do what is best for their children, whether you choose to homeschool, go to private school, or public school, you make those decisions because it is what you think is best. We are working every day to raise our children to be responsible adults who will, "Love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength." Along the way they, just like us, will sin.  When they (just like us) do, we pray that they will repent and ask for forgiveness and change their ways (just as we should.)   Sometimes they won't.  Sometimes you will do everything you can to "train up your child in the way they should go" and they will choose to go another way.  It is sad and heartbreaking to the parent and all you can do is pray.

Blaming homeschooling does no good to anyone.  It is not homeschooling that causes sin. It did not happen "because they were homeschooled."

"....In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world."
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