School Seasons Are Changing and So Are Selections

There’s so many people watching Big Bang Theory these days, you would think the ‘Evolution Theory’ would have a lesson plan rolled out. However, that really isn’t appropriate for lower class, middle class, or elementary students. The concept though; it is still there right? You could play the theme song, and still have the jest of the lesson starting, and you just move into it. Is it really appropriate?

It seems there is more of a push to get sex education in the classrooms. There is also the politically correct way to go from mommy and daddy, to the mommy and mommy, or the daddy and daddy homes. Now the discussion about where do babies come from will certainly be at school, and instead of being the simple way of explaining through Science, “a woman has an egg, and a man has a sperm and they share the two which becomes a baby. Believers of evolution fought his theory claiming we call came from apes. Now, I suppose we go back to the stork? I really don’t want to explain how a two men get a baby, or two women have a baby, to a young child?

These days, Science seems to be a bit selective. With so much being questioned, this might be the best result. Everyone can pick and choose what is being taught. However, is this really the best way to teach? Shouldn’t history be taught at school, and then discussed at home? There’s a certain closeness at home which develops as a result of being a family. Therefore, if something at school is taught, you can discuss these things, and rule others out.

So why have people started complaining about the public school so much, and what is being taught? Is Science really such a problem? Is it the various theories being taught, and parents are so afraid they will not be able to pick and choose their discussion topics? Maybe the parents are worried the kids are learning too much at recess? Oh, wait! There is no recess. Is that what happens? When you have too much of something, then you get rid of it? When you do not like something, you terminate it? When you don’t want to teach it, you just leave it out? You just pick and choose the various subjects you the contexts in which you would like them to be reviewed and then at that point, as a teacher? You will define what a teen takes to college, as a foundation? So, where does the parent step in? Some parents feel it is the teacher’s job to teach, and the parent’s job to parent. They have no idea, their child is lacking so much.

Have you asked your child, “What are you learning in Science?” Has your toddler asked you, “Where do babies come from?” Has your child of any age told you, “My friend from school says he or she is bi?” How do you handle it? What was your answer? Did you validate their question with an answer? It’s easy to turn them away with a more a suggestion of homework, or change the subject with a loud laugh, or busy activity? The underlying answer with all of these questions? If you do not answer these questions, then your children will get answers elsewhere.

With so many changes in the school system, it seems there will continually be changes, there will be complaints, and challenges. Sometimes it is the parents and teachers, other times it is the parents and the school board. I can remember not too long ago, it was the English department, the library, the parents and the school board. The English department issued the summer reading list, and immediately, parents began to have so many problems with it. I remember one lady was in the office of the school board Superintendent, complaining about Toni Morrison’s book, The Bluest Eye being too controversial, because of the content. Her daughter, sitting out in the waiting area, was reading a copy of “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James. Censorship on some of these books, were brought up by several parents. Parents later claimed, they were “told” about the books; yet, had not read the books themselves.

There seems to be a thick line about “what is” and “what is not” considered pornography; there is also the matter of creationism, or also termed Intelligent Design; there’s also Darwinism and atheism which come up at times. The public school feels the best way to avoid this friction is not to have it in the first place. If you are told to teach something you don’t want to teach? Don’t teach it. If you don’t want to teach something in the Science book? Don’t teach it. If you don’t want to teach about Creationism? Don’t teach it. If you don’t want to answer the big questions? Gloss over them.

Consider that thick line, as if it were “liquid paper”. This handy cover-up form of “fix-it” will work wonders when you need to just wipe something away, clean. You know how you put a thick strip of liquid paper over something and it goes away, but that strip is still there? This is similar to censorship. Once the thought is in your mind, you may censor it (with liquid paper), but each time you come across that correction, your mind takes you back to “memory” and you remember that “why.”

With all of these considerations, making your thoughts run rampant, you are probably wondering, “Should I put my child in a private school?” Since the public school system may not be teaching everything my child needs, maybe private is better? Factually to consider is the teacher has discretion in the lesson delivery. Yes, the teacher has grade level expectations to be met, but there are a variety of methods one can use to get this done, and after all, isn’t effectiveness what counts the most?

There has been a huge shift towards homeschooling as a result of this push towards freethinking, and the ability to know, and to decipher information founded on Scientific discovery, what is and what is not, factually based. A 12-year-old home-schooled student was asked recently about his education, and his response was as follows:
“Homeschooling is the last hope for an intellectually free education where no questions are forbidden, no topic is off limits, and conclusions are the student’s to make.” When asked how he views kids in public school who aren’t allowed to read certain “forbidden” books on evolution, Sam said~
“I feel they are being robbed of an important life lesson. There is always more than one point of view, and they are not allowed to see any other than the Darwinist’s world view. My strength is in research and debate and I developed it by reading opposing arguments and studying the other side. It is so important to have that ability in life for any critical thought process. How will they learn to really dig into an issue if they are only presented one side? I am grateful to my parents for offering me the world and all the information.” (Fox, 2015)

These are strong words from a 12-year-old boy. Homeschooling parents are always looking for ways to deliver lessons, keep the student engaged, and still impart the subject. Kirk Cameron has recently joined with Bill Heid of Heirloom Audio Productions, incorporating History by connecting audio learning with the large amount of screen time utilized in teaching and learning.

“Cameron admits he has used the CD’s to initiate spiritual conversations with his children at the dinner table. “As a dad, I’m always looking for things to impart wisdom and virtue and character to my kids. And tools like this are really helpful,” Cameron said. Heid said audio drama engages the listener’s imagination by taking them back in time and immersing them in the story. The dramas include curriculum, which makes them particularly popular among home-schooled families.” “We are prisoners in the here and now,” Heid said. “With history, we find freedom by finding answers that exist beyond the pressures of daily life.” (Foust, 2015)

Some people may look at these ideas and think, “You are using videos to teach your kids?” “That is terrible!” “I would never do that, and that is why homeschooling is not an option for me, because I want a teacher, not a TV in front of my kid!” Well, as a former teacher, instruction requires visual, audio, tactile… yes, multiple formats of learning and on occasion there is a TV in front of your child for instruction. There are instructional films. Children respond to them, because they are part of their daily activities. There is a generation of “television babysitters”, and this type of learning, is all they know. Some students, it is extremely difficult to find what works to get the lesson to them, but as a teacher, it is your job to find out what it is- the magic button of delivery for each and every child to enter your classroom for the next 25-30 of your best years to teach.

These teachers in the public and private services struggle daily to provide each and every child an equal amount of learning time, and an equal amount of instruction time. Some of these students are gifted and talented, some function at a slower rate than others, and others need more help than what would normally be required. For the homeschooling teacher or parent, the opportunity to engage another learner in an audio learning experience, or to provide both with an audio and visual capability to understand, allows an equality in learning that isn’t optional for a teacher in any other setting – an opportunity appreciated by parents as home-school teachers, communities as home-school teachers, and 12-year-old learners.

OUR TWO CENTS:
There are so many reasons not to choose the public or private education system, including social, moral, academic, “religious” and the largest growing, safety reasons. Do you know many people who have gone to homeschooling? What are their reasons? Was it their decision as a parent, or did their child want to transition? Strange, why would a child want to give up their friends, their freedom, all of the potential of a public or private school? Fear, safety, religion, or even moral reasons? My daughter chose those four for her reasons. How can you look at the aftermath of Sandy Hook, or Columbine and tell your child they have no reason to be afraid? How can you tell your 13-year-old daughter, whose friend from the basketball team is pregnant, morality is not an issue? How can tell you them their academics are not at risk with all of this going on at their school? Why would you not want to home-school your child?

The Bible says the raising children is delegated to parents by God; does that not include
educating them?

Psalm 127:3-5 (“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gates.”)
God has given us certain conditions we are commanded to meet when raising children (part of our stewardship responsibility):

Luke 6:40 (“A pupil is not above his teacher but everyone after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher—a blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?”) Are spiritually blind teachers teaching our children and leading them astray?

Then you must also consider the content of what is learned in regard to the true education- inspired training for righteousness for good works.

Timothy 3:15-17 (“. . .continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of . . . and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”)

You must also consider when it comes to education, how do you want your child to learn? The school systems these days are pushing one thing to the next.

James 3:17-18 (But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” )

God wanted parents to~
Proverbs 22:6~ (Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.)
And as with the African Proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child was from.” The proverb meaning that the learnings and moral values of a child is learned by the village, or in this case, the family or the school? The village is the example for the child morally and uprightly in society. Who’s your child’s village?”

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