I just recently heard a feminist school teacher talking about home schooling.
I could hardly sit there patiently while she spoke.
But the thing is, she is coming from a TOTALLY different place than I am. I am Christian - first and foremost. If you are an athiest (which I believe she is), how could you possibly understand where I'm coming from? How could you understand that my main concern is not finding the very best educational curriculum that best matches the public school - my main concern is GOD. I want my children to first and foremost love the Lord, learn what HE wants for their lives. Yes, even in their education - GOD comes first, not oh-the-holy-math-curriculum or some such blather....
We simply do not separate God out into a nice little box on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. He is our main focus in EVERYTHING. Yes, EVERYTHING!
So when I look at curriculum, I look at what GOD would want my children to learn (and yes, He does talk about this in his Word - read Deuteronomy). How does a particular series view God (yes, ALL education has some kind of religious-bent to it ~ I want it to be Christian, not Buddist or Muslim or atheist, etc.)?
Also, I believe God made each child an individual with strengths and weaknesses - who will progress differently. Therefore, I am not all that interested in "grade levels" (except as a very loose guide). There will also be some subjects my children may excell at, and some he/she may not grasp as easily. So be it.
Back to the feminist ~ she was concerned about the "worst case scenario" situation. What if a home schooled child ends up back in public school? You should therefore map out your child's education at home to line up with the public school, "just in case". Yikes.... no thank you.
That's like saying, "well, I should be prepared for my husband to leave me - I should set aside money in secret, I should never fully give my heart away, I should never fully trust - because well, we *might* get a divorce". If you go into a marriage like this, then you are doomed. Divorce is NOT an option around here. It is never in our thoughts, it is never brought out on the table when we are having issues - no way.
Same with our schooling. If we go into home education with the option of sending our kid's to public school still on the table, well, we're doomed (and so are our children). Could our children have to attend public school? Could some horrible thing happen to me, to their father, that would cause them to be forced into public school? I guess so. But that's not how we plan our life.
We plan on life around God, around what HE wants for us. If the "worst" happens, we will deal with it then. We will make the necessary adjustments and trust God to get us through the rough parts.
A full reliance on Him.
Yes, even in our children's education.