Naive, Unworldly Homeschoolers

Cindy has a must-read post: to help you answer concerns about Those Poor, Naive Homeschoolers

In any discussion with critics of home education, the objection will eventually crop up that “homeschoolers won’t know how to deal with the real world when they’re grown.” It seems safe to assume that those who raise this objection aren’t worried that homeschooled children won’t be able to figure out how to buy groceries, drive a car, or effectively conduct personal business, given the fact that they are raised by people who do these things right in front of them every day.

Instead, the questioner seems most of the time to be referring to the cultural and moral differences between Christian homes and the non-Christian public schools. The objection could be accurately restated as “Homeschoolers will see so little of the brazen sinfulness of mainstream American culture that they will be shocked into helpless paralysis at the sight of {insert popular but blatantly sinful and unbiblical behavior or attitude here}. As if Good were such a weak little thing that the first whiff it gets of Evil will cause it to clutch its girly skirts and faint!…

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  1. So true. I had that misconception put on me as a homeschooler, and now on my children who are being homeschooled. How to respond to that? I still haven’t figured out, in fact, a lot of our homeschooling is focused on how to deal with sin when we encounter it personally. Mostly because I know I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of bad behavior that I encountered. I was very willing to succumb, not because I was naive, but because I wanted to escape the very sheltered world my parents kept me in. I think people mistake parents who keep their children from sin as parents who shelter their children from sin. In reality we can’t shelter them from sin, they will find it, or it will find them, but we MUST prepare them to face sin head on. How to explain that to someone who disagrees with the idea of keeping our young, impressionable children out of an environment that sets out to indoctrinate them against Christ, against God’s Word, wisdom, and towards the idea that man is God, and sin is good? I almost think this concern is predisposed to think that by choosing to indoctrinate our children instead with God’s Word, we are ill-equipping them for life, when in fact, God’s own Word says that it IS all we need for life! The worldviews don’t match, and so the answer we give almost never registers…

  2. Thanks for the linky love!

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for taking the time to write your great article. You do a wonderful job of destroying the arguments of the opposition.

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