Where Have the Children of Yesterday Gone?
It is better to have Christ as the foundation of your child's education than to have man's ideals as the foundation of your child's education.
Ah . . . the first day of school has arrived! I excitedly woke up and went downstairs to pour myself a cup of caramel coffee. In that brief moment a bit of nostalgia came over me as I remembered the excitement I had as a child of the approaching school bus. So like an eager child at Christmastime, I watched out my window for any sign of life.
How did I, for that brief moment, forget what I had learned concerning the truth about the public schools’ humanistic teachings? This particular teaching has brought a wedge between the family and God. What about the two books that have helped me in my resolve to keep homeschooling: the Bible and Home Schooling: The Right Choice by Chris Klicka? No wonder Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit would bring to our remembrance everything that the Lord teaches us; He knows how we are prone to wander.
God understood that as one who was brought up in the public school, I would have moments of relapse. This is why the Bible and books concerning homeschooling are so vitally important to read on a daily basis, for they keep our vision fresh. They remind us of the “why” in homeschooling.
So, did I see the school bus? No, instead I saw a car pull up to my neighbor’s house to pick up their kids. I was disappointed yet relieved due to mixed feelings regarding the bus. The school bus was not exactly the safest place to be when I was in school. Today that hasn’t changed any; in fact, the situation has worsened since those earlier days. My own school-day memories are filled with some good moments, but mostly they are filled with anxiety. Public school was like a social club: you were either accepted or mistreated; there was no in between. It especially was not a place for a Christian, for you were to leave Jesus at the door.
Has it gotten any better? No, it has not. Yet with all the issues going on with the public schools and the more than 2 million children who are homeschooled, the school bus still remains an American icon to many people!
To get back to my moment, I finally made my way back over to the couch to spend some time with the Lord before the rustling of papers and the opening of new books began. Ah . . . there is such a newness on the first day of school, a newness that is similar to the first day of the new year. I started rummaging through the pages of my Bible, and as I did a subheading jumped off the page. I felt a peace and excitement as I read the words “Christ is better than philosophy,” much like how I had felt as I had watched out the window for the school bus. God replaced my misplaced excitement with the true excitement . . . HIM! I read on and came across this verse, in which I saw a picture of the public school. In Colossians 2:8, the apostle Paul warns us, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”