Bible-believing parents who choose to homeschool their children do so for a number of important reasons, but many, if not most, choose this path in order to safeguard the godly upbringing of their children. They want a solid education for them without having to battle the constant assault of godless secularism that characterizes the public school classroom. For Christian parents, homeschooling is a way to promote a Christ-centered education, one that will prepare their students with a biblical worldview and critical thinking skills vital for their college experience and beyond.
No doubt, more homeschool families will be reassessing their approach to home education due to the recent controversy swirling around the Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc., in Cincinnati.1 One major question seems to be: Is the Christian home education movement still Christ-centered?
“Unfortunately, as organizations grow and find a stronger foothold,” remarks Dr. Henry Morris III of the Institute for Creation Research, “there are some who seek to influence or broaden the base beyond its fundamental purposes. I am reminded that Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God could be compared to a big tree, that when full grown ‘the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches’ (Matthew 13:32). While that perhaps cannot be prevented altogether, what we can do, however, is identify the ‘birds’ and keep them from making a nest in our hair!”
The board of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership recently reaffirmed to ICR that they purpose “to keep Christ in Christian home education, to encourage state leaders, and to provide a network of sharing ideas and resources which will aid the state organization to hold firm to biblical principles and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“I especially appreciate the National Alliance, many of whose board members I know and respect,” Dr. Morris added, “for taking the time to share their commitment to Christ-centered conventions.”
ICR loves homeschoolers and participates in many of their conferences each year, offering solid biblical teaching in worldview and the sciences, as well as science curricula that help moms and dads train their children from a biblical perspective. Our goal, along with other biblical ministries, is to help parents establish their children in the most fundamental of all truths—that there is a Creator-God who loves them and seeks to enrich their lives both in time and eternity.
1. Morris III, H. A Time to Keep Silent, and a Time to Speak. ICR News. Posted on www.icr.org March 24, 2011.
* Mr. Lawrence Ford is Executive Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.
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by Rousas J. Rushdoony
Rushdoony’s study asks an important question of American history: Exactly what has public education been trying to accomplish? Before the 1830s and Horace Mann, no schools in the U.S. were state supported or state controlled. They were local, parent-teacher enterprises, supported without taxes, and taking care of all children. They were remarkably high in standard and were Christian.
However, from Mann to the present, the state has used education to socialize the child. The school’s basic purpose, according to its own philosophers, is not education in the traditional sense of the 3 R’s. Instead, it is to promote “democracy” and “equality,” not in their legal or civic sense, but in terms of the engineering of a socialized citizenry. Public education became the means of creating a social order of the educators’ design. Such men saw themselves and the school in messianic terms.
This book explores the philosophical premises of government education as completely anti-Christian and anti-Biblical as to be a very real threat to the survival of Christianity in America. As the title signifies, educators, imbued with behavioral psychology and evolution, not only reject Christ as Messiah, but pretend to be themselves messiahs offering their own seductive and poisonous brand of salvation through the institution of secular humanist education. It is hoped that this book will permit more Americans to understand why public education has failed and why it must be replaced by Christian schools and home schools that will restore literacy, morality, and reverence for the Creator of all men.
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