3 Reasons Christians Should Avoid Online Public Schools

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In our current homeschooling world parents have so many varied options for educating their children. All you have to do is stop in to a homeschool convention and you will be inundated with materials that can be used to educate your little Einstein.

Among all of the textbooks and literature studies, the DVD and CD Rom courses, you will also find what looks to be the answer to every homeschooling mom’s dream. Online and free public education streaming right into your living room.

Have you ever heard that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?”

3 reasons Christians should avoid public online schools

The online public schools usually provide free course materials, free online instruction, free testing, field trips and also, in more cases than not, a computer at your disposal to either use or have for your child’s education.

These can all be powerful lures, especially for the newer homeschooling mom who is not yet sure of herself and is concerned that she will ruin her child by not getting this whole homeschooling thing right.

There is a teacher who is organized and provides instruction for all the areas that you may not feel adequate in, math anyone? There is a curriculum that is accredited, tested, and found to be the best that the public school feels they have to offer, and you, as the parent, are all but taken out of the equation.

Wait, did you just read that…YOU ARE TAKEN OUT OF THE EQUATION.

Though this may sound perfect, if you dig a bit deeper you will see that there are definitive reasons that Christians should avoid online public schools.

  1. The same evolutionary materials that are taught in public school, are taught online.

You might think that this is only in science, but you would be wrong. Math story problems, history, science, even English comprehension sections all contain evolutionary ideology. This flies directly in conflict with the core values that Christians hold in Genesis 1. You may think this is no big deal, but you are feeding your child from two different sides of the plate, and those sides are starkly conflicting.

  1. The moral values you have in your home are not the same as what the world ideology is.

There may be certain required reading that you would have felt was better left on the shelf, but, as a parent buying in to the public school system, you are choosing to allow your child to be taught by a government school. You may spend more time trying to “unteach” certain things than you think.

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  1. Your child is getting the exact same education as they would if you sent them to school.

There is nothing different or special about educating them through public online schools. You are not able t make biblical principals the core component of your child’s education, you are not able to explore Christian history without a severe slant that is anti Christian. You are not even learning our nation’s history accurately when you allow the government to water it down. The only thing you have effectively chosen to do, if you choose online public school, is to keep your child away from public school peers.   That’s it.

Let me encourage you by saying, you can do this homeschooling thing. You don’t need our public school system to do it for you. God gifted you your children for a reason, he felt that you were the best one to teach them what they needed to know. Go for it, and leave the public online schools to those who do not feel the need to center education around our creator.

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  1. I appreciate that you care so deeply about others! I’m sure it is like that for some online public schools, but I must hasten to assure you there are options available in several states that are not like that at all, and I would hate to deprive a family of much needed help if they are struggling financially or time-wise to homeschool, yet feel called to do so. We are in Oklahoma, and have been greatly blessed by a program called Epic. We are in complete control of what our children are learning, we use our own, Biblical science and history, and in 2.5 years have never had any exposure to evolution at all. Even when they do, which I’m sure they will, it will be a wonderful opportunity to teach them truth and evaluation, and the skills they need to be discerning when presented with ideas and beliefs. Also, I know a lot of families feel very deeply that homeschooling is the best choice for their family because of their faith, but I feel I must point out that homeschooling is not Biblically mandated in any way, and public school is not automatically off the table just because you are a devout Christian. It is a choice each family must pray over and come to the knowledge of where God would have their family place their children, first to the nurturing of their children, and secondly as a light to others. I can tell from your tone in this post and others that you are only trying to encourage those who wish to homeschool and feel uncertain about their abilities, but we must be careful to make sure we are not condemning those who have prayerfully made the choice not to homeschool, or to homeschool with the help of an online school. Thank you so much for the time you put into encouraging others, I have greatly enjoyed your blog over the last year or two!

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