Homeschoolers supporting one another

This past Saturday I participated in a homeschool forum in a nearby county. There homeschooling moms and dads spent four hours displaying textbooks and other curriculum choices they’ve used so they could help other families make decisions for the following school year, and answering questions about particular subjects. Unlike homeschooling conventions, there were no sales or sales pitches. The sole purpose of this gathering was for Christian homeschooling families to help one another by means of encouragement and sharing information. A number of visitors were present who were just “checking out” what this homeschooling business was all about…

I participated in a question and answer session over lunch. As I gazed at the faces of those in attendance, I realized just how “dangerous” a bunch we homeschoolers are! The major threat we pose to the humanistic secularism of our day is that we realize how precious a gift the fruit of the womb is—the reward we’ve been given—and we are actively obedient to the Giver of this gift by raising and training our children according to His holy directions.

Quote source

Schwartz, A. (2008). The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education [ebook]. Chalcedon/Ross House Books, Vallecito. Location 229 of 1592

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Homeschoolers’ maturity: let your light shine before others

The other night as I was an audience member for a homeschool theater production of the musical Annie, I was once again struck by how unique Christian homeschooling is as a cultural trend…

Guests who are not accustomed to homeschooling circles almost always remark on how well-behaved and orderly the children are, and how readily they take direction and show respect for those in authority. If you, like me, are used to such things, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal.

One woman, who had been a teacher in public schools and Sunday schools for over forty years, was dumbfounded that eighty plus children under the direction of about five to seven moms could be so cooperative.

Quote source

Schwartz, A. (2008). The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education [ebook]. Chalcedon/Ross House Books, Vallecito. Location 273-80

Homeschooling proven as the right choice

Over the years, I have received many a quizzical look when people learn that I homeschool. However, once they discover that I have successfully homeschooled two of my three children through high school, the look usually becomes one of awe.

Then I invariably hear, “Gee, I could never do that!” Funny thing is, when I first heard about homeschooling, my first thought was, “Gee, people do that? That’s something I’d love to do!”

No one I knew homeschooled. In fact, my husband’s first reaction was to let me know in no uncertain terms that what I wanted to do was fine for our son’s preschool years, but when he was at kindergarten or first grade age, we would have to re-evaluate the whole idea.

By the time that day rolled around, my husband was solidly on board—even facetiously taking credit for the original idea. My own father (who had obediently sent me to parochial school in response to instructions given in his pre-marital counseling with my mother) was not at peace with this notion of mine. Yet now, at the age of ninety-four, is as proud as he can be with the success of his homeschooled grandchildren.

Quote source

Schwartz, A. (2006). Lessons Learned From Years of Homeschooling [ebook]. Chalcedon/Ross House Books, Vallecito. Location 79 of 1150

Ford Schwartz’s powerful example of Biblical marriage

It was December 1984 and I was pregnant with my second child. The dealership where my husband worked at the time had a Christmas party for the sales people. After the salesmen’s dinner, before the men got their Christmas bonuses, the management provided “entertainment”. It involved strippers.

My husband was faced with a dilemma. He knew he didn’t want to have anything to do with this, but was concerned that if he left, he might forfeit his bonus which totalled almost $2,000—money that we could immediately put to good use. Because he was a student of God’s law, who had been practicing its application, he knew that he could not stay. So, he got up and left as soon as he realised what was about to take place…

He found the nearest pay phone (that was before the cell phone revolution) and called me up quite frazzled. he was talking so fast that all I could gather was that he was sorry that he gave up the $2,000 bonus but he couldn’t in good conscience stay. When I finally heard the story, tears came to my eyes. I told him that I was grateful God had given me a husband who valued his Savior and his marriage enough to do the right thing…

After he got off the phone, there were two other salesmen waiting to talk with him. Each explained that they were uncomfortable with what was happening and knew it was wrong but didn’t want to anger their boss and decided to stay put and not leave. However, when they saw my husband exit, it gave them the strength to do the right thing…

As it turned out, the next day at work his bonus was waiting for him.

Quote Source

Schwartz, A. (2013). “Learn It; Live It; Teach It” in Faith for All of Life, November/December 2013, p. 19

Generational conflict is not a given

It is not a “given” that there will be generational conflict. This is a humanistic device intended to weaken the family, the culture, and set the stage for tyranny.

My two cents

I think that’s a very good point about generational conflict being a modern-day cultural trope—rather than a guaranteed fact. It’s a little frustrating that society keeps pushing that trope, so that when it happens, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I think this is one reason why homeschooling is important; if the child’s most significant influences come from his parents, then the other candidates of competing influence— such as the child’s peer group, the mainstream media, or politicised state-driven school curricula—have less chance of taking hold.

A big part of this depends on decisive parents who agree with one another—married couples who work together as a team, running plays from the best playbook (the Bible). I think this is a really important thing to have bedded down before a couple marries—instead of ad-libbing down the track.

That’s the type of family planning that really matters—the attitudinal type, not the chemical type.

Quote source

Schwartz, A. (2013). The Challenges of Family Life. Available from http://www.wordsfromandrea.com/archives/781. Last accessed 12 Jan 2014.

Psychology and its humanistic influence on Christianity

Humanistic psychology gives us a doctrine of man radically at odds with Scripture. It has become routine for clergymen to look to humanistic psychologies for guidance in pastoral counseling, and books applying such psychologies to pastoral problems have a ready market and widespread influence. The result has been the steady infiltration of humanism into Christian circles and the steady erosion of the Biblical doctrines of man and salvation.

My two cents

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Painting “Humanism and the Technology” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I haven’t quoted R.J. Rushdoony in a while, so it’s nice to get back to his work. There was a time when I assumed that (mainstream) psychology was philosophically neutral, but the more I read about it, the more I realise how humanistic it is. I guess the thing which surprised me most was how no Christian I know has ever spoken about it to me in conversation; I haven’t spoken to a huge number about it, but all the same…it’s as though humanism has been welcomed without much resistance or even awareness.

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. cited in Schwartz (2012). Eternity in their Hears. http://chalcedon.edu/blog/homeschooling/2012/3/6/eternity-in-their-hearts-2/ 23rd Mar 2012.

Andrea Schwartz on the divine origin of gender

From the beginning of time, God has decreed that people be defined in terms of their gender rather than apart from it.

My two cents

I love this sentiment (and the emphasis in the original). I remember the feminists at the university trying to teach me the opposite and spending much of their energy trying to wriggle out of Andrea’s words—it was something that never sat well with me. How much better to be with a woman who is proud to be a woman (exactly as the Bible defines it) instead of a pseudo-mannish, different-for-the-sake-of-being-different humanist or existentialist.

Quote source

Schwartz, A. (2011). Engendered Differences. Available: http://www.wordsfromandrea.com/?p=422. Last accessed 15th May 2011.