Reading Ten Big Reasons Not to Send Christian Kids to Public Schools Today, an e-book published by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and written by David d’Escoto, was like reading a pro-homeschooling magazine article from a pro-homeschooling magazine, which is just what it is. D’Escoto’s reasons are ones that are commonly cited: the failure of public schools to consider the individual; the idea that turning a child over to a public school system is tantamount (I’ve always wanted to use that word!) to relinquishing one’s rights and responsibilities as a parent; the sheer number of hours that schools keep families apart; the lack of Bible teaching in schools; the idea that being with peers all day long every day makes a child dependent on those peers, instead of on his family; and others. His sources of information are many and varied, from Great Awakening preacher Jonathan Edwards to the Washington Post, with several pro-homeschooling sources also included.
As a parent who is already planning to homeschool her children and already reads widely about the subject of home education, this e-book is really nothing new. After reading this e-book, though, I am reaffirmed in our decision to continue on the educational path we have begun with our preschool-age children. Because my family is in the minority in our circle of friends and acquaintances, I think that this article might give some parents food for thought, even if they do not agree with d’Escoto’s final, “most controversial” (his words) point: that “public education is causing millions of children to stumble in their walk with the Lord.” If you’re undecided about homeschooling’s value for your Christian children, this little e-book could definitely persuade you of its importance.
Disclosure: I received this e-book through the trial process of securing a position on The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew.