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JimL, I am not going to avail myself of either. We all know that there is no perfect schooling system because people are involved and every person on this earth is tainted to the core by sin. While there have been documented instances of children not being appropriately cared for by their parents, there are just as many if not more cases of the school mistreating children. Many on this site have already decried the abuse of teaching lies and confusion. Worse than that happens regularly. So the solution your link offers is more parental oversight. There was a saying within a homeschool community we were part of years ago: "Either regulate yourself under God or the government will regulate you instead." I commend to you the website hslda.org. Read the horror stories they publish. Then go to an offshoot of HSLDA, parentalrights.org. The "need" for government oversight is a very touchy subject for the homeschool community.
We as homeschooling parents don't need government oversight to ensure we are doing right by our children. We love them. They are excelling beyond their peers academically and socially. The public school would indoctrinate them I to believing every form of evil is an acceptable lifestyle choice. They would have them praying to Allah. That may be fine for your family, but for mine and my house, we'll follow the Lord through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.
As a dad, I'm quite a bit apprehensive about a young daughter becoming involved with a much older man. Such appears to be every bit a matter of cohertion, and avoiding such means avoiding every appearance of evil. Meanwhile, I would rather have my children marry earlier than later because it is better to marry than to burn. I have seen strange things in my time, including some very strange marriages - and old men with young women smack of exploitation and self-serving interest which can go both ways. But God doesn't follow what we think because He isn't a man and His thoughts aren't our thoughts. And we don't follow what He says, but are sinners through and through in great need of a Savior.
It is beyond time to escape the liberal establishment and protect our children from their destructive indoctrination and brain washing. Dare I suggest homeschooling as an option? Parental control over school is vital to bringing up children in the nurture and admonishion of the Lord.
The best "program," one thatthat actually works, is for Dad's to come to faith in Jesus Christ, then see how their Father in heaven operates toward His begotten Son and adopted children, and see how that operationalizes thru the words of Scripture. Everything else tends to come into a right priority. As a father, I was never commanded in the Bible to pursue my dreams or desires, but I am commanded to love my wife I a very sacrificial way and my children (Ephesians 5 & 6, others).
As a homeschool dad, this is readily apparent. Our child does gym by learning and playing sport. We have specifically chosen to not participate in sporting activities on Sunday. Our homeschool community offers sports on weekdays, so we can meet this requirement without impacting the rest of what we need to do while protecting the Lord's day. But there is a lot of pressure to participate more and more. For some of our community, the opportunity to participate in public school sports is being denied them, and they would rather increase government oversight on everyone than lose that opportunity to play at a higher and more observable level.
Then there's the whole professional sporting thing, which must relate to high church. Everywhere we go, our child is asked if he cheers for the local favorite NFL team.
Like any cult, there is a means in which participants through greater training can make themselves "better" and "healthier." Fans can be more devotes than others, gaining status. And all plays into the cult of "Self" in which pleasure or status is gained through working up levels. A piece of this is sexual, both in terms of gaining sexual attention from others as well as the attempts of sexually gratifying or exciting add-ons from cheerleaders and advertising, sometimes f
Jim L, I'm completely confused how you can connect young teens being preyed upon by adult men with the homeschooling movement. There is absolutely no connection whatsoever. Many homeschoolers of both genders outperform their traditional schooled peers in every aspect of education. On the contrary, my wife who grew up in only conservative Christian schools was routinely hit on by adult men on and off campus. My dad, who was almost nothing Christian, at least could give me a very valuable piece of advice - leave other people's teenage daughters alone. And where are those kids most exposed without parental protection? School.
That's the kind of attitude every professor and administrator ought to have, but surely this strikes at enrollment for those more interested in partying than learning. Of course, for those in social science majors like political science, there isn't a lot of definition so drunkness and laziness is just preparation for political careers.
You know, our child spends a good amount of time on technology but interacts and communicates very well with people of all ages. Sure, there's something wrong with the dad but also a government system who will accuse that dad of abuse if he tells his kids to put their phones down and the school that warps kids to only communicate politically correct ideas. And the nature of society today. What's funny to me is that the first question we get as homeschoolers is how our son is being socialized...and, of course, he's more interactive & communicative than his socialized peers from the socialist system! Oh, and our child is autistic & still out performs.
This situation is quite a shame and NOT what Lord Baden Powell had in mind when he first created Boy Scouts in the UK to equip boys to become leading men of action. Many today seem confused about the difference between sexes including the U.S. military. But the other drivers beyond seeking cultural conformity is that both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are shrinking in size and influence. For alternative for your sons, check out Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls for your daughters. Both organizations are unapologetically Christian and seek to uphold the Lord's created order & created identities.
This is standard fare of indoctrination by public schools, and California is being very open about their agenda. Just because it's out in the open there doesn't mean it isn't happening elsewhere. C. S. Lewis' "The Abolution of Man" raised this concern decades ago. There are alternatives, and homeschooling is one we really recommend.
I gave up on the NFL and college football years ago. I learned how Christians in Roman times stood against gladiator sports and saw the same kinds of base attractions in football...organized violence. I also noted that there is a strong female sensual side piece, making football with it's organized violence and female sensuality crafted to provoke or feed primary the lusts of the flesh and the eyes. Finally, NFL games are played primarily on Sunday, our day of rest. It is not the example I want for our child. Many professing Christians we know enjoy football and follow it closely. We are taking a 1 Peter 4:1-6 approach.
It is little wonder, then, that modern day gladiators are standing against the government under which they live. Is there nothing new under the sun? Were there not gladiator revolts in Rome?