I’m just beginning my work week here in Melbourne, Australia, after a restful weekend of site seeing and adjusting to the local time. You can see more pictures of the city here: http://davidstelzl.com/2013/04/07/melbourne-australia-day-2/
As I travel around there are always opportunities to meet people – which is something i come to really enjoy…Just yesterday I met a couple from Boston and we got to talking about and family – and of course, homeschooling came up.
Are You Really Homeschooling?
Do you get asked about your homeschooling? I really believe homeschooling is the best way. So when someone starts asking about homeschooling, I like to have answers – good answers. If homeschooling really is the best thing for my kids, I don’t want to be on the defensive. Rather, I’d like to leave those I am talking with, questioning their own values and belief system. My program should sound better than theirs if they’ve simply followed the state run education program…
One of the first questions this couple asked me was, “Do you teach them yourself?” Well, if you homeschool, the answer should be “Yes!” – this goes for fathers as well as mothers. Fathers, please don’t say, “My wife does the teaching.” If that’s your answer, your homeschool needs some re-engineering.
This couple mentioned that they have some friends in Boston who some homeschool – however their friends, along with several other families, all send their kids to a man who is a “Trained” teacher, and he teaches them. This is not homeschooling – it’s a small private school.
I know the state would not recognize this family’s “private school” as such, but it is in almost all respects. Homeschooling happens within the family, so I explained the difference. With prepared answers we have an opportunity to share Biblical principles and Christ with others…when people hear that our approach makes sense, it causes them to question their own philosophies. It also provides a way to share Christ as we share the wisdom of Biblical principles.
Are You A Trained Teacher?
My favorite part of the conversation was when they asked, “Are you a teacher?”. If you homeschool, you are a teacher – or a discipler and mentor of your children. I have 20 years of teaching experience.
But that’s not what they meant. They wanted to know if I have been trained as a teacher…formally trained as a teacher. But since they didn’t ask if I had a degree in teaching, I was able to say “Yes!” In fact, I’ve been formally trained to disciple people through various discipleship oriented organizations I’ve been involved in such as Intervarsity, and the homeschool organization we’ve been involved in from the start. And as I explained what we are doing in our program to equip our children to function in this world, both the husband and wife started to agree that this was far superior than the average public school education. It got them thinking about the disaster our society is reaping from our local school system.
We’ll be covering some of this in our upcoming Raising Entrepreneurs conferences – check out the events page – I hope you will join us.
Questions Present Opportunities
When we have great answers, and are able to share them, not in a flippant or arrogant way, but rather in a way that allows people to a glimpse of God’s wisdom, it opens doors. Make sure you have well thought out answers – and make sure your homeschool program really is all that it can be. We have a tremendous opportunity to bring lasting change to this country as we raise up sons and daughters that have real wisdom and understanding, and who are not indoctrinated by worldly thinking.
© 2013, David Stelzl