I have followed the German persecution of home schooling families over the last couple of years. Recently, I found these articles closer to home to be especially disturbing about a home schooling mom who has fled the state of Utah after a judge ordered her to enroll her children in public school. This is on our home land…not in some foreign land once dictated by Nazi rule.
You can read the full story here on World Net Daily and follow the updates on the situation:
Mom threatened with jail for teaching kids at home
Woman abandons home to escape public school
Her response, “…But my kids are not going to public school. They are not going where Jesus isn’t welcome.” She went on to say, “I’m not going back unless the judge removes the threat of arrest. I’ll fight for the cause but I’m not going to be a martyr.”
Any statist government despises parents who believe that their children are THEIR children and because of that belief, seek to teach and train them how they (the parents) see fit….not how the state thinks fit. (Ps.2)
In this such case, it was a paper glitch that launched this family into the gripping hands of the state.
Threats and actions such as these are more common in Germany where home schooling is illegal under an old Hitler era law. In fact, Germany considers home schooling equal to child endangerment and has no problem persecuting families who dare to defy such an unjust law. World Net Daily states in a recent article:
Wolfgang Drautz, consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany, has commented… the government “has a legitimate interest in countering the rise of parallel societies that are based on religion or motivated by different world views and in integrating minorities into the population as a whole.”
Drautz said home school students’ test results may be as good as for those in school, but “school teaches not only knowledge but also social conduct, encourages dialogue among people of different beliefs and cultures, and helps students to become responsible citizens.”
At least the man is honest and admits that public state education is not just concerned with knowledge. What social conduct standards does American public school education hold too? We have all been assured that they are not anywhere close to anything Biblical and in fact are in direct opposition to the Word of God. Shall we rehash the recent fiasco in California… or for that matter any myriad of reports pouring out of the news regarding the latest happenings in American government schools.
What dialogue does the statist system encourage? Acceptance of everyone no matter what false religion or god they serve or don’t serve….except those who hold to standards and declare there is but one Lord, the true and living God. Culture is to be left up to the personal interpretation of each individual person. Two mommies, no daddy, no matter: acceptance of those things the Lord hates is the only normal social conduct approved.
Helping students to become responsible citizens is code for “you will never question anything we say and you will owe your allegiance to the all powerful state or else.” Government education has goals and agendas to produce cogs that properly fit into the system flawlessly.
The beginning of public education in this country is an interesting study and one I think is a must study for home educators. In the late 1800’s, Rev. R.L. Dabney warned of the evils of government education and sadly his warnings were unheeded by the church at large. For they swallowed a bill of goods hook, line and sinker and fell into the lie that public school was “Christian”. Gary North points out in his lectures on The Unknown History of the 20th century: The public school system was NEVER Christian. It was all a pseud to lure Christians into the statist frog pot. And it worked.
We have come a long way and many parents are understanding the importance of home education. However, far too many times, home schoolers get caught up in this competition game with public education. Many are consumed with focusing on producing academically superior, well-socialized children all the while forgetting the number one reason why we are commanded as Christians to teach our children from a distinctly Biblical approach! Many still idolize what so called “experts” say and follow the same patterns and theories of schooling made up by the social darwinians.
R.C. Sproul Jr. in his book, When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling, says, “The true expert on education, is the very One who gave you these children.”
When You Rise Up is the most influential, hard hitting, Biblically based book I have ever read on the subject of homeschooling. If you are a home schooling family, you must read this book and then keep it on your shelf for periodic refreshment! It will encourage and put focus and purpose on what God says true education is.
It’s not about purely academics. Like our German Nazi thinking fellow said: schooling isn’t only about knowledge. And for the Christian, it is first and foremost teaching our children about the one, true, Holy God. All other academics flow out of that truth. Let us never swallow the lie that education is neutral. It never has been and never can be neutral! (Ps.1, Ps.78, Deut.6, Prov.1-4)