More conference thoughts....
Voddie Bauchum, "If you send your children to Ceasar (gov. school) for their education, don't be surprised when you get little Romans (liberals)."
He believes all Christians (particularly So. Baptist) should permanently withdraw their children from gov. schools. It wouldn't take long for the school system to collapse. Why support something that is so anti-family?
If you study the beginning origins of the public school system, you will find that the most ardent, vocal founders wanted the school system to separate children from their parents, break the family ties/bonds, and crank out little workers for the government and factories. They wanted to be the moral (or immoral) code the children learned and not the religious foundations of their families. Its easier to indoctrinate children to your own beliefs if you separate them from their parents/grandparents, for a majority of the day.
For those who are protesting in their minds right now and ready to write me a scathing comment ~ think about this...yes, there are many Christian teachers in the public school system, who do their very best to love on their students, be a positive influence/role model, etc ~ but their hands are tied ~ they Have to teach what they are told, when they are told, and how they are told, there is no flexibility. And we really can't hope to revamp the schools when going back to their origins, they were intended to do exactly what they are doing now. And, sending our little Christian children to be "salt & light" in the system is harming our children ~ one child would have a hard time influencing non-believers, but many non-believers have an easier time influencing one child. Our children aren't equipped or trained to stand up against the "darkness" on their own.
Ken Ham quoted that between the grades of kindergarten & 12th grade, children will have spent 14,000 hours in the classroom. They are learning someone's agenda but not their parents beliefs. This doesn't count extracurricular activities, hours of homework (some useless busy work), running to & from the school for pta, fundraisers, performances, games, teacher conferences.
I decided to figure out how many classroom hours my children would have spent homeschooling in the same time frame. I am figuring mine on 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, 36 weeks a year, k-12..... and the grand total is 9,360. We are efficient with school ~ we don't need 8-9 hour days, we don't need 2-3 or more hours of homework. Those are just classroom hours. But really, I get at least 5,096 hours a year with my children, so in 13 years thats 66,248 hours. (14 hrs. a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year) Which is the better deal?
In our family, we've done public school, private Christian school, and homeschooling. Hands down, homeschooling is the best. Its a lifestyle choice that is perfect for our family (& I believe every other family also). Amy will be the only one of our 7 children that will have gone through every school grade as a homeschooler. We are coming to the end of my 15th year as a homeschool mom. Amy, Will, and I figured out this morning that if they double up on their math lessons this week and next ~ they will be done with school till Aug. Now, that is motivation for a 17 & 15 year old! I have 3 short years left as a homeschooling mom.
The Bible instruct parents to teach their children morning, noon, and night. No where in the Bible does the Lord instruct parents to send their children out of the home for instruction.
My daughter Katie, took my notes from the conference this weekend and typed them on her & Amy's blog...Random Thoughts by 2 Sisters (on my sidebar). She looked up all the scripture references and typed them out for easy reading.