Most of what I read on Christian "mom blogs", if any opinion is expressed at all, says that Homeschooling Is The One Christian Way to educate a child, and any other way will corrupt the child with anti-Christian Government Propaganda. I, for one, was in public schools until college, in three different states, and had a good experience- but that was my personal experience, at specific schools, with my specific learning style and personality.
So, after hearing all the criticism of public schools, I was surprised when I came across an old blog post from a blogger I read (he's on vacation and posting old posts while he's gone) titled "Death to Homeschooling"
But it seems to me that if we are truly committed to living a missional life, then we must enroll our kids in the public school. That is, we are committed to living lives fully invested in what I might call the “Jesus Ethic” or the “Kingdom of God Ethic,” and also fully invested in the society — in fact, you might say that we live according to the Kingdom of God for the sake of society.The comments are long, and some are very pointed. I encourage you to read them. I tend not to agree totally with Tony Jones (the blogger) but instead with a commenter a ways down who says:
I think the problem here is that by positing it as an “either-or” connumdrum (you’re misisonal if you attend public schools, and you’re not if you home school), you negate the possibility that one can be missional in any circumstance. Isn’t that a primary point of the kingdom ethic–that we can share the light of Christ in every situation in which we find ourselves?As for what we'll do with our future, theoretical kids... I can't say, because I haven't met them yet. I think that's the biggest issue for me. Each child is individually unique, and something best for one child isn't necessarily best for another. We've ruled out private schools, but that's about it. I do know homeschoolers can be 'missional' and well-adjusted- I've seen it in friends who were homeschooled their whole lives. I also know for a fact that children can be Christ-followers in the midst of a government-run school. I was there!
I'd say there's no Right Answer here, but I'd be interested in hearing what you think about:
- the discussion on the post,
- why you've made the choices you have (or what you plan to do, or how you are thinking through it),
- and what your educational experience taught you.