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March 15, 2004

Our Western culture is evangelistic and totalitarian in its zeal to promote secular humanism.

Their primary means of achieving universal compliance is the public designed educational system. It is not because it is public nor because it is universal that it is evil.

The evil is found in two things:

  1. The values expressed in the educational system are not the values and goals that spring from genuine love of their fellow man. They are selfishly motivated with economic security and personal advancement as the bottom line. The educational system assumes greed and carnality. Since our values are different, since we are going in opposite directions we can’t ride the same school bus.
  2. Their secular humanists religion assumes classroom education essential to the fulfillment of humanity — that the height of civilization is in the gaining of knowledge. It is not original thinking and creativity that is valued; it is the rehashing of the politically correct that is viewed as worthy scholarship. The party line is smart; everything else is “radical right.”

The standard form of education has taken an invasive, destructive nature. Intensive time consuming mental discipline out of proportion to working with the hands is alien to natural humanity and a threat to normal development. It is a perversion to take a five to twelve-year-old child and enter him in a demanding competition to academic excellence. To begin a demanding schedule of football training for a seven-year-old would be rightly viewed as a perversion on the part of the ambitious adult. How can we justify raping a child’s youth by forced confinement to professional studies. Child prodigies are usually abnormal, unfulfilled adults.

Normal psychological development will occur at the appropriate time as the three-year-old hangs on to mama’s skirt, the six-year-old calls mama to come see what he has made in the yard or drawn on a piece of paper, the eight-year-old will brag of his achievements helping daddy, and the ten-year-old will be proud of the few dollars he has made in some project. The twelve-year-old will be a little man with near man-size responsibilities. Somewhere in all this he has learned to read well and to keep his financial books. He has discussed world history with the adults and looked at the map to identify foreign countries. At fourteen, strangers are impressed at his ability to function in the adult world. He talks freely on many subjects gleaned from library books on anatomy, science, medicine, history and the Bible. He has spent one-fifth the time in “sit down” studies as his public school counterpart. At sixteen, he is ready for college or to start his own business.

Schooling will fill the brain with facts that will enable them to pass a test, but it will not teach them to relate to the world in which they live. When a child should be developing confidence, creativity, individuality, a strong body and a work ethic, he is instead made to cease independent decision making and march (or rather sit) in formation to the drum beat of another. He is reared to take a prepared position as a member of a society, marching in disobedience to its Maker. God help us to march to a higher drum beat.

Don’t turn your home into a classroom. Don’t become a “schoolmarm,” wearying bored, captive children who are being deprived of their normal childhood. Let your homeschooling become more of a natural flow of the days events. Don’t torture your children for extended periods of time. A child who’s imagination is captivated will learn more in five minutes than in eight hours in a boring class room setting. If you have surrendered your parental rights to the “Most Reverend State” and are forced under duress to sign a statement as to the number of hours you conduct school, take the liberty to define school as you see fit.

If you have made a decision to homeschool, you are on the cutting edge of moral and social development. You are the wise and caring parent. If you feel inadequate in your formal training, just remember that what you’ve missed in not going to college was mostly just a bad intellectual disease. I am still trying to get over some of the things I was exposed to in the “great halls of learning.” Be assured, if you can half read and find your way to the library or a homeschool curriculum fair, you are equipped to provide your children with the materials they need to learn to read and do math. After that, with a little supervision, they will pass up the public school kids so fast they will leave a sonic boom. Start them late and finish them early. While the public system is brainwashing their children you can heart wash yours, and the final product will be their envy.

— Michael Pearl


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7 comments on “Homeschooled”

  1. I love this article. My question is how do you homeschool like this and not end up with lazy children? I’ve always thought of structured academic schooling as the “job” for the children while they are children including regular chores. So, they do their “school” during the day and that is then replaced with a real job or homemaking after they are adults. If they don’t have that structure, then aren’t they just doing things that they want to do and feeding their selfish souls? What would a typical day look like to avoid raising selfish, self-centered children that haven’t learned a thing except to entertain themselves and do occasional chores?

  2. Limit random playing with toys and electronic games, train them to guard their hearts for the one they will marry, and brag to people they admire about their business, life skills achievements, & career oriented learning and activities. Prevent friendships with kids whose focus is fun and romance and not on building their future. Get the Jumping Ship materials!

  3. Wow. That’s how I feel. You completely judge and promote your gospel with fear. I believe MOST families homeschool out of fear and not principal. You aid in this wrong mindset. Perfect love, Gods love, casts out fear. I trust that God will do His part as I do mine in raising my kids through the public school system. I will get to hear the stories, engage in battle with, and prepare my kids to be in the world without being of the world.

  4. I can already see the benefits of homeschooling my two girls in the short amount of time we have spent just reading new books and talking more about things they like. I now visit the library regularly and bring home books on geography, the solar system, fairy tales and they are discovering a love of learning. Its especially good for my older daughter who has mild autism, she has been abused in the school system and hated reading for most of her life, refused to do any math, but yesterday she found a book at the library about Jupiter, and it made her so excited, she sat down and read it. She has been doing that more and more. Finding books she likes on things that interest her and sitting down to read it. I am shocked.

  5. Thank you so much for this article..I have 5 grown daughters whom I homeschooled and always tried to make the perfect “classroom” and structure etc because that’s what I was we are starting over and have a 5 year old son and my heart (the Lord) had been speaking this exact thing to me and this article was confirmation.

  6. Hi I absolutely love this idea of not making our homeschool classroom style. I have four boys,But I’m not sure how to do that. What do you teach them for math and reading that they will enjoy? I guess I’m always worried I don’t do enough crafts or science projects, what are your thoughts on that? Or do you just let them do their own exploring?

  7. Amen!! Wise words and so very true. It breaks my heart seeing the damage done to children. I homeschool but most of my family doesn’t. It’s hard to see my elementary school nieces and nephews already suffering emotional amd psychological. How do you justify putting so much stress on an 8 year old? How do you justify 6hrs in a classroom and 2 hrs of homework? You can homeschool in 2 hrs at that age!