Monday, June 14, 2010

Christian School vs. Christian Home School


Education (part 40)

If we recognize that the church is the center of the community, we will all be well served. Nevertheless, it's not uncommon to see insecurities, strife, jealousy and a party spirit present within the church between homeschoolers and Christian day schoolers. But we're on the same team! This isn't a competition. Even our striving should help us all to grow. It's really helpful if we'll all admit that we none of us have arrived yet. We're all doing some things wrong. We all need help and encouragement. We all need criticism.

There are great successes and great disasters all around us in Christian education. All of our efforts require an enormous amount of God's grace. Even the best families need the grace of God, because even the best families fall short at many points. You're not capable of giving your children the education God requires―not alone. The best schools are loaded with problems because they are loaded with sinners. I'm a fan of all kinds of Christian education, but I'm not a fan of every Christian school or every home school. I've done both and I've succeeded and failed at both. We have to be willing to say that, believe it and have the humility and grace to show it toward others.

4 comments:

  1. Great Post, Pastor Booth

    At our school we have invited the homeschoolers to be part of choir or invited them to partipate in a Logic class, etc. I have gone over to do a chapel service for the homeschool co-op. We also have had a homeschool mom run our art program - one of the best successes that our school has had, I believe. I talk with homeschool moms about curriculum and they ask me for book recommendations, and borrow math books and answer keys. I love to work with others who love Christian education. A church has to be committed to quality CHRISTIAN education in community first and formost. When people visit the school they often say that it feels like homeschooling together, with one big plan.

    Blessings,
    Ed

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  2. Ed, Regents Academy in Nacogdoches has offered similar opportunities for interaction with homeschoolers.

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  3. Those are the types of things that would bring unity to this issue within a covenant community. Working together like that is beautiful.

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  4. So much "homeschooling" is done these days via co-op arrangements, that the term "homeschooling" hardly has its previous definition anymore. The movement is evolving (again) toward…SCHOOLS. Someone long ago discovered that the division of labor within the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12) serves the cause of Christian education as well as it serves other aspects of ministry. If parents are fully engaged in the education of their children — as they should be — then it matters less and less whether it is "at home" or "in school." Thanks for this whole series, Randy.

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