As the prospect of marriage approaches, I’m beginning to think more and more about children. Children are pretty important to me. In fact, there was a point I thought I might actually want children more than a wife! I’m not so far gone as that anymore, but I am convinced that, once you have them, raising those children properly should be the absolute highest concern in the way you order your life (it takes second place, of course, to loving and honoring God, but since raising your children right is pretty high up there on God’s list too, I won’t make much of a distinction).
Valerie and I have already addressed the questions of “how soon” and “how many” that seem so pressing in today’s society (the answers are “as soon as possible,” and “lots!”, respectively). But the question of how to educate them (which seems so… academic …to some people) has been bearing down on my mind. Because we moved so often when I was growing up, I have been through nearly every concievable kind of school. Hands down, homeschooling won. I don’t mean just that it was the most fun, but I genuinely think I got the most education in the least amount of time.
Valerie and I are confident that we’ll be in the best imaginable position to homeschool our kids: She’s a biology major who intends to get a medical doctorate. I’m working on my MDiv degree. She can cover the sciences while I look after the humanities. We’ll be great.
But as I hear more and more at church and work about how horrible the public school situation is, the more guilty I feel. Some people are just not in the position to homeschool their kids. They are more than willing to help, but they just can’t do it themselves. Here I am, willing and able to teach my own kids, but unwilling to make a good contribution to help kids in the society around me, basically drowning in the unchristian culture. Doesn’t sound right, does it?
I like teaching kids. Valerie will tell you I’m actually good at it (though I wouldn’t go that far). When I was graduating undergrad, people kept asking me if I was going to teach with that English degree. No! I would say, thinking of my bad experiences in public school. There is no way I will ever touch one of those stinky things again. Then Valerie’s Aunt Judy pointed out to me that public schools are not the only option. And now that I think about it, assuming a better organization to work under, teaching wouldn’t be half bad. Valerie says I’m good at it. Which then, of course, sets me to thinking what would be the best situation where I could raise and educate my kids to the best of their potential, *and* contribute appropriately to the education of kids in the society around me.
And now I’m seriously considering looking into getting a masters in Christian education alongside that MDiv. Meanwhile I’ve been hearing about some of the other schooling options that are becoming available as homeschooling reaches the critical mass for diversification and begins to converge with other non-state run schooling systems. The potential for raising wonderfully educated children is amazing!
There’s some great debate going on at [Right Reason](http://rightreason.ektopos.com/), particularly in [this post](http://rightreason.ektopos.com/archives/001466.html) about the division of power between the family, the state, and society. Be sure and read through the comments section, too, as Right Reason atrracts the best readers.