Quoting Quiverfull: The Bible is All You Need to be Educated?

by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies –You Don’t Have To Be Rich

I read this morning in Ecclesiastes 34:13, “Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king.”

It’s not riches that make a child. It is learning the wisdom of God which is greater than worldly wisdom. A child with riches may be foolish; but a child from a poor family can be rich in wisdom if he or she is taught in the ways of God.

I have a friend who went through a difficult financial time and could no longer afford any homeschooling curriculum. She was devastated. But, her husband reminded her that she had the best textbook available! So she began teaching her children their lessons from the Bible and raised three wonderful girls to adulthood.

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.
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  • The_L1985

    Functional adulthood?

  • Hedgehog

    Yes, the bible is great math book. You have five loaves and two fish. How much food do you have?

    If you can’t afford basic learning tools you should not be home schooling. While you can do your own proplems and assignments but making them so that they are not too easy or hard and kids learn the right thing from them? Possiple but hard. There is reason that good textbooks are made by professionals. There needs to be learning curve on difficulty, theory and how to apply what you just learned all made so that different people with different learning styles can learn from it.

  • persephone

    The poor woman had only three children. I’m surprised Nancy would even mention her; doesn’t Nancy require a six-child minimum for godly faith?

  • persephone

    My guess is the curriculum was one of those preferred by the fundagelicals with an emphasis on faith and obedience, as opposed to actually learning anything usable.

  • NeaDods

    Those girls may be wonderful, but I’ll also bet good cash money that they’re ignorant. Especially in things like math, science, geography, civics, and all the other things invented since the Roman era.

  • Heather

    Right on. Kind of like “we grew up without seatbelts and we’re fine” mentality. (Yah, you are fine, because you weren’t killed in a car crash like so many others.) I think there are a lot of homeschoolers out there that think their kids are educated, but they are comparing them to OTHER HOME SCHOOLED KIDS. I had a family that homeschooled babysit my daughter when she was a baby, and I was astonished at their simple mindedness and lack of intelligence and common sense. Great kids, great personality, but not too sharp even thought I think they would have turned out very smart had they had the opportunity!!!

  • Trollface McGee

    Great, three girls raised to think whales are fish, insects have four legs and have absolutely archaic grammar.
    And it’s not like textbooks are expensive. Slightly outdated editions are pennies online. My local book exchange has tons for free and I know many schools that are happy to donate older books (certainly better than nothing at all).
    But I suspect it isn’t about them receiving adequate education rather that delighting that three more kids are growing up uneducated without all that librul fact lurning.

  • Saraquill

    Not to mention free book from libraries.

  • Saraquill

    Tell me Nancy, how well did your version of the Bible educate your grandchildren? At least one of them reached adolescence still illiterate. Nor did it teach his parents very much, as they thought little of shipping him to another country without even bothering to check if he’d have shelter there.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Hello, child abuse.

  • Laura Turner

    I doubt Campbell is being completely truthful, and rather is using the story to try to prove a point that she can’t prove because it just isn’t true. The Bible was not intended to be an educational textbook. And as someone already said, and we all know, outdated editions of textbooks can be had for next to nothing.Even if no free or cheap books were available to that family, what kind of church or homeschool group or Christian person who knew them would let them go without textbooks? I wouldn’t call their friends and acquaintances very Christian if they did.

  • aim2misbehave

    So what happened when these girls had to find the diameter of a circle (for, I don’t know, a home decor project) from its radius? Did they just multiply it by 3?

  • mayarend

    Oh, but you never know what demons may be on those used books! (lol)

  • ssohara

    The Bible IS important… but it’s not a science textbook, or a math book, or a complete history book, or a way to learn a foreign language… I’m a Christian and of course the Bible is important. One reason that the concept of universal literacy came about – because after the Protestant Reformation people thought it very important that each person could read the Bible for him or herself. But – part of that implied that each person THINK for him or herself. You didn’t listen to what someone else told you the Bible said – you read it yourself and thought about what you read.

    God gave us brains. The Bible can tell us that God created humanity, but if a person needs surgery, it’s great if the doctor has been to medical school. The Bible has wonderful poetry about the stars – but it doesn’t tell us the exact composition of a gas giant or how many light years away it is. I believe in the Bible, but I am also intellectually curious and I like to read books on science, history, philosophy, mechanics, etc. God gave us a whole wonderful world to explore – why limit ourselves?

  • texcee

    Good comment. The Bible doesn’t say anything about internal combustion engines, but I’ll bet 99.9% of fundies drive an automobile. It doesn’t say anything about microwave transmission, but I’ll bet they have a cell phone in their pocket and a microwave oven in their kitchens. It DOES say things like not eating shellfish or wearing clothing of mixed fibers, but most of them have probably had a meal at Red Lobster and wear cotton-polyester jeans. In other words, if you’re relying on the Bible to guide every aspect of your life, you just may be fooling yourself!