Quoting Quiverfull: Pitfalls of Homeschooling?

WordSaladby Doug Wilson from Blog and Mablog – The 9 Pitfalls of Homeschooling

Editor’s note: New series by Doug Wilson. Guessing that telling homosexuals and women how they are doing things wrong isn’t enough and he feels the need to aim at another target. While the two bits from this list are good points just knowing what Wilson believes points to rather awful solutions.

Artificial Holiness

First, Christians are supposed to live separated and holy lives. But the only thing capable of actually separating us is the gospel, presented with clarity and received with evangelical faith. And it is affirmed that parents are supposed to shelter their children from the corruptions of the world. So a holy life is a separated life, but the separation needs to be gospel separation. Mere physical separation (although sometimes necessary) can easily be confused with gospel separation. This is the old monastic temptation—putting physical distance between your family and the sinful world can sometimes seem like you successfully put spiritual distance when you have not. When putting merely physical distance between your family and the sinful world “works,” the end result of this confusion is spiritual pride. As my bemused children were once told by a much younger child, “Those who homeschool are better than those who do not.”

The World’s Allure

Second, what happens when that separation doesn’t work so well? When parents make such a decision for the family, it is a decision that the children need at some point to buy into. If they do not buy into it, and are growing up in “monastic” isolation, this can make the glow of Vanity Fair on the horizon powerfully attractive. Our job as parents is not to get kids to conform to the standard, but rather bring them up to love the standard. I have seen homeschooled kids who were ravenously hungry to be accepted as “cool,” while simultaneously being radically handicapped by their position.

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men 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 and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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