Quoting Quiverfull: Technology is Better in Homeschooling?

Quoting Quiverfull: Technology is Better in Homeschooling? October 6, 2013

by Mary Pride of Homeschooling World Magazine – Homeschool Goes High Tech

Homeschooling is now clearly more sophisticated than classroom education.

We have more (and better) resources to draw upon. We can adapt the latest technology more quickly. We are far more committed to finding out what works, as opposed to what sounds impressive on someone’s resumé.

That brings me back to my first point. It’s our own kids we are teaching. All the hubbub over the latest technology and the fanciest educational method means nothing at all if these shiny new tools do not directly improve the spiritual, emotional, and academic lives of our children. That is why we at Practical Homeschooling are working so hard to stay on top of the educational tools of today and tomorrow. If we do this research, you don’t have to. You will be able to both have your cake (time with your children) and eat it too (jumping right into programs you know are wholesome and will interest you).

Spend lots of time with your children. Don’t get caught up in going online for its own sake while the kids run crazy in the next room. Watch while they play their educational software, or at least check in occasionally to observe their triumphs. (“Mom! I got every question right on this level of WordSmart!”)

In the end, most of the new technology is a crutch designed to fill in the gaps in our own knowledge and teaching ability. The more we know, the less we need it for educational purposes. There’s a world of information out there, but most of what mankind needs to know is still between the leather covers of your grandpa’s Bible. Technology is fun; technology is entertaining; technology is sociable (love those message boards!); but technology is not God. If, instead of fretting about providing every underprivileged child in America with a computer, our august leaders put some muscle into removing the artificial barriers the court system has erected between American children and God, we would all be a lot better off.

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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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  • Baby_Raptor

    All the technology in the world doesn’t make a person equipped and qualified to be a teacher.

  • Saraquill

    How many Qfers can afford the latest technological gadget and software when they have an ever increasing brood to feed and house? Not to mention, isn’t technology supposed to be a hotbed of sin and evil?

    I also fail to see why the Bible is the be all and end all of textbooks. I imagine it’s not up to date on tech, medicine, math or history.

  • Trollface McGee

    They whine about textbooks in public schools being inaccurate, out of date – yet they want one that doesn’t include over 2,000 years of history, any knowledge of cultures outside of the Middle East and Rome, that teaches whales are fish and promotes such values as slavery, genocide and polygamy.
    Plus, if they spent more time with real textbooks, then maybe they’d stop with the “artificial barrier between children and God” nonsense.

  • Nea

    The attempts at logic make my head hurt. You need technology! We look at technology for you! Only none of us needs technology, only Bible! This set of statements does not flow.

    The line “If we do this research, you don’t have to” made me snicker. Is there anyone on this Earth who can’t recognize that sentence as “buy MY stuff, not anyone else’s!”?

  • Jayn

    Yeah, she really did an about-face there. I mean, she starts out with a bit of a point that schools don’t always integrate technology well (my high school was an example–they clearly wanted computers in the classrooms, but didn’t seem to have any idea what to do with them) but then goes and mentions educational software–I thought the point of homeschooling was to better oversee your child’s education? Handing them over to a computer program isn’t much different than handing them over to a teacher, and I suspect is actually worse–software has limited ability to adapt to a child’s needs. Not that it matters, because a good teacher doesn’t need it anyways, so why’d she even bring it up?

    It’s a really mixed message I’m reading in here.

  • Theo Darling

    I’m pretty pissed about this one. Technology is so great! Homeschools are better than public schools because we’re more advanced than they are! But too bad for those poor kids; they don’t deserve a fighting chance at education that matters more and more and will probably totally have at least some kind of effect on their access to good jobs and other resources when they grow up. Instead, let’s just convert them all.