Quoting Quiverfull: Religious Reasons For Homeschooling Are The Best?

Quoting Quiverfull: Religious Reasons For Homeschooling Are The Best? February 14, 2015

quotingquiverfullby Jeramy Anderson from Persevero News – Homeschool: The Default 

Editor’s note: Anderson seems to be saying that academic excellence doesn’t matter, only that you keep your children away from anything that isn’t religious. He needs to ask Alecia Pennington and others coming out of the movement how well that worked out…

Another significant observation that I’ve seen is that those who Homeschool for religious reasons will stick to it. The reason why is because they see Homeschool as the default and everything else as a risk to family loyalty and ultimately the Christian faith. Those who primarily do it because if academic reasons may give up once phases of burn out set in, yet those who Homeschool for religious reasons will continue to do so because the risk of sending their children to government school or even some other alternative is unfathomable, and that is especially the case with us. The risk is too great and consequences too dire.

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  • KarenH

    By their own words, the Christian faith is fragile and so easily broken a kid can do it walking through the school yard.

    Doesn’t seem to have much to recommend itself, does it?

  • SAO

    In short, burnt out parents who recognize that their kids aren’t making much educational progress are a lot more likely to stick to it if education isn’t their motivation. That’s certainly a logical theory, but it doesn’t do much to sell homeschooling.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Actually, I think it’s the mindblowing discovery that there are people who don’t follow their parents extremist version of Christianity which does the deed. Or perhaps it’s seeing teachers present history, math, reading and science from an objective perspective without reinforcing fundgelical talking points.

    Either way, I agree that the claim that their children wouldn’t become True Christians™ if they knew they had options doesn’t show much faith in their… er, faith.

    The peculiar thing is that they’ve somehow managed to successfully broker the intellectual threadbareness of their belief into special legal protections for it.

  • Nightshade

    They stick to it because they think they have to, they don’t know when they should quit. That’s not a good thing!

  • pinkie

    There’s an unspoken theory that once a kid discovers that there’s something else out there (anything from sex to evolution) he or she will automatically, wholeheartedly, dive into it. To be fair, it’s not based on any frailities in the Christian faith but on an absolutely perverted level of distrust in one’s children.

  • Rebecca Horne

    I wonder if he even acknowledges that some people would homeschool for family and social reasons that aren’t religious?

    Edit: or to put it a little more pointedly, I wonder if he acknowledges that non-religious people, and religious people who aren’t extremists, also value their family.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    I’ve heard it said that a belief is never truly yours if you never seriously questioned it. A kid who is just parroting what he’s been told all his life, and never been exposed to other viewpoints, is he truly a Christian? I mean, it’s not like he had a choice.

  • Mel

    It takes a huge level of hubris to look at an entire preK-12 educational system – even a crappy one – and think “Hey, I can do better than that myself!”.

    Let’s be honest: If you are home-schooling for religious reasons, you’ve already declared that religious indoctrination trumps academic knowledge.

    Real life example: I went to a YA gathering for single Catholics that would bring in speakers. One night, the parents of a group of 8 home-schooled kids came in. Several of us YAs were teachers and many had attended Catholic schools in the area. We asked some questions about their curriculum specifically about finding good reading materials. The dad thinks for a minute and says “Well, we are letting our older two…they are 14 and 16….start to read some secular news magazines like Time and Newsweek but we talk about everything they read in those.” The room is absolute silent for about 30 seconds as we gape in horror at them. Suddenly, someone says “You’re kidding us, right? I mean, those are written at about a 6th grade level and we were reading primary historical literature and controversial position papers on current events starting in 4th grade at school.” The parents looked visibly embarrassed.