by Hannah Stoll from No Greater Joy Magazine – A New Generation: The All or Nothing
Editor’s note: Not sure who Hannah Stoll is but it’s rather scary that she’s gone from wanting her first child to be a genius to suddenly claiming that the Bible is all you need to teach. While teaching your children knowledge of the Bible is not necessarily a bad thing it does not make for a well-rounded education that’s going to benefit them in the here and now. It is not going to help them start a business, get a job, know how to fill out a job application or a blank check. The author may claim that knowing things for eternity is the only important thing she’s dooming her children to a substandard life by making it the primary book she teaches.
When CJ was a baby, I had a lot of lofty goals for him. He was going to be multi-lingual and reading at a young age, and cooking like a professional by age 7. He would be quoting Shakespeare with passion by age 3 and be an entrepreneur in his teens.
Well, he only speaks English and he can’t cook a meal alone yet (he’s 5). He couldn’t care less about Shakespeare or poetry. He’s reading simple words pretty well, and I am proud of that. But he knows more about the native birds and fish here than I do, and he could probably outdo most adults on the placing of the planets in the solar system and their environments. His mind is constantly buzzing, constantly questioning, and instead of following my passions, he has his own. I am so proud of him.
If you try to force them to learn things they don’t care about, it will kill their desire not only for their passions, but for all learning. Yikes!
Because, you know, all this crazy-hard effort you’re putting into making your kids impressively educated is completely non-eternal. It’s totally worldly.
Sure, they will be smarter, they’ll probably make wiser life choices, and in general their life will benefit.
I am excited because I’m going to shift my kids’ school day to be learning the Bible for most of it. I’m not going to go slamming the Bible on their heads, and I’m not going to make it some kind of chore or dreaded “schoolwork.”
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