Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Try to Teach Your Children Too Much?

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Try to Teach Your Children Too Much? May 3, 2017

quotingquiverfullby 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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  • Aloha

    That was interesting …
    Five sensible paragraphs concurring with the experts on child-rearing.
    Then a concluding paragraph proposing absolutely the opposite.

    This lady should have been a politician.

  • KarenOfRocks

    “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.'”

    Those two sentences, which came together, seem pretty damned conflicted to me.
    If a kid is spending most of their day learning what is actually a fairly complicated book, it’s schoolwork.

    Yes, teaching reading, writing, spelling, math, money management, etc., is worldly. Somehow these Christians forget that as short as life is compared to the expected forever in heaven, it’s still some 70 years long. That’s 70 years of having to put food on the table, manage the roof over one’s head, and provide for offspring. One’s body is a worldly thing. Life is a worldly thing. Living requires worldly skills.

  • AFo

    Great. More under-educated people who think cherry-picking Bible stories and trying to apply them 2000 years later is going to solve all of our problems.

  • Jennny

    Anti-education nuts make me angry. I think of Malala fighting for girls’ education in places where it doesn’t happen. I think of a friend, a school secretary having to provide Kleenex to a sobbing mother and child in a London school. They were refugees and had just had an interview with the Head, (they’d been shaking with fear before it apparently). he’d told the10yo there was a place for him in the school and parent and child burst into tears of disbelief and relief. Education matters, ask any young person in a poor country, it’s the only way out of poverty for them and subsequently for their family. It’s sad that some with access to it in our rich countries, don’t value it.

  • Mel

    The OP has decided that she knows exactly how God/Jesus expects us to raise our children.

    That’s really presumptuous since Jesus never left any detailed explanations on how to educate a kid.

    Really, all we know is that Jesus probably learned some kind of trade like every boy did.

    My two-cents about Jesus’s feelings about this would be looking at the mom with growing confusion and saying “Wait. What about the divinely created world made you decide to stop teaching your kids about math, science, history etc? I made that and not only is it good but I made it especially awesome for kids!”

  • SAO

    Her kid is 5, which means he’d go to kindergarten in the fall. She has a lot to learn about teaching and education and I suspect she’ll be shocked to discover that her kid has little interest in the bible and thatbhammering it into his headbis probably the only way to get it there unless she goes for Jesus lite and gushes over a few can’t-lose phrases, like “but, Mommy, I want to follow Jesus, learning the times tables doesn’t do that.”

  • Saraquill

    Sounds like the woman has a pathetic grasp on early childhood education. Rather than admit she was putting too much pressure on a preschooler, she moves the goalposts on what constitutes “real learning.”

  • Rapunzel

    That started out well but then . . . wut.

  • Hannah

    Stuff like this really pisses me off. Getting a basic education is a necessity. And although I admit that the LDS church has its faults, church leadership really stress the importance of education, especially in places where it can lift people out of a life of poverty.

    And basic science can be really useful. I once spilt some bleach on my hand and it started to sting, so I put some vinegar over it to neutralise it. I wouldn’t have known about this were it not for my secondary school science lessons.