Quoting Quiverfull: Teaching Children to Love God Most Important Lesson of Homeschooling?

Quoting Quiverfull: Teaching Children to Love God Most Important Lesson of Homeschooling? August 15, 2017

quotingquiverfullby Jen McBride from Old Paths – Deuteronomy 6, Schole, and Homeschooling Through Affliction

Editor’s note: This lady is affiliated with Ladies Against Feminism and used to have a couple of different blogs, one that promoted and sold Plexus supplements. She has some sort of chronic health condition that is severe enough to impact her ability to homeschool her children. Here she claims that teaching your children to love God is much more important than English, Science or Math. Reminds me of the two recent articles by Mel in her ‘Homeschooling Badly’ series – Twenty Minutes of Homeschooling and Basic Life Lessons.

These verses have encouraged me over and over. I tend to like to make things hard for myself, getting bogged down in the perfect “way” to do everything and then browbeating myself when I fall short. But God’s commandments are not burdensome. His yoke really is easy and His burden is light. He gives us a basic outline with plenty of options in what the nuts and bolts of education can look like. He doesn’t say “Teach your children between these particular hours with this particular curriculum, in this exact way. At a desk.”  Nope. Life is learning and learning is life. We can teach them as we live, whatever that happens to look like.

When I really take hold of this I realize that in spite of all the struggle and days that feel like a total failure, I actually am equipped to teach my children. Maybe not in the exact way my perfectionistic little mind would prefer, but capable none the less. What is even more encouraging is that even on the “liest down” days where spelling and Latin and nature walks and history all fall by the way side I can still teach them the most vital, life giving, crucial lesson of all: how to love God.

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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  • Tawreos

    “His yoke really is easy and His burden is light.”
    You are a human being and humans should not be used yoked into pulling carts or plows. Also, I have never been in a job interview where knowing how to properly love god was more important than having the skills the job required. You are making the lives of your children much harder than it needs to be with this crap.

  • pagankitty

    This strikes a personal chord. But I hate when parents choose to homeschool their kids, put no effort into giving them a basic education, and then praise themselves for being such great parents and brag about how much they sacrificed so their kids could be homeschooled. No. You screwed up your kids life. You made college much harder if not impossible. You made your kid an uninformed citizen. You made it harder for them to get and keep a job. You don’t get a pat on the back for fucking over your kid.

  • Nea

    His burden may be light, but so will your wallet and your prospects if you don’t have at least a basic grasp of “readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmatic.”

  • SAO

    Wow, talk about dysfunction! And to think we have laws named things like ‘No child left behind’. But all these kids are left way, way, way behind.

  • Martin Penwald

    But you never apply to be a conmanpastor, I guess.

  • AFo

    So let’s put one of her kids and a child given a proper education in a room with a college rep and give them tests on some basic skills. I sincerely doubt that memorizing Bible verses and “knowing how to love God” are going to outweigh real academic skills.

  • smrnda

    You see the same where someone argues that they aren’t putting their kids through all the tests, rigid routines or busywork of school, which sounds nice, but it’s just a cover for ‘I don’t teach my kids anything.’

  • Mel

    Dear Jen,

    I take my son for nature walks 5 days a week.

    He’s 5 months old and attached to an oxygen tank while we do that.

    So….what exactly is causing you to have school days in which nothing gets done?

    Equally important, would you be as blase about those days if they were done by a school teacher? After all, my “do nothing” days consisted of having students watch “Mythbusters” episodes that acted as a real-life example of an upcoming topic that we could refer back to. Or the yearly “Screw it; we’re making ice cream in Chemistry” which started the Friday after we had buried the graduating salutatorian who had been at our school for 4 years (a life-time in alternative ed) who drowned while at a park with some fellow students. Everyone – including the staff – needed something fun and mindless and I know Dominic would have approved of ice cream in class. Even then – EVEN THEN – I pulled up an article on heat-transfer that I had the kids skim while I set up the ingredients. Once my class was good at it, I rounded up the rest of the school.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    If you’re not well enough to home school your kids, don’t home school your kids, you selfish [expletive deleted].

  • Saraquill

    Several paragraphs and fancy words to justify robbing your kids’ education.

  • Emersonian

    “Life is learning and learning is life”? I hate to point this out, but there are a hell of a lot of ignorant people in the world who are also, technically, alive.

  • gimpi1

    “But God’s commandments are not burdensome. His yoke really is easy and His burden is light.”

    OK, but I truly prefer to live in a way where I don’t have to live under someone’s command, wear a yoke or carry a burden I didn’t choose. Really, do they even care how unappealing this is to us outsiders.

  • zizania

    I wish they had done something like that at my son’s school when his classmate, who had cerebral palsy, died. A lot of the kids, including my son, were devastated.