LEARNING CENTER CO-OPS
Thoughts from Dr. Adam Rondeau and Homer Allen
The Religious Nature of All Education
Tracy Munsil from Focus on the Family writes: “Every one has some type of worldview that ultimately becomes the foundation for their thinking and actions. And the worldview, which we all have, ultimately becomes our religion. Education is built on the foundation of the instructor’s worldview (and the worldview of those who developed the curriculum). It is a myth that education can be nonreligious – and deliberately exclude the basic questions about life. It is not possible to separate religious values from education, because all of the fundamental questions require religious answers.”
While your children are at school, are they learning things that may contradict the Bible? “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praise worthy – think about such things . . and the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil 4: 8-9)
This is a Kairos moment for Christians and for the church to find ways to help parents “train up their children in the way they should go.” The Body of Christ needs to come together and help rescue our children from ungodly institutes and individuals that seek to challenge and distort God’s Word while polluting the hearts and minds of children. Dr. James Dobson put it best when he said, “We are in a civil war of values, and to the victor go the spoils, which are our children and grandchildren.”
Today the number of children being homeschooled has tripled over the course of the past two years. Recent studies have shown that nearly 40% of families with children ages 5 to 17 are considering joining the rising homeschooling ranks. This is an historic shift favoring homeschool education.
But, even though many parents may no longer want their children in public schools they are unable to afford a private school. Nor, can these parents afford to quit their jobs and teach their children.
However, there are an abundance of excellent curriculums for homeschool families seeking educational materials and resources for little or no cost. And, a number of homeschool parents are currently using churches to meet a few days a week.
However, who is helping the families that desire to pull their children out of a public school, but they do not have the time, knowledge or funds to create a viable alternative? How are these innocent children going to be saved from the ungodly agendas that so many school districts, teachers and curriculums promote? Who will step up? The church mission field seems to be sitting in the pews with their parents, or in the Sunday school classrooms.
Yet it is true that churches of various sizes and denominations are part of the landscape of nearly every American city, suburb, town or rural area. And, for the most part, these structures sit empty during the day from Monday through Friday. But, these houses of worship are potential sites for Learning Center Co-ops that could teach and train children from a biblical worldview.
Learning Center Co-ops can become a Christian network that exists to help families pursue a home-school model, using resources that may be as close as the nearest church. As children grow their spiritual formation and education is very important to the Lord. But, many homeschool families need a space to meet and coordinate their faith based Christ centered education and activities.
“Children are a gift from God, the fruit of the womb is His reward,” Psalm 127: 3. Now is the time for the Body of Christ to come together and find new ways to protect our children’s hearts and minds from the evil one. For many it is also the time to volunteer and stand in the gap by helping to teach and train God’s children at a homeschool Learning Center Co-op.
Homeschool New England – – 781-999-4798