This one is very important, and so all encompassing, that I will do my best to be brief without being confusing.
Worldview is incredibly important to me. It is what we look through the rest of our lives and it forms who we are, what we become and how we act in this world.
Included in this is the “law of firsts”. Did you know that scientifically, when a child learns something for the first time, that is how it is cemented in their head, and if it is a wrong thing, you must work extra hard to teach it to them the right way? Also, again, scientifically, when you learn a lie or a thought pattern that is wrong, it takes 30 days of continued, daily reinforcement to change that thought pattern into the truth.
If my child were to go to school, they would be taught things that do not measure up with a biblical worldview. Mind shaping things such as religion, beliefs, some of which can be so foundational as a habit of disobedience, or even just a swear word. Those things might not always be “learned” from a teacher, but also from fellow students. I will then, if I care about my children at all, have to re-teach them the truth. Which seems like it’s defeating the purpose.
Does that mean my children won’t learn bad things in their life? No, but this way, their basis of truth is coming from the bible and not from the government or popular opinion.
I have a very strong conviction that worldview is incredibly important to a human’s development. And the truth of the matter is that public schools have a very different worldview than I do.
There is a very narcissistic society that we live in. “I make my own rules, It’s whatever I believe to be true, reality is what I make it, I am going to live my destiny no matter what anyone else has to say. I determine my own destiny.” These are common themes in today’s day and age. The “live your truth” movement is becoming more prevalent as time goes on and to be honest, I find it somewhat scary. There is no place where this ends. Under this mindset, I could rob a bank and just say, “oh, I was just living my truth.” The worldview will get us nowhere but in trouble. There is a moral code for a reason.
My conviction is that the only absolute truth is the Word of God and it is to be trusted implicitly. We must look at every action, thought and belief through the lenses of scripture and use that to determine right and wrong.
My worry is that the Public school has a very different way of approaching this. They don’t have any standard and often encourage individuality in the sense of morality. I want my kids to grow up with a strong knowledge of the Lord and to be Kingdom shapers for the Lord. But I can’t raise them that way if they are at a world filled, agenda pushing public school for 8-9 hours out of every day. As their parent, I am the one responsible for those things and I want them to be so solidly built on God and His word that a world like the one we live in today won’t shape them.
God is very clear about they way He wants us to teach His truths to our children.
“Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deut. 11:19
I can’t be constantly teaching my children the truth of God when they are at a public school being filled with questionable belief systems and potential lies.
Since this is something that I feel very passionately about, I hope that I did not come off too strong and that you all know I am not condemning anyone else’s choice to public school their children. God leads different people in different ways.
I’ll talk more about my responsibility in a later post, but worldview and the one that shapes them is one of the main reasons I want to homeschool.
What do you think about shaping your child’s worldview?
By God’s Grace,