Category Archives: Christian education

Should I Privately Educate My Child?

Should I homeschool?  Can you recommend a good curriculum? Can you recommend a good private school? What about sports? What about calculus and physics and… I am inundated with these questions right now. So, here are my answers.

Background

Many people are questioning whether they should homeschool or better, privately educate their children now. We are bewildered about the results of the elections here, particularly for the school board. The government schools have plummeted in academic achievement, and have suddenly and covertly introduced pornography into the curriculum down to elementary. This seems to be true in many metro areas, although not in the smaller towns here.

I do not understand the election results. I am not a political analyst. I do think I know the spectrum of opinion, because of where I live and because I taught Sociology. But there is much about the situation I can not analyze. I do, however, know the basic answers to the questions about private education. I thought I would mention the background so those who live elsewhere understand why the questions are arising.

Answers

So, I answer whether I think you should privately education. Yes, it is your duty as a parent. This is the center of the Judeo-Christian mindset. Yes, I know, seldom have we been taught this, but nevertheless, it is true.

Can I recommend a good school or  good curricula. There are many. However, the way to begin finding what is best for  your child, is to consider what all your child needs to learn, what method he or she learns best, and only then start shopping for curricula or school. For this, I have a guide: the book  Learn at Home for Great Shalom. Get it. Amazon will sell it to you, print it and ship it to you. It would be cheaper than consulting with me –which I would be happy to do. For that, please see:  www.orgstrat.net

Texas Home School Coalition   https://thsc.org/home/

Home School Legal Defense Association  https://hslda.org/

If you live in the north Austin Texas metro area, and you want to  join with me to start a school, or if you child(ren)  has/have a specific learning need, please see :  http://sarles.greatshalom.org/

The Importance of History — Or What to Say to People With Bad Ideas

This episode is our Independence Day episode: the Importance of History — both teaching and knowing it. The ideas here were sparked by the new book by David Rubin: Confronting Radicals: What American Can Learn from Israel. So, I give a little book review. Then, I give many examples from real history that confront typical bad ideas that people often attempt to hoodwink us with. Fairly entertaining, I think. A good story often goes across better than an argument. Hope you enjoy.

You may get the book here:

Confronting Radicals: What America Can Learn From Israel

Shiloh Israel Children’s Therapy Center : https://www.shilohisraelchildren.org/

BTW, at the party I was fortunate enough to be invited to, there was a reading, in full, of the Declaration of Independence. I thought that was very appropriate. I hope to adopt that custom. You might want to as well.

More resources:  books on USA history https://shop.wallbuilders.com/  

Notice that David Barton has the famous picture that I mentioned on his masthead.

There are books for children and adults as well as video courses here : https://www.patriotacademy.com/

You may even find a live Biblical Citizenship course in your area. I recommend it.

Please go to our store and get my Modern American Primer. It is not a book to teach reading. It is more of a consideration of freedom and how to pass it down to our children.

Modern American Primer

 

 

Homeschooling Triples — Encouragement to Be Part of the Movement

By very conservative estimates, homeschooling has tripled. Why do you suppose?

Whatever the reasons, there are good academic reasons. Even after the covid theater has shut down, there are safety reasons. Character and civics education is very needed. Getting away from Critical Race Theory and Marxism is not on the list.  Worldview, lifestyle, and family reasons rank highly, too.

Here is some great encouragement for you. Also, I am offering some guidance on choosing curricula and methods. First, see my book ” Learn at Home for Great Shalom.”

Also, helpful for the student in junior and senior high, and certainly before going off to college. How to Win the Game of School.