First things first. Homeschool was not my first choice. I am 100% a lover of all things “school”! For one, I personally enjoyed school immensely. I absolutely loved my college experience and would have loved to continue on in my education were it not for the fact that I felt led to a different path. I always tell others that if I had the money, I would probably just be in school full time. I love learning, I love books, I love notebooks, I love class…I love it all. I also love teaching. I taught in a Christian private school for a few years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the idea of sending my boys off to a school with classes, friends, field trips, recess, sports teams, assemblies, and all that comes with the typical school experience. So why, you may ask, the sudden change of heart? For me, it comes down to the issues of curriculum, influence, and the individual personality of a child. This blog post will deal with the issue of curriculum.
My husband was actually the first one to bring up the topic of homeschooling years ago when my oldest son, Miles, was just a baby. At the time, I was totally more on the side of “Nope”! For one, it is a huge investment of your own personal time, and as much as I love my boys, I really and truly love the idea of having some alone time in the day to pursue my business, follow up on new people in the church, clean, etc. No mommy guilt about that sentiment at all, and I think most other moms can relate. When your children are old enough to attend school, it is a time for you to be able to reset, breathe, focus on other endeavours, catch up on work…all this and more.
With that in mind, I love the idea of sending the boys to a good Christian school but in honesty, our finances currently prevent it. With a good Christian school, you can more easily guarantee that you will agree with the curriculum and have more say in what is being taught and sometimes more importantly, not taught. That brings me to the first issue of curriculum. The current situation where we live in the province of Ontario (Canada) is that our liberal run provincial government thinks that children in our schools need an “updated and upgraded” sexual education curriculum. Topics such as masturbation, anal sex, and transgenderism are to be taught to children under the age of ten. There has been some backlash of course, but the prevailing government seems intent on “educating” young children on things that they have no business learning about. In all honesty, I have no problem with my children learning the science behind our bodies and how they work, even perhaps in a sexual sense (at a much older age of course and in gender divided groups). I don’t however want the government, schools and teachers educating my children on their idea of the morality behind this subject. That is strictly for me and my husband, as parents, to teach our boys about. Then of course, to add insult to injury, our provincial government decided to pass the controversial Bill 89 in June of 2017. I have inserted a link at the end of this post for anyone interested to watch on exactly what this already passed bill is all about. The gist of it however can be seen in this outline I have copied from the Real Women of Canada site seen in the following paragraphs.
It (Bill 89) appears to effectively give wide jurisdiction to the State to control the lives of children in the CAS, and in doing so, interfere with the parent/child relationship. This occurs by defining the “best interests of the child” so broadly as to include: the child’s physical, emotional, mental and developmental needs, as well as the child’s race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
That is, these broad sweeping provisions in the legislation make every family vulnerable to the removal of their children from their home on the basis of the ambiguous provisions listed in the bill as defined by the government, especially by regulations, which require no public debate or approval by the legislature.
For example, this proposed legislation permits the CAS to withdraw a child from its family if it is determined the child is likely to suffer emotional or mental harm, or for a parent’s failure to provide the child with services or treatment. If a child decides he/she is of a gender other than his/her biological gender, the parents are required by this legislation to provide transgender medical services to the child or risk the child being removed from the home.
The reality, too, is that many children do resist parental direction as a part of the growing up process. As a result they may experience “mental and emotional” discomfort when their parents insist that they do as instructed. This parent/child conflict could, under provisions of the bill, lead to the removal of the child from the home.
Unlike the previous Act, a child’s religion is no longer a factor to be considered in determining the child’s best interest. That is, “religious faith” has been removed at nearly every reference contained in the previous Act. No longer can parents direct their child’s religion, but rather it is the “child’s creed” that is to be taken into consideration when determining the needs of a child. This provision will create conflict within the family over such issues as abortion, gender identity or even assisted suicide if the child decides that is what he/she wishes. The inclusion of children in the assisted suicide legislation is currently being heavily advocated. (realwomenofcanada.ca/bill-28)
With these kinds of curriculums and bills in place, there is a very real and definitive attack against the family, against religion, and against the innocence of our children. I would be lying if I didn’t say that this issue singularly was the biggest deciding factor in whether I would send my boys to school or not. I simply do not feel comfortable releasing my children to a government run program that is so firmly anti-religion and anti-biblical truth. Don’t be deceived if you haven’t seen it firsthand yet in your community schools. Satan is not a fool and he never plays fair. He almost always works slowly and incrementally so that his agenda does not shock or cause immediate alarm. However over time, it creeps in while those who are not watching are oblivious to its subtle deceptions and this is what I believe is his strategy for our schools. Pray for our schools, families and especially our children here in Ontario. Not every family has the privilege or opportunity to homeschool or send their children to private schools and so we need to do everything we can to support those families who are most vulnerable. Raise awareness. Speak out. But most importantly, let’s pray,
Stay tuned for another blog post on the next two issues on why I decided to homeschool (influence and individual personality of a child).