There’s No School Like Home

A top priority for any parent (or grandparent for that matter) is ensuring their child has all the tools necessary, beginning with a quality education, to become a successful, productive adult.

school roomIn the past, education in our country provided for each student the basic knowledge and essential skill sets necessary to succeed as a person, a family member, a citizen, and a worker. In the one-room school houses of the Wild West or the formal classrooms of the eastern cities, students learned reading, writing, and arithmetic, along with fundamental moral principles.

To our founders, the Natural Law Rights, secured by our Constitution, were acknowledged to be the foundation of individual freedom based on an equality of opportunity. Limited government, private property rights, unlimited natural resources, and no tax on income created an environment in which innovation and hard work could easily lead to financial success for anyone. Education, although not a requirement, did provide the tools for better access to opportunity and upward mobility through the free market economy.

Unfortunately, in current times, the teaching of that basic set of skills and values has been watered down to include areas of study that are designed to undermine individuality and competition in order to promote the progressive agenda of collectivism. The individual achiever is a threat to those who desire to force everyone down toward the lowest common denominator of accomplishment regardless of individual ability.

For too many students, public education, at its best, has become a taxpayer funded babysitting service. Students too young to be legally “on their own” sit in class in order to obtain a piece of paper that pretends legitimacy but in reality is only an empty promise. Fewer and fewer high school graduates can write a coherent essay with accurate spelling and grammar or perform the basic math functions that were once necessary to hold a job and conduct one’s home finances.

At worst, public education, both high school and college, is being used to indoctrinate our children with collectivist ideology and moral relativity. Zero tolerance and political correctness prevent the use of facts to achieve logical conclusions, and the teaching of redacted American History removes any foundation or appreciation for individual freedom based on the rule of law and our Constitution.

Of course, it’s all about substituting dependency for achievement and replacing individual choice with the common good.

Homeschooling offers families the opportunity to rectify the glaring defects in the public education system. Today, more parents are refusing to accept the idea that government knows best how to raise and educate our children.

homeschoolCrystal Sparks is one of the original “homeschoolers” in our the Cherokee County area. She taught three children at home, at one time having a child in elementary school, one in middle school, and one in high school. Her oldest is now in college. When Crystal began homeschooling her children, she was a true pioneer. Very little help and guidance was available in terms of teaching materials, course study guidelines, and professionally-formulated curricula.

As more parents choose to homeschool their children, these gaps are rapidly being filled by enterprising businesses that have seized the opportunity to fill the needs of the growing homeschool community.

Most important for parents like Crystal Sparks, however, has been the formation of local homeschooling groups in which parents assist each other with course planning and teaching duties. You may not be great in math, but another homeschooled child’s parent may be willing to teach that subject in return for a similar favor.

Crystal was instrumental in forming a larger parent-teacher group for the entire local area in which parents and students get together one day each week. Students attend classes together in subjects not easily taught by a single parent. Parents also go to classes of their own to learn techniques and strategies to improve their ability to educate their children. People living in the community with experience and the desire to help also participate by teaching classes, helping parents, and fundraising.

The weekly get together also serves as a means for support, socializing, and information sharing in all age groups – children and parents alike.

Join Dr. Dan Eichenbaum and homeschooling mom Crystal Sparks as as they discuss what steps she took to prepare to become her children’s teacher, why she and her husband chose to homeschool, how much homeschooling costs, state regulations and testing requirements, and other related issues. Part one airs this weekend, March 14-15, on WJRB 95.1 FM and streamed live over the Internet. Part two airs March 21-22, and part three airs March 28-29. All programs are available by podcast following air time here.


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  1. I agree wholeheartedly with Dr Dan. I was an educator in FL for 30 years. When I started teaching at the high school where I graduated, the educational system was the same. I even taught with my former teachers. Over the years I saw the dumbing down. Those in charge eliminated the morning prayer. Morals changed. Parental support changed. The subject matter changed to the dismay of the educators.

  2. Folks, home schooling is not only a wonderful opportunity for parents to educate our children, it is a way to connect with our neighbors and other citizens/families who want to be free…free from the liberal indoctrination of our children.

    It is a powerful way to begin to restore our Republic by teaching the truth and preventing lies and attempts to push political agendas such as the distortion of marriage, which the foundation of our society, push an anti-life agenda of abortion, and justification for terminating the lives of elderly citizens, restricitng medical care, and so many lies about relationships and historical event such as president Lincoln waring against the southern state that had every right and responsibility to succeed from the “union”.

    God bless youand your family as you consider this opportunity for your children and your family to protect your children during their formative years from government school indoctrination.

    One family can make the difference for their children, together we can restore our Republic and the honor and integrity that older folks knew in the past. Peace, Peter ~

  3. I am appalled at the education system in our country, and how it has deteriorated. Not only am I appalled, but I am ashamed. I am 83 years of age and was a school secretary. I also worked in business for many years, and, at 13 years of age, worked in the Prudential Insurance Co., part time (high school was on split sessions) as a mail person for a department. At the time, I was a freshman in high school. We also had a vocational high school where, along with the basic subjects, students were instructed in plumbing, electrical work, construction, auto mechanics, cosmetology, medical assistants, etc. Not everyone is geared for college. We do need people who are trained in a trade.

    When we left high school, we were prepared for the work force. The young people today, coming out of high school and some out of college, cannot even do basic math, without a computer, or spell. When I hear people speaking on the television with improper grammer, it makes me cringe. I even wonder if grammer is even taught in our schools anymore.

    With the above in mind, yes, I can see why parents would Home School. However, I do not feel this is the answer. It would be more advantageous for everyone, if people concerned with their children’s education, would get involved in their local and state education programs to improve them and get politics out of the education system in our country. I pray your organization would consider this suggestion. We need people, like yourselves, who are not only concerned with your own children, but concerned what is happening to the education system in general, to take action..

    Thank you.

    Del Vanderwolk

  4. Thanks again Dr. Dan! My little girl will not be sent to any public or private school. Nobody knows your child better than you, besides the simple number of 20-30 students to one teacher vs. the 1:1 time at home can not be beaten.

  5. Great job on this communication….. several friends of ours homeschooled their children, and the results were stand out, high achievers on their testing and later college. Back to the 3 R’s….

  6. Thank you Dan. And that you to all you parents and grandparents who home school. And thanks to those who support home schooling in many ways.

    Removing our children from public and so called religious schools is the best thing we can do for our children and for society.

    Schools indoctrinate our children to marxist, progressive liberal thinking and too often fail to inform/educate children with the truth. Political agendas and special interest agendas pollute of children’s minds.

    So, God bless you, your families and teach the truth, our Constitutional Republic is the most exceptional government; however, it is under major assault and we must stand up and defend our faith, families and freedom. Peace, Peter ~

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