In Ireland homeschooling is still very rare. We know very few people who choose to do it, even less are those who choose to do it in obedience to God's word. Our family feels that it is God's will for ALL parents to educate their own children, in the things of the Lord.
However we do not believe that this is limited to merely religious instruction, but EVERYTHING! Biology, Languages, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics...etc, what are these things, if not all created by Him? Are all these things not God's also? Please do not feel that I am "looking down" upon Christian families that don't homeschool, I'm certainly not. Though I do think that God's word is clear on this; however that issue is between them and the Lord...not them and me! ;)
When we began homeschooling, we chose to use state text books to help us along, as we knew of NO OTHER family at that time of whom we could ask advice. We figured "How bad could they really be?" (To note again for those who are new to reading here: there are NO Christian curriculum choices available for Irish people, if we now choose these for our family, we have to have them shipped from the U.S)
Last year my husband and I discussed our approach to homeschooling, and whether what we were doing was pleasing to the Lord or not. We felt like we had identified areas that needed attention, others that were good, and made the necessary changes.
This year our eldest daughter began to do Galloping the Globe (the geography curriculum which we are doing as a family) at her own level; though my husband and I wished for her to still maintain her studies in Irish geography using a state text book. This was a mistake on our part. I pray to God that He will give us discernment, to avoid mistakes like this again in the future.
Just recently Amy brought her (state approved) geography text book, to show me something she had found that was "bad" . I took a look...
Better education facilities often lead to lower birthrates. People who are literate are more likely to understand and take part in family planning schemes aimed at reducing birth rates. Educated women are more likely to work outside the home, rather than have large families.
- In Germany and Ireland, education is compulsory and of a high standard. Many couples plan small families so that both men and women can have careers outside the home.
The Place Of Women In Society
- Many poorer Brazilians, especially poorer women, receive little formal education and seldom of they have the option of pursuing a career. They tend instead to have large families.
When women enjoy equality with men, they are empowered to make more decisions relating to their own lives an lifestyles. In general, as the decision making power of women increases, birthrates tend to decrease.
- In countries such as Ireland and Germany, improved education and awareness of equality has resulted in general equality between males and females. Women can normally choose family planning and to work outside the home. This results in falling birth rates. Forty years ago, Irish mothers had an average of four children. they now have an average of under two.
I was grieved to find that we had completely failed to notice this disgusting feminazi, socialist propaganda in our review of her books. The whole chapter of "world population" was laced with the same type of worldly garbage. In a later chapter the book celebrated China's industrial development, and cited their one-child policy as one reason why China's industry was thriving! It makes me sad to think that children all over our nation are having their minds poisoned by this type of "education".
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you
seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become
a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this
world is foolishness with God. For it is written,
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:18-19
According to this state approved text book, empowered women want less children? Only the poor and uneducated have large families? Ireland has a good education system? And since when, did making ones country comparable with Germany become a good thing? There are so many things in the above textbook excerpt that are false, misleading, and just plain stupid; that I simply do not have time to cover even most of them. Though upon reflection these statements shouldn't be so surprising, considering that the Irish "minister for education" is a self confessed atheist, who wants public schools to teach acceptance of homosexuals and other disgusting immoral things.
God's word is perfect, and teaches that we are all created equal: male and female. Though each gender has different qualities and responsibilities certainly. Women can only become "empowered" and "enjoy equality", through following God's will for their lives, as set out for us in the Bible!
As Christian parents we cannot afford to lose our children to the world; they are too precious. We are to train them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Irish, Christian mothers, I encourage you to take up your God given responsibilities at home, and educate your children in the things of the Lord! However this post serves as a reminder that the "State" always directly opposes God and His word, and we as parents, have to be ever vigilant to protect our childrens minds...even at home!
To bring this post to a close, I'll leave you with this wonderful quote of my husband's:
"We can't afford for my wife to work outside the home; our children are too valuable".