There is a question that is often asked in the homeschooling community. The question is, “Should my homeschooling students even go to college?” Part of the concern Christian homeschooling parents have is purely economic. A college education is expensive, and most Christian homeschooling families live on a single income. Another concern is that a college education may not give a homeschooling teen enough of a “return on investment” in money, time, and expended energy. However, the primary concern for Christian families is that there is a fear that the college experience will cause homeschooling teens to “lose their faith.”
Some Christian Home School Leaders Cause Homeschooling Families to Fear College
Certain high profile Christian home school movement leaders continue to advise homeschooling parents not to send their children to college. They describe college as an evil place, full of secular thought and philosophies which counter scriptural teachings and Biblical principles. There are countless worldly temptations which could snare an unsuspecting student. These ministry leaders cause homeschooling mothers, in particular, to fear for their children’s safety and souls.
What happens, sometimes, is that a mother of very young children may decide never to send her children to college when they become older teens. It is a scary world out there, and the protective parents decide the best thing to do is keep their children safe at home. What may subtly happen, though, is that the mother begins to de-emphasize academics in favor of “life skills.” What starts out as a stellar academic elementary program slips into a secondary program that is mediocre at best. This does not have to happen.
Christian Parents Should Introduce Homeschooling Teens to the World Slowly But Surely
While it is important to both preserve the innocence of young children and to build a strong doctrinal foundation in one’s faith, when a child gets into middle school and high school, it is important to begin expanding the child’s horizons. It is so important to allow children over the age of ten to participate in activities that involve other children and families who are different from themselves. Christian homeschooling families should introduce themselves to people outside their church and economic circles. Perhaps their students may join a community sports league, music program, or scouting organization. This helps homeschooling teens to develop social skills with people who are not “like-minded” as well as with those who are.
Another way Christian home school parents can guide their teens into the world is by previewing movies and TV shows first, and then watching these with their young people. “Adult situations” can be fast-forwarded at first, and as the student matures in high school, he can watch the material under the parents’ guidance. The parents can talk about these topics with the teen, and make him aware that these situations may come up in real life. The parents can then equip their student with skills to handle the situations. By the time a homeschooled student leaves for college, he at least knows about certain life situations.
Christian Homeschooling Teens Should Go to College
The global economy has changed drastically in the past five to ten years. There are cries for international government, economic policies, and even one dominant religion. Global outsourcing is common for almost every imaginable product. There are deeply troubling concerns about feeding an ever-increasing world population. Americans are feeling the “squeeze” as much as everyone in other countries. In today’s market, a college education may mean the difference between a job and living at home forever. Christian homeschooling parents can lead the way in preparing young people for tomorrow’s challenges.