What Practical Homeschooling Means For You and Your Child
Practical Homeschooling means that you can adjust the learning program to fit your point of view. For example, many parents are concerned with the elimination of religion from public schooling altogether, such as the removal of the words “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance or no public praying while in school.
When you choose to homeschool your child you can bring the religion back.
While no religion is a form of religious tolerance in some cases, many parents, especially those who have grown up in religious homes, have a difficult time with this elimination of religion. One course of action is to have your child attend a religious private school; but since these can be pricey, another choice for parents is to begin homeschooling.
When you homeschool your child, you are required by law and morally obligated to teach him or her the same things as they would learn with traditional education. However, in most cases, there are no laws saying how this must be taught. Religion can become an important part of your child’s schooling if you choose to teach it. This can include daily praying and other religious activities, as well as an incorporation of religious values into every subject.
However, when you begin homeschooling, realize that there are many views in the world different from your own from which your child may benefit. Your child does not have to become a convert to take advantage of the learning techniques of a secular nature, nor should he or she be guarded against learning about the religions of other cultures. Above all, parents should strive to teach religious tolerance to children.
This can be done through field trips, by speaking with parents of different religions who also homeschool their children, or by simply researching at the library and on the Internet about the many religious cultures in the world today. By learning about other religions and other ways of thinking, your child can foster a deeper understanding of his or her own faith and also learn to appreciate what it has to offer to society.
Religion can become a subject you teach as well as a way of life. Whatever your religion, remember that it is only one aspect of your child’s education. The step to becoming a homeschooling parent is a big one, so be prepared to teach all subjects to your child, and that includes religion. By doing this, you can ensure that your child receives the best opportunities possible while not having to face a world in which he or she is reprimanded for praying before a test or refusing to wear shorts in gym class for religious reasons.