Monday, October 31, 2011

Homeschool Bennies #42

This is the last one.  Why forty-two?  I don't know.  I could probably keep going all year, but I won't.  Maybe I'm tired of looking at the melty crayon picture I chose to mark these posts!  Also, I'm not writing these to try to convince anyone to homeschool, but to encourage those who are already in the trenches.  To remind you of why you're going to all this trouble.  Because it is trouble.  Well, it's work anyway.  A lot of work.  But it's worth it.  And you know that :D

So, lastly,

Segregating people solely by age creates
a strange and artificial environment.

Nowhere else in society, (except perhaps for organized youth sports -hardly a model for living), are people grouped strictly by age.  Disconnecting children from their brothers and sisters, their families, their home and their faith, and clumping them in a soul-less institution with a powerful agenda that often is opposed to their values and beliefs doesn't seem very healthy, nor does it produce the kind of fruit we're cultivating.

I'm not saying it's never appropriate or we'll never do it, but that's not what we want to characterize our lives.  And we have a choice.

This has been a fun ride for me, and I'm sure I'll be referring back to these to stiffen my spine on days I'd rather quit.  Hope it encouraged you, too.


Be strong and courageous, and do the work.  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work ... is finished.
                         1 Chronicles 28:20


Felicity said...

Thanks for doing this Julie! It really helps. There are some days that I'm not sure what I'm doing anymore, why I ever started, and where I'm supposed to be heading. It's good to have some reminders!

melanie said...

A hearty Amen!