As a Christian, I believe strongly in the importance of Christian education. But with the downturn in the economy and the emergency of internet learning, I’ve noticed a growing trend. More and more Christian parents seem to be turning to K12 as a way to homeschool their children.
(The K12 program is offered in various states as a tuition-free online public school.)
While K12 is a great alternative to a public school, I am concerned that many Christian parents don’t realize it’s just that – a public school. Choosing K12 is not choosing to homeschool. It’s choosing to bring the public school into your home.
Many Christians don’t really understand the purpose of Christian education. I’ve written about that more extensively in a previous post, but there’s way more to Christian education than simply sheltering our kids from unsaved friends and making sure they don’t start believing evolution.
The public school system is trying to train our children to accept humanism, socialism, the progressive agenda, homosexuality, and much more. And while having your kids attend a public school online may shelter them from negative peer pressure, it will certainly not protect them from the public system’s progressive agenda.
Now I know finances may be tight and there are no easy answers. But if you’re considering “homeschooling” your kids with K12, please take the time to do the following:
- Find out all about it. Do your research and find out everything you possibly can about the program. Ask for sample lessons and read each word. Analyze it carefully and be diligent in searching out the philosophy behind the academics.
- Be honest with yourself. It’s really easy to just look at the benefits (it’s free, it’s easy, the kids are home, etc.) and turn a blind eye to the negative aspects. But your children need you to take a honest look. It’s so easy to just think K12 is a neutral option – that while it’s not going to help your children be closer to God it’s not going to pull them away either. But it’s not neutral. So be honest about the facts and weigh them carefully.
- Consider all the options. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you don’t have another choice. Talk to other Christians who have homeschooled their children. Meet with the principal at the Christian school and explain your situation. Consider ways to earn extra money or determine what you can sacrifice to free up funds in your budget.
- Pray. Prayer will absolutely be the key to this process and must be a part of each step. Pray honestly about your concerns and listen for God’s answers. He can and will provide clarity if you are honestly open to His answer.
- Be involved. Parents should always be involved in their children’s education no matter where they attend. But if you do choose to use K12, you need to be extra vigilant. Your kids are probably sharp enough to refute evolution, but there will be many more unbiblical philosophies assaulting them. Read their lessons, analyze their assignments, and show your children how to discern error and refute it with truth.
Have you or someone you know been considering K12? What factors played a part in your decision? You can leave a comment here.