Long ago, when I was in Matric (Last year of high school) I heard of a girl at a primary school who had been raped by fellow pupils. This stood out because the school is one my parents and I used to pass on our way to Kenilworth Shopping Centre. It’s somehow worse when you know the place being spoken of.
That day, I decided that if anyone wanted to abuse, bully, pick on my children, they’d have to go through me first. I wanted them safer than I was. Though a White friend later queried it, saying it makes sense when one thinks of racism in schools, I never thought about my past experiences of racism when considering my children’s education. It was just a teen’s idea…
Now you need to understand this because my faith, my principles decide how I live. I am Seventh-Day Adventist. We (Because of that foundation, a foundation not many take note of) keep the Bible Sabbath, take the Bible seriously as a roadmap written By God, we are very health conscious as we want our bodies to be a living temple, and we have loads of books authored by Ellen White which elaborate and modernise Bible teachings. She wrote a lot on health, marriage, and education. After reading, it became clear that the only way I could obey Deut 6:6-9 was to educate my children myself.
That’s why I homeschool. So my children can go out into the world knowing God in a deeper and better way than I knew Him. I want to be able to look God in the eye and tell Him that I did all I humanly could to ensure my children’s salvation. If they stray, it won’t be because I sent them to some school where fairies and witches were as much part of the curriculum as He was- if not MORE a part of their English curriculum than He is. I want Him to be first. If they choose to make Him last, it will be on their heads.
I homeschool because I want to be with my children in heaven and I feel it my duty to so design their curriculum that heaven is close enough for them to aim for. I choose Christian curricula for the early years so they are grounded in academics but also in Christianity.
And now, I can say I also homeschool because it’s the best for my special children who need the close attention and quiet home.
I enjoy it, but there aren’t enough hours in a day. Six children with very different educational and emotional and physical needs are a lot. Add my own chronic health and pain problems and it’s crazy. Add the mental strain when all I see is more bad than good behaviour in those who know better… It’s taxing. I’ll discuss what homeschooling my brood is like another day.
But life is taxing for everybody. I will homeschool for as long as I can. But I am leaving space for my more significantly challenged little ones to attend a small school one day. Either that, or someone I can teach to teach them while I educate the ones who are able to follow a normal curriculum.
We shall see. We shall see.