Home Schooling may be the best of all
by Paul Adkins
Being schooled at home may be the best education we ever receive. I attended for 13 years in the public school system of West Virginia. Those were unforgettable years and teachers. I liked every one of my 35 teachers I had before high school graduation and all 95 I had in the pursuit of college and graduate degrees.
The most memorable teachers were in my home schooling years. They enabled me to go beyond what I was taught in public schools, colleges and universities.
Grandma Ellis, after she went blind in one eye, drafted me as her Bible reader when I was five years old. You can imagine how well I read in those days. She helped me with many of the words and if she could not correctly pronounce a word, she would say, “Just call him Moses and go on.” In some Old Testament passages, “Moses” seemed to appear every few words.
When it came to spelling in the primary grades, my Mother was the home teacher who tested me until I spelled the words correctly.
Up through the ninth grade, there were few, if any, math problems I could not do correctly and quickly. Dad was my home school math professor. Math, to him, was what everybody needed to excel in. Often on Saturday morning, he would get in bed with me and drill me on the multiplication tables. I learned them all with my Dad.
One beautiful mother in our family, Elizabeth, has home schooled four children, K-12, though she was trained to teach in public schools. Everybody in Kitty’s immediate family and my family were public school and/or college teachers or married to a person who was. That included uncles, aunts, sons, daughters, children and grandchildren. We believe that public education and home schooling are both very important.
What can we learn at home? Some guidance, perhaps even strict home supervision at certain ages is very important. Some things on television seem to be designed to destroy education.
Have good books available for children and help them become readers. Public and church libraries are stocked with credible books for every family member. Many homes have encyclopedias, large dictionaries and a thesaurus. Read them regularly.
My Christmas gift one year was 12 historical novels for $3.00, colorful hardback books. A lot of good reading for just 25 cents per book – in 1940. Several were by Zane Grey, (1875-1939), a dentist from Zanesville, Ohio, who turned to writing in 1904. Most of his books dealt with life in the west. I still have those books.
There is a lot of learning to receive in most homes. Wise and intelligent sayings often appear in date books, calendars, magazines, songbooks, old textbooks and, of course, newspapers are a continual up-to-date source for what is going on.
Some day I am going to write about the important words and sentences, etc. that are on the walls of the house in which I live. Resources for learning are in every home. That is where home schooling begins and its most important textbook is The Holy Bible. Nobody is adequately educated unless they have a good working knowledge of the entire Bible.
St. Paul was highly educated, one of the most learned men of his day. He wrote, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
No person is fully educated if they are not students of the greatest book ever written. Every home’s most important book is the Bible.
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