When we integrate the two systems (the world and Christ’s kingdom), which is what classical Christian education proposes, are we serving two masters? James 4:8 calls believers who befriend the world system "double-minded." I believe there are two risks we face by embracing classical education. One is the pride that our children may experience from personal intellectual achievement, and the other is a divided heart. Home schoolers who have graduated are finding great favor in the work place, and even at the universities of our nation. They are attractive precisely because they are different from the world. Hopefully our choice of teaching materials and methods will nurture that difference as our children go out into the world to be salt and light.

In looking at the trivium model, I wonder if it really is the way that we learn best? Should we isolate these stages of education from each other or is it an artificial system? For the average home-school mom, not only is the concept of trying to implement a classical education overwhelming, but also it may undermine our spiritual goals. How much secular teaching can we introduce to our children without it taking a toll? There are many questions to answer, but the important thing is to ask them and then find peace with the answer.

Elizabeth Smith is the wife of Michael Smith, President of Home School Legal Defense Association.  Elizabeth and Mike home schooled their children for 15 years.  Elizabeth is on  the Board of Directors for the Family Foundation of Virginia and the Madison Project, and on the Advisory Board of Breakthrough International Ministries. Elizabeth speaks at women’s retreats and at home school conferences throughout the country.

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