Catholic Home Schooling
- Tuesday, December 04, 2001
The home-schooling phenomena in the United States has grown into a bona fide movement, with nearly 1.5 million families involved. Fr. Welch outlines a series of strong arguments in favor of home schooling for Catholic families, including a better education, a deeper Catholic Faith, the fostering of priestly and religious vocations, and a dramatic strengthening of family life as parents exercise their duty and gifts as "first educators of their children." A balanced, reasoned view, not prejudicial against public or Catholic schools.
Alan Guttmacher, the late head of Planned Parenthood, once said that the only thing needed to secure the right to abortion would be to win the battle for sex education. By sex education, of course, he meant the pro-sin training that the anti-lifers use to destroy childrens innocence, conscience, and idealsand to undermine their love and respect for their parents, for life itself, and for the Faith.
A key tactic of the Culture of Death is to use wedges such as sexual sin to alienate children from their parents, from other people, from their Church, and from their God. The defenders of the Culture of Life need to counter these insidious tactics. One of the best ways is through home schooling.
I realize that not every family can or should home school. Every familys circumstances are different, and home schooling might not be the best option for a given family. There is no reason to feel guilty if you do not home school.
But more and more families are deciding that home schooling is the best way for them to follow the Churchs teaching that parents have the duty and the right to be the first and the principal educators of their children (The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, Pontifical Council for the Family, 1995).
Lets dispose of a few myths about home schooling.
First, it is not just for the rich; Americas estimated 1.5 million home-schooling families are a cross-section of society.
Second, parents do make good teachersbecause, as parents, they automatically are educatorsand because God gives them the graces that are appropriate to their state in life.
Third, home-schooled children do get a good education. One study in 1997 showed that they scored at least 30 points higher on standardized tests than did public school children. Kids schooled at home are free to learn to read, write, count, think logically, and absorb the classics and Catholic truth. They escape those educators who scoff at parental rights and educational basics. They elude harmful fads such as values clarification and over-emphasizing self-esteem.
Fourth, home schooling does socialize children well. It enables them to interact with people of all ages. It safeguards children, tooboth from bad companions and from secularist, pro-homosexual or anti-Catholic educators.
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