Do Not Despise the Day of Small Things – Taking the Long View

By Sheila Brennan, January 26, 2010 1:59 pm

My title is borrowed from Zechariah 4:10, a reference to the attitudes of certain Jews concerning the rebuilding of the temple. What was the source of their attitude? The rebuilding process was arduous at best and life-threatening at worst. And from where they stood, it didn’t look like it was ever going to be completed. Or, if completed, it would never measure up to the presumed goal of the enterprise, namely, replication of the original temple.

There is a similar undercurrent I sense when communicating with parents struggling to teach their students at home. The smallness of any single day’s work can seem insignificant when made to stand against the enormity of the grand task. Worse, at those points of real struggle – when the pace slows to barely a crawl and frustration is the primary theme of the day – the entire academic enterprise can seem in danger of capsizing. Do not despair!

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Handling Homeschool Interruptions

By Linda Baker, January 24, 2010 7:50 pm

We periodically add a post that was published in a previous version of The Christian Educator, before it became a blog. The following article originally appeared in Volume 4, Issue 3 of The Christian Educator.

Before my pre-dawn alarm went off, I got the call: “MOM! Zeke threw up on the carpet!”

I bolted out of bed, grabbed my glasses, and found my 15-year-old son angrily pointing at the offending spot on his bedroom carpet as our 70-pound dog Zeke looked on sheepishly.

Yup. I was off and running on “one of those days.”

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Should Johnny Read Homer?

By Arnie Gentile, January 20, 2010 12:13 pm
The Odyssey

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With the upsurge in the popularity of classical home school curricula, there has arisen a simultaneous concern about the appropriateness of such literature for the Christian student. Should Christian students read classic pagan or secular literature like Homer’s Odyssey or Melville’s Moby Dick? Are there dangers lurking in these works that could negatively impact impressionable minds? Perhaps we should begin to answer this question with the thoughts of a couple of great churchmen.

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The Foundation of God’s Word

By Pastor Calvin, January 18, 2010 3:51 pm

Throughout this year I will be addressing important theological topics that junior high and high school students need to know as they prepare for the calling that God has for them as men and women. The first topic is the foundation of God’s Word.

The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) first deals with Scripture and then second deals with God the Trinity. This is not to make Scripture of more importance than God. But very wisely the writers of the confession realized that before we can speak of God we must know how it is that we can even know God. On the firm foundation of God’s Word we can then speak with confidence and assurance about the God who can be known and has revealed himself.

One of the classic passages on the authority of Scripture is found in 2 Timothy 3:10-17. Paul and Timothy had known each other for about 20 years by the time Paul wrote 2 Timothy. Timothy was not a novice and yet there were important things that Timothy still needed to learn. And so it is most interesting that Paul in giving encouragement to Timothy again reminds him of the sure foundation that is found in God’s Word. Continue reading 'The Foundation of God’s Word'»

Before and After

By Larry Hovde, January 18, 2010 8:39 am

Some products that promise good results offer as proof before and after pictures. While we are in the trenches, educating our children, we really can’t tell how they will turn out. I can’t make any promises and results may vary, but I am able to tell you a little bit about the before and after of homeschooling and Christian education. Continue reading 'Before and After'»

The Family’s Sure Defense

By Mike McHugh, January 17, 2010 9:43 am

We periodically add a post that was published in a previous version of The Christian Educator, before it became a blog. We do this because we are hopeful they will be of benefit to many. The following article originally appeared in 2006 in Volume 1, Issue 1 of The Christian Educator.

In early June, 2006, the United States Senate rejected a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that was designed to protect the institution of marriage by defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. This legislative proposal was put forth by politicians who were seeking to raise a standard against the growing efforts of those that are intent on redefining marriage to include “same sex” partners. The mere fact that such a bill was even deemed necessary, reveals the extent of the current crisis and further clarifies just how intent the forces of darkness are in trying to undermine the God-ordained institution of marriage. Continue reading 'The Family’s Sure Defense'»

You Live in Rome

By Mark Beuligmann, January 14, 2010 3:40 pm

Have you noticed? The nation in which you live and homeschool your children is daily becoming more hostile to professing Christians, particularly those who actually walk the walk. When Brit Hume, a Christian and Fox News analyst, suggested that Tiger Woods could find forgiveness in Jesus Christ, the outcry was scarcely less shrill than if he had called Tiger the “N” word. Continue reading 'You Live in Rome'»

The Basis for Home School Rights

By Mike McHugh, January 13, 2010 3:25 pm

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident?

It is not uncommon for parents contemplating home education to ask, “Is home education legal in my state?” or perhaps, “How can I be sure that the state will grant me the freedom to educate my own children?” In light of these familiar questions, one more question needs to be asked: “How many parents in America today still believe that they have been endowed by their Creator with the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”

The sad reality is that a significant number of parents in the United States have lost the meaning of liberty as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Nowhere is this more plain than in the area of parental rights in education.

The U.S. Supreme Court, as far back as 1925, confirmed the fact that parents, not the state, have the right to choose by what means children will be educated. In the case of Pierce v. Society of Sisters, the Supreme Court affirmed that:

“The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excludes any general powers of the state to standardize children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” Continue reading 'The Basis for Home School Rights'»

The Christian Educator

By Mark Dove, January 8, 2010 6:52 pm

Welcome to The Christian Educator blog!  The Christian Educator has existed in different formats over the years. Back in the late ’80s it was a physical newspaper which was sent out to a large list of people for free. It also had a short life as a subscription based paper until it went away for awhile. It received new life a few years ago as an e-newsletter. Articles were placed monthly on our site and a notification email went out around the first of each month, with summer months off. We have recently decided to turn the educator into a blog and will continue to send monthly email reminders of new articles to those who are on our email list.

While the format of The Christian Educator has changed over the years, the goal has remained the same. It is our desire to provide help and encouragement to you, the home educator. We want to cover issues facing homeschoolers across the nation. We want to provide help and also share our experience. And now, with a blog format, you can interact with topics and provide help to others based upon your own experience.

You don’t have to be enrolled in the CLASS program, or use books from Christian Liberty Press, to benefit from this blog. You will find helpful articles and tips for anyone who is home schooling or thinking about home schooling. Our goal is to provide help for the entire home schooling community, so come back often, read the articles, and participate if you’d like.

It truly is our hope that these articles will bless you!

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