Parents in Canada (and a
few other nations) might as well send their children to institutional schools
if their education, schooling, if top academic achievement scores are their top
concerns. One may find the following report:
TORONTO, December 7, 2010-- A major international report released today
by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows
Canadian students rank among the best in the world in reading, mathematics, and
science [Note 1].
Upon reading a report
like this, however, parents should as several key questions?
What is "best,"
academically? What is the operational definition of "high achievement"?
Are OECD measures (i.e.,
the tests used) valid and reliable? For what purposes? For the objectives of
individuals, students, families, and local communities, or for the plans of the
state, or international interests?
How would a
representative sample of Canadian home-educated students score on the same
tests? Higher, the same, or lower? Why?
Perhaps even more
importantly, however, parents and church leaders should be asking other
questions, such as the following.
What worldview, values,
and ways of thinking are taught to children and youth hour upon hour, day after
day, month after month, year upon year in state-run schools? Are they
consistent with biblical truths and reasoning, or consistent with and promoting
some other perspective, way of thinking?
Who filters information,
makes interpretations, and provides applications for children and youth in
state-run institutional schools? Who decides what is important to put on OECD
Are there things other
than reading, mathematics, and science achievement that are more important, in
the long run, for students, their families, and their societies? If so, what
are they? For example, what percent of students from institutional schools,
versus home-educated youth, end up committing white-collar crime, in prisons, in
immoral sexual behavior, abusing drugs and alcohol, living on welfare, or otherwise
living off of others rather than giving to others?
Should Christians care
more, ultimately, about how their children score on tests like those used by
the OECD or whether they are attracted to and following the King of kings and
Lord of lords? Should Christians care more whether their children end up
filling the job positions that civil government bureaucracies think need to be
filled or living out the calling God has placed on their individual and
What if a study were to find that the home educated scored on
achievement tests, on average, about the same as state-school children? A
little lower? A lot lower? Would that be good reason, in and of itself, to
jettison home-based education in favor of teaching, training, and
indoctrination by the state that is given over to metaphysical naturalism,
statism, Marxism, or any other philosophical paradigm other than that espoused
in the special revelation of God, the Bible? [Note 2]
The homeschool community and its leaders should continually
address whether they are putting the right emphasis on the right things as they
rightfully attract ever more families to their ranks.
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All forms of education/schooling - whether state-run public schooling, private
classroom schooling, or parent-led home-based education - are the teaching,
training, and indoctrination of children and youth.