July 30, 2014
One more LDS Homeschooling conference is being held this summer, on Aug 8-9 at Utah Valley University in Orem UT. This conference is offered by long time homeschoolers Thom and Tresta Neil. The Neil’s are extremely well organized and their speaker lineup looks fantastic. I was delighted to see that at least two of the speakers invited class attendees to read a selection beforehand. There is also a youth conference. If your financial and family situation allows, I encourage you to attend. I will have a table in the vendor area, which is open to the public, so please come by and visit whether you are attending the conference or not.
Some people have thought this was my convention, but it is not. We held our last LDS-HEA Conference in 2007. By then my “staff” had all grown up and moved on, and I was worn out. My place in the homeschool movement now, as I see it, is to be a voice for the Lord’s educational program. I believe the time has come to speak boldly, though I realize I am preaching to the choir.
The Next Steps Toward Religious Education
A few days ago my husband presented me, with fanfare, the newly arrived AugustEnsign, opened in a two page spread to the article, “Home, the Heart of Learning” (p.28). It said, “The primary place of teaching and learning is the home.” I also watched the 2014 Learning and Teaching in the Home and the Church videos, and loved them.
The article spoke of learning being “centered” in the home. I picture a beam of light illuminating the home where education is part of the family culture. Whenever a family member leaves for education, a portion of the light moves with him, and he goes to a tutor who also lives in a beam of light. The Church is also a place he goes, and the light is certainly there. I like to say the office is at home and every home a school.
The Ensign article went on to emphasize developing the habit of continual teaching in the family. Once homeschoolers obtain the mindset and habits of inspired teaching and learning (if they don’t already have it) they are only inches away from every home a celestial school, and inches away from obtaining for themselves and their children a truly religious education.
What came as a shock to me was that I had already been planning to propose a few “Pondering” activities, which I intended to put in a handout on my table at the Neil’s conference (and I still will). One would say something like this:
- Our Heavenly Father sent His own Son to parents who would provide a fully religious education. If you look under Education in the LDS Bible Dictionary, you will find that, “The ‘religious question’ could not exist in Jewish education…” What would it feel like to have all of education be religiously based? What did it mean for Mary and Joseph? How and what would Mary teach her son? How and what would Joseph teach? How would the boy Jesus and other 12-year-old youth in his village be different from our youth their age?Can you picture, or feel, what education in your home might be if all of it were taught from a religious perspective? Can you picture the Holy Ghost shining down on your home as a shaft of light and everything being taught by that light?
Please feel free to refine my “Pondering” activity and share your thoughts, experiences, and questions. This is just the first of many Ponderings we need to do. Maybe your words will help others.
Now for the bold part, which has been on my mind for some time. These are my strongest opinions, so hold on:
Three Reasons for Home and Private Religious Education
1. Government schools are not spiritually, morally, or physically safe
It is time for all parents to really examine the wisdom of sending our children to the schools of Babylon which are working models of everything anti-Christ. Not only are our children indoctrinated in falsehoods, but they practice the behaviors and thinking patterns of the anti-Christ as they are controlled by bells and tests and computer screens and evil philosophies. Once Common Core is fully implemented, our children will be nothing more than objects to be acted upon. Even if Common Core is stopped, the same people with the same philosophies will simply pull back and wait for everyone to go back to sleep and then move forward again.
We can no longer put a bubble over our local school and allow things to happen there that we would not allow anyplace else. We can not justify evil in the name of “learning to live in the real word” or of “being missionaries.” Our youth are gasping for air. Many develop coping strategies, such as spending lunch hour in the Seminary building, “Where I feel safe,” or “finding a quiet place to read a few scriptures on an iphone.” Those who don’t find a way to cope fail, and thus we have an epidemic of “failure to launch.”
We tell our youth to hold to the rod, don’t get off The Path; then we plant them firmly on the other path. It’s one thing to live in Babylon and not be of Babylon; it is another thing to be enrolled, controlled, converted, perverted, and force-fed poisonous philosphies by Babylon.
Why did this happen? Because parents and schools stopped teaching the rising generations religion and morality, and society began to crumble. In December 1962, President McKay said: “By making [prayer] unconstitutional, the Supreme Court of the United States severs the connecting cord between the public schools of the United States and the source of divine intelligence, the Creator himself” (Religion in Public Life, Elder Dallin H. Oaks). The cord is cut; American schools as they once were, and as we wish they still were, are no longer. Anything that is still good, including great teachers, is not part of the current plan and will not endure. Someday all may be restored, but in the meantime, our children need to be rescued, not abandoned to “social justice” and Marxism.
2. There is an opportunity cost
The “opportunity cost” to our children is enormous. Because the great bulk of their time is taken up by the Babylonian education, there is no room in their day in which to obtain a good Christian education. Nor do they have the spiritual hunger to invest in that education, or even the hunger for the less rigorous pursuits of great music and literature. Their love of learning has been extinguished.
In the seventh grade at American Heritage school in American Fork UT, the students meet in a beautiful, peaceful classroom. On the wall is a large picture of General George Washington kneeling in prayer. The students study true American history from original sources, and at the end of the year they write a final essay listing 50 proofs that America was founded as a Christian country. I find that inspiring. And simple. If enough families would do this, we might save America.
3. The Lord wants us to have a religious education
Do anti-Christ educations prepare us for Zion? Will anti-Christ schools be welcomed there? Or does the Lord want a Christian education for His children? It certainly seems the Church is slowly moving us in that direction. Will homeschoolers ignite the fire? What will a religious education look like in our homes? What will it be like in a ward? A stake? Should this be another Pondering activity?
I wonder if we could find 50 proofs that the Lord wants a religious education. Maybe some families or some groups of families should try this and report. If anyone who lives near me wants to meet together to talk about these ideas, I’d love to participate. My head is swimming with thoughts ready to be joined by yours.
Please, please go see Dinesh D’Sousa’s America, Imagine the World Without Her if you can. It is wonderful. Here’s a debate with D’Sousa and Bill Ayers.