Homeschool Guidelines for a New Year

by Helmut Eder

While educators are rallying around Common Core standards, do not be fooled. Learn about what these standards intend that our children learn. For families who entrust the education of their children to the public school system, it may seem reasonable to have standards that are common throughout the country. Having standards that are common to other schools make moving less of a problem for families. However, Common Core standards in the hands of public school teachers reach far beyond the realm of authority intended by our founders or even more importantly by the Scriptures. Our founders envisioned educational decisions being made by those closest to the school in question, not by an unelected and unaccountable group of individuals at the state or national level. They wisely omitted any reference to education in the U.S. Constitution. Scriptures place all authority for education with the family and not at the government at any level. Deuteronomy 6:7 “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

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