Jeremy Walker (00:12):
Welcome back to another episode of Reform, Reproduce, and Reconstruct. We’ll be talking about, as Christians, what we should believe and teach the family, reproduction and how we are to influence and interact with the world around us. I’m your host, Jeremy Walker, and, on this episode, we’re going to be discussing the myth of homeschooling, giving practical advice to parents about how to teach and realistic expectations that they should have in doing homeschooling, and, of course, we’re going to be discussing is homeschooling good for everyone?
Jeremy Walker (00:47):
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Jeremy Walker (01:17):
Now, let’s go ahead and get ourselves started. The myth of homeschooling. Well, it’s a big subject. Homeschooling is. A lot of people have ideas about homeschooling, what it should do, what it looks like, how it should be done, if it should be done, and a lot of stuff in between. One of the major questions is who is responsible for the care and needs of children? Another question that’s very important is what is schooling, or education, for that matter? So we’re going to hope to discuss some of that on this episode in this section, of course, of Reform, Reproduce, Reconstruct.
Jeremy Walker (01:54):
So let’s start with who is responsible for taking care of the needs of children? Well, this depends on your religious foundation, how you’re going to answer this question. People, of course, don’t claim to be religious, and it doesn’t matter what they claim, because people are liars. They lie. They fool themselves, even. People that have come out of Christianity or whatever might say, “I’m no longer religious.” I’ve seen people who claim to be be Christians say, “I’m not religious. I’m spiritual.”
Jeremy Walker (02:27):
All that means is such people, at least the ones that say they’re spiritual and not religious, means that they just believe in the freedom of being a Christian, the love of God, but no rules, no regulations, no responsibilities, just unconditional love. The people who claim that they are not religious at all, these who claim to be free from religion, the critical thinkers, the intelligent ones, the scientific community, well, these people are religious as well.
Jeremy Walker (03:03):
When it comes down to it, a religious belief is something that you belief but can’t prove, and it’s almost always on the subject of morality, authority, coercion, justice, law. All these subjects are things we believe. It’s how we act or think should be done to ourselves, to other people. But there is no basis for it. There’s nothing that you can quantify using our scientific methods to prove or find somehow. Are you going to find morality underneath a rock? You’re not going to find that.
Jeremy Walker (03:38):
You’re not going to find if it is right to eat people by looking at nature, because if you look at nature, well, I had hamsters as a child, and, as a I found out, well, sometimes the mommy eats the babies. It’s one of the things that they do. In nature, you also have spiders. Spiders, well, the female spider very often, in quite a few of the spider species, will actually kill their mate. Doesn’t mean we’re going to advocate that it’s normal for adults to eat their children, cannibalism. It doesn’t mean we’re going to advocate that women murder their husbands after they mate with them. Not going to be something that we’re going to advocate as normal. I guess some people might.
Jeremy Walker (04:26):
But this is what it comes down to when we ask the question, who is responsible for taking care of the needs of children? It is your religious belief. It’s what your foundational ideas come from. If you didn’t know, there are only two real religions in the world. There is the religion of Christianity, comes from the Bible, and there is the religion of humanism.
Jeremy Walker (04:48):
Now, the reason I say that, it might be a shock to some, is because humanism, mankind comes up with all kinds of inventive ideas, different religious ideas, which, of course, can be all the world’s major religions and all the ones that have ever existed, and, of course, there’s the idea of no religion. So there isn’t a place where man finds his truth from God. Man finds his own truth via science, and if mankind hasn’t found the truth, it’s just a matter of time before he does. Man and his intelligence, his reason, that’s the source of all truth, or at least a way to find out all truth, eventually.
Jeremy Walker (05:33):
Then, of course, morality is mankind. He is the source of morality, either individually, for himself, or collectively, whenever they go and vote and create laws. Now, we’re not only going to decide what we think is right and correct. We’re also then going to ask other people to join us, because what is a civil government except the body in general, the body of the community of people in general that are now given the moral authority to then enforce our morality? Our morality is based on our beliefs, and our beliefs are based on our religion.
Jeremy Walker (06:12):
So you have humanism and Christianity. So with these two types of things, who is responsible for taking care of the needs of children? Well, Christianity says the parents are. They’re responsible for everything the child needs. They are the source of life that comes from God through the parents, and the parents are now responsible for caring for that child. That child is responsible for listening to them. God’s authority is passed on to the parent, and God says to listen to them, because this is right, at least towards the children. Parents, of course, are told to protect and care for them and raise them.
Jeremy Walker (06:49):
Now, the humanist would say that … Some of them would agree that the parents have a responsibility, but that the state has an overriding, vested interest in the children. Since there is no authority that comes from God to the parent, that means that the greatest power is the one that sets the rules, and there is no greater power than the civil government. Power of the sword. So they would then say parents have a limited responsibility, and the state has a greater responsibility. After all, these children are not going to stay children forever. They’re going to grow up and become citizens of our new community, and these citizens of our new community, we want them to be part of our community. We want them to live a certain way.
Jeremy Walker (07:31):
So to raise children, it takes a village, to quote Hillary Clinton, as she said before, and other people. But she’s not the only one who says these types of things. These are humanists who believe that the state is responsible for determining what children need and for supplying that. It also goes into people who are socialists, who believe that it is the government’s responsibility to make sure that everybody has healthcare, to make sure that everybody has guaranteed income, to make sure that everybody has yadda, yadda, yadda. No matter the question, government is the answer for such people, and it continues.
Jeremy Walker (08:11):
So there’s this struggle, and, until recently, homeschooling, or non-government education, was illegal in the United States. RJ Rushdoony was one of the pioneers that helped homeschooling become permitted in America again.
Jeremy Walker (08:29):
Now, you’re taking something that, from the beginning of time, civil governments did not exist. They come and they went. They come and they went. They come and they went. Here in the United States, when our nation was founded, there was no such thing as governments or public schools. They were handled by the parents, and the parents would either educate their children themselves, or they might farm that out. That’s where the old schoolhouse came from, where the general parents in the community would hire a schoolteacher to come in and teach the children. What would this teacher teach the children? Well, what the parents wanted, because they got to set the standard. They said what their children wanted.
Jeremy Walker (09:05):
Now, the humanist, the civil government, the government-educated type person, they say the parents are too stupid to know what is good for the child. “We, the enlightened, will tell you what’s good for them.” They have their little school boards, where the parents can come and voice their opinions, but they don’t really care. Either on a state level, a federal level, they will determine the elite, what your children need and what’s good for them. If they need sex education, if they need whatever, that’s what they’re going to learn, based on what the state and those ruling elite believe your child needs to learn.
Jeremy Walker (09:41):
This is why you have the vast majority of children leaving high school, going off to maybe the workforce, creating their families, going to college, maybe, and they are lower than a third grade reading level, can barely do basic math. Well, the reason for this is because education, reading, writing, arithmetic, is not the main goal of the American educational system. It’s just not. How do we know that? Because they’re not doing it. If they were doing reading, writing, and arithmetic, basic stuff, for seven and a half, eight hours a day, for I think it’s 180 days a year, I believe is how many it is or more, these children, in 13 years, would know how to do basic reading, writing, and arithmetic. But they don’t, because that’s not their goal.
Jeremy Walker (10:28):
They’re there to educate, but they’re not there to teach them academics. They have other types of education, which, of course, is what is schooling? What is education? It’s giving a person, a child what you want them to know, what you want them to believe, passing on information that you think is going to be beneficial to this person. Well, that means you have a specific idea of what type of goal, what kind of person you’re trying to mold, how you’re trying to make them, how to create them, what you’re trying to produce.
Jeremy Walker (10:59):
So there’s a lot of ideas out there where people talk about homeschooling and how it gets outside the mold. Well, there’s a lot of truth to that. The government school system does have a mold of what it’s trying to create. Problem is, they act like being in homeschooling, somehow everybody’s just going to be able to be themselves, and everything’s going to be different. Well, that’s not true. Even the home school, the Christian school, the private school, it doesn’t matte what it is, they all have an idea of the ideal child, the product they’re trying to produce by their education, by everything that they teach them, their morals, their academics, their everything.
Jeremy Walker (11:39):
So the funny thing is that you have people who act like, even if they were homeschoolers, that they’re not going to be trying to make the child fit into a mold. Well, you are trying to make them fit into a mold. The question is what kind of mold is there?
Jeremy Walker (11:53):
So the myth, partly, of homeschooling is that, for some reason, parents don’t have the right to do it. Well, they do. It’s other people out there who are trying to force them to place their child in their schools. Now, I’m not for the fact of forcing anybody to go to any form of education. I think it should be voluntary. I think the families have the responsibility to do that.
Jeremy Walker (12:15):
Now, here in America, if you don’t want to give your child a Christian education, well, then don’t do it. You want to teach them that they should be free as a bird and they should be able to break the Ten Commandments at whim and it’s all fake, go ahead and do so. All the children who are learning that the Ten Commandments themselves are binding and all the things it requires, they can’t just do anything that they want, there are authority structures and stuff like that, those are the ones who are going to succeed, and your child is going to be the one who fails academically, professionally, morally, and everything else in between, because the vast majority of people don’t fail because they’re stupid. The vast majority of people don’t fail because they’re unlearned or ignorant. They fail because they lack moral character.
Jeremy Walker (13:02):
See, that’s the problem. In the vast majority of the time, when we’re talking about the government school system, they have a moral idea, and the moral ideas are anti-Christian. If you are going to teach children against the values of the Bible, they’re going to fail. We see it day in and day out. I work in a school. I work with families, and the number one thing I see, when people come into my school, when I’m the educator, I’m teaching children, they thank me for what I’m doing.
Jeremy Walker (13:31):
They’ve seen their lives, the vast majority of the time, and they’ve seen their moral defects. They come in and see my children, who actually, because we are there with them, they’re kind of working. They’re, you could say, homeschooled here with us, at our school and our facility. My children are learning skills, which we’re going to get to that in a second, in the next part here, but what we should be teaching, things like that.
Jeremy Walker (13:52):
But it’s very important about who has the responsibility to care for children, because with the whole COVID-19 thing that’s been going on here in 2020, we’ve found that the government school system has now sent all the children home and said, “You have the responsibility to educate these kids. Our teachers are going to continue to set the curriculum, but you have the responsibility to make sure it gets done. You have the responsibility to teach those kids.” Thank you. We agree entirely. The government school system is not necessary, and the responsibility belongs to the parent. Thank you for explaining that. I agree entirely.
Jeremy Walker (14:34):
See, the thing is that, even with this whole COVID-19 thing, they’ve been talking about keeping schools closed longer and things like that. But they’re not going to, because they have agendas, and they need to get kids out of the homes and into their facilities. Otherwise, they’re not going to be able to create and produce the product that they want, which, of course, is non-Christian, humanistic-believing child. That’s what they want, and that’s what they produce. They’re very good at it, actually.
Jeremy Walker (15:02):
So, anyways, part of the myth of homeschooling is this question right here, the myth of who is responsible for caring for that child, and it is not a state subject. It is not a civil government subject. It is not a village subject. It is a parent subject. The parent and the families have the responsibility to care for those children, and it is not your responsibility to educate somebody else. It is not the state’s responsibility to come steal money from homeowners via taxes and whatnot so they can compel others to go to school and then pay for it. I mean, on what level could any private organization go and steal money from other people so they can educate their child or somebody else’s? That’s called theft. But somehow, we put it on a civil level and we call it taxes, and it’s okay. That’s also part of the myth of homeschooling.
Jeremy Walker (15:52):
Schooling and education doesn’t cost that much. It just doesn’t. It’s not that difficult. Strict reading, writing, arithmetic doesn’t take long. It doesn’t take 13 years to do, and it certainly doesn’t take seven and a half hours. That’s part of it as well. Homeschooling is so simple. Teaching these basics that we’re talking about does not take that long. What takes long is teaching morality. That’s what takes long. It’s a day in and day out thing. The Bible in Deuteronomy 6 talks about the Christian’s responsibility, day in and day out, as you walk to go through and explain and teach morals, Christian morals, to your children.
Jeremy Walker (16:35):
The state does the same thing. It wants to be the one, day in and day out, as you rise up, as you lay down, come and go. It wants to be the one to teach your children morals, and that’s why they have to have children for so many hours a day. That’s why they have to have children for so many days out of the year, right there. It takes time to teach morality. They don’t keep kids in for a couple years. They keep them there for 13 years, and now they want preschool. So they want from infancy all the way through age 18. So they want 18 years, 19 years of your child’s life. They want them in a humanistic education bubble. So, for the first 19 years of their life, that’s what they’re taught. Can you guess what you’re going to produce after 19 years of humanism? You’re going to produce a humanist. That’s what you’re going to produce.
Jeremy Walker (17:28):
On the other hand, could you imagine what you produce after 19 years of Christianity and Christian teaching? You’re going to produce a person who agrees with Christian morality, and they know that’s the case, which is why there’s this major conflict. It is not an academic conflict. If you are a home educator, don’t think for a second that your problem with education and your goals are academic in nature. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are simple subjects to teach. They are not complicated. So your fight, the reason why you homeschool, has nothing to do with academics, because academics are not complicated to teach. What takes time, what is of the most important value to your child, is their moral foundation. That’s what is the parent’s responsibility to guard, and that’s why we homeschool.
Jeremy Walker (18:19):
We don’t homeschool because of academics. It’s so simple. You can teach reading, writing, arithmetic. Anybody can teach it. It does not take a college graduate to teach these subjects, despite what the state tells you. It says these things because they want you, if you’re going to educate properly, you have to do so because you’ve been taught how to do it, and guess what he framework is that is taught in the government schools for these teachers? You guessed it. Humanism. They are teaching teachers to be religious.
Jeremy Walker (18:53):
When your kid goes into a public school, government school, they are not neutral. They are humanistic evangelicals. They’re trying to teach your kid to be a humanist. There is no morals outside of yourself. There’s no morals outside the community. There’s no authority outside the state, and that’s the dangers.
Jeremy Walker (19:12):
See, if you don’t understand that, then you have an idea about homeschooling that’s a complete myth about what you think you’re doing and why you’re doing it. See, if you don’t understand these things, then you have no idea what’s going on in this world.
Jeremy Walker (19:26):
Well, hopefully, that’s a good beginning for the myth of homeschooling. I do want to go ahead and touch on a few things. rushdoonyradio.org is lectures and sermons and audio books from RJ Rushdoony. Many call him the father of the homeschool movement. If you’re unfamiliar with him, I suggest you take a look. Based on what he did, in and out of the courtrooms, his books, lectures, sermons, he was definitively the father of the homeschool movement, and I suggest, if you’re interested as a homeschooling parent, to check out this website, rushdoonyradio.org, and try to absorb the content on there that will help you be a better parent and understand the struggles that are actually taking place.
Jeremy Walker (20:07):
Also check out our website, cr101radio.com, where, of course, you can find this podcast and more. It’s also, of course, a 24-hour, seven-day a week Internet radio station that provides podcasts and lectures and sermons. So you can download the app. Just go the website there. You can find it as well.
Jeremy Walker (20:24):
We also have other podcasts on there, which we will begin to promote even more, but one of the ones that I also host is called Preschool Pioneers, and it is cr101.radio.com/preschoolpioneers. This one, we cover education in particular and trying to find people and help teachers and Christians explain why they should become teachers and how to own and operate their own schools. You can check that out at cr101radio.com/preschoolpioneers.
Jeremy Walker (20:51):
But let’s go ahead and jump into a little section. I think this will be a little bit more interesting. I mean, not interesting, but practical. Practical, practical. Myself, I’ve been married 22 years now, right around there. Sorry, 20 years. Sorry, 20 years now. My oldest son is now getting close to turning 19, so I’ve officially gone through from the lowest of the low settings all the way to the oldest of the old, where they’ve graduated high school.
Jeremy Walker (21:21):
That’s also one of the myths that I’d like to touch on as well, this myth and this idea of homeschooling that is just not true. There is no such thing as grades. Grade levels is something that was created by the government school systems so they can gauge people and decide where to place them. But a person can be 18 years old and not know how to read. It doesn’t mean they’re on the same grade level as other people. Education, you have to literally start at the bottom every single time with every single person, and if they don’t know how to read, they don’t know how to write, they don’t know how to do arithmetic, then, every single time, you have to start at the bottom, with the most basic, simple things of education, because education doesn’t have grade levels.
Jeremy Walker (22:00):
I get my kids all the time. We’ll into stores or whatever. They’ll ask my kids, “Well, what grade are you in?” My kids are baffled, because we don’t talk about grade levels, because grade levels are ridiculous.
Jeremy Walker (22:11):
Now, one thing you do need to know, first of all, which I didn’t cover in the first section, was you do need to know the laws in your state, if you’re here in America, what the laws are governing homeschooling, because, despite that you may agree or not agree with the state’s authority and whatnot, they have it, because they have the guns. They will make sure you fall in line. Thankfully, for people like RJ Rushdoony, homeschooling now is legal, of course, in America, but there are stipulations. But the stipulations are not complicated and not difficult to comply with in order to be able to do what you want to do, which is keep your kids, hopefully, out of a government school, unless you want to create a humanist. But that’s up to you.
Jeremy Walker (22:53):
But you do need to know the state laws, and you need to make sure you follow them. Like I said, they’re not complicated. If you have to follow certain subjects, you need to do that as well. You don’t have to agree with the subject matter. You just have to make sure that you’re following those rules.
Jeremy Walker (23:07):
But, over the 18 years with our oldest son and now the others, my wife and I, we have 11 children, if you’re unaware. But we’ve been doing this down the line, having taught our kids, and, as I said, homeschooling, it doesn’t take long. It does not take seven and a half to eight hours a day to educate your child. It just doesn’t take that long. Reading, writing, arithmetic obviously should be done. You want your child to be an educated child. As far your goals, you want them to be able to function in the real world, take care of a family of their own, be successful in the business world, financially able to balance a checkbook, make money, save money, spend wisely. So all these are homeschooling subjects which are not necessarily academic.
Jeremy Walker (23:56):
I also have found that one of the myths of homeschooling is that homeschoolers are smarter than non-homeschoolers. Not true. I’ve met some really stupid, or, rather, uneducated, if you will, homeschoolers, because their parents were just lazy. The unschooling movement, same thing.
Jeremy Walker (24:15):
Another myth of homeschooling, where these practical things are concerned, is that parents actually are concerned or think that their children should be taught. A big aspect of this is that I found that discipline, meaning children being able to make themselves do certain things at certain times, is lacking in the homeschool community in general. To think that all homeschoolers are Christians is just ridiculous.
Jeremy Walker (24:41):
But I think that when I’ve met homeschoolers, other than my own family and whatnot, I find that they lack the ability to do something on time. That’s not an academic subject. That’s just a character flaw. They don’t have the ability to make themselves get up on time. They don’t have the ability to follow through the tasks to the end. They don’t have a desire to do better, just enough not to get into trouble, or they just want to do enough for people to leave them alone until they can do what they want, these kinds of subjects.
Jeremy Walker (25:13):
But the problem is that that’s not how the real world works, and, as a parent, what do you want for your child? Do you want your child to be able to grow up and hold a job? Well, it’s not just about if they can count. It’s not if they can just write. It’s can they go to work on time? Can they, when they’re tired, complete their job and their task and not expect Mommy to come in and give them an excuse? “Oh, you’re tired, Billy. I’m sorry, Billy. You don’t have to complete that.” Yeah, Billy, you have to complete it. Your job’s going to make you do it, so be quiet and get your job done.
Jeremy Walker (25:52):
Maybe you have the idea, “Oh, it’s just not an interest area.” So if somebody asks them to do something, “Well, it’s just not an area that I’m interested in doing. Is there something else you can give me?” No, your job is your job. Do your job. It doesn’t matter what you like and what you don’t like. If you don’t like it, quit and find another job. But guess what? Next job’s going to be the same. It doesn’t matter. You have to grow up and put your big boy pants on, as they say, and you have to do your job and listen to the people in authority.
Jeremy Walker (26:20):
That’s the other big point as well, people not being able to listen. The vast majority of homeschoolers don’t want to be authoritarian. They want to be the friends of their children. They want to be able to make patty cake and cookies with them all day. Well, guess what? The whole world is not rainbows and lollipops, and you’re going to have to listen to authority. There are people you’re going to have to make sure they tell you what to do, and you have to do it.
Jeremy Walker (26:45):
So it’s not always you having a say so. There are other homeschooling families which want to make their children take part in decision-making. Well, guess what? You don’t get a say so in your job. You shouldn’t have a say so, if you’re a child, in what happens in the family community. You’re not the decision maker. The parents are. In their business world, the boss is. The people in the chain of command are, and you better learn how to do that.
Jeremy Walker (27:18):
Also, they’re never learning these skills, no practical skills. What practical skills do your children have? I know that they can count and they can do math problems, but can they do that in the real world? Can they close out? Can they count money? Do they have any accounting skills? Do they have any public relations skills? Are they eggshells, where they can’t talk to anybody? “Anytime anybody talks to me, I fall apart, and I can’t speak to people.” People don’t care if you can’t speak to people. They’ll look at you like you’re a weirdo.
Jeremy Walker (27:52):
Here’s an idea. You have to get out of your comfort zone. What do you want as a parent? Do you want your children to be eggshells, to where anytime some authority figure says something to them, they shut down, put their head in the dirt, and they can’t speak? Is that what you want your kid to do? Do you want it whenever anybody confronts them, that they turn into an eggshell and they just turn their head and they can’t look at the person and they can’t speak, because they literally do not know how to communicate with people because you’ve treated them like they’re eggshells, always worried about what they’re thinking and they’re doing?
Jeremy Walker (28:25):
The world doesn’t care what you think. The world is a very cruel place. It’s a difficult place to live, and homeschoolers, I find, don’t prepare their children for the real world. They’re in there, teaching dumb subjects, like ancient Egyptian history, “And this week, we made a diorama.” Nobody cares about your diorama. When are you going to use ancient Egyptian history in the real world? Do I need to teach that to my kids, or if the question of ancient Egyptian history came up, can’t I just look it up? Is it something that I have to waste my child’s time on, or would I rather prefer using my time building skillsets, teaching them how to do something?
Jeremy Walker (29:12):
Maybe your child likes to bake or cook. One of my children do. It’s very interesting. In fact, I propagated this idea. “You like to cook? Well, let’s keep going.” If they wanted to, I mean, obviously, my children are not going to be bakers, because we have schools for them to work in, and we do have a future for them, where that’s concerned. But that’s a different subject. Look into Preschool Pioneers if you’d like to learn more about that.
Jeremy Walker (29:33):
But my daughter could easily work at any bakery on the planet right now, a practical skillset that she has that nobody else has. But that is an economical skill. That’s something that takes interest, it takes time, it takes experience, and it’s something that somebody else is willing to pay for, if you can make them do it, if they are willing to do it.
Jeremy Walker (29:56):
So, in other words, rethink your idea about what you think are subjects your child should be covering. You should be propagating not their interest areas. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that, letting them have free time and things like that. But we’re talking about real world skillsets that either will help them or not help them for the future. It’s teaching them authority structures, the morality, personal morality, how to talk to people. When the time comes for them to try to find a spouse, do you want them to have the ability to do that, or do you want them to be running under their mommy’s skirt every five seconds because they don’t know how to talk to normal human beings because they’re so introverted? Which can happen.
Jeremy Walker (30:40):
Now, it’s a complete myth, of course, that all homeschoolers are introverted. It has a lot to do with personality types. No debate on that. Some people are naturally introverted. Some people are naturally extroverted. You can’t do anything about that. But you can propagate and help people one way or the other. The extroverts have to calm down. Otherwise, they’re going to turn people away. They can just be rude and irritating, and that kind of personality takes a different type of cultivation, how to be calm, how to be pleasant, how to be appropriate.
Jeremy Walker (31:10):
Then the other side is how to be able to come out of that shell, how to communicate successfully with people, and you think you’re doing your child a favor by not doing that. You’re not doing them a favor. You make them feel inadequate. You make them feel like they can’t do it. What the parent needs to be there, cultivator and the cheerleader for their children. They want what’s best for them. They’re not always going to be happy. They’re not always going to feel good about it. But you’re not there to make them happy. You’re there to make them successful, and if you want your children to be successful, get rid of this idea that it is academic. Get rid of this idea that you’re going to just teach your kids reading, writing, arithmetic, and everybody’s going to stay at home.
Jeremy Walker (31:49):
This idea in homeschooling that is, for some reason, embedded in that community is that once they finish their homeschooling life and they’re ready to enter the real world, all of a sudden, everybody’s going to work from home. Everybody’s got to have an idea where they become a writer or they have to have computer skills so they never leave their little door.
Jeremy Walker (32:09):
Well, here’s an idea. The real world requires you to actually work in the real world. It requires you to work with real people, and you have to have skillsets that allow you to do that, to be successful, to show up on time, to be faithful, to be diligent. All these things, oh, wait for it, are Christian subjects that you should be teaching anyways.
Jeremy Walker (32:27):
Go to the Book of Proverbs. Spend your time focusing on that as a parent, and that should be where you pull your curriculum from, because the character that you build in your child is vastly more important than the academics that you stick in their head, and you can quote me on that.
Jeremy Walker (32:46):
So, hopefully, that gives you some practical advice about what you should focus on and not. Having gone through it myself with my own children, I can honestly say I have tried to focus more on their character than their academics. At times, I have felt bad about it, but I can honestly say I’ve gotten to the end of the product. But what is it that I am producing, as I’ve been talking about here? I am thoroughly proud of the products that I have produced, thoroughly proud.
Jeremy Walker (33:11):
I promote the same thing for you and your family, and, like I said, there’s nothing wrong with the academics. Do all the academics that you want to do. I mean, if you want to learn ancient Egyptian culture and create dioramas, go right ahead. What I’m saying is you can’t do one and fail to do the rest. I find that the homeschooling in general, and we have to be able to criticize ourselves, we fail to be able to create this type of character in children.
Jeremy Walker (33:36):
See, on the other side, you have the government school. We criticize them for everybody being in a box and showing up at a certain time and everybody sitting at their desk and everybody’s got to do this and everybody’s got to do that. But guess what? They are teaching obedience to something. It just happens to be the obedience to the state. They are teaching structure, just a humanistic structure. See, while you were out there playing lolly cakes and playing in the sand and making mud pies and making chocolate chip cookies, they are creating an army of dedicated people who are dedicated to the propagation of humanistic ideologies and the state. You can’t compete with that. They understand what they’re doing. Do you? I doubt it.
Jeremy Walker (34:17):
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Jeremy Walker (34:59):
So last part here, is homeschooling good for everyone? No. My answer is no, that homeschooling is not good for everybody. Now, the funny thing is that all Christians or some Christians or most Christians would say, “Well, you should just stay at home with your child. All mommies should stay at home, and all daddies should go to work. The family is going to be a happy family, because, after all, Mommy’s staying at home and Daddy’s off at work. It’s good for me, and it’s good for you. It’s good for people in our church, and it’s good for everybody. Everybody should do it.” Well, that’s not true.
Jeremy Walker (35:39):
See, I think that the vast majority of people have never been around, never been around the community in general. They kind of hide in their hidey-holes. As Christians, it’s easy to do, common to do. We hide in our hidey-holes. We hide in our communities. We take care of our families, and those who do not care for their own are worse than infidels and deny the faith. So caring for your family is your top priority.
Jeremy Walker (36:08):
But you don’t understand the nature of events if you think that everybody should be in the home with their family and friends. We live in a broken world. We live in a world full of abuse and damaged people, for one reason or another, and they do pass that on. You don’t need to be a Christian to think this. We know this is true. The non-Christians would even agree with me on this, and I’ve read them. They talk about it all the time, and the vast majority of the time …
Jeremy Walker (36:38):
We talk about in COVID-19 here, where they had these mandatory stay at home things, all the problems that were happening, because people were now spending more time together in their homes. Families were having to spend time together, husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, brothers and sisters, parents and children, and the number of abuses that was happening for people, because the homes are not safe places for so many people. They’re not pleasant places to be at. Most people live in a living hell, and it’s a place … I would go with that old band Creed. Used to be a great band. I still like them. They have a song called “My Own Prison,” and people do live in a world that is their own prison, which they have created for themselves. They have to live in it, and it’s a terrible place.
Jeremy Walker (37:31):
Most Christians don’t realize that. They have no empathy for other people, and, because they have no empathy for other people, they don’t understand them. I think that makes them less Christians than they could be. But the world is a dangerous place, and families are dangerous at times, especially non-Christian families.
Jeremy Walker (37:49):
So no, homeschooling is not good for everybody. As I said, I’ve worked in the community a long time. I have a preschool, and I have stories that will curl your hair because they’re so terrible, about the lives that these children have to live in. One of the most heartbreaking ones that I had recently, about a couple years ago, I had a girl who came into my school. A family friend brought them in, because the mother could not bring the child in, because she was black and blue and beaten. A boyfriend, who she had brought back into the home again, who had already been in jail, who had already beaten her before, she brought him back, which is very common. Anybody will tell you that. They will do this. It’s a vicious cycle. As I said, they build their own prison.
Jeremy Walker (38:38):
Brought the guy back into the home, and, at one point, on a weekend, the boyfriend started beating the mother, of course, again. In her quick thinking, she told the girl to leave the house, her daughter, who was about three, and to run to the neighbors and call the police. So this three-year-old had to run off and save Mommy by demanding that the parents of the family next door call the police officers to try to prevent her mommy from being killed by her boyfriend.
Jeremy Walker (39:10):
Somebody would say, “Well, homeschooling’s good for everybody.” Not for this person. There are people who have boyfriend after boyfriend after boyfriend after boyfriend after boyfriend who come into the homes. Once again, they build their own prisons, and then they molest their children. It’s a very common occurrence. Everybody knows it, police officers, psychologists. It doesn’t matter, DCF. It’s a common thing. Everybody knows it. The most logical person that’s going to molest children isn’t necessarily their parents, but it’s their boyfriends, their girlfriends, that kind of thing, and it’s an overly common occurrence.
Jeremy Walker (39:45):
So are these children better off in the home with parents who are going to bring this home? No, they’re not. No, they’re not. We also have the circumstances where women who turn to different forms of prostitution, if they have children, they also … It’s very, very, very common to introduce their children to prostitution, especially their daughters, to bring in the johns to the house to make a buck. So they start to eventually promote their daughter, sell their daughter off to these johns as well. Also very common. Drug use, violence in the homes, you name it.
Jeremy Walker (40:20):
Then you have to ask yourself the question, “Is homeschooling good for everybody? What is this parent going to teach this child? What type of moral background are they going to give them?” Obviously, they’re not going to give them any academic one. But even if they did, what is the moral structure? What are they going to create? What’s the end product of this person stayed at home with this parent? What are they going to create? They’re going to create a child who’s going to be just like them. The Bible says that, “Do you not know that the student will become like the teacher, once they’re fully trained?”
Jeremy Walker (40:50):
So if a parent like this is the one who’s the only person having any interaction with the child like this, is this good for them? As Christians, we have to say no. Even the state says no. I mean, the civil government might have many flaws, but it’s not blind, and it definitely wants its citizens to be a certain level. So it wants to bring those children into their tutelage, not this person. Their end goal isn’t to abuse them, like some people might, or turn them to prostitution, where some might. They do have their own goals, which I would call, in some circumstances, definitely nefarious, but not like this. Even they understand they want children to get out of the homes. They believe that.
Jeremy Walker (41:33):
But every Christian I talk to … Not every one, but most of them, would try to have this idea, because they might be good people, good Christians, whatever. Then everybody should just be doing what they’re doing. In other words, they have no empathy or no idea what’s going on. But it’s not good for everybody. It’s not good for those children. They need someplace to do, in my personal opinion. As Christians, we’re evangelical. So we have schools. I run preschools, and my goal is to try to show them a different world.
Jeremy Walker (42:04):
Sorry to say, but that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to show them a world where Christianity has influence, where they can be safe, where they can feel safe, where they can be productive, where they can be successful, where they don’t have to be abused, where they can succeed themselves, academically, financially, morally, familially, all of it. I want them to succeed, and to succeed means they need to be having a Christian education that produces, of course, Christian morals.
Jeremy Walker (42:35):
If I can do that, then I’ve done the child a great, great service. So I think it’s wonderful that people homeschool. But don’t think for a second that it’s good for everybody. It’s not. It’s destructive to a lot of people. But the question is, then, well, are you just, as a Christian, going to hide in your homes? Well, I would advocate that you don’t. If you have it all together and you can handle your family, why not also then run a school? Why not try to help? Why not try to make a difference? All the millions of churches in America today, if they all opened up schools, all the Christian families out there, if they opened up private schools, imagine the good we could do. Imagine the influence we could do. Imagine how many people we could help, how much pain we could stifle, and how many people we can show a brand new world to, where all these evils don’t even need to exist. That’s what we can show people.
Jeremy Walker (43:27):
If you want to learn more about that, why Christians should become teachers, check out our podcast on Preschool Pioneers, also on the website, cr101radio.com/preschoolpioneers.
Jeremy Walker (43:39):
So, in closing on that, homeschooling is not good for everybody. It is good for those people who have the methods and abilities to do so and the right understanding of why they’re doing it. But otherwise, homeschooling can be very devastating and destructive to the family and, of course, specifically to the child. I think I’ve gone over some of the points of why that is.
Jeremy Walker (44:02):
So, anyways, I would also want to point us back to, if we’re talking about schools and starting them, how to become a Christian teacher or start your own school. Well, the GCS Apprenticeship Program is built just for that, and Preschool Pioneers, of course, is part of the Apprenticeship Program, as far as an offshoot of that. cr101radio.com is supported by the GCS Apprenticeship Program to support just these types of ideas, Christians getting out there and making a difference, to get inspired about what needs to be done, to get equipped on how to do it, and then, of course, to get involved.
Jeremy Walker (44:32):
So if you’re interested in that, if anything I’ve said piqued your interest, if you think you can help in any way, check out the website, get in contact with us there, and we’ll see if we can help you out.
Jeremy Walker (44:42):
Now, as far as our close is concerned, I want to thank everybody for joining us. Don’t forget, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube. Connect with us on all the large podcast directories, and we do want to thank you for joining us. I mean, I really do enjoy talking about this stuff, but I enjoy the fact that people just take the time to come out and hopefully listen to something that might challenge them, edify them, help them in some way.
Jeremy Walker (45:06):
This has been Jeremy Walker for Reform, Reproduce, Reconstruct, and I’m going to be signing off. So have yourself a very great day.