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Home-schooling. Home schooling. You will find all three
representations of this word or phrase in the following
articles. But, only because society has decided that
it represents those who “don’t go off to
The word (or phrase), itself, should never have been
All we ever wanted to do was take back our God-given
responsibility for the upbringing of the children God
had given us. We wanted our kids around during the day.
When all was said and done—when they had “left
the nest”—we simply wanted to have had a
relationship with them. If you looked for the kids,
you’d find them at home; or, a place we had taken
We didn’t want to “school” them. But,
there was that law. “Compulsory Attendance”
it’s called. It’s been around 150 years.
Children have to go to school. That’s what children
do. They don’t roam, discover, work, discuss,
do real things. They go to school.
So, if we were going to keep them home during the day—and
obey the Law—we had to “school” them
during the day. Of course, we roamed, discovered, worked,
discussed and did real things. We just didn’t
tell anyone. We said the kids were “in school”.
Now these kids are growing up and are wowing college
professors, starting businesses and becoming leaders—while
But we say we are home schooling (or, homeschooling;
or, home-schooling). It makes the authorities happy.
That gives us the freedom to roam, discover, work, discuss
and do real things.
& Ellyn Davis