A Child’s Education Begins In The Home

July 11, 2014


A Child’s Education Begins In The Home

            To any thinking parent, it should be obvious that a child’s education begins in the home.  That is where they learn to walk, talk, feed themselves, and associate with others.  These are some of the basic functions that a child needs to learn, but their education shouldn’t stop there.  If parents love their child, logically they will want him or her to be successful in life.  Children need to be prepared in the home for the day when they begin their formal education.

Parents find joy and satisfaction in seeing their children take their first steps and learn to talk.  Unfortunately, for many, that joy and satisfaction diminishes as the child becomes more independent.    A child’s best teachers should be his or her parents.  When they go to school they are taught by hired servants who are paid to teach their children.  Parents, on the other hand,   teach their children because they love them.

Many parents seem to think that their obligation to their children stops when they have provided them with food, clothing, and shelter.  They quit too soon. Children also have mental and emotional needs.  These too must be met by their parents.  They also need to know that they are loved.  Children need the security of a stable home where mom and dad love one another.  They need parents who take time to play with them and teach them how to do things.

Good parents feel the obligation to teach their children to have moral values.  They need to know how to distinguish right from wrong.  They need to be taught to respect authority.  They need to know how to be kind.  These are lessons that most often can’t be taught without the use of corporal discipline.  Proverbs 22:15 says, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Many psychologists tell parents that it is cruel to use corporal discipline.  The serious behavior problems parents have with their children testify to the fact that the psychologists are wrong.  Sunday school is a good thing, but we don’t find it in the Bible.  It is the plan of God that parents teach spiritual truths to their children.  Deuteronomy 4:9-10 says, “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;    Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.” Don’t leave your children’s spiritual education to the Sunday school

Children suffer a terrible disadvantage if they haven’t been prepared to be educated.  That is the responsibility of their parents.  That preparation consists in being taught to be docile and willing to respect authority.  If they haven’t been taught to respect and obey their parents, they won’t respect and obey their teachers either.  This training needs to start long before they start to school, but it will continue while they are in school.  Our public schools are failing in many ways.  It must be acknowledged, however, that school teachers face a tremendous obstacle when children haven’t been prepared to be educated.

Children need to be motivated to acquire knowledge. They are motivated to learn to read when their parents take time to read to them when they are at a young age.  They will look forward to the day when they too can read.  In school they are motivated to excel in athletics.  They are praised and looked up to when they do.  They also need to be praised when they excel in their academic achievements.  A child proudly brings home a   test he has taken and it has a good grade on it.  Instead of praising the child, the parents may say, “Your teacher must have been lenient with you.” That’s not what he needs to hear.  Proficiency in math begins with learning to count.  They need to be praised for progress they make.  Parents do well when they teach their children how to think and find solutions for problems.

More and more parents who truly care about their children’s education are making sacrifices on their behalf.  There are sacrifices to make to prepare your children to be educated.  Some Christian parents see the danger of sending their children to public schools where they are taught humanism and that there are no absolute moral values.  For that reason, they enroll their children in private schools.  Others choose home schooling.  Many home schooled children finish with a higher scholastic level than those educated in public schools.

Parents are often motivated to set money aside for their children’s college education.  Those who do are sometimes disillusioned when it comes time for their son or daughter to go to college.  Some can’t pass the entrance exams.  If they do, they may not have the discipline to study.

One of the highest satisfactions of parents is that of having children they can be proud of.  If they have completed their obligation to their children regarding their education, they are less likely to have children of whom they are ashamed.  There are times when parents have done their best, but still their children choose the broad way that leads to destruction.  That is unfortunate, but they don’t have to live with the guilt of having been negligent in doing their part.

The best inheritance you can leave for your children is that of having brought them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  (Ephesians 6:4) That word “nurture” means to educate.    In Proverbs 22:6 we have this promise. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” What will you leave behind when you leave this life?  If you have been good parents, there is no greater satisfaction than to know that your children are noble, honest, and compassionate.  They will continue contributing to the wellbeing of others.  They will do what you can no longer do.

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