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Welcome to the second week of the Teaching the Trivium book club! I am so excited to read and discuss this book along with you. I loved the discussion last week and would love to hear from more of you! Also, please note that we will be taking a break next week from the bookclub because I have a week-long series going on. So, feel free to discuss this chapter over the next two weeks!
Chapter 2 - Who Should Control Education: Parents, or the State?
This week's chapter is called Who Should Control Education: Parents, or the State? These first few chapters seem to be more of a defense of homeschooling in general, but reading ahead I see that it gets to the specifics of classical education very soon!
In this Chapter, we make a Biblical argument that socialized education should never even be considered as an option for the education of our children.
A Biblical Defense of Homeschooling
I have always had a difficult time knowing exactly what the Bible has to say about families (in general) and homeschooling (specifically). I know that there is nothing in the Bible that would point you away from homeschooling, but as far as it being a superior (or specified) method, I just didn't know how far to read into passages to look for support. The Bluedorns take some time in this chapter to look at specific passages that point toward a home-centered education.
I found the section where they talked about The Whole Commandment very interesting. I think I've typically been taught that when the New Testament quotes part of an Old Testament Passage, that is the part that is to be applied for us, and the rest is not necessarily applicable to Christians. The Bluedorns are saying otherwise...
Jesus meant to draw the whole passage into the memory of His hearers when He quoted the first few words. (page 47)
Q. What Biblical passages do you look to for the support of homeschooling?
Are Children Blessings or Burdens?
I truly hope that any parent would answer that their child is a blessing to them, and not a burden, though perhaps unknowingly they often act contrary to that. Over the next few sections of the chapter, the Bluedorns talk a bit about this. Here are a few quotes that I found encouraging/interesting:
- "Sharpening out children will keep us sharp as well. Our children are indispensable to our own spiritual growth." (page 50)
- "Families should be doing things together all of the day. Parents should be using these moments as opportunities to relate all of their activities to the one activity of loving God through keeping His commandments." (pages 52-53)
- "The socialist state has worked hard to turn the parental bond into a liability and to make it desirable for parents to sever that bond wherever and whenever it is possible." (page 56)
The chapter closes by talking about the argument that many people give, "What about children being salt and light in the public schools?" Of course they do not think that this is a good reason to send our children into the school system (and I heartily agree!) but here is a quote that sums up when they think the task of being salt should be given to children:
Have our children proven themselves with the weapons of Christian warfare? Only after our children have matured and are proven in the correction and counsel of the Lord ---only then may we send them out to do battle with the Humanist Philistines. (page 60)
What did you think of this chapter? Any comments on the parts that I highlighted? Any different parts stick out to you? Some of these issues are not so popular to talk about, but I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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In two weeks we will be discussing chapter three of Teaching the Trivium. If you haven't gotten your own copy yet, make sure you check your library or order one soon so you can be ready for next time! Also, this is a 600+ page book, so I am only touching on certain points of each chapter. There is so much great information that I am not covering, so if this discussion interests you, you are going to want to make sure to pick up your own copy so you can read more!
Classical Mamas Read Link-Up
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I think I'm going to keep this link-up ongoing since there aren't going to be a huge number of posts and then anyone new will be able to be encouraged by the other book reading ideas and discussions. If the number of posts gets too large, I will fix it.
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