How Did We Get Here?

When did shouting become more important than listening?

When did defending become more important than learning?

When did “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” become “absolutely without error, 100% the voice of God spoken through man as hollow vessel”?

When did “the Word” stop being Jesus Christ and become the Bible?


When did “I homeschool because my child learns better that way” become, “Homeschoolers always learn better, public schools fail, and God only sanctions homeschooling”?

When did “God has entrusted me with children” become “the opinions of my children don’t matter”?

When did we stop remembering the part of the verse which says “fathers, do not treat your children harshly”?

Why do we talk so much about “submitting” and so little about “loving her as Christ loved the Church, and gave his life for her”?

How do parents get to the point where they ignore the educational aspirations for their children?

And why do those who claim to champion educational freedom shut down children who just want to learn?

Josh had a house full of siblings, distracted parents, and wasn’t learning. He wanted to try public school. His parents said no. So the state said no. He then put himself through community college (including remedial classes) and went on to a top University.

Scott Woodruff, legal counsel for HSLDA, defends Josh’s parents’ choice. He cites Josh’s unsatisfactory homeschooling experience as the reason for his later success.

“Maybe Josh didn’t learn that South Africa was a country while he was being homeschooled. But he arrived at the gates of young adulthood with his inborn desire to learn fully intact, and that has served him very well indeed.”


Josh’s family didn’t prioritize him as a student or a full member of the family. As a teenager, he was left to his own devices and resources – he was forced to become responsible for his own education. Education that, according to many homeschoolers, should be the responsibility of the parents. His father, Clarence Powell, said “he thinks that as the children age, and as there are fewer at home to educate, things will improve.”


When did it become OK for some children to matter more than others?

When did it become OK for people to become guinea pigs?

When did our rights as citizens of Earth become more important than our responsibilities as God’s children?

When did nitpicking verses to explain and justify become more important that reflecting the image of God as revealed in Jesus of Nazareth?


Some things I do not know
Some things I cannot know
But this one thing I ask-
That I seek-
-to dwell in the house of the Lord forever

And on the seventh day God rested. He looked down at the earth, the place he chose in the universe. He looked down at the garden, the place of life. He looked down at mankind. The earth, where he would walk. The man, in whom his spirit would dwell. This place, this planet of dust and grass and water, His Temple. His House. These people, made of dust and blood and water, His Temples. His Houses. In this place is the Lord’s spirit.

Will we keep his Temple pure and full of life and love?
Or ignore the indwelling God to chase after self and ashes?

One comment on “How Did We Get Here?

  1. Lana says:

    I have no idea, except HSLDA makes me want to bang my head up against the wall.

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