responsibility as parents is to introduce
their boys and girls to Jesus Christ. That
is “Job One” for the committed family.
Of course, they can get vital assistance in
that responsibility from the church and
other Christian families, but for moms
and dads, “the buck stops” with them.
TOS: Do you have any other thoughts
or counsel on this topic that we may not
have covered here?
Dr. Dobson: No school structure is
perfect, whether public, Christian, sec-ular-private, charter school, or homeschool. Each has advantages and disadvantages, depending on the needs of an
individual child and the quality of the
programs available in a particular area.
That is why I have never made a blanket
recommendation to parents about where
they should place their children. It depends on finances, family pressures, the
quality of local schools, and other individual circumstances. Shirley and I chose
Christian schools for our kids, from kindergarten all the way through college,
except for a few short forays into public education. I am thankful to this day
for the men and women who sacrificed
mightily to teach in those Christian institutions. They hardly earned enough
money to live on. They did it because
they wanted to share their faith with students. God bless ’em.
Still, if we had to do it over again, Shir-
ley and I would probably teach our chil-
dren at home. I had never heard of this
idea until Dr. Moore introduced me to
the concept. I think we could have done
the job very well. Today, there is support
for all levels of homeschooling where
parents are determined to provide an ex-
cellent education for their children. With
what I have learned about the movement,
I must conclude that this is an exciting
time for those who are interested in giv-
ing homeschooling a try!
Dr. James Dobson is founder and president
of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that
produces his radio program, Dr. James Dob-
son’s Family Talk. Dr. Dobson has an earned
Ph.D. from the University of Southern Cali-
fornia and holds 18 honorary doctoral deg-
rees. He is the author of more than 30 books
dedicated to the preservation of the family.
He served as an associate clinical professor
of pediatrics at the University of Southern
California School of Medicine for 14 years
and on the attending staff of Children’s Hos-
pital of Los Angeles for 17 years in the divi-
sions of Child Development and Medical Ge-
netics. Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and
they have two grown children, Danae and
Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobsons
reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Bates Estabrooks, the father of five boys,
lives with his dedicated wife, and now-retired homeschooling mom, Stephanie,
in the hills of East Tennessee. Having successfully schooled all her boys into college
(the youngest now a freshman at the University of Tennessee) Stephanie is pursuing
ministry opportunities as the Lord leads.
Bates works in Oak Ridge, TN in the nuclear industry.