Bottom line: If you mess up the family, you mess up the society.
you might just end up with “education-
al socialism.” What I mean by “educa-
tional socialism” is when a teacher must
do what is best for everyone based on a
higher authority rather than on an indi-
vidualized plan. This leaves little room
for individuality or sovereignty or cre-
ativity. Often children have to be treated
equally, taught the same subjects the
same way, with teachers doling out what-
ever is required for the masses. Teachers
have to test the senses out of them so that
everyone looks to have received the same
training and testing. “Educational social-
ism” looks like disinterested adults pro-
viding boring curriculum that is deemed
best for a general audience rather than
for a specific child. This denotes a social
education rather than an individualized,
creative, inspiring education. Although
there are many creative and inspiring
teachers, they may be held back or frus-
trated by this more socialized approach
of modern education.
In this definition of “educational socialism” you might see children who
have been socialized into mass-produced
robots that are able only to spit out what
has been programmed. And anyone who
dissents is not the proper tolerant robot.
Then, take that robot and place it in a
peer-aged, culturally influenced “
society” for years, and what you see today
as a result of this project is the poorly
educated and poorly socialized mass of
factory students moving out into the real
world today (this concept is eloquently
explained in John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons
of Mass Instruction).
Bottom line: If you mess up the family, you mess up the society. Socialization
starts in the context of family. We could
change an entire society by starting at
the foundation, which is the power of
socialization within a family. God’s design is perfect.
Negative Socialization Is
As a family, we face the negatives of
our society together and discuss these
things so that our kids are not ignorant
of society. The difference is that we
don’t dump them in a bad situation and
leave them to themselves. So, rather
than placing our children in that negative social environment, we choose to
keep them under our wings, and we
face the world together. When we are
out in society together, it provides the
means of teaching social skills related
to the treatment of others: how to be
polite, how to solve conflict, getting
along with others who are different—
and it happens in the context of family.
This is true discipleship and positive
socialization at work.
Protection Is Maximized
We are able to nurture, train, and protect our children in this home-education
environment. They do not have to fear
that some bad guy will show up on their
campus; they do not have to fear a bully’s
constant pestering or fear that they will
be offered the drugs that are so prevalent
or be exposed to the immoral acts going on in the bathrooms and hallways.
The reason that this “socialization gone
wrong” is happening is the lack of a moral
foundation, a lack of even God Himself.