Christian Education Awareness Network (CEANet)
Presents a Book Review of
Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview
by Israel Wayne
Reviewed by James Boyes
Israel Wayne, marketing director for Wisdom’s Gate, a national publishing company that produces Home School Digest, is a homeschool graduate whose family has been involved in homeschooling since the 1970s. In Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Mr. Wayne effectively tackles the important subject of educating Christian children from a Biblical worldview.
The Introduction and first chapter are available for review at the CEANet web site:
Click Here for --> Introduction
Click Here for --> Chapter One: Keeping an Eternal Perspective
--> Chapter Two: A Bibical Educaltion -- Once the reader comprehends the importance of this issue from an eternal perspective, Israel, in chapter two, examines the purpose of education from secular/humanist, Marxist/Leninist, Capitalist, and Christian worldviews. Yet, according to the Christian faith, the whole purpose of education "is to know our Creator better." (p. 16). One must wonder, then, how this purpose can possibly be met within the spiritual and intellectual confines of our government education system.
Does state education draw children towards, or away from their Creator? The answer to this question helps us realize that Chrisians can no longer submit their children to public schools filled with all manner of false doctrine and spritual decay. Rather, Christian parents need to live and practice Homeschooling their own children from a Biblical Worldview.
It is clear then, that because the intent of secular/humanist education is at odds with God’s purposes, Christian parents need to be educating their own children:
"The purpose of an education is not to cram a child’s head full of lifeless, non-applicable educational facts and theories. It is, rather, to transmit objective truth, from which the child can build a solid base of conviction. A successful education isn’t contingent on what a child knows, it hangs on what a child believes... about what he knows." (p.24)
Once we begin to understand the true meaning and purpose of education we see that what we learn directly and indirectly impacts our beliefs just as our beliefs impact what we learn and know to be true (education). And because education and religion are inseparable, government is not the legitimate means by which to educate Christians.
Within this same chapter, Israel clearly demonstrates the immorality of government schooling. He shows that state education:
a. is actually a form of stealing,
b. encourages irresponsibility,
c. is based on naturalistic presuppositions, so it cannot teach morality, and,
d. defies God’s order for government.
In closing chapter two, Israel informs the reader that worldviews affect the way we live, and that Christian children must know what that believe and why what they believe is true. Our children also need to be able to articulate what they believe, and live out what they say they believe, throughout the rest of their lives. None of these requirements can be accomplished by an education system juxtaposed to the Christian belief and worldview.
--> Chapter Three: The Importance of Reason -- Israel here shows readers where true wisdom and discernment can be found -- within the Word of God. He explains through Scripture that:
Rule #1: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Rule #2: All truth is God’s truth.
Rule #3: God is the standard which determines right and wrong.
Rule #4: The Bible is God’s Word, divinely revealed to mankind.
Rule #5: In Scripture, God reveals His laws in two ways:
Rule #6: There are three standards our society uses to determine right and wrong:
Rule #7: Parents are not the originators of Divine truth.
Rule #8: The Law of Non-Contradiction: If something is true, it cannot be, at the same time, and in the same sense, false.
Rule #9: Always challenge truth claims.
Rule #10: We can’t separate our beliefs from our actions.
Rule #11: Cause and Effect: When we obey, we are blessed; when we don’t, we are cursed.
Rule #12: Always look for fallacies in a truth claim.
--> Chapter Four: Teaching the Core Subjects -- It is here that Mr. Wayne applies the Christian worldview to history, science, mathematics, language arts, philosophy, and literature. Controversies, purposes, and teaching methods are all addressed with the Biblical approach in mind.
--> Chapter Five: Counter Culture? -- Social studies, art and music are reviewed as to how these subject areas impact culture. Culture is examined keeping in mind the purpose of popular culture contrasted with Christian living. Israel then presents the controversies, purposes and teaching methods applied to these subjects.
--> Chapter Six: Multiculturalism -- Here, Israel examines a view from the left, eurocentrism, valid multicultural arguments, the relationship between multiculturalism and Christian education, and national sovereignty.
--> Chapter Seven: Parents’ Rights? -- Mr. Wayne covers the origin and purposes of rights, privileges and responsibilities along with God’s four branches of government (self, family, church, and civil). Also covered are abuse of authority, the U.S. Constitution, Amendment XIV, Section 1, and the Declaration of Independence.
--> Chapter Eight: Socialization or Socialism? -- Here are a few questions discussed in this important chapter: What is the difference between socialization and socialism? Where did most modern beliefs about socialization originate? What effect does public school socialization have on children? What makes peer-group socialization so harmful? Why can’t children stand against their peer-group? What about Christian school socialization? What makes for appropriate, Biblical socialization?
--> Chapter Nine: Developing a Family Ministry -- Mr. Wayne takes a look at the need for family ministry, a ministry, not random acts of kindness. He helps readers relate to the power of family ministry, particularly a need to minister to the lost. Also covered is ministry to the Body of Christ and leaving your children with a legacy of service. Finally, Israel helps parents to learn how to recognize and point out the gifts God has given their children and how to use them for His purposes.
--> Chapter Ten: Common Excuses to Keep from Homeschooling -- In closing, the author takes a look at a variety of excuses some of us use to avoid homeschooling:
Excuse #1: Homeschooling costs too much money.
Excuse #2: If I homeschool, my children won’t be exposed to a wide scope of ideas, lifestyles or philosophies.
Excuse #3: I’m not qualified to teach my children.
Excuse #4: My children will be deprived of the quality resources available in the public schools.
Excuse #5: My children won’t receive an adequate education if I teach them at home.
Excuse #6: Homeschooling would take too much time.
Excuse #7: I can’t stand to be around my children. They drive me crazy!
Excuse #8: I want my children to be "salt and light" in the public school.
Excuse #9: We live in a good school district, and most of the teachers are Christians.
Excuse #10. I went to a public school, and it didn’t affect me.
Excuse #11: I want my children to be involved in sports and extra-curricular activities.
Excuse #12: My children won’t be able to attend college if they don’t go to a public high
Excuse #13: The dog ate my lesson plans.
In my opinion, Israel Wayne has put together one of the most important works related to Christian education. He demonstrates the absolute need for Christian parents to take upon themselves the important responsibility of educating their children toward the Lord. Once we begin to see that each and every subject teaches us something about the character of God, we learn why Christian children should not and cannot be subjected to false doctrine (state curriculum) which counters God’s Word.
In Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, readers discover why home education is a response to God’s mandate to "teach these things" (Deut. 4:9, 11:18-21; Gen. 18:19; Ex. 10:2; 12:26-27; 13:8 and 14, Prov. 3:1) to their children, rather than a reaction to the academic and moral decline of state schools. When we homeschool our children, we are obeying God’s Biblical mandate for their education, as Mr. Wayne conveys:
"Obedience to God is what motivates me to advocate homeschooling. It doesn’t make any difference to me what the public school is doing, because they are not the standard -- God’s Word is the standard. When I see the moral demise of government education, I’m reminded that "He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge." (Prov. 14:26)
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