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SPRING 2012
The following article is the final article in a five-part series describing the modern Christian Homeschool vision. The objective of these articles is to
describe, in broad strokes, the common beliefs of a loosely-aligned group of visionary homeschool families from all over the country. It is my hope that
this series will serve the dual purpose of introducing those unfamiliar with the movement to its core ideas and reminding veteran homeschoolers of the
compelling vision that originally inspired them. They are retrospective, time-honored, traditional views. They are ancient paths which have become
overgrown from decades of neglect, but which lead modern families to blessings just as surely as they did their ancestors.
our homes against the flow, pull hard, pray for help, and
hold fast to what firm ground we can find. Our struggle
for our own homes will inevitably provide firm ground
to which other families may cling. This, we believe, can
begin a cultural transformation with far-reaching impli-
cations.
The Christian homeschool vision presented in this series
of articles has proposed new ways of looking at educa-
tion, families, husbands and wives, and siblings. But as
Christians, our mission is not just to preserve our fami-
lies; it is to influence the world. Over the past 25 years,
the homeschool movement has birthed profound changes
in what we teach our children, not just how we teach
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Part 5
Old-fashioned parents and old-fashioned kids changing culture forever in their corner of the world.
Christian homeschoolers, as a movement, are profoundly
countercultural. They are not this way solely because they
are rebellious (although strains of this virus may be found
in some of us); they are this way out of determination to
protect their families. An often-quoted figure recently
reported by George Barna indicates over 75 percent of
American young people who are raised in church stop
attending in their twenties. In the face of this horrifying
reality, we must conclude that for our children to be com-
mitted Christians, they must be countercultural, even at
church. We can also see that if we parents follow the lead
of most other Christian parents around us, we may have
little hope for our children’s souls. To succeed, we must
be different. To avoid the waterfall over which the torrent
of our fellow Christian families are hurtling, we must turn
to
Ancient Paths
Modern Blessings:
The Vision of the Modern Christian
Homeschool Movement
by David Monk
Photo by John Desaulniers, Jr.