Something to consider…I don’t deny that there are rebellious tendencies among many parents within the homeschooling community, and perhaps it is even centralized around the matriarchal structure previously observed. But…looking at fruit, most public school teachers complain that the kids are out of control, don’t respect authority, they are powerless to do anything about it and the parents who aren’t powerless, won’t do anything about it.
Public school teacher often think there is some sort of distinct line between discipline and instruction, which of course is nonsense, and further that their realm is the latter, not the former.
Now if we consider the role and duties of the magistrate, it is almost exclusively the inverse of what many teachers and school boards conceive of their roles. The fruit of public school seems to be social chaos, with minimal learning.
I was never homeschooled, though I had many learning challenges due to rebellion and chaos at home by my parents. Consequently, I never finished high school, and was prevented by my father from pursuing my general education diploma (GED). As to why I was prevented, well it’s complicated, and did I mention there was rebellion by my parents.
It took me four years to get out from under my parents and obtain my GED, and get accepted into the University. My experience in learning was suddenly very different. I went from a poorly performing, but seemingly intelligent kid in public school, to getting all A’s and B’s, devouring every class I could challenge myself with. Classes, like college algebra and Statistics suddenly were understandable. In high school I was actually referred to a special ed program by my Algebra I teacher. In high school I could barely focus enough to read simple social studies text books or simple novels in English class. In college I read Plato’s Republic majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Political Thought, after college I read Moby Dick, I also went on to obtain a Masters in Public Administration.
The difference is, I had to discipline myself, absent a responsible loving authority over me. Something I think most kids don’t have these day. My grandfather once chastened my dad, when I was still very young, he said “Ken needs a father not a friend”. My dad never figured that out.
Truth is, you can’t separate discipline from learning, and no one can serve two masters. As Bannerman points out, a magistrate will never be indifferent to the church, but will be either a friendly ally or a torturous enemy. I had some decent teachers in school, but they couldn’t do anything about my home life, and now that I am a Christian I am convinced that this mixed bag of public school chaos will be of little benefit to my desire to raise my children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. My purpose for homeschooling is to stay in my lane as a parent. We teach our children to honor the police and always have them go talk to them when we see them in restaurants or donut shops .
So, are homeschoolers more or less rebellious than public school parents? I don’t know. But, like me, many are themselves products of public school chaos, which tends to teach people how to avoid authority and responsibility. Hopefully, many are choosing homeschooling in repentance rather than rebellion.