Secular Christian Homeschooling–that’s really a thing?
I have no idea. But if not, consider me revolutionary.
I am a Christian. However, I also believe in separation of religion and education (or, if you prefer, “church and state,” but since I no longer adhere to the state-run educational system, maybe that’s not so accurate).
Specifically in the areas of history and science, seh-pah-rate. I’m not saying Creationism isn’t at all true, but keep it away from my purely fact-based (proven) science and history curriculum, thankyouverymuch. I’ll go there when I go there, if I ever do, and it’ll be my choice, not yours, Jesus.
Also, I like to teach the basics of all religions. After all, who am I to force my beliefs on anyone, even my children? I think they have a right to choose for themselves what they believe (in good time). It’s my job to introduce them to and provide them experiences with religions other than my own. This has been a little difficult in my neck of the woods, but I have a book (and an app) for that.
I’ve stepped away from the church for a good long while. I only recently realized my kids don’t have what I had growing up, which was a relatively safe place away from home (read: me) and a different circle of friends and involvement in a loving community of like-minded people. Sure, I have that with my homeschool co-op, but something has been missing.
Organized religion has been a difficult concept for me to come to grips with, since I have strong opinions on most everything and prefer not to settle. However, I am actively seeking an acceptably un-stuffy, non-cult-like church in my area to join in order to provide that wholesome experience for my kids. I’m finding this rather difficult, but I shall prevail. I’m nothing if not bullheaded.
Meanwhile, have you heard the song “My Lighthouse” by Rend Collective? It’s actually pretty uplifting. When I first heard it, I remembered what I loved about growing up in the church–those feelings of awesomeness and belonging. But let me tell you, the song is also pretty dang catchy, and that’s how they getcha!
All jokes aside, homeschooling means getting to choose what’s best for your family, whether you’re Christian, Jew, Muslim, Wiccan, Agnostic, Atheist, or anything else. Secular Christian homeschooling may not be an actual thing, but it’s my thing, and it works for my family.
Behold the beauty of homeschooling.