Many families who home school do so for religious reasons. While it may not be the only reason, it is often a primary consideration. While Christians are usually thought of, families of other religions homes school, as well. Teaching children in the home opens up more opportunities to instill values important to the parents than if they sent their children to school.
Whether Christian, Catholic, Buddha, Muslim or any other, these topics are not central to the curriculum in a public school classroom. They are usually touched on briefly by a history teacher, but religious beliefs are not taught as truth as they are at home. Often, the teacher instills his own beliefs, teaching on a slant. When this conflicts with what the parents want their children to be raised with it can cause many conflicts in the home. Being at home allows the parents to incorporate their beliefs into the curriculum they are using, showing the child that their beliefs are a part of life rather than just something they learn at their place of worship.
Private schools focusing on various religious beliefs aren’t always available, depending on where one lives. It may be really hard to find a Muslim school in an area surrounded by Christians. In countries like Korea, where many Christians are stationed on military bases, finding a Christian school may be impossible. Homeschooling allows parents to teach beliefs they want to pass on to their children regardless of where they live.
Almost all religions are based on sets of morals. Most instill a belief that each person is responsible for their actions, that people should be treated as they would like to be treated and that putting others first is more important than self. They teach that stealing and lying are wrong. However, these morals are not taken seriously in school. The other students often become the teachers on all things non-academic. What they teach often goes against any morals parents want their children to know. In a home setting, parents can teach their children to work through these issues as they interact with each other, their siblings or other relatives and friends they play with. There is more control over who influences the child and how the child is behaving.
When looking at today’s children compared to those just a few years ago, it’s easy to see that things are getting worse in the schools. Many schools have police officers and metal detectors to protect students from violent students. Drugs run rampant and girls are dropping out at incredible rates due to having their own children. Many parents wonder if these changes are a result of schools running God out. Children used to be able to start religious groups on campus, but not anymore.
Many parents disagree with things such as evolution being taught as fact instead of theory. They may feel their child is too young to learn about sex education, birth control and condoms at the grade level these things are being taught. They aren’t comfortable with other students showing their children inappropriate videos on their cell phones while on the bus ride home. They would rather be the ones to decide when to expose the children to these things and have more control over how they learn about them. Many Christian and Catholic parents believe in teaching their children abstinence as taught in the Bible. All of these influences can change how a child views life and the parents want to take responsibility for teaching them instead of leaving it up to the schools.
For many families, there is no distinction between school and religion. Teaching a child includes teaching them their spiritual views as well as math facts or how to read. Learning should include all aspects of living, not just academics. In schools, religion has been excluded. Many feel this has lead to the serious conflicts in school-aged children such as bullying and teen sex. Parents are doing what they feel they can to keep their children from making some of the same mistakes their peers are by giving them a strong moral and religious base to build on.