Age Segregation vs. Content Segregation & Its Impact

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Many conversations about Homeschool tend to revolve around socialization, and responses against Homeschool can be met with sound responses. Most of the rebuttals usually focus on negative socialization (ie drugs, immorality, etc.), but a look at the false socialization that occurs is just as critical. The primary concern in this false socialization has to do with age instead of content segregation. We need to rethink how we approach education from the ground up.

Our classrooms today are age segregated, but it was not always so. In many of the old one-room classrooms, you might find varying ages present. Why? The teacher was there to teach content, so it didn’t matter how old you were as long as you could handle the material being taught. This allowed ambitious students and early bloomers to progress without being held back while also accounting for those who may have started their education later in life. For this reason, coursework was and still should be content segregated and not age segregated. In opposition to that, some say, “But won’t that child ‘feel’ out of place.” No. There will be many others like him. That’s why the old Homeschools and one-room classrooms worked. They were content based, and the ages were so varied that no one felt ‘alone’ or ‘isolated’. Remember, if that’s what you grew up with, then that was normal and expected.

Not only does content segregation provide a realistic environment for life because people from all ages are present (something covered extensively in the next section), but it also fosters maturity at a young age. How? Instead of delaying adulthood, students are put on a path to build a family much earlier in life while also reducing years of unnecessary sexual temptation. The girls develop into women who are ready to nurture, and boys become men who are equipped to provide and protect. Therefore, if we desire to raise our children Biblically, we must never place them in an environment that retards or purposely slows down development.

Even if you are not convinced to Homeschool at this point but are convinced to take your children out of government school, at least look for a private Christian school that is more content segregated and less age segregated. After all, this is what plays out in Universities and Community Colleges all the time. That’s odd. So why do we have K-12 age segregation to begin with? The answer is pretty simple. It often takes many years to cultivate and cement an irrational worldview like secular humanism, but, after 13 long years, all has come to fruition. At that point, content segregation is no longer a concern because anti-Biblical indoctrination has had plenty of time to sink deep into the heart and mind.

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In contrast to this, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, ESV) This involves deliberate parental involvement in the education of children, and every child is different. Not only does parental responsibility take into account the ability, skills, and desires of each child, but it also recognizes the need to be steeped in Biblical thought and deed, which is centered upon an age desegregated society, whether that be at home, in the Church, work, or society at large.

For more insights into rethinking our approach to education, check out Take ‘Em Out & Stay Out: The Foundation and Finances of Homeschool by Jeramy and Meggan Anderson.

Jackie Robinson & Progress in America

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My wife and I sat down and watched ‘42‘ Saturday night, and we had a great discussion afterwards.

Many movies that deal with ‘race’ today usually work hard to demonize American history, but this was different. It was like ‘The Patriot’ with Mel Gibson in that it did not gloss over the realities of prejudice and the results of slavery in America, yet, at the same time, it worked to bring out the best in America as well. From my perspective, it appeared to show us what America could be and should strive for.  At the end of the day, we either look at American history and see nothing but evil, or we seek to capitalize and further cultivate the positives while learning from her blemishes.

That is what our family chooses to do.

This kind of story hits home for my wife and I because our marriage is possible due to those men and women who were willing to sacrifice everything for what was right, including their lives. That should be our cry in the Church about everything we believe, no matter the cost of discipleship-to borrow from Bonhoeffer. Being able to live in a mostly white yet somewhat mixed subdivision outside of Atlanta with a black wife is significant progress. What’s even more stunning is that we hold to orthodox Reformational theology and its practical implications. Sadly, many mixed or non-mixed minority couples are liberal and tend to know little American history, and what they do know tends to be negative.

Yes, prejudice still exists in America, and we do get some sketchy looks at times, but our attitude about things helps us persevere through trials that we face because of the nature of our relationship. Even more so, our beautiful children and Meggan’s exceptional violin playing have more often than not softened the hearts of many. May God continue to build and strengthen His Church in America, and may He continue to bring healing on this front and many others as well.

Guns Up, Crime Down

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As liberals ratchet up anti-second amendment rhetoric, this has led to a rocketing increase in gun sales.  The left despises gun ownership, though many of the wealthy among them are, ironically, protected by heavily armed body guards.  They inherently realize that weapons are a deterrent. They always have been.

In Virginia, an interesting correlation has begun to emerge. FoxNews reports, “Amid calls nationwide for stricter gun control laws, Virginia is experiencing a unique trend: the state’s gun-related crime is declining but firearms sales are increasing. Firearms sales rose 16 percent to a record 490,119 guns purchased from licensed gun dealers in 2012, according to sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. During the same period, major crimes committed with firearms dropped 5 percent to 4,378.”

It would be interesting to see which areas of the state have increased their gun ownership and which ones have not. Those districts that have higher law abiding gun ownership have probably seen an even higher drop. In contrast, when weapons are few, crime goes up. When criminals, especially organized crime, know that weapons are few, they smell blood, and our unsecured borders and liberal inner cities magnify that reality. The lion does the same thing towards the sick zebra. It’s risky and too much work to attack the strong, so they prey upon the weak and vulnerable. Criminals do likewise, so men arm themselves and achieve peace through strength.

As Christians, we too arm ourselves and work to protect the weak as the Scripture dictates,

“He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”

(Micah 6:8 ESV)

Even so, we still ask ourselves, “Why do we even need to be concerned about criminals, terrorists, etc. to begin with and thus the ability to meet them with fierce weapons?” SIN

17 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”

(Genesis 3:17-19 ESV)

Adam rebelled against the Living God. Death entered the world, and the sinful heart manifested itself right out of the gate with Cain (Genesis 4-ESV). Less that 2,000 years later, God sent the Flood (Genesis 7) because “5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” (Genesis 6:5-ESV). The Apostle Paul declares, “22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies,” (Romans 8:22-2ESV).

Man finds himself born into a world that is coming apart at the seams, but God has not left the world hopeless, something He was not obligated to do. “19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” (Romans 5:19-21).

Therefore, every time we pick up our weapons to target shoot or defend ourselves in perilous situations (whether against a common criminal or a tyrannical government), remember that we brandish such weapons because of sin, yet, more importantly, let them be a reminder to look towards Christ as the ultimate Redeemer from our present calamity.