Parents have the ultimate authority as the primary educators of their children. Whether parents choose to homeschool or not, they are the ultimate authority over the education of their children. Unfortunately, parents can make bad decisions, or abdicate their responsibility for their children’s education. Still, no government, municipality, or individual can usurp this authority, though they may work in concert with parents on decisions of education. This is why our school boards are elected positions. An elected position implies that parents have control over the actions of these elected officials. Whether or not parents choose to homeschool, they have the right to govern the activities, and curriculum delivered to their children.
Curriculum contains the information and precepts that children will learn. Since the authority of parents to teach their children comes from God, parents can only lose this authority due to abuse, neglect or criminal activity. As we know, some countries without a Constitution like the US Constitution make it a crime as a matter of law, to exercise this role. Our Constitution recognizes this God given role. So, parents have the basis to be the authority as the primary educators of their children, both scripturally, and legally. It is important as a parent to understand this foundation and assume your proper role as you choose the education path for your children.
This blog, Educate Me offers a free series called, Essentials for Successful Homeschooling. This series presents specific guidance on how to organize, and implement a successful homeschooling program. The titles of the blog posts for this series will be numbered, and should be read in order. A video compliment will be made available through a link in each article. The content for each article is taken from the Enrollment Application and processes written for students enrolling in Family Tree Private School, a school for homeschooling families. The information is being shared in this series, Essentials for Successful Homeschooling for the benefit of anyone who wants guidance to implement a successful homeschooling program. Family Tree Private School supports a Biblical foundation for life and learning.
Click on the link below to access the 1st article in the series, Essentials for Successful Homeschooling 1 – Foundation and Introduction.