In the Pros and Cons of homeschooling, let's consider character. We'll begin with a simple observation:
A smart child with poor character will use his knowledge selfishly and may end up harming others.
So a "brains only" approach is not what we want! Character must be taught along with the knowledge, so the child will be able to use his knowledge in a way that is productive. I think most of us can agree so far.
But now the question of this article: What is the best way to teach our children character? I know it's extremely important, but how can I get there? Will public school or homeschool help me the most in reaching my goal for my children?
Well, the age old expression "More is caught than taught" sure applies here!
"Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces" (Proverbs 13:20, MSG).
Children learn character far more by association than by formal teaching. In other words, they become like those they are around.
If they spend lots of time each day with those of poor character, this rubs off and their character plummets. If they spend lots of time each day with those of good character, this also will influence them and their character will improve. In our family we are very careful about the kinds of friends we allow our children to have.
It's commonly known that the character of many students in public or private schools is very poor. This isn't primarily the fault of the teachers or the schools, but of the parents. The character of the parents is reflected in their kids, and we end up with profanity, abuse, and violence in our schools.
Are these the type of people you want your child to hang out with? If they do, Proverbs 13:20 tells us what we can expect.
Do you want to know what kind of character your child will develop? Simply observe who he spends time with regularly, and you will have a good clue.
Consider the character of you child's teachers and peers at school. Do they display the character qualities that you want for your child?
If not, perhaps you should consider home education. And perhaps you will agree that in the Pros and Cons of homeschooling, character development really is a Pro!
Glad to be dad,
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