‘Making the Grade’ in Homeschooling

About Andrea Schwartz

There’s a lot of talking about re-opening the public schools this fall, pandemic notwithstanding. But we hope more people are thinking about homeschooling as a permanent solution for their families.

Chalcedon’s Andrea Schwartz has been working for homeschooling for many years. In 2005 she wrote this essay about acquiring a homeschooling mindset.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/making-the-grade

Well, if we’re not going to homeschool now–! How many news stories do we have to read about the ongoing scandal of public education? And now we’ve got “school officials” in Tennessee demanding that parents sign a waiver not to listen in on the, um, “lessons” served up to their kids in virtual classrooms.

Andrea urges homeschooling parents to be clear, in their own minds, about their mission. The Far Left Crazy teachers’ unions are pretty damned clear about their own–turn the next generation against their God, their families, and their country.

Please don’t send your children back to public school! Really, it’s not good for them.

‘Deplatforming the Word of God’

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This Chalcedon blog piece by Andrea Schwartz teaches a hard lesson. As much as we deplore current secular censorship of Christianity, we have to recognize that our own stewardship of God’s Word has left a lot to be desired.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/deplatforming-the-word-of-god

How so? By giving up the tithe and resigning our charity to the tender mercies of the pagan state; by refusing to preach God’s word in church and substituting “seeker-sensitive” twaddle for it; by refusing to teach our own children and sending them off to pagan public schools where they can learn to be pagans themselves.

Other than those few little things, we’ve done a fine job.

O Lord our God! Exert your strength on us and bring us to our senses! Deliver us from our folly, from our sin. Not for our sake, for we are sinners: but for your own great name’s sake, so that the whole world may know that you are the Lord, strong to save. Lead us through the door of national repentance; open our eyes that we might see, open our hearts that we might understand. In Jesus’ name and in the power of His name–Amen.

Welcome to Our Youtube Channel

I didn’t even knew we had a Youtube channel, until Lydia subscribed to it the other day. Now we have a subscriber, too. Apparently they create a channel for you if you post a video.

I wrote this little ditty in 2013, before there was a “transgender” movement, before we were scourged with Drag Queen Story Hour, and Andrea Schwartz created the music video.

Boy, if the church was throwing in the towel back then, what’s it doing now?

Well, never mind! Today’s a new day. We don’t have to bow down to this squirming mass of abominations. Speak the truth, sing the hymns, say the prayers, and never give in.

Never give in.

What to Do While You’re Stuck

(From Andrea Schwartz’s Facebook page)

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To this list we must add Sir Thomas Malory, who, while in prison, wrote the Morte D’Arthur–the first book printed in the English language, and still in print today.

Just because you’re stuck at home and can’t go to a ballgame doesn’t mean you’re stuck doing nothing. You don’t have to write a new book of the Bible; but now you have time to read it. And talk about it with your family.

We can use this time constructively, if we put our minds to it.

‘”Learning” from Liars’

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You can still learn a lot–even if they didn’t intend to teach it.

For any number of reasons, a Christian can wind up taking classes at a secular college and have to sit there listening to lies and errors.

Andrea Schwartz, in this 2009 magazine article, addressed this problem, so often faced by homeschooled Christian students.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/learning-from-liars

You can accomplish a lot just by changing your perspective, says Andrea: “view these classes as comparative religion, not science.” In other words, you don’t have to swallow it, but you can find ways to use it. Some of those ways are described in this article–by Christian students who prospered at secular universities without having to compromise their beliefs.

Y’know something? This is mighty handy stuff to know!

‘How Dare You?’

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This is a stand-up-and-cheer piece by Andrea Schwartz, published by Chalcedon earlier this month.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/how-dare-you

Are you tired of pompous secular fat-heads rubbing our faces in it, and daring Christians to do anything about it? They’re the Philistines, amply equipped with Goliaths.

But our best move, Andrea says, is to “equip self-governing Christians to stand up to the despotic bullies of our day.” Not to spoil the article for you, but I just can’t resist quoting her here.

“You come against us with laws and oppressive mandates to silence and marginalize us, but we come against you in the name of the LORD almighty…”

 

‘Honest Conversation’ with Your Children

This essay by Andrea Schwartz would have been just as applicable in 2005 B.C. as it was in 2005, when Chalcedon published it.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/honest-conversation

How do we answer children’s questions, which can sometimes lead us well out of our comfort zones? Andrea’s advice is to “tell them things as they really are, rather than sugarcoat or mislead them.” Sometimes you have to tell the child about wrong or foolish things you did when you were his or her age. That’s not easy, but it is important.

My Aunt Florence almost drowned when she was a little girl because my mother, who was supposed to be watching over her little sister, got sidetracked playing with her friend and never saw Florence toddle into a nearby pond that the older kids used as a swimming hole. Good thing someone else saw it! It was a revelation to me, as a little boy, to learn that my mother once fell down on the job every bit as badly as I did… when I was supposed to be watching out for Alice but got distracted making mud pies with my cousin Jeffrey and never noticed her toddle out of sight–all the way out to Main Street!

And yes, I got what my mother got for not watching out for her sister.

I honor her today for her honesty.

‘Schooling vs. Education’

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This insightful piece by Andrea Schwartz appeared in 2010 in the Chalcedon Blog.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/schooling-vs-education

Think about it: you knock yourself out to give your child a good, solid homeschooled education… and then you send him off to “college”? Plug him into “the artificial environment of college,” with peer pressure and arrogant left-wing professors taking the place of family and church? “To funnel these bright, homeschooled graduates into the modern education system makes little sense,” Andrea writes.

Even in 2010, nine years ago, there were good alternatives to a public college “education.” Today there are even more.

Homeschooling is a key to re-Christianizing America and saving it from dumbed-down socialism. Don’t abandon it just because your kid turns 18.

Kill public education, and Far Left Crazy dies.

So Listen to the Webinar, Why Dontcha

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My wife has just listened to my 2016 “webinar” with Andrea Schwartz and pronounced it very interesting. She’s never wrong about things like that, so it’ll probably interest you, too, if you give it a chance. I posted it on this blog earlier this morning, so you can easily find it on the home page. If you’re reading this, you’re probably on the home page now. Funny how that works out.

I hope nobody minds if I don’t report on politics this weekend–which I will do, of course, if I think I have to. But only if I have to. I’m feeling just a bit used-up. I think I’d be the better for a nice cigar, followed by a movie. It’s raining, so I’ll need my umbrella.

I do enjoy doing interviews, but no one’s asked me to do one lately.

‘Here’s the Webinar! “Thoughts on Being a Writer”‘ (2016)

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I did this webinar with Andrea Schwartz for Chalcedon, so if you can stand the sound of my voice for 50 minutes, well, here you are!

Here’s the Webinar! ‘Thoughts on Being a Writer’

I’ve done a lot of interviews about my books, but this was the first time I’d ever talked with anyone who’d actually read them. That made it more fun.

Anyway, here I am. Enjoy the conversation.