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Great Reasons for Catholics to Homeschool

By: John Seiler

Summary: Homeschooling nowadays is the best way for many parents to make sure their children are taught the truth of the Catholic faith, as well as academic excellence.

Keywords: Great Reasons to Homeschool, Catholic Homeschool, Catholic Home School, Catholic Homeschooling

In my 29 years writing editorials at The Orange County Register, I wrote often on homeschooling. Sometimes I was defending it against attacks by politicians. Other times I was describing how families I knew were conducting it. But I always admired the parents who made the joyful sacrifices necessary to homeschool, and the great children they produced.

Here are some great reasons to homeschool:

1. The public (government) schools are horrible and getting worse. Academically, public schools vary from OK to horrible. But all public schools now effectively teach atheism and other horrors. In the 1960s, the Supreme Court banned all religion from schools - leaving a vacuum filled by anti-Christian propaganda.

2. Even Catholic parochial schools can be bad. No question, some Catholic schools are great. But you really have to check them out. Because some Catholic schools just use the curricula and methods of the horrible public schools, then slap a veneer of Catholicism on top.

3. You really can teach your children the Catholic Faith - pure and undiluted. With homeschooling, you have near total control over what you teach your children. You can teach them the Bible (Catholic version), the saints, the 10 Commandments, the Catechism of Trent, and Catholic literature like Dante - all of it. Nobody can stop you. Your kids can have the best.

Note that:*

* State laws now are reasonable. The laws vary in the 50 states, so make sure to check with your state Board of Education. And make sure to follow the laws and rules. Most laws just make sure you actually are schooling your kids.

* The legal battles have been won. It used to be some states required parents to be certified teachers before they could teach their own kids. But my friend and mentor, the great conservative philosopher Russell Kirk, in the 1970s and 1980s testified at many trials, which the parents won, that such certificates were not necessary. Only requirement now: be a good parent and follow the minimal state laws.

* Legal help is there. If you do run into trouble with local or state education bureaucrats, groups exist to help you win. One of the best I've dealt with is the Home School Legal Defense Association.

* Curricula are plentiful and cheap, often free. Numerous homeschooling courses are available in print, or online. And nowadays, with the Internet, for math, science and computer courses, you can use such free resources as the Khan Academy**. [** Warning: At least one pro-life site has reported that some of the Khan Academy's offerings may promote the 'LGBT' agenda (5/1/17)]

* Tutors also are plentiful. You can check for local ones. Or find them online. I recommend checking with other homeschoolers to find the best.

* Homeschoolers often pool their resources and talents. For example, the father of one family might be an accountant, so he teaches that. One mom might be a nurse who teaches first aid. Or a friend might be a physicist who teaches his subject.

* Working with public schools. Some public schools now let you use their curricula for math, science and computers (of course, you would not do that for English, history, etc.).

* Working with Catholic schools also is an option in some areas.

* The "S" word stands for "socialization." In the early battles over homeschooling, the education bureaucrats charged homeschooled kids did not learn how to be "socialized" because the kids supposedly were home only playing video games. That always was false. And public-school "socialization" nowadays too often means: gangs, drugs, violence. Actually, homeschoolers always have participated in little league, local orchestras and other groups. And homeschoolers also now have many socializing events with other homeschoolers. The best with the best!

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John Seiler wrote editorials for The Orange County Register for 29 years. His email: writejohnseiler(at)gmail(dot)com

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