As you might guess, when I see any article on why children walk away from the faith right at about the same time they finish the 12 years of Secular Humanist indoctrination their parents send them to, I am interested. This article is no different:
Of this half (more exactly, 49 percent) of “nones” who say they no longer believe, many “mention ‘science’ as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings” while others “reference ‘common sense,’ ‘logic’ or a ‘lack of evidence’ – or simply say they do not believe in God.”
We live in a day when a man will walk into a crowded place, yell Allah Akbar as he’s killing people, and in the aftermath, learned men will stand around and wonder what motivated him to do such a thing. This article is similar. All one has to do is place this paragraph next to what children will be taught in the institution, and the answers should be clear. An image should emerge, especially when parents transfer their authority as guardians and guides over their 6-year-olds, who understand almost nothing about life, to a thoroughly anti-Christ institution. Yet nowhere in this article is public education addressed. Do you want to know what amazes me? It’s God’s grace and mercy in that he allows us to keep 20 percent.
Now for the caveat. Home schooling parents can do lousy jobs of indoctrinating their children into their faith. Also, parents who send their children off to public school can be excellent at teaching their children about God. In the end, not all children who are educated at home keep their parent’s faith. More do, yes, but not all. And sending your young child off to an institution of Secular Humanist indoctrination does not ensure that they will reject your faith. They probably will, but it’s not a given.
I think it’s difficult for us, as adults, to enter the mind of a child, and understand his lack of life experience. 6, or 7, or just 10 years ago she knew zero. She had zero life experience. She was brand new in this world. And then four or five years later she is thrust into a world bent on using her lack of experience to indoctrinate her into Secular Humanism, and then when she grows up in that world the parents are shocked that she has abandoned their faith.
I’m shocked too to tell you the truth. I’m shocked that even one child’s faith survives it. But why take the chance when the stakes are so high? We wouldn’t give anything for the experiences we’ve shared with our children throughout their learning years so far. It has been rich with relationship, fun, and learning. We’ve watched them grow up and learn right before our lives, instead of strangers about whom we’ve known nothing. There is so much more to homeschooling than meets the eye. Please try it and see.