I have been thinking about this over the last few days.
With the excitement and organisation of getting Kynan's enrollment organised. I started thinking over the issues we face as Home Schooling parents and the graduation of our children.
I must admit I was very pleased to be able to say Kynan was starting his University studies and commencing the Bachelor Of Engineering. I was pleased for his own sake. He has done a lot of work with a subject that dose not come easily to him. He has persevered and triumphed.
But then there was that little feeling of accomplishment, that 'see' to those who questioned our choices in Home Schooling. Look we have a University student. We did make the right education choices....here is the proof.
Then I continued thinking and thought of our future graduates. Should we be compelled to constantly justify our children and their success by their entry to University, which is how our society rates success.
Does that mean that any who do not go on to Uni are not smart or clever? Does that mean that we failed as Home educators to teach everything they should know? That they would have learned more at "town school" as we call it.
I think we have to be careful as Home Educators not to be caught in the world's standards, simply to show that we do have it right. We must remember that God has given each of our children different gifts and talents. That He calls them to use those talents and gifts as HE wants them to, and not only for our own benefit but for his Glory.
So, as I mull over these thought about our children, I think of the many things Kynan was exposed to by not going to school, away from our home. I think of the blessings all our children have by being Home Educated.
I believe God has called us to this world of Home schooling. He has called us to this for specific and direct purposes. God has been in charge of the Education of our children all along, and it is up to us to be mindful of where he is leading us in the children's education.
So while we may think we have not 'covered it all,' we have been building children of strength and character. We have been raising Saints for the future. We have been building God's Kingdom on earth, one child at at time.
And we have been doing this in the oldest of educational settings ...THE FAMILY, OUR FAMILY, and I am so thankful we have been given this opportunity.
So while Kynan goes forth to make his mark in the world, upheld and directed by his Lord. His younger siblings will continue on the path directed for them. So that when their time comes to "Graduate" from our Home School, they to can be confident in the choices they make and the knowledge that no matter what their choices are they too will have SUCCEEDED.
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