This is going to be an “unpopular opinion” post. But it needs to be said.

I’m noticing a trend in the comment sections on news posts. Typically it a post that has to do with a school shooting: “I’m just going to homeschool my child.” 

It is devastating that this year there have been 17 school shootings that have resulted in injury or death. [cnn] But homeschooling isn’t a knee-jerk reaction option. It’s something that requires a lot of money and time.

It’s something that has to be done with thoughtfulness and consistency. It’s something that you have to be self-accountable for; self-motivated. It’s taking the education of your kids onto yourself so that they can become fully functioning and contributing members of society. It’s the biggest responsibility a parent can take on.

It’s the most rewarding responsibility.

It’s the most trying responsibility.

It’s not something to just say because you are scared.

We are scared too.

Because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters. It’s shopping malls. It’s colleges. It’s homes. There’s no place where our kids are safe 100%.

When your kids walked out for 17 minutes on March 14th, I was praying for them. I taught my kids the importance of making your voices heard and to always fight for what is good and right. I felt sick that day thinking that there was going to be another shooting because those babies were outside and didn’t have the protection of walls.

I don’t have the answer. I don’t think there is one, single right answer. But it isn’t homeschooling. I’m sorry.

I love that I get to homeschool my kids. Public schools didn’t work out for them, we tried. I don’t do it to shelter them. I prayed for years over the decision to homeschool. It wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to the way things were going.

Be prayerful. Be intentional. Don’t be hasty. Maybe if we listen more to our youth and mirror their attempts to be the change that’s needed in this world, maybe together we can find that answer.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.” -Gandhi

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