Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Socialization?? (2)

Another objection virtually every homeschooler in western society has been confronted by is the "socialization" question. In our society [it] is assumed to be essential for children to spend time with peers to be properly adjusted. Yet the preponderance of Scripture cautions from the opposite perspective. Proverbs 12:26 warns, "The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray."Proverbs 13:20 is even more pointed, saying, "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed." Paul was apparently quoting an accepted proverb at the time when he wrote, "Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’" (1 Cor. 15:33).No doubt the Lord wants our children to learn to benefit from edifying fellowship, just as He wants this for us. However, positive social skills are generally not learned from children. God intends for fathers(not peers) to shape their children’s values and tendencies "in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4). This requires protecting our children from peer domination, and instead structuring our family lifestyles to facilitate intense, intimate relationship between our children and ourselves.


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