“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
Good homeschooling allows time to be spend on moral development and not just the mind. This leads to a child who is not a “menace” to society, but a pleasant contributor to society’s good. Besides learning to be friends with their siblings, homeschoolers can learn to be friends with each other. Taking time for friendships is a key to moral development. ” Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17 Perfecting politeness, building rapport, communicating and knowing how to steer conversations are all skills developed in face to face interactions. They are skills that can not be learned by having numerous friends on “Facebook,” by participating in numerous groups or by using the best curriculum. We need to spend time together. This is true for our children and for ourselves.
We had a homeschool family over for a fall get together recently. Their boots lined up in my entrance way were a sign of the great learning occurring a few rooms away. It takes a sacrifice of time and energy to get together, but the social exchange and resulting moral development is so worth it. Will you join me in taking time for friends this fall?