“What makes you qualified to teach your kids?”
It’s a question that every homeschooler is asked at least once after beginning this journey. The question can come in many different forms, but it almost always comes. Usually during the first year or two of your homeschool journey.
I remember one year my uncle asked me, loudly in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, “So tell me, WHO is going to teach them CALCULUS?”
Without missing a beat I replied, “The Running Start program at the community college of course. I’d just like to get through multiplication first.” That brought a chuckle from a couple other relatives and it ended the
discussion interrogation very quickly.
Am I qualified? Are you? And what does that mean anyway?
According to my state’s education code, a qualified parent is one who:
is being supervised by a certified teacher, or
has 45 college credits, or
has completed a course in home-based education through a local community college, or
the district Superintendent has “deemed sufficiently qualified”
But that’s just the legalese for my state. What really makes a parent qualified?
We believe that parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s education, be it public school, homeschool, or another learning avenue. The parents are the ones who direct their children’s learning and path until they reach adulthood. The parents are held responsible if their children don’t do their homework, don’t go to bed on time, or cut classes.
Yes, public school parents are held fully responsible. Any parent of a public high schooler here in Washington who has received a truancy letter and been threatened with the BECCA Bill knows what I’m talking about. Your teenager may be the one cutting classes but you can be sure the school will hold you responsible. So you see, all parents are responsible for their childrens’ education.
God has given us these children to raise. We birthed them, adopted them, or in our case, we have done both. We love them. We put aside our agendas, careers, and our to-do lists in order to provide for their education. We sacrificed a double income to provide for them to have one parent at home and a tailor-made education.
Does this mean we neglect subjects that we don’t personally have strengths in?
Not for long you can’t! If your child wants to learn Spanish, but you don’t know Spanish, you find a Spanish teacher, a class, program, or someone who speaks it as their native language. If your high schooler needs to take Trigonometry but you have no clue how to help him, you find someone who can. Responsible parents know how to ask for help and delegate!
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Am I qualified to raise my own children? Yes I am. And so are you. Not everyone will understand your home education decision, but they don’t have to. God has given you the qualifications as a parent, and He will give you what you need as a teacher too.
After all, God didn’t choose qualified men to build his church.
He chose a murderer, a stutter, a child, an adulterer, a suicidal, a worry-er, a drunkard, an elderly man, a liar, a prostitute, and many others. None of them would be fit to fill out a job application at any church where I live, yet God called and qualified each of them.
God doesn’t call the qualified, he QUALIFIES the CALLED.