- Wayne Hendricks
We Can Not Underestimate Parents
SOMETHING TO PONDER: By the time a child reaches public school age and is enrolled, what has the public education system taught that child? Anything yet? No, not at all.
"We simply cannot underestimate the role of parents in the lives of their children."
However, by the time any child has reached public school age, that child has been a student in a home education environment since birth. So, what have they learned? They have learned a language, how to communicate, and how to read and write at various levels. They have learned the names of people and how to identify the things surrounding their lives. They have learned how to eat and drink and dress themselves and brush their teeth and tie their shoes. They have learned about grandma and grandpa and uncles and aunts and cousins and relatives and crazy Uncle Joe.
They have learned how to play and sing and dance and hug and cry and laugh. They have learned some ABCs and 123s and colors. They have learned summer is hot, fall is cool, winter is cold and spring is warm. They have learned about cars, trucks, trains, planes, tricycles, bicycles and motorcycles. They have learned the joys of Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, fireworks, the park and picnics. They have learned about all kinds of animals and the zoo.
They have learned how to love and to be loved. I could go on and on. Who taught them all of this? Why, their parents of course!
The Constitutional Home Educators Alliance believes that long before a child reaches the age of mandatory public school age, they have learned most everything they will ever need in life through their parents. Why is it a stretch to believe that parents are quite capable of home educating that child all the way through to a college degree? Well now, it’s being done every day in the State of Oklahoma for thousands and thousands of students, and nation-wide for millions. We simply cannot underestimate the role of parents in the lives of their children.