On April 28th, 2004, the police uncovered a family (father and daughter) deep in the forest in northwest Oregon. Homeless and destitute, the father had opted not to leave his daughter to grow up on the streets. Instead, he took her into the woods, and for four years they lived in a lean-to in the forest. Police were amazed to find the girl clean, healthy, and...educated! There in the forest, the father had homeschooled his daughter with nothing but a Bible and a decrepit set of encyclopedias. Officials tested the twelve-year-old and found that she had already achieved a 12th-grade equivalency. (Source:Full article by Kevin Swanson)
Obviously as a homeschooling mom who greatly appreciated, at onset and still now, the pep talk wisdom of "You only have to be one day smarter," this type of news is chocolate sauce on cheesecake. A set of decrepit encyclopedias and a Bible--schooled with since age eight--testing eight grades higher--that's something to put in your permanent record.
If you're a homeschooling parent who has ever agonized, as I have, over the vast and overwhelming multitude of curriculum choices, then this type of news should make you grin. A child will learn when an invested parent takes the time to read, to listen, to discuss, to answer questions, and to be a shepherd for the child. Even when the pasture seems only to be "a decrepit set of encyclopedias."
But if you're a Christian parent who has ever agonized, as I have over how to impart Biblical truths and training to your children, then this type of news should cause you to leap for joy with loud hallelujahs issuing from your mouth. The import of God's Word can not be emphasized enough in the teaching, instruction, direction and training that the inspired Word imparts. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness; that the man of God would be equipped, adequate for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
The science is the same as with the decrepit encyclopedias: Taking the time to read, to listen, to discuss, to answer questions, to be a shepherd for the child. For in this case, the pasture is rich in goodness and full of wisdom. The streams are living water for thirst and true manna for hungering of righteousness. The shelter is secure, the foundation is solid, and the portion is eternal. What is required? An invested parent that trusts in the name of the Lord and daily gives example of personal reliance on and devotion for the truth of God's Word.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. Psalm 119:9