Why do us Americans put up with such a heinous breach of freedom as compulsory education? It is against all America stands for. Why do we pretend that children are something less than people? From the instant God gives us a child, he or she is a person, first growing in Mommy, then growing in our arms, then growing in education, then growing as a fully responsible adult for the rest of the days God gives. We are such fools when, for even a moment, we forget the child’s rights, honors, and status as human being, as a citizen, perhaps not of this country, perhaps not of that country either, but a real, actual, forever person, his (or her) own person, God’s beloved. Treat them that way from their beginnings every time, in every way, and with every freedom and honor due! Never coerce. Of course, we live in a real world that imposes unwanted events and ill purposes upon us, but when we falter, we must correct ourselves and lead our children circumspectly and honorably, never by coercion, force, or compulsion. End compulsory education. Lead in love.

Here is a worthy reference. From American Thinker By Daren Jonescu (apparently not the Canadian):

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/please_do_not_adjust_your_child.html

Mr. Jonescu comments, “Childhood, contrary to the worst tendencies of democratic thought, is not an end in itself.” It is, however, the real world! We truly mess up when we tell someone, “Yeah, but wait until you get into the real world.” Yes, many of us lead sheltered lives, and many of us manage to provide sheltered lives for our children, but all shelter is fragile, especially when we are not talking about physical things. Tragedy is always a close possibility, and no decision is any less real than any other. All our decisions and choices make us and define us. It is no different when we are young than when we are old.

Mr. Jonescu continues, “Everything in a child’s upbringing ought to be focused on the aim of achieving the most successful adulthood. This means finding ways to ignite interests and enthusiasms that will lead him to develop the faculty that defines his chances as an adult, namely reason, and the states of character that will prepare him to face adulthood’s vicissitudes and temptations without succumbing to indignity and unrighteousness, namely his moral virtues. This does not mean “taking the fun out of being a child.” Nor does it mean expecting children to “think like grown-ups.” What it means, rather, is that the fun of being a human child should come precisely, or primarily, from applying one’s childlike thoughts and sentiments to the task of learning how to be a grown-up.”

Government schools, compulsory education, rules, regulations, and tests never accomplish this!

How easy it is to forget that education is simply a small component of growing up. We educate our children to equip them to meet life’s challenges. These challenges begin before they are born. They never end. Life is never easy. We need to help our children learn to face life head on, to fight when necessary, but to enjoy every opportunity, and to relax a little when appropriate. Nothing like this happens at schools. Well, of course, occasionally a particularly caring teacher manages to accomplish it in small ways with some of the students, but the other caring adults who should be in the child’s life are far more important. For the most part, what we know was caught rather than taught, and teachers really never have adequate opportunity to live out and show by example the most important lessons; they have to spend all their time teaching to the tests and meeting all the requirements and regulations.

We must each remember that our children are our own responsibility. Government schools may actually be the only choice open to some, but more of us need to reprioritize and place our children first, and educate them ourselves.

If I may, Matthew wrote, 15Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to [give our children] to Caesar, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the [child] for the [school].” And they brought him a [boy]. 20And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21They said, “[His Father’s].” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

When we recognize that our children are not only our future, but our heritage, we will do more for them and live better before them.