… continued from When You Rise Up …
Last but not least: What is the content of God’s education? Mr. Sproul suggested that we teach “the Three Gs.”
- Who is God?
- What has God done?
- What does God require?
Every subject begins with God.
- History is “His Story.”
- Science teaches God’s creation and His command for our dominion over His creation.
- Math shows God’s orderliness…
He sums up the concept this way: “If you teach the Three Gs, you will likewise be teaching what you have been learning. That is, what God requires is that we teach our children to teach their children what God requires.” “We don’t start with the state’s curriculum, and then attempt to find a Bible passage to justify each part. Rather, we start with the Bible and go from there, learning ever more of who God is, of what He has done, and of what he requires of us.”
Secondly, since God designed the sexes, we should not be ashamed to have a “boy curriculum” and a “girl curriculum” to prepare our children for life, as God designed it.
Fears and objections. Mr. Sproul dealt with objections this way:
“But I’m not a good teacher.” – Become a good teacher.
“But I’m no good at disciplining children.” – Discipline yourself to be good at disciplining the children.
“My children don’t respect me.” – “And they never will as long as you send them off to school to have someone else raise them.” He concluded, “If God calls you to do something, you do it. You don’t whine about it, delegate it, or pretend you didn’t hear Him and hope He’ll go away. If we have understood Deut. 6 properly, then He has called parents to be the teachers of their children. How good we are at it is beside the point.”
Editor’s conclusion: Do the best you can with what you have, and pray for God to fill in the oversights. (We all have them.) But we can also attest to His faithfulness through 20 years of homeschooling… and counting! May God bless our efforts to serve Him this school year.
This article, written by Sandy Laba, was originally published in the newsletter Moms to Moms, Home Schooling from a Distinctly Christian Perspective, September, 2006, Vol. 12, Issue 2 – Reprinted by permission.
— The book being reviewed is: When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling by R.C. Sproul, Jr.