Uncommon And Controversial TopicsOften people believe they do not need to learn unconventional methods to get out of their religious and/or political beliefs. But then, so long as their beliefs and their traditional religions are not challenged, they will not learn much. Most Christians believe that speaking in a proper way will simply bring more harm than good. They try to avoid confrontation when possible.
Many Christian scholars try to speak their mind without taking on the same risks they do when they attempt to teach their children the Bible in a proper manner. They try to raise their children as if they were babies. A Christian book is sacred, they say, but so are human rights and social justice. These concepts will help the children. Therefore, it will not be necessary to introduce controversial topics at all.
However, if they decide that they have a problem with the ideas that a parent presents to their child's head and hear that the teachings that are being used in homeschooling are controversial, they may have a much more difficult time of changing their minds than they did when they were children. It is all too easy for a child to believe that the world is constantly turning against him or her. A Christian parent who forces his or her children to attend church-based classes is putting himself in a very bad position when the child is an adult.
Although beliefs may be under attack in America, we can teach our children to not put their faith in the place of authority. We can begin by teaching our children that they must choose their beliefs according to their own free will. We need to consider teaching our children the importance of free will, even though we know it is difficult to discuss. After all, teaching our children that they are free will would probably destroy any religion they have. But when the choice to believe or not to believe is actually made, there is nothing for our children to fear for themselves.
So, we might also consider teaching our children that their religious belief is only as strong as the weakest person in the group that makes up the group. Once the weaker members start to rebel, our children will begin to associate it with belief, and when those that they are taking it from begin to rebel, their children will begin to associate it with beliefs. Our children are often told not to question authority. They are told that questioning authority leads to this evil. But the fact of the matter is that for children, questioning authority often leads to something quite beneficial. This might mean that their children finally realize the importance of a well balanced religious life.
Even if you have done research and you believe that it is safe to discuss controversial topics, you might want to reconsider bringing your children to a local church for the First Sunday. You should ask your local home school expert for advice. You might even consider joining your child at home school after the First Sunday is over.
The time will come when your child's home school experience will be just as beneficial as your home schooling experience. For now, consider presenting your child with some unorthodox views and letting him or her think about it.