Actress Sam Sorbo, a home education advocate who’s also taught her own children from home, has offered tips for teachers and parents during these unprecedented times of virtual learning during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns.
Sorbo has written two books on the subject of homeschooling and parenting — They’re Your Kids and Teach From Love, a devotional and a book that chronicles her family’s experience with homeschooling. Sorbo’s book, Teach from Love: A School Year Devotional for Families provides practical tips for parents and teachers on how to promote godly qualities in children.
Sorbo’s passion for homeschooling comes from her desire to provide a strong foundation of faith and knowledge for the next generation. The actress maintains that failing public education is the reason why so many children are having problems with morals. And she believes it’s why they’re turning to atheism.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Sorbo, where she offers advice for parents and teachers in these times of widespread homeschooling or corporate digital learning.
CP: You’ve been an advocate for homeschooling for many years, and in this season of lockdowns, many people have been forced to learn how to homeschool. What advice do you have for parents who feel overwhelmed?
Sorbo: Well, first of all, parents who were forced to school their children at home because of COVID were not practicing traditional homeschooling inasmuch as it was certainly under duress and very stressful, and they were being directed by the schools.
The thing that people have to realize is there’s homeschooling and there’s home education. Homeschooling is best described as doing homework with your child that he or she is assigned by a school teacher. Home education is parent-lead learning. The goal of a home educator is to instill and cultivate a love for learning that will last a lifetime.
The good news from the test that we just underwent was that parents were exposed to the joy of being with their children more than not being with their children that schools impose. My hope is that some of that joy shifted their thinking to want to try home education.
CP: Can you share why you think home education is imperative?
Sorbo: School forms a wedge between the child and the parent. But when the parent chooses to home educate, the parent becomes the lead teacher/learner for the child which strengthens the relationship in a way that the school necessarily destroys.
When a parent drops his child off at kindergarten, he is tacitly telling the child, “I am incapable and the school now has authority over you.” When the child returns home with a permission slip and says, “Daddy, you have to sign this!” or “Mommy, the teacher says you need to sign this,” the parents’ authority in their own home is undermined.
Then, when teenagers rebel against their parents’ strict rules, we roll our eyes and claim, “It’s just what teenagers do.” I refute that. It’s what they are taught to do, by a system that denigrates parents and undermines their authority.
Another reason I think homeschooling is imperative is because of morals and values. We have ceased to teach those things in public schools. We teach the very opposite: Evolution and survival of the fittest. What do you suppose that means?
It means that our children are accidents of nature and there is no good higher than the personal good. That necessarily devolves into bullying, and people wonder why we have a bullying problem! It’s all we teach! I would argue that it isn’t that homeschooling is imperative more than it is a moral imperative to not submit children into any form of public education because public education denies the moral good.
CP: In your book, you go beyond teaching to talk both to the hearts of teachers and parents. Why was that something you wanted to do?
Sorbo: We need to be teaching children that there is good and evil, right and wrong, and that they should aspire to things outside themselves. Godly values and moral instruction can do that.
CP: Many schools are against teaching about God. Can you share why you believe the opposite should be implemented when educating youth?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law