As a Christian homeschool mama living in Opposite World, the current news headlines shouldn’t surprise me.
But yet, they do. I recently read an article that claimed:
“These Textbooks In Thousands Of K-12 Schools Echo Trump’s Talking Points. Their religion-centered, anti-Democrat, anti-science, anti-multicultural message mirrors the Christian nationalism seen at the U.S. Capitol riot.”
I’m not here today to debate the Capitol Riot, Portland Riots, Seattle Riots, or any other riots. Rioting is never the way. But I am concerned about the attempts to silence conservative voices that I am seeing.
The article claims:
“Christian textbooks used in thousands of schools around the country teach that President Barack Obama helped spur destructive Black Lives Matter protests, that the Democrats’ choice of 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton reflected their focus on identity politics, and that President Donald Trump is the “fighter” Republicans want, a HuffPost analysis has found.
The analysis, which focused on three popular textbooks from two major publishers of Christian educational materials – Abeka and BJU Press – looked at how the books teach the Trump era of politics. We found that all three are characterized by a skewed version of history and a sense that the country is experiencing an urgent moral decline that can only be fixed by conservative Christian policies. Language used in the books overlaps with the rhetoric of Christian nationalism, often with overtones of nativism, militarism and racism as well.”
Abeka and BJU Press are well known in the homeschool community. We personally do not use either of these publishers (except for Abeka Kindergarten at times), but I can’t help but think that censorship very well could be coming to homeschool curriculum in general.
The article goes on to claim that the curriculum in question states several things that I do not personally agree with, mainly God’s “covenant” with the United States and Christian Nationalism. I also do not identify as a fundamental Baptist, which is another reasons why I use other curriculums.
But that really doesn’t matter.
What’s at stake here is our ability to freely choose the curriculum that best suits our family, which is a big deal.
I am a big encourager of believers who would like to homeschool their children. There is so much evil in public schools, and I heartily believe children are better off at home.
But what public schools teach is up to governing authorities, and to the parents who utilize them. If you are a parent who must send their children to public school, I would like to encourage you to speak up if you do not like what is being taught there. (To be perfectly honest, taxpayers should have a say, too.)
On the same token, the curriculum private schools and homeschools use should be up to those directly involved. It should be up to those who provide the funding. This only seems logical, right?
Instead, we are seeing those with no involvement in private schools or the homeschooling community suggesting curriculum censure if it does not line up with their agenda.
Ladies, we must pray. We likely are in for a bumpy ride if we use conservative curriculum.
The cancel culture we are encountering is discouraging. I never thought I’d see the day when ideas are attacked the way they are now in our country.
We must be wise, but gentle. Strong, yet peaceful.
The Lord is an ever present help in times of trouble. He will give us the wisdom we need. This truth comforts me when things seem impossible.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
James 3:17-18 NKJV
The wisdom from above that we so desperately seek is pure, and results in the fruit of righteousness. It results in peace. We can be encouraged, despite the events surrounding us.