Are parents qualified to
teach their children?
You know your children better than anyone else and have the deepest love and concern for them.
You also have the most direct and long-term responsibility for your children before God, who commands parents to teach their children His Word, the most important thing they will learn (Deut. 6:6, 7).
Educationally, one-to-one tutoring has many advantages over a classroom where one teacher tries to meet the needs of many children at different learning levels.
You do not need to know everything in order to teach. Your example and enthusiasm in learning with your children will motivate and encourage them.
Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute (Box 13939, Salem OR 97309), conducted an analysis in 1994 of the standardized test results for 16,320 home-school children nationwide. He found these children to average at or above the 73rd percentile in all subject areas. (The national average is the 50th percentile.)
A 1997 nationwide study, Strengths of Their Own, by Dr. Ray demonstrated that there is little relationship between the parents' education levels and their children's scores. He also found that whether the parent is a certified teacher or not has no bearing on a child's scores.
Dr. Ray says, The tutorial method of teaching has always been the superior method. Home education epitomizes this method, providing essentials for success—a close student/teacher relationship, family-consistent values, motivation, flexibility, and individualization.
Several resources are available to give home educators on-the-job training:
Home-school conventions, workshops, and book fairs at local, state, and regional levels provide practical instruction in teaching techniques.
The Teaching Home presents articles that inform and encourage you in various principles and techniques of home teaching.
State and local home-school support groups can greatly encourage and help you as ideas and information are exchanged.
God promises His wisdom and assures you that He will supply your needs as you follow His leading.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5-7).