At one time as an educator for nearly forty years and a loyal member of local, state and teacher associations (before they became like unions) I was very opposed to home schooling and a voucher system. However over the past twenty years I have become appalled at education in our nation as so many schools are failing to provide real learning. Too many teachers from grade school on up to the college level seem to feel they have a responsibility to indoctrinate young minds with their views about society, politics and government. And there has been a growing tendency to want to turn over curriculum planning to the Federal government.
I had the opportunity to review one of the best books ever written on home schooling, on education for that matter, written by Sam Sorbo. Her book, They’re Your Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate traced her journey of being one who doubted to a true believer. The book was also kind of a how to book, how to do the research and get the resources for taking over the education of your children. Now I am not saying there are not good public schools our there, I know of many great ones and I applaud the teachers and administrators who are making a difference. And who are not permitting their schools to become socialist training grounds.
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Mrs. Sorbo has done it again. She has come up with a marvelous new book, Teach From Love: School Year Devotional for Families. It is a daily devotional for use by parents who home school. I also encourage its use by public school teachers who would like to see morality and virtue brought back. I would love to see this book in the classroom, at least for the opportunity to discuss the handling of issues we are faced with in every day life.
For example one of the lessons is titled “Wise Choice” and the reading deals with how hard it is to make a choice to do the right thing. Too often in today’s society we are urged to serve ourselves and not family, friends or God who should be first.
As an old school guy myself I remember in the fifties that each morning a student would volunteer to read a few Bible verses and lead the class in prayer. Jewish students also participated using readings they brought in. My favorite was a young man who brought in a ram’s horn for a call to worship. You can imagine how that sounded down the hall way of a school. We all learned from such sessions.
Teach From Love, which is introduced by Kevin Sorbo, covers each day of school Monday through Friday starting with a Bible verse and then a lesson. There is a short prayer at the end of each with questions. Each week like each day had a title and at the end of the week an Annotationy with a place to write your thoughts and feelings. This is not just like a textbook, it is also designed for note taking. It is a book that encourages critical thinking. Holidays and special events are also covered.
Unlike most books in this category I found that one read through is not enough. The book itself is one that fulfills the need for Bible Study and it could well be used by every family. Thank you Sam Sorbo, this is highly recommended for all.
The book is published by Broadstreet and may be purchased HERE on Amazon or other locations on the net. It is also directly available in Walmart.