“To educate the mind without purifying the heart, is but to place a sharp sword in the hand of a madman.”
-Robert Lewis Dabney
Discussions, Vol. IV, (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1979)

A Peek Into Your Education at @YLCFWe’ve been talking about education all month…and now it’s time to take a peek into each other’s education! Whatever your story or experience, we’re looking forward to hearing about all of our diverse educational backgrounds and aspirations. Link up to your own blog post below, or comment on this post to share your story, and be entered in a drawing for a $20 gift card to Amazon or Book Depository!  (Giveaway ends November 7.)

“It is never ever possible to impart knowledge without imparting values. …Education can never ever be separated from its underlying values. I don’t believe that you can even teach mathematics without betraying underlying values.”
-Rabbi Daniel Lapin, April 24, 2000 Focus on the Family Broadcast, “Reclaiming Traditional Values”


  1. Bethany Davis says:

    Hi Ladies!

    I know this comment is very late, but I just wanted to jump into the conversation. I too was homeschooled for all 12 grades. I never darkened the door of a public school building until I was almost 22 when I got involved in the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship. There were plenty of hard days for me with homeschool, it was mostly because of the dreaded math book. I hated math, and I’m still not friends with it today. I did the algebra 1, but didn’t go on to the others like the algebra 2, or calculus, or trigonometry. I did some geometry along with the algebra 1. I hated algebra! My Mom did the Abeka series with me when I was in my elementary years of school, then as I got older, like, preteen and teenager years, we moved on to Saxon math. My Mom still has our original Saxon math books. I finished the Saxon math series. I don’t remember right off what we used with writing, language arts, history or science. Mom bought me some books to practice handwriting and then doing cursive. I loved writing and history! I also enjoyed science as well. We would do the heavier subjects in the mornings, and then the lighter stuff in the afternoons. We would always shoot to start school about 9:30 at the latest each morning, and end about 3:00. If I wasn’t cooperating, my Mom would always say, “If you don’t do your schoolwork, I will get arrested, and you’ll go to public school! Is that what you want!?” Of course not! The threat always worked though:-D As for reading, Mom would always have us pick an educational book or biography to read, then we would give an oral book report at the dinner table to everybody. One of the many books I picked, was on Helen Keller. I also read a lot of other biographies of historical people. I graduated when I was 18 in 2004.

    One of the myths about homeschoolers: they are sheltered and they don’t get out enough to get enough social activities. I feel I had plenty enough social activities growing up. I had a few friends who were in public school, and their Mom always invited me to go with them on their field trips. I also had a huge group of homeschooling friends whom I also did things with, plus I either went to their houses or they came to mine a couple times a month. I also had friends at Church, mostly older folks whom I interacted with. Public schooled kids only know how to interact with kids their own age, and interacting with someone a grade younger or older is unthinkable! I have friends 10+ years younger and older than myself. I have a friend who is 91 at Church now. I may or may not have taken every single class that a public schooler takes in class everyday, but I feel I have enough to get by. I also took a couple non credit college classes online about 5 years ago, but realized after I finished, that those weren’t for me on a full time basis.
    Thus is my education journey!

  2. I was homeschooled for all 12 grades. First we used a very structured approach with Rod and Staff, which we all got kind of burned out on. Then we swung to the other end of the spectrum with unschooling and very little curriculum. I did not like this either and didn’t feel I learned enough. For the last years I had a combination, structured subjects for some aspects and unstructured for the ones that lent themselves to it. I learned more from our geography games than most people do from a textbook! I believe homeschooling taught me the self-motivation so necessary for my at-home job.

    1. Samantha R says:

      For me, homeschooling taught me a lot about self-motivation and self-government. Both are essential to have in life and thus I believe my education was very successful 🙂

  3. I went to school for a couple of years and then my parents decided to try homeschooling. Homeschooling isn’t very common in the UK, so it was a very unusual decision. My younger siblings and I really took to it, however, and enjoyed the experience immensely. We had a Christian education, and God was at the centre. We had the opportunity to go on lots of trips and learn many different things and to meet many diverse people. I was able to go to university when I was 17, and study something that I had developed a passion for over my years of homeschooling.

    One of the concerns that people we knew had was that we would be able to socialise and have the opportunities as children in school, but I think that we actually had more. Through our parents and our education we have gained a love of God, learning and people, and that, to me, is truly what education is about. 🙂

  4. I went to a small, Christian school for K-2nd grade. Then my parents took my brother and me out of school to homeschool (so we could save money for a trip to South America). I ended up loving it so much that I was homeschooled the rest of the way! We used Bob Jones for much of our curriculum, but added in a variety of other things as well.
    After I graduated I went to a small Bible Institute for one year, and I learned so much there! It was an amazing time of digging into God’s Word and learning about His grace.
    I’m thankful for the opportunities that God has given me to learn and grow, and I know that He will continue to teach me for the rest of my life!

    1. Congratulations, Mandy — random.org selected you as the winner of the $20 gift card! Would you like it to Amazon or Book Depository?

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