Homeschool Helpers

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Issue 134, November 16, 2009
From Homeschool Helpers

By Dan L. White

 

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In an interview with Barbara Walters, Sarah Palin said she was devastated when she learned her daughter Bristol Palin was pregnant.

No surprise there. Almost any mother or father would be likewise.

You recall that was during the presidential campaign, and Sarah Palin was running for vice-president of the United States. The John McCain campaign picked her, but then tried to squelch her. That made an already fractious campaign even more tense, because Sarah Palin was having friction not only with Obama and Biden, but with her own side. And in the middle of all of that, she learned that her daughter was pregnant.

Great timing, Bristol!

Obviously Sarah Palin held up to all that pressure enormously well. She has resigned as governor of Alaska and has a new book being released, Going Rogue, An American Life. The book was a best seller, even before release. It seems that, along with Mike Huckabee, she is one of the two frontrunners to be the next Republican presidential candidate. Mitt Romney is also in there, but somehow he lacks the popular appeal of the other two.

So Sarah Palin might well be the next president of the United States. Perhaps she has learned something from her experience with Bristol. All their lives in that family have been changed because of what Bristol did.

Why did Bristol do what she did? Her mother was devastated and surprised. Sarah had no idea her daughter was engaging in such risky and destructive behavior. She thought that since her daughter had been taught what was right, she would do what was right. However, the public school culture had a stronger influence on Bristol in that matter than Sarah and her husband Todd did.

We were sitting in a monthly Contra Dance the other night, talking on the side while the young folks did the Dog Branch and the Postie’s Jig. Actually, Margie and I did take part in the Virginia Reel, the Gay Gordon, and the Physical Snob, and I really cut a rug for a while, but after that the rug won. So I was on the sideline talking with a couple that has been homeschooling for only a couple of years. I asked why they began to homeschool. They said that the public schools were taking the hearts of their children. Now that they have been homeschooling for a couple of years, not only is the academic education better, but the whole family is closer. A family that was being pulled apart by the public school culture has been restored under a Christian culture. The animosity between the parents and their beloved children is gone.

A well known Bible verse in Malachi speaks of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers. The public school culture does exactly the opposite of that, and turns the hearts of the children away from their parents. The public school culture is rife with constant criticism of parents, particularly Christian parents, either explicit or implicit. The open criticism is directly teaching values that are opposite of the parents’.  The implied criticism is set by the unguided youth culture, which views parents as fools and old fogeys, totally out of sync with those things that are thought to be important in life.

Like free sex.

Thus the hearts of the children are turned away from the parents. Bristol’s heart followed the public school culture more than it did the teaching of her parents, and ultimately caused them enormous distress at the worst possible time.

At that dance, another homeschool mom told us of an interesting incident. Yes, I know you are getting the impression that at these dances, the parents do a lot more talking than dancing, even if they have to talk above the fiddle music. So be it.

That homeschool family is affiliated with the foster care program. There are hordes of children today who are not wanted or not taken care of by their parents, and they then become part of the government foster care system. Recently this family was caring for a young baby. They have a number of children of their own, and sometimes on a shopping trip the foster baby was carried by the family’s twelve year old daughter. Repeatedly people would stop that twelve year old girl and make nice little comments about “her” baby.

In other words, people have gotten so used to children having babies that when they saw a twelve year old girl carrying a baby, they immediately assumed it was hers.

That’s the public school culture that Bristol Palin was part of, which won her heart and changed her life.

Sarah Palin might well be the next president of the United States. If that occurs, I hope she has learned a lesson from her devastating experience. Sarah, that public school, socialist anti-Christ monopoly needs to be ended.