You will never know how much it cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
Help Me, God! They Think They Own My Child
It was 2010. It was just another day, taking our oldest daughter to school. That's what we thought anyway. Later that day, my husband, Scott, went to the school to pick up Abrianna, our daughter. What followed changed our lives forever. Scott walked into the office and told the person at the desk that he was there to pick up his child. The person at the desk said that it was not possible. Scott persisted that he needed to pick up Abrianna and that he could provide proof that he was her father. It was then stated that they didn't care who he was, that she belonged to them until the bell rang at the end of the day. We had heard of stories, rumors, of children being held against parent's wills. But those were extreme cases, we thought. There must have been extenuating circumstances. Now, we were faced with the reality that, the only circumstance a school needed to deny anyone access to their own children was for us to bring them there. In addition to this experience, there were many other instances of concern that arose in her time there that caused us to question the education and experience she was receiving.
We were horrified. We began to look into the things that were being done and the content being taught to our daughter and a pattern began to emerge. They were actively working to separate our daughter from us, emotionally, ideologically, religiously, and ultimately, physically. Soon after, we began our pursuit of taking our child's education back into our hands. We made the decision to pull her from public school education and were now looking for home- school curriculum.
Not Just Another Curriculum
It was a daunting task for several reasons. The first (and most terrifying) was a belief that I, as a "regular" person, was not qualified to teach my child. The school system, without saying a word, convinced me that they were the only institution equipped to instill knowledge. Many nights, I prayed and asked God for... something... anything that would help me not destroy my child's future. Were we doing the right thing? Other people teach their children, but they are smarter... more educated. Like Moses at the burning bush, I pleaded with God. Surely He had made a mistake. Surely there was someone else more eloquent who would do a better job of equipping my precious daughter for the life ahead of her.
Like Moses, He sent me. The quest for curriculum frantically began but was quickly and providentially answered. What could have been an overwhelming task with so many options claiming theirs was "the best," with every catalog filled with gadgets, trinkets, books, flashcards, pamphlets, banners, software, hardware. My husband went on an internet search. He came across something very intriguing and unique. We both were excited about what we read and, felt an urgency to attend. It was the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE) website. They were holding a small conference in Colorado that summer for a church start-up school using their "curriculum." Our expectations were pretty much summed up in coming back with a curriculum for our daughter. But what we were about to encounter completely changed the course of our future not only for her but for ours, and many others.
My husband and I attended the brief conference in a small room with a group of teachers that were starting their school in the next couple of weeks. The lady who taught the conference opened her mouth with wisdom we had not encountered before. She had us looking up unknown words in a large dictionary and asking questions that we felt were far above our understanding. She spoke of America and its history in a manner very unfamiliar to us yet with an understanding that revealed our nation's Godly purpose we never contemplated before. There was a reverence in the room that we could not fully explain but that brought tears to our eyes and spoke directly to our spirits. What she said next confirmed to us that this was the path to take. "Get the eternal on the internal and it will effect the external." We couldn't believe our ears. Verbatim, she quoted what the Lord spoke to my husband during a church service where we were pastors. God had brought us the answer.
We asked the presenter, "Where do we buy the curriculum, so we can teach this?" Her response stopped us cold. "There is no 'curriculum.' We have Webster's 1828 dictionary and these other books here." We bought all the books they had and went home confused and questioning. What were we supposed to do with this? I still wondered, "How do I teach her math from this?"
In the days that followed, we began to read the books. It was like opening a treasure chest of all the things that I never knew were great about the United States of America. The diary of William Bradford, the letters of John Adams, the histories of our founders in their own words breathed life into a stale history. Beyond that, Webster's 1828 dictionary illuminated the English language with scripture and such depth that I wanted to learn. The question was answered about the curriculum. We finally realized that it is not a curriculum but a method of learning that can be applied in any sphere. This transformed our understanding about teaching and learning.
I Can't Keep This To Myself
Little did I know what really was before me. The fall of 2011, my sister and I began teaching "The Noah Plan" from FACE. We taught my 3 daughters (3rd grader, 4 year old and barely 3 year old), and her 4 yr old daughter. We taught them history and literature one day a week. We couldn't believe it, we were learning right along with our girls! How can this be that two grown adults are learning from a Kindergarten curriculum?! The stark reality we found was that we were robbed in the richness of true education. We both exclaimed, "We cannot keep this to ourselves!" It was then that God begin to open up my eyes and caused me to come face to face with my fear. As time went on I knew by God that we were commissioned to start a Christian Principle Approach school and rescue this generation.
Personally, I still felt He called the wrong person for the job. Teaching my own children (a job for which I believed myself ill equipped) was big enough. Now He expected me to teach other people's children? I did not think that I was capable. But I couldn't shake it. I continued to read the books we purchased in Colorado and learned about the Principle Approach, the 7 Principles of our Founding Fathers, the 4 R's and an excitement began to rival my fear. For the first time in my life, I loved learning. I could not wait to discover something new. History was more than dates and dead people. It became a revelation; an expression of God's provision, protection and character over time. English stopped being about nouns and verbs and transformed into a rich tapestry of meaning and expression as God spoke through language. Every subject became intertwined with a new expression of God's character and love.
I became the model student. No one forced me to explore. I couldn't stop. The realization of what had been stolen from me by the warped agenda of public school gave me a deep sense of loss. Oh, if only someone had shown me this when I was young! That same sense of loss gave me a feeling of urgency. They are stealing our children. They are pillaging our nation. They are doing it on purpose. I have to do something.
God Opens A Door... And All The Windows
During the months following, our resolve was tested constantly. The stress of teaching others while learning for ourselves as rapidly as possible caused many sleepless nights. We took small steps of increasing from one day a week to two days a week, adding one young child. We then took another step and went three days a week adding more children. Over the years, the relationship God began with Foundation for American Christian Education blossomed. We now are developing into one of their leading schools in the Tulsa area through their mentor program. As we have gone forward, we made the decision to extend our three days into a full five-day-a-week Christian school. We are still growing; not only in numbers as parents realize the atrocity that is public "education," but also in our own journey of discovery. That is one of the greatest benefits of the Principle Approach - the lifelong love of learning. It is as if God has opened the windows of heaven and poured out His blessings on us and our children - blessings that this world cannot take away. He has poured out the knowledge of Truth about our country and our relationship with Him. He opens the windows into His involvement in every subject throughout time and in all spheres of life. As He reveals Himself we can say, as David did:
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all [things] under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, [and whatsoever] passeth through the paths of the seas.
~O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!~