Editor’s Note: This blog post on biblical models of homeschool discipline is written by Victoria Smith and Luciano Cid, Ed.D. Victoria Smith is an education major in her third year at Biola University, a member of the Torrey Honors Institute and a homeschool educator. Luciano Cid is Assistant Professor of Education at Biola University, and has contributed to The Inspired Home Educator before, on the ABCDs of writing objectives and altering student perspectives through cognitive dissonance.
How should homeschooling parents discipline their children? It is our belief that discipline, either in the classroom or at home, should be carried out by an adult who is trying to “train up a child in the way [he/she] should go [and] even when [that child] is old … [he/she will] not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Consequently, the disciplining of any child has an inherent philosophical and theological responsibility embedded within it, a responsibility that lies with the adult — hopefully one who continually strives to be virtuous — rather than with the child. Therefore, when discipline is carried out, either in a traditional school environment or in a homeschool one, it is imperative for the adult to recognize that whatever is being employed to do so is either training the child to see the love, mercy, justice, freedom, and perfection of God’s discipline or the anger, vengeance, injustice, control and imperfection inherited in man’s ways. Read more
One of the most conceptually difficult, yet extremely essential pedagogical skills is that of writing good lesson objectives. New, experienced, and veteran classroom and homeschool educators alike often experience difficulties developing clear, concise, and measurable objectives. However, without the presence of such objectives, the purpose of the lesson can quickly become unclear to both students and teachers.
Consequently, the skill of identifying and writing objectives that are clear, concise, and measurable is crucial to the success of any lesson or unit of study. So, what does it look like in homeschooling? Read more
In November 2015, I was fortunate enough to present at Biola’s biannual Justice, Spirituality, and Education Conference. The theme for the conference was “Raising Flourishing Children in a Perishing World,” a subject that has been relevant — as we all know — since the first set of brothers (i.e., Cain and Abel) roamed the earth. My own particular presentation was titled, “Paradigm Building and Paradigm Shifting: How Jesus’ Dialectical Approach Can Assist Us in Teaching Our Children to Be in the World, but Not of the World.”
Given this focus, I began my presentation by introducing Bronfenbrenner’s “Ecological Theory of Development.” This was done so I could illustrate the plethora of factors that can impact a person’s development (e.g., family, church, peers, culture, extended family, neighbors, school boards, government agencies, mass media, economic situations, teachers, health services, religious organizations, neighborhoods, biology). Our children are — like it or not — influenced by all of these factors as well. Consequently, there are three choices we, as parents and teachers, can make in light of such influential domains. Read more