Have you noticed that “home schooling” is becoming more and more common these days? Did you ever stop and wonder why? Why are parents in America taking on the day-to-day, year-after-year education of their children? One reason is love… Another reason is sacrifice… Freedom to teach our children our values, our beliefs, and the truth.
“Home schooling” is really a misnomer. The Georgia law actually refers to it utilizing a “home study program.” Interestingly, many home study programs are written by educators, accredited, and marketed!
1. Pray to the Holy Spirit and see if He wants you to participate with our organization.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church declares, “Parents as the Primary Educators of Their Children.”
When a husband and wife accept the responsibility of parenthood, they become partners with God in creation. Parenting includes not only the temporal well being of a child, but most especially, it calls for the spiritual nurturing of the child. Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God's law. Catechism of the Catholic Church (2222).
The very act of parenting, calls the parents to be the primary educators. This concept has been supported and advocated by the Church. "Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children." Catechism of the Catholic Church (2223). "They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues."
In his 1994 Letter to Families, Pope John Paul II wrote, "Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area; they are educators, because they are parents." (16).
The Second Vatican Council, in its Declaration on Christian Education (5), also affirmed the "primary and inalienable right and duty" of parents to educate their children. It should be noted, however, that while parents are the primary educators, their interpretation of doctrine can never supersede the legitimate teaching authority of the Church.
Parents are responsible for the education of their children and have the right to choose a school which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible, parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators. Catechism of the Catholic Church (2229).
a. The Georgia Department of Education’s website about Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690), & the requirements on Utilizing a Home Study Program:
b. Seton Home Study School: http://www.setonhome.org
c. The Seton Consortium
3. Enroll in Seton Home Study School: http://www.setonhome.org
4. Apply to The Seton Consortium. Admissions
We invite you to join The Seton Consortium and as Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them" — Mathew 19:14