Am I Qualified to Teach High School?

August 9, 2017


Hey, Mama,


Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I qualified to teach high school?” If so, then consider these questions:


- Did God lead you to homeschool your children in the first place?

- Has homeschooling been good for your family and your children (most of the time—grin)?

- Are the reasons you began homeschooling still valid?


If you answered yes to those questions (especially the first question), of course, you are qualified to teach high school! Just as God has carried you every step of the way in your homeschool journey, He is not going to stop now just because you have a teen.


So, let’s take a look at the real vs. the nonsense.


You get these bizarre ideas sometimes that you’re a BFF (big fat failure). You figure, "What’s the point? I’m useless." Now, I’m here to remind you that THIS is a lie from the pit. God gave those children YOU. You are the Mama and perfect for them. Does it mean you are a perfect parent? Will your kids be ruined because you are not a perfect robot Mama?


Listen, God didn’t make you a robot. He didn’t make your kids robots, either. You are the Daughter of the King, and your kids will be fine because you are taking it a day at a time—the good, the bad, the ugly. You keep it all real, and your children see that. You’re not tiptoeing around pretending to be something you’re not. You may be a disaster at times, but PHONY you are not.


They see you fall and get back up. They see you blow it, but stick around. They see you super mad, but then cool as a cucumber. They watch you stumble, but observe that you’re able to laugh at yourself. Stability—that’s you, Mama.


And you are a BFF, but not the kind you keep thinking. “She’s my BFF.” Someday that’s what your kids are going to say about you. Mama ends up being their best friend . . . forever.


Keep walking. Get your head out of the pit, and look up. His hand is on your head tonight.


~gena

publisher@theoldschoolhouse.com


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Jodi Riddle

Before you answer the given question, think about this . . . Why are you homeschooling? Do you realize the word “qualify” (in any form) is never mentioned in the KJV Bible? Why is this? Possibly because God never put an emphasis on the “title,” but the “heart” and motive of a parent.


Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” And Ephesians 6:4 says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” God has instructed us to “train up” our children and to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”


Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” I do not see any of these verses ever showing that we could possibly be “unqualified” from completing these commands of the Lord. I once heard a wise preacher say, “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.”


My assumption is that you chose to homeschool your children because you love them and want what is best for them. Homeschooling your children of any age doesn’t involve “qualifications;” it involves a love, devotion, and commitment of yourself to God and your child(ren).


If we keep the perspective of what the Bible says, “. . . the things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27), we can take comfort in knowing that even when we feel inadequate to teach a certain subject area, we can trust that God will help us and make a way. There are so many avenues today that can assist the parent when it comes to subject areas they are not comfortable with, that a parent really doesn’t have any excuses.


We shouldn’t be worried about being “qualified.” Rather, enjoy the opportunity of being personally involved in every area of your child’s life. There is absolutely nothing wrong with even learning right alongside them! “[According to the power of God] Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:8b-9).


~Jodi


Jodi has been with TOS since April 2016. She serves as a Human Resource and Operations Assistant. Jodi is a pastor’s wife and has 3 boys. She has homeschooled for 16 years and also taught in the private and public school settings. Jodi enjoys teaching, playing the piano, scrapbooking, and making cards. Her heart’s desire is to help others learn to enjoy these things as well!


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Kerry Tittle    

This has been a recurring concern as long as homeschool has been around. Sometimes I want to just flippantly point to the history of success in the homeschool community, with and without certified teachers in the home, and I think the story will speak for itself! But this is a reasonable concern for parents who have their children’s future in their hands. If you are having these thoughts, it’s a good sign that you are qualified! A parent who analyzes these sorts of things is one who deeply cares for the welfare of their children.


In 2007, the Home School Legal Defense Association commissioned Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (nheri.org) to conduct a nationwide study of homeschooling in America. In a nutshell, homeschoolers were achieving well beyond their public school counterparts, no matter the family background or education. It’s not hard to find similar research and statistics that will conclude the same findings. We should find this an encouragement, but you may still be wondering how to put it into practice.


Approaching the matter from a more personal perspective, I put subjects into two categories: Subjects I can teach and those that I can facilitate. There is a difference.  There are areas you are skilled in and usually enjoy . . . teach! The subjects that you find intimidating are those you should facilitate. Facilitating is simply using other resources that can assist you. There are many methods of facilitating: Online classes, DVDs, co-ops, private tutors, etc. However, most of the daunting classes are designed with resources to adequately educate your child. If you choose to facilitate all the classes, that’s OK, too! Several pioneers in home education have quality programs designed for your child K4 through high school graduation.


Now we need just a moment to be real. I have several friends who are teachers. They have openly shared that they don’t always finish their books at the end of the year. They have to research and study things they don’t know. They don’t remember everything they ever learned to get that degree. And, to be quite honest . . . you can find unqualified teachers in schools. We need to quit crippling ourselves with second-guessing our qualifications and comparing ourselves to other homeschool families or the stereotypical schools.


If you love your child and you are committed to sacrificing and investing for educational excellence, then you are qualified. Most importantly, God has given us a charge to train them up in the way they should go. Ultimately, it is He who qualified you!


Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6 ESV*).


~Kerry


Kerry Tittle is a mother of 9 children and an 18-year homeschool veteran. She was the founder of ReformationKidz Publishing that was lost to a natural disaster. Her desire is to honor Christ while encouraging parents during the hard years of homeschooling.

*The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
Copyright © 2001 by Crossway,
a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
All rights reserved.
ESV Text Edition: 2016



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