It seems that of late my phone is constantly alerting me to another disaster or impending doom. Perhaps it's just the combination of Ebola, assisted suicide, the Ferguson killings and the local raid on a meth lab ... or maybe it's just my age showing ... but the world seems a very scary place these days.
I remember when our babies started arriving, and we began planning for their future education, my mom made the passing statement that she was grateful she was not raising children during that time in history. The world, she thought, was a very frightening place to bring up kids. Some 20+ years later those babies are all grown and the first grandbaby has arrived. And I find myself thinking that I am grateful that I am not raising children during this time in history.
Solomon, in all his wisdom, once stated History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. (Ecclesiastes 1:9) It is good to be reminded that today's horrors are really no different than what Solomon experienced. It is also good to be reminded that homeschooling provides an excellent opportunity to wrestle world events with our children. Some of the most valuable moments in our homeschooling happened around the dinner table as we talked and debated current events and what they meant to us as a family/individuals.
While I don't claim to come close to Solomon in the wisdom department, I do think there is great value in investing time with our students reviewing and discussing what is happening in their world. Math and Science certainly have their place in a school day, but more and more I am convinced that a solid Worldview is going to be vital for our young people facing the future.
Not wanting to end my thoughts on a depressing note, tomorrow I will get to spend the day with my grandson (and his mama) and plan to snuggle him close and be reminded that the Creator who performed the miracle of his birth, is still in the miracle business.
Still on the journey ...
P.S. - If you're looking for a good Worldview resource, take a moment to look at our 520 World History and Worldview program. It's a great place to start the conversation with your students.