In a recent interview with The Christian Post, Growing Pains actor and outspoken Christian Kirk Cameron opened up about the importance of homeschooling, noting that he believes a "true biblical transformation of culture" starts at home.
Cameron, 51, shared his own experience with homeschooling as he and his wife, Chelsea, homeschooled their six children.
"[Homeschooling] is this biblical concept that parenting, and particularly the education of children, is a parental responsibility and privilege," Cameron explained. "It's not some job that God gave to civil government to do. And yet, for generations, we've handed our children over to the government, essentially giving to Caesar the things that belong to God, and our children, made in the image of God, belong to us."
Cameron then stressed that homeschooling allows parents to keep their children grounded both educationally and spiritually.
"And so we know them, we love them. And if we're going to disciple them seven or eight hours a day in some sort of a school institution, it sure as heck better be something that's going to reinforce the things that God wants us to be teaching our kids," the actor said. "And I think that that's best done in a community where moms and dads are running the show and leading the way."
Next month, Cameron will release his new documentary, The Homeschool Awakening. In the film, Cameron "dives into the adventures of dynamic American families on a mission to put fun and faith back into learning." The documentary will be in theaters for two nights only (June 13-14).
"The pandemic made parents grossly aware of what public schools are teaching our kids," he said in a press release announcing the documentary. "It's up to us, the parents, to cultivate the hearts, souls and minds of our children, and today's public-school systems are not working for us, they are actively working against us. Public education has become Public Enemy No. 1."
In his new documentary, Cameron debunks common myths about homeschooling by stressing that the practice "looks different for different people."
"Sometimes it's private schools, sometimes it's in-home lessons. Sometimes it's co-ops and networks and conventions and curriculums. Other times, it's reading novels and exploring and pursuing your passions and talents," he said.
"This homeschool documentary is going to explore all of that, and give people an idea of how to homeschool their kids. Because true biblical transformation of culture has to begin in the home," Cameron continued.
According to Census data released last year, more parents transitioned their children from public school to homeschool during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.