I am sure that some of you know that Ru and I are toying with the idea of homeschooling Signal when he gets to be older. I mean, we do a lot of learning at home now, but we're considering not enrolling him in school and doing our own thing, possibly with the provincial curriculum, when he's old enough.
Because it is something that we are seriously considering, I do a lot of reading about different approaches to homeschooling. I like to know about different curricula, different tactics, different things that have worked or not worked for different families. It helps me feel informed and prepared so that I can make the right decisions for Signal when the time comes.
Today, I came across something that I felt I couldn't not comment on. I had never heard of No Greater Joy Ministries before today. I kind of wish I had never heard of them, because the ideas that they spread make me sad. But I wanted to blog about them because I want people to know that they exist, I guess. To make people aware and wary.
Michael and Debi Pearl preach "child training." They teach that a 3 month old who cries and is picked up is being trained to control the adults in its life. They teach people to swat 6 month olds with a wooden spoon or flexible tubing when they throw something they shouldn't. They say that it's good for children to obey out of a fear of being spanked. It honestly horrifies me. I am not the prefect parent by any means. But I can't imagine hitting a young baby because they were tired or hungry or frustrated.
They sell homeschooling materials. Which, obviously, I will never buy. But hopefully by blogging about No Greater Joy Ministries people will know exactly what they stand for and preach before purchasing their materials. While I am all for people making their own decisions when it comes to teaching their children, I really hope that they won't choose a method of teaching that centers around corporal punishment and shame.