Lately, I’ve been going back and re-reading some of the writings of Ruth Beechick. For those of you who have not heard of her, let me quote her bio from the back of one of her books.
“Dr. Ruth Beechick is among the most recognized voices of the modern homeschool revolution. Her extensive experience dating back to the 1940′s as a public school teacher, college dean of education, and editor of education materials prepared her well for her decision in 1986 to begin devoting all efforts to homeschool writing and ministry. Beechick’s leading goal is to produce books and articles that focus on a biblical, common sense approach to education.”
Early in my homeschool journey, I read several of her books and perused others. I found her writing to be insightful, inspiring and most of all grounded. However, as each of us must do, I proceeded on my own journey with our own family. I guess maybe I’m hard headed because sometimes I can read something but until I research it or experience it myself, I have a hard time making it my own. In returning to reread some of Dr. Beechick’s books again, I am finding that after 19 years of home educating my own boys and spending countless hours doing my own research and my own study of God’s word on the subject of children and education, Dr. Beechick’s writings are more powerful than ever.
In a day when I have seen so many moms struggle to find the “right” way to educate their children, and even more obsess over finding the right method or material, I almost feel like I’m on a crusade to re-introduce Dr. Beechick to those who have forgotten her, and to introduce her for the first time to many others. Why? Without a Biblical foundation upon which to make decisions regarding educating our children, we will be like a boat that is tossed to and fro on the seas of public opinion, peer pressure, fear and tradition. We will revert back to what we know, what we have experience, or to what the majority of people around us are doing. Operating without a compass will cause us to become discouraged and disenchanted along the journey. The writings of Dr. Beechick provide a compass. They are a compass based on a Biblical foundation.
I’ve been writing about educating our children in such a way that they are “artios”. I’ve been detailing out what that looks like and how we can practically implement that goal into the education of our children. To be quite honest, that’s what Dr. Beechick’s writings do as well and she has so much more wisdom and experience than I could ever hope to have. So, for the next 10 days of blog posts, I’m going to be doing a bit of a personal journey through one of her books: A Biblical Home Education. It’s even crossed my mind to start an online type of book club to meet, study and discuss this book and its content. But, I’m not sure if there is enough interest. So, for now I begin this journey by myself because I know it is the right thing to do for me. Of course, I’m hoping that I will have some company along the way.
Faith and Courage,