Something Is Wrong
I honestly believe that something is wrong with a purely secular education.
"We should not assume that public schools always reinforce teachings given in the home concerning ethical and moral conduct. We have seen introduced into many school systems false ideas about the theory of man's development from lower forms of life, teachings that there are no absolute values, attempts to repudiate beliefs regarded as supernatural, permissive attitudes toward sexual freedom that give sanction to immoral behavior and "alternative lifestyles," such as lesbianism, homosexuality, and other perverse practices.
Such teachings not only tend to undermine the faith and morals of our young people, they also deny the existence of God, who gave absolute laws, and the divinity of Jesus Christ. Surely we can see the moral contradiction of some who argue for the preservation of endangered species but who also sanction the abortion of unborn humans." -Ezra Taft Benson
“I should like to suggest that you follow that injunction given by the Son of God. With all of your learning, learn of him. With all of your study, seek knowledge of the Master. That knowledge will complement in a wonderful way the secular training you receive and give a fulness to your life and character that can come in no other way” -Gordon B. Hinckley
"Youth, beloved youth, can you see why we must let spiritual training take first place?—Why we must pray with faith, and perfect our own lives like the Savior’s? Can you see that the spiritual knowledge may be complemented with the secular in this life and on for eternities but that the secular without the foundation of the spiritual is but like the foam upon the milk, the fleeting shadow?
“Do not be deceived! One need not choose between the two but only as to the sequence, for there is opportunity for one to get both simultaneously; but can you see that the seminary courses should be given even preferential attention over the high school subjects; the institute over the college course; the study of the scriptures ahead of the study of the man-written texts; the association with the Church more important than clubs, fraternities, and sororities; the payment of tithing more important than paying tuitions and fees?“Can you see that the ordinances of the temple are more important than the PhD or any and all other academic degrees?” -Spencer W. Kimball
This is why we homeschool. We were in the public school system for years. We've experienced a lot of what is wrong with the system. We reached a breaking point where we realized our children were not spiritually safe in the system. We also realized our time with our children was so valuable and fleeting that we could not afford to part with them for so long every day, handing them over to a purely secular system.
"They are a precious charge bestowed upon us by the Lord, and we cannot be too careful in rearing and training them." -John TaylorHere is one example of a truth my child would not be taught in public school today-
With a hand that could be felt, the Lord opened my mind to the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. . . . This was a fire that burned within me. . . . who can doubt that this fire was not merely mine, but also of the Holy Spirit. -Christopher Columbus
And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land. (1 Nephi 13:12)Let me tell you how cool it was to learn about the discovery of America, the promised land, with my son, when the Gospel was included. It was amazing! That's what I want for my children, for them to gain both spiritual and TRUE secular knowledge. They were meant to go hand in hand.