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Home schooling is gaining rapid acceptance among Latter-day Saints as a viable form of education. Not only is it viable, but LDS home school students have become key leaders in higher educational pursuits and in their chosen professions.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a rich educational heritage that lends itself to the home schooling movement. Pioneer Church leaders stressed the importance of breaking away from public education and acquiring Latter-day Saint teachers of the highest moral caliber to teach LDS youth. Parents were told-as they still are-that the ultimate stewardship of their children's education was theirs. For a detailed historical account of the educational direction of the Church, parents are encouraged to read Revealed Educational Principles & the Public Schools by Dr. Jack Monnett.
Home schooling adds a dimension to learning that cannot be found in public schooling. Whereas the emphasis of modern schooling is generally limited to the academic and social-LDS home schooling infuses spiritual training throughout its curricula and allows students to see the Lord's hand in all academic endeavors. It is to this end that Archive Publishers has republished many of the early books that Latter-day Saint leaders have encouraged parents to read and supply to their children; many of the same books that were used in the original Church schools. Taking President David O. McKay's following directive literally, we believe that home schooling provides an enhanced approach to learning for Latter-day Saints not found in traditional schools.
"A man may possess a profound knowledge of history and mathematics; he may be an authority in psychology, biology, or astronomy; he may know all the discovered truths pertaining to geology and natural science; but if he has not with this knowledge that nobility of soul which prompts him to deal justly with his fellow men, to practice virtue and holiness in personal life, he is not a truly educated man.
"Character is the aim of true education; and science, history, and literature are but means used to accomplish the desired end. Character is not the result of chance work but of continuous right thinking and right acting.
"True education seeks, then, to make men and women not only good mathematicians, proficient linguists, profound scientists, or brilliant literary lights, but also honest men, combined with virtue, temperance, and brotherly love-men and women who prize truth, justice, wisdom, benevolence, and self-control as the choicest acquisitions of a successful life."
President David O. McKay
Gospel Ideals, pp. 440-441
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