Pass On Your Skills and Standards

by Cynthia D. Eis
       I recently heard on the radio that there will be a lack of engineers in the future—especially in the United States. The reason given was that there is a lack of academic ability in the areas of science and math. There are not enough students in the U.S. that are able to keep up with the demands of math and engineering courses.
       In addition, it is not uncommon to hear of businesses (especially construction) crying out for dependable, hardworking, honest laborers. The work ethic in America is tumbling downhill along with the moral decline. Consequently, business owners are searching for those who not only work hard, but also do excellent-quality work.
       Home schoolers have the potential to meet these standards. They have the potential to launch into our society as lights that will glorify God in their work ethic and become positive leaders and role models.
       My husband has taught our teenage boys many of his own skills in addition to the traditional subjects we have taught our children in our home school. These skills included computer programming, computer drafting (AutoCad, Blueprint), framing, drywall, electrical, plumbing, roofing, ceramic tile installment, painting, carpentry (finishing details), and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning).
       Training our young adults with skills such as these will prepare them for future jobs and ministry needs as well as for personal needs and responsibilities within the home and family.
       As home schoolers, we are not limited in the subjects we can teach our children. Nor are we stifled by the low standards of the public school system. And we should not settle for the low quality work ethic that surrounds us in our society.
       What are your skills and talents? Which ones could you teach your children that will prepare them for future jobs and ministries? Make a list. Then plan to implement them into your curriculum and lifestyle in general.
       Whether your teens are headed for engineering or medicine, art or music, point out the Scripture which reminds us that “whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:23, 24).

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