Who is Qualified to Teach Science to your Kids?

“For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.”

~ DOROTHY SAYERS, THE LOST TOOLS OF LEARNING, 1973

 

Here’s the good news: God has equipped you to teach your kids science at home.

Let me elaborate. The Lord has given you children as a heritage (Ps. 123:7) and convicted you to grow them up in the nurture and admoni- tion of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). Problem is, you can believe this and still feel unqualified. Let me ask you a few questions about those feelings...

Do you feel like someone else is more qualified?

I have seven children. My wife and I have homeschooled since our sixteen-year-old was three. I have taught science for nearly twenty years. And I am not a scientist. I repeat, I am no scientist. Why does this matter? Well, here’s the point. Why do you think that you have to be a scientist to teach science well to your children? Elementary math teachers aren’t mathematicians by trade. Junior High English teach- ers aren’t linguists. Why do we have these faulty expectations for how science education should work?

Parents are qualified to teach their children based on God’s covenant with them. True, a science degree may enable a parent to have quick access to certain facts, but as you’ll learn in Myth #4, there is much more to science than “the facts,” just as there is more to baking a cake than flour. You can and have taught wildly abstract concepts such as reading and adding to your children.

Science Teacher Skills Checklist:

  • Skill #1: Science requires clear communication. Have you read, written, or spoken before? Check.

  • Skill #2: Science requires counting and identifying patterns. Math—check.

  • Skill #3: Science requires stuff to handle. Stuff (probably way too much of it)—check.

  • Skill #4: Going outside.

So... get your kids out into Creation so they can apply the skills you’ve been teaching them already.