As most of you know, I am a homeschool mom. My husband and I have been teaching our children at home now for six years. It is truly a blessing and we wouldn't have it any other way (unless God tells us to change). Right now we're studying ancient world history for one of our subjects. For the most part we follow a set curriculum but from time to time one or both of the kids will say, "Hey, Mom, can we learn about _________?", so of course I say "yes" and off we go. I really want to teach them what they are curious about; afterall they will retain more of the information if it's something they're interested in. Well, the other day, my daughter, Haley, asks if we can learn about unicorns and other magical creatures. She just bought a toy unicorn and it sparked her interest. I said yes, we could, and we would go to the library to see what we could find. Well, there wasn't as much at the library as I'd hoped, but we brought home what we did find. As we began delving into the subject, I realized that most magical creatures are not cute and cuddly like unicorns are. Most of them are from the dark side, if you will. So I began to wonder if this was such a good idea or not. I guess my concern stems from my own past experiences. You see, when I was about Haley's age, the friends I had in the neighborhood were all into Dungeons and Dragons. (I was the only girl in the neighborhood and this didn't make things easy at times. I don't really know why that's relevant, but there you go). So, one day my friend Mike (oh another off-the-subject fact - ALL of the boys, except ONE, were named Mike!) invited me over to play D&D. I said sure, because I had no clue what it was about. When I got to Mike's house, his dad was there along with the other Mike's, err, boys from the neighborhood. It was the middle of the day, but the room they were playing in was completely dark. Mike began trying to tell me how to play. Well, it's pretty involved and my head began to swim. I also felt extremely uncomfortable and a voice in my head kept telling me to get out of there! Now maybe it was the Holy Spirit (I accepted Christ as my Savior at a young age) letting me know that I shouldn't be experimenting with D&D, or maybe it was common sense telling me that a grown man shouldn't be home in the middle of the day playing with 9-13 years old - I dunno! Either way I said no thanks, and I went home. Well, it wasn't for years later that I really learned how dangerous D&D can be. I was thankful that I never started playing.
OK flash back to the present. With all the dark stuff that is out there, I can't help but wonder if I should expose my kids to any of it at all. I do feel somewhat responsible for Haley's interest b/c I remember from my KJV days that the Bible talks about unicorns. However, when I went to find the text, the information I read (link given above) mentioned that it was probably talking about an ox! BUMMER! So, anyway, we're back to unicorns being magical creatures and my doubts about teaching on this subject. Now, we have already discussed a little bit on Greek mythology and of course the Bible itself talks about idol worship, witchcraft and so on - albeit WARNING us to stay away from it all! So, where do I draw the line in the pursuit of education?
I suppose my concerns are really unfounded; after all if I had the wisdom and discernment to stay away from things like D&D when I was Haley's age, then surely she and Dawson will be blessed with the same. They are both believers and desire to please God. Still, I have my doubts. As Bill O'Reilly would say... "what say you?".