I know many people are thinking of yanking their kids from public schools in light of the school shootings. I understand that motivation. It is not why I homeschool. The core of our decision was a conviction that as parents my bride and I are responsible for the raising of our kids. A huge part of that is their education. That does not mean that God did not use some situations in the schools to prod us along. Our boys were in public school until last year. In one year we had a teacher murdered by her husband and then he killed himself. The murder occurred in their home. She had been my sons 4th grade teacher. The murder occurred when he was in the 6th grade. That same year one of my sons classmates murdered another classmate while playing in his apartment. I was very pleased with how the school responded to both of these tragedies. There have been random threats by students at various area schools. There have been random sexual assaults. There is the quality of education issue as well. My son was on the honor roll, but he was not a good speller. He had no idea who George Washington was. All that said, the bottom line is we were convicted about our responsibility to our boys. We came to understand that we will be held accountable for how we raise our boys. We were actively involved in their education before we started homeschooling. We just took that involvement to what we believe God has called us to as parents. That does not mean we are isolating them. Our boys are involved in AWANA and other church activities. They spend time with their friends who go to local schools. They have volunteered with Special Olympics. They are taking music lessons (1 for the bass and 1 for drums).