A few years ago, on a mailing list to which I had subscribed, somehow the topic of homeschooling and come up. One woman subscriber, obviously against homeschooling, made the comment that her brother and sister-in-law homeschooled. She lamented this fact into detail. Then she made a comment that took me surprise:
What are they going to next? Home primarying?
The reason this comment took me by surprise was because she completely lost fact of the purpose of Primary.
You see, the point is we should be ?¢‚Ç¨?ìhome primarying?¢‚Ç¨¬ù. It is the responsibility of parents to teach their children principles of the gospel. It is not the responsibility of the Primary. The purpose of the Primary is to reaffirm the things the parents have already taught.
Sadly, too many parents in the Church loose sight of this. Too many absolve themselves of most?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùif not all?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùteaching responsibility and leave it with Primary teachers. Too many toss their children into the optional Nursery class as if it were a babysitting service, regardless of whether the child is ready or not.
I suppose, however, that if we continue brainwashing our children early with such song lines as ?¢‚Ç¨?ìBook of Mormon stories that my teacher tells to me?¢‚Ç¨¬ù and such songs as ?¢‚Ç¨?ìTeacher, Do You Love Me?¢‚Ç¨¬ù, can we expect the next generation to view Primary any differently?