“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
This verse shows that parents, not the state, are primarily responsible for the academic, moral, and spiritual education of their children. Parents can delegate that responsibility to different agencies to help them get the job done, but the ultimate responsibility for the children’s education belongs to the parents.
Deuteronomy 6 also suggests that educating our children should naturally arise out of the normal ebb and flow of a day: when we sit at home, when we lie down, when we get up, and so on. It is not formal; it is natural. Parents, in a sense, are always teaching, always modeling, and always explaining things while their children are with them at home. When the UM school partners with parents and parents supervise their children’s education at home on satellite days, the University-Model® school affirms this Biblical mandate.