Kirk Cameron on New Doc: ‘We, As Parents, Need To Take Back The Leadership Role’

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Kirk Cameron on New Doc: ‘We, As Parents, Need To Take Back The Leadership Role’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Kirk Cameron encouraged parents to take their children’s education into their own hands with the release of new documentary THE HOMESCHOOL AWAKENING.

“It’s time for a Homeschool Awakening!” Cameron captioned an Instagram post of the movie’s trailer. “It’s upon us parents to cultivate the hearts, souls, and minds of our children. Today’s public school systems are not working for us, they are actively working against us. Public education has become Public Enemy No. 1.”

The trailer features many different families who have homeschooled their children and offer their reasons for the decision to homeschool. 

While many fans are excited to see Cameron’s new movie, other people were not pleased with the documentary, and Cameron addressed them in a separate post. 

“I ruffled a few feathers yesterday when I said it’s up to us as parents to cultivate the hearts and minds and souls of our children toward what is good, toward what is right, beautiful, and true,” he wrote. “That applies to loving God as well as loving arts and academics.

“I explained that we, as parents, need to take back the leadership role in the education of our children so we can better prepare them for their future. Millions of parents and students agree,” Cameron continued. “As The Blaze noted in this article, homeschooling in the U.S. soared during the pandemic (up 63% in 18 states!!) and after public schools opened back up, many of the families never went back. Eyes are opening and hearts are stirring…the awakening is here.”

This is not the first time Cameron has boldly talked about the importance of homeschooling.

As Movieguide® previously reported:

Since sharing an on-screen kiss, Cameron and his wife, Chelsea Noble, have been married 30 years and share six children.

Cameron said that he and Noble immediately thought about adoption as an option for growing their family.

“Chelsea and I waited six years before we started having kids and we got talking about how it what that might look like. Chelsea and I started talking about the subject of adoption. And this came up pretty naturally because my wife Chelsea is an adopted child,” he explained. “And so this was something that was always a part of her life and something that she’s always wanted to do.

“I said, ‘Well, why don’t we start a family through adoption? I mean, we want to be parents. There are kids out there who need a home. Let’s go,’” he added. “I don’t know, within maybe six months to a year, we adopted our first child and we got a little baby boy placed in our hands. And I became a dad and she became a mom.”

Cameron and Noble adopted three more children before Noble announced that she was pregnant.

“We went up to half a dozen kids, but it’s just been awesome. We’ve had this full house of kids. It’s been great,” he said. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

With Olivia, James, Isabella, Luke, Ahna, and Jack, Cameron had to make another significant decision: How to educate them?

“Why would I send my kids to a discipleship camp for seven or eight hours a day to teach them to hate everything that we have taught them?” Cameron said of public school. “A friend of mine once said If you send your children to Caesar to be educated don’t be surprised if they come back Romans.”

“I had some friends who begin to tell me the benefits of homeschooling,” he continues. “I was thinking, ‘Homeschooling? Are you kidding me? Like who homeschools their kids?’”

However, Noble and Cameron agreed that the alternative was a lot worse, and they jumped into the unknown world of home education.

“We took the plunge and we pulled all of our kids out of school, traditional school and we decided to home educate them,” he said. “It was one of the very best things we ever did for our family. Not only do I think they got an excellent education, but during those years we were able to spend time with our kids that you can never get back.

“Also, to be able to socialize them in ways that are actually a lot healthier than just being actually quarantined with 300 other, you know, hormone-driven 13-year-olds with smartphones in their pocket. That’s not really great socialization. What’s really great socialization is being around old people, young people, middle-aged people, boys, girls, people out in the real world and experiencing the world that they’re going to walk into so that they get a sense of who they want to be and what they want to do.”

THE HOMESCHOOL AWAKENING will be available to watch in theaters June 13 and 14.