Do you intend to feed and clothe your children for all of their lives? (I’m assuming the answer is obvious.) Then are we preparing them to excel in life?
Part of living in our society involves our performance and having our knowledge measured. We take a test to qualify for a driver’s license. There are exams for vocational credentials. Most jobs involve a yearly performance evaluation, and our pay typically increases in proportion to how well we performed. The ability to study, apply what we have learned, and then be measured is an important part of adult life.
One way we can help prepare homeschooled children for this aspect of life is by giving them tests, grades, and quarterly report cards. A necessary skill in life is being able to prepare and sit for exams calmly. Can your children study for tests, handle the pressure, and do well on them?
Are they able to receive constructive personal feedback? You might consider the benefits of giving them loving, gentle feedback on how they are doing in other areas regarding character and spiritual growth, too.
Life has many tests. Evaluations and grades are good. Do we do our homeschooled children a grave disservice by not having them take tests? I believe so.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).