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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Re: Home Skoold!

Steve sez: " One day, Americans will wake up to the farce that is the government-run schools. They will realize that so-called public education has nothing to do with education and everything to do with indoctrination. This article has many talking points to that effect.

You’re right about the talking points part.

So, what’s the difference between public education indoctrination and home education indoctrination? Well, I certainly don't claim to be an expert on home schooling, but at least with public education, the doctrine in question comes from more than one lone source. A good parent isn’t necessarily a good teacher of everything a child needs to learn. I don't know what’s so hard to figure out about that.

Personally, I feel that I've benefited by public education; while I respect the intelligence of my parents — and feel that my mom is a skilled, effective teacher — I just don’t think that one source is as good as multiple sources of information, influence, and perspective. Because of the public school system, I haven’t simply been influenced by like-minded people, I have been exposed to a wide variety of folks — many that I would've probably never chosen to hang out with in the first place, but I’m sure glad I did.

It's depressing to think about what my life would be like if all the great teachers I've had were never a part of it. I’m sure that many here on the BP feel the same way.

The paranoid propaganda piece that Steve linked to sez:

"Their [the evil public school system's] main goal is not really to educate people—they want to create a future society of passive, dependent, obedient citizens. They take a malleable young mind and shape it to be intellectually reliant, not on itself, but on an authority. The teacher, the majority, or the government proclaims the truth; individuals merely "accept" it."

Hmm. That’s an exciting conspiracy theory, like The Wall or something. Scary! However, I seem to remember a wide variety of teachers — conservatives, liberals, and moderates — all sharing information that most everyone can agree is based on fact using their own unique perspective.

And I guess I've been completely snowed, but I also wasn't aware that I have been molded into a passive, obedient, dependent, and intellectually reliant citizen. Matter of fact, I've been questioning the 'truth' that our government has been proclaiming for quite a while now — not a lot of acceptance there. But I guess I wouldn't know if I am an intellectually reliant citizen, would I? Ooh, really, really scary!

Wonder what the next generation of Americans would be like if suddenly all kids were home schooled? Further, I wonder how many parents wouldn’t be parents today if they knew they also had to be full-time teachers?

Maybe opponents to public education just want to educate those that can afford to send their kids to private school, keeping a fine line between the haves and the have-nots, the educated and the uneducated? Is that a 'conservative' ideal? I didn't think so, but it's certainly an ideal that would maintain the status quo, that's for sure.


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