The Writing is on the Wall
Friday, 14 March 2008 14:58
By: Mimi Rothschild
Recently, the California judicial system has directed a two-part assault on Southern Baptist homeschoolers throughout their state. First, they have banned the words “mom and dad” and “husband and wife” from their schools – please read www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58130 – and are forcing teachers to promote a more alternative sexual lifestyle.
The second part of the assault came last week when three judges essentially banned homeschooling, deeming 166,000 children truants – www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25469 – and their parents as criminals.
This absurd ruling needs to be reversed. Please visit: www.ReverseTheRuling.com, and learn more information about this alarming issue, and have your voice heard by signing the petition. Our goal is to gain enough signatures to present this petition to the courts and let them know that America is watching. And we know what happens in California can happen anywhere in the United States!
More so, we know that this ruling has long-term ramifications of indoctrination on our children, diminishing the Christian Values that we’ve worked so diligently to instill in them. This is not a one-off case that only pertains to an isolated incident! No, it is a Ruling that eliminates a freedom that dates back to our forefathers.
Stay informed. Spread the word. Sign the petition.
Children of the State
Thursday, 1 February 2007 13:26
By Mimi Rothschild
Religion and Ethics has a transcript of a PBS special on home education featuring advocates such as Bruce Shortt and Voddie Baucham.
The show highlights opinions from both sides of the playing field. A professor declares that homeschool students are not well socialized. Another claims that the government has an interest in ensuring that homeschool children are exposed to beliefs outside of what their parents believe.
I don’t think that most homeschooled children run the risk of not being exposed enough to ideas that oppose their parents’ worldview. Every single media outlet is constantly sending messages to our children that conflict with a Christian worldview.
What Professor Reich is essentially saying is that its the government’s responsibility to make sure your children believe what’s right and what’s wrong on their terms. There is a “You birth the babies, we’ll take over from here” mentality.
He claims that he does not want to see homeschooling banned. Yet he argues that parents should be forced to expose their children to ideas that are antithetical to their own. Although I think it’s healthy for children to understand what the world thinks, I think that’s a decision that’s up to the parent. Yes, there will be kids lost in the system. There will be occasional abuses. Some kids will graduate from their homeschool program with poor social skills. However, that’s no reason to throw so much red tape down on homeschooling that it hampers all of the “good” homeschool parents.
Bruce says it best:
SHORTT: I think it’s ironic that someone with an obviously authoritarian agenda is attempting to lecture others, and unfortunately education seems to be one of those areas in which the failures astonishingly insist upon trying to regulate the successful.
World Magazine on PBS Special about Homeschooling
Friday, 19 January 2007 11:07
By Mimi Rothschild
World Magazine’s Joel Belz takes the public school to task in a recent editorial. He is specifically covering a recent PBS special about homeschooling, which in his eyes, was relatively fair and balanced. Giving the last word to Dr. Bruce Shortt, the documentary allowed him to get this insightful thought in.
“Reich’s attack is fundamentally ideological. He is clearly a collectivist who, like his fellow travelers in the universities, is seeking complete cultural hegemony. What he is really objecting to is not the ineffectiveness of homeschooling, but its effectiveness. A homeschooled child is effectively a child outside the grasp of the state and, therefore, outside the grasp of those who control the state’s educational institutions. He fears that these children will have a worldview of which he disapproves and that he finds threatening. That is what drives Reich. His real concern is not ‘ethical autonomy’ or the welfare of children in any conventional sense; it is ideological control. Frankly, his ostensible arguments are so weak that it is difficult to view them as any other than a smokescreen for his ideological and cultural agenda.”
Right on! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The public school is terrified of homeschoolers. They are terrified of their academic excellence, their intellectual maturity, and ultimately, they are terrified of the ideological opposition they represent. Because of this fear, they will do anything they can to make it difficult for homeschoolers to do what they do.
To say that homeschooling keeps children from learning independently is a joke. The public school has been specifically designed to spread a specific worldview among youth. Anyone who thinks outside this box is a threat to the structure.
Homeschoolers are Scaring the Establishment Pt. 3
Tuesday, 14 November 2006 19:03
By Mimi Rothschild
I’d like to post yet once more regarding Last week’s New Scientist fascinating article regarding the threat that homeschoolers pose to the secular science establishment.
The final part of the article deals with homeschoolers’ newfound ability to effect social change through political means. Consider the following statistics:
“By 2004, PHC students held seven out of 100 internships in the White House, a number even more striking when one considers that only 240 students were enrolled in the entire college. Last year, two PHC graduates worked in the White House, six worked for members of Congress and eight for federal agencies, including two for the FBI.”
These incredible numbers are no doubt a strong testament to the worth of homeschooling. The statistics continue:
“For the past two years, the college has won the moot court national championship, in which students prepare legal briefs and deliver oral arguments to a hypothetical court, and has twice defeated the UK’s University of Oxford in debating competitions.”
Again, wow. Homeschoolers are often pegged as a bunch of socially-inept weirdos. And yet, they were able to trump one of the most prestigious colleges in the entire world twice. This from a tiny little Christian college, only a few years old.
Homeschoolers are Scaring the Establishment Pt. 2
Monday, 13 November 2006 19:03
By Mimi Rothschild
Last week’s post from Pharyngula linked to a New Scientist article about Patrick Henry College, the HSLDA-led college in Virginia. Notoriously supportive of homeschooling, PHC and its students are a great example of how homeschoolers can enact widespread social change. Although quite a bit less biased than the aforementioned blog post, the article still portrays the ideals of evangelical homeschoolers as a threat to the scientific establishment, which isn’t necessarily untrue.
“New Scientist investigated how home-schooling, with its considerable legal support, is quietly transforming the landscape of science education in the US, subverting and possibly threatening the public school system that has fought hard against imposing a Christian viewpoint on science teaching.”
It appears that secular science is beginning to shift its stance on homeschooling from worthy of a good jab and a laugh to something that needs to be watched closely or even feared. New Scientist goes on to explain how the progressive liberal roots of homeschooling in the 1960′s gradually shifted into the evangelical Christian realm. This change can be correlated to an inverse shift in academia away from traditional Christian values.
The article continues with an analysis of Christian science curricula:
“One such textbook is Science of the Physical Creation from A Beka Book, a leading retailer of home-schooling books based in Pensacola, Florida. It argues: “Evolution is a concept that attempts to free man from God and his responsibility to his Creator.” Alters worries for the students who learn from such texts (see “Book learnin’”). “If they go on to secular university, home-schoolers are in for some major surprises when they get into an introductory biology class.”
Does this scientist honestly believe that being exposed to secular science will be a rude awakening for homeschool graduates? What an arrogant statement. Our culture is saturated with their version of scientific truth. Most homeschoolers that I’ve come across can explain the fundamentals of both secular science and intelligent design theories with equal authority on both, often putting public school students to shame. To think that homeschoolers are entirely unaware of what academia believes is pure naivety.
“Poll after poll shows that approximately one out of two people in America reject evolution. They think the scientists, teachers and textbooks are wrong,” he says. An even higher proportion of home-schooling parents may reject evolution, Alters thinks. “And they’re going to be teaching science?”
Wow. Think about that statement. If 50% of our country rejects evolution, wouldn’t it make sense that about 50% of our nation’s science curriculum should be devoted to alternatives to evolution? He’s basically calling out half of our country and labeling them “the great unwashed.” It’s astounding that he even admits this.
Homeschoolers are Scaring the Establishment Pt. 1
Friday, 10 November 2006 11:18
By Mimi Rothschild
A friend pointed out today’s post at Pharyngula to me this morning. Man, it really burns me when atheists like this professor try position themselves as open-minded.
His solution to the evangelical “problem” is to ban homeschooling. Sounds awfully fascist to me. And yet, isn’t that the term so often thrown at right-wingers?
Here’s what it boils down to, folks. Today’s homeschoolers have got the left terrified. They can’t stand the audacity of the church to provide an alternative to children. Imagine, more than one set of ideas or values being taught in a country! This guy finds it positively distasteful and a little bit scary.
“Their ‘advantage’ and ‘success’ is completely artificial, the product of years of gutting standards so they can cultivate these little, self-satisfied, ignorant homeschooled kids in a hothouse of ignorance…and then they need to set up special colleges to maintain the illusion that they know anything.”
Try standardized test scores that would make Stephen Hawking blush! In all seriousness, homeschoolers have consistently proven over the years to perform 15-20% better on SAT’s and ACT’s.
“At my department, we just got the requirements for state licensure of education students, and we’ve been given the task of making sure our course content delivers what future teachers will need. It’s not trivial getting licensed to teach; but any idiot can declare themselves to be a teacher for purposes of homeschooling, and apparently many idiots do.”
If your teachers are so special, explain the perpetually flagging test scores, and the inability of the public school system to keep up with homeschooling teachers who have no teaching education? These are just regular moms and dads who are putting your certified teachers to shame!
“I’m serious. We need to stop this. I think any politician who professed to be concerned about educating the children of this country, by supporting the NCLB, for instance, ought to be required to support increasing the qualifications and standards for homeschooling…and if a district doesn’t have the resources to monitor the competence of homeschool teachers, they ought to simply refuse to allow the kids to be pulled out of school.”
What Meyers fails to realize is that the academic standards of homeschooling are too high, not too low. Banning homeschooling would be an incredible infringement of personal freedoms. Giving parents an alternative to the moral decay and academic rot of the public school system has been a hard-won battle. It is a progressive move towards a freer society.