Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Homeschooling (an opposing view)

Here is an interesting article written by a journalist in the Holland Sentinal. Ms. Boyce is obviously no fan of homeschooling and thinks homeschoolers need a history lesson. She writes,

After the Revolution, many Americans realized that separate private and religious schools could not provide the equality, unity, and freedom necessary for a democracy. Statewide requirements for attendance, study and taxation to support public schools were set up. To preserve religious freedom for all, states did not allow specific religious instruction in the public, tax-supported schools.

Apparently Ms. Boyce has never heard of Fisher Aimes who stated in Pladium Magazine in 1801,

"We have trouble in the classrooms, we are putting in new text books. Nothing wrong with new books but we are spending more time on them than the Bible; it is drifting to the back of the classroom. We cannot tolerate this in American education. The Bible's morals are pure, its examples are captivating and noble."

Who was Fisher Aimes? None other than the author of the First Ammendment.

Ms. Boyce cites examples where homeschooled children have been abused and a columnist or teacher was the only option available to assist as verification that children need to be in school. But there are numerous examples where the teacher is not the savior but the perpetrator.
Here is one example. Using specific situations to support an argument is not the best method when one is selective in the choices.

Ms. Boyce then concludes,

All children deserve an opportunity to prepare for a bright future in this ever-changing world, in a safe environment with their own peers. Yes, parents must remain involved, but children belong in school.

She offers no supporting argument for why she believes that all children belong in school. Nor does she examine the natural right of the parent which the Michigan Supreme Court found to justify its decisions in May, 1993, in a series of cases [Clonlara, DeJonge and Bennett]. Afterward the legislature codified that right in MCL 380.10.

It is the natural, fundamental right of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching, and education of their children.
A complete briefing on Michigan law can be found here and here.

Apparently, Ms. Boyce needs a refresher on modern history and early American history. As a homeschooling mother I would be glad to provide a remedial course.

Just out of curiosity where was Ms. Boyce educated anyway?



John said...

Yes Spunky,

There are alot of people who forget history on purpose... because it shows their own fallacy. Public school teacher mills turn out individuals bent on destroying the independant mind (check out http://truelifecenters.org/v-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=3). This article shows just how bent they are on stifling independant (aka conservative thought). It is a shame that there are two standards... anything Christian or conservative is "bad?" and liberalism is good?.

JSteventT (homeschool father of 8)
my blog is http://home-school-textbook.com/wp

Minuteman said...

Wow. I just read the article by Margaret Boyce. She is smoking crack. Where did she get her facts? I think Horace Mann was the first to set up state educationin Massachusetts. Wasn't that in 1830? If I remember correctly, many of the Founding Fathers abhorred the state educating children.