Saturday, March 11, 2006

Homeschooling Sweet Homeschooling

Homeschooling Sweet Homeschooling is an excellent essay written by a college student at Oregon State University for Townhall. The author, Nathanael Blake, explains why he is determined more than ever to homeschool when he has children.

Why do we even assume that modern schools are a healthy way to socialize a child and set a standard homeschooling must match? The socialization of our school system is profoundly anti-social. Edmund Burke wrote of civilization as a partnership "between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born." In the schools, society doesn't even consist of the various generations of the living.

The standard (though rarely articulated) definition of successful socialization is to "fit in" with a lot of immature little savages raised by television, video games, and the
internet. Spending at least 35 hours a week, nine months of the year, with 20-30 kids of one's own age (with a harried adult supervising) is the antithesis of what is needed in order to learn how to function in society.

His words provide a ray of hope and common sense from the next generation. Read the comments too, especially this one from a high school teacher. He really tells it like it is. (Thanks CJ for the tip.)

Speaking of teachers,, Stop the ACLU informs us that Jay Bennish gets to keep his job even after his leftist tirade in the classroom. Proving once again that from the state's perspective education and indoctrination are the same thing.

But that may be true only if you're left of center. It'll be interesting to see what happens to this teacher in Miami. She didn't compare Bush to Hitler. Instead, she dared to share her opinion on homosexuality. Does the same right to free speech extend to her? We'll have to wait and see. (HT: Joanne Jacobs)

But let's not end this post on a sour note. Here's a video put together by Hannah at Beauty from the Heart. My son wrote the music and played the piano. Very inspirational!

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