Wednesday, November 22, 2006

An Army of Homeschoolers

Did you enlist in the "Army of Homeschooling" when you began to educate your children? I know we didn't.

But I am reading more and more articles that seem to think that homeschooling is this well organized "army" with a secret desire to overthrow the whole US government. (I think they must have us confused with officials at the Department of Education.) Here's the latest example, Home-schooling special: Preach your children well.
The home-school movement is often described as a grassroots effort, scattered among a dispersed group of quiet, rural families. The reality is that the movement is well organised from the top down, led by groups with strong political ties. Taken together, organisations like the Discovery Institute, Exodus Mandate, HSLDA and Patrick Henry College are working to sculpt a new generation of students armed with the skills and the motivation to fight for their religious beliefs and their version of science.
Their real fear seems to be that homeschoolers will think incorrectly about God, and specifically Creation science.

These students are part of a large, well-organised movement that is empowering parents to teach their children creationist biology and other unorthodox versions of science at home, all centred on the idea that God created Earth in six days about 6000 years ago.

This lack of regulation may be skewing science education in US homes, says Alters. "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?"

The reality is, we are not as organized as this writer would like to believe. I don't have any affiliation with any of the groups listed in the article and never have. However, she is right about what many (not all) homeschoolers think and teach their children, but fighting for what we believe certainly isn't unique to homeschoolers. There are many citizens of this great land who are willing to fight for what they believe and they fight at the taxpayer's expense! But isn't intellectual freedom one of the hallmarks of a democracy? Aren't we allowed to think and believe what we want even if others believe it is wrong? Since when did conformity of thought on the earth's origin become a requirement for citizenship in the United States?

The idea that some see the "truth" better than parents and therefore must regulate homeschooling to ensure that our children are taught these "state approved" ideas is a denial of the intellectual freedom to think what we would like to think without interfence by the government. And a growing number of parents successfully do just that and teach those ideals to their children. Of course, this is going to impact our culture. But we don't set out to do that. We just want our children to know the Truth and live a life pleasing to the Lord. If that changes the culture, so be it. But to be honest, there is Someone bigger than Michael Farris commanding that army.

Wayne offers some excellent commentary as well.

(HT: Gary)

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