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FORBES: Want To Tell The State To Stick It?

Want To Tell The State To Stick It? Homeschool Your Kids
Op/Ed | 1/22/2013 @ 10:39AM | 49,489 views

The swelling legions of homeschoolers poke a subtle rebuke at America’s ever expanding nanny state. Under both parties, Washington has systematically invaded private spheres and co-opted public services historically performed by local bodies. But a spontaneous groundswell of freedom minded folks has continued America’s rich inheritance of rugged individualism.

The God-fearing, flag-waiving, gun-toting homeschool crowd embodies the American spirit of mutual self-reliance. You won’t encounter a more neighborly bunch. Their children thrive without government “help.” Their support networks blossom sans the state’s sanction. Meanwhile, taxpayers waste a fortune securing abysmal academic results. In 2012, SAT scores fell to their lowest level since tracking began. As spending soars, assessment scores plummet.

The modern homeschool movement comes largely by Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives. Schools long ago became laboratories for instilling statism and distilling politically correct groupthink. Values clarification anyone? With public education increasingly geared toward multicultural agitation against America’s godly heritage, many parents resolved to safeguard the hearts, souls and minds of their young.

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Awesome article!

Pretty much says it all.

Obedience to God is resistance to tyrants.

“If you give the bureaucrats the children,

you might as well give them everything else as well.”

I do question some of the statistics in this article - namely, re correlation vs. cause & effect. Nonetheless, for one, the public school system has it backwards: curriculum developers and teachers a) treat younger children as if miniature adults, and then b) dumb down junior high and high school. Second, teacher education these days is a farce. Third, public school education (beginning with teacher ed) is filled with not only progressive values but rife with negative proselytizing to even young children, helping to foster insecurity and cynicism (the opposite of what helps children thrive). Compared to other industrialized nations, American students are at the bottom of the barrel. The whole system is a travesty. For good reason did a panel studying the American workforce conclude it was so bad it should be dismantled and started over. http://www.skillscommission.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/T... And one other good reason to homeschool: it's the principle of the thing. (See quote.)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir