Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Elevating Rick Boyer
Yesterday that book that I mentioned previously came in the mail. It really grabbed me so last night I stayed up until I finished the breezy 146 pages.
As I said in that prior post, my hunch is that age-segregation represents perhaps the worst aspect of government schooling - which, given its track record is no small feat.
This book only bolstered my hypothesis.
The guy is pretty hardcore. He's a father and educator of 14 children; he runs a family business; and is a devout Christian. He's not only against the age-segregation of schooling, but also that of extracurricular activities like karate, ballet, and even Sunday school. Furthermore, he especially lambastes those homeschoolers who do everything as organized groups - instead of as families. In many ways, this is just re-creating the unreal school environment left behind. I particularly like Boyer's imagery here - he calls it *The Road Back to Egypt*.
Nor does he have anything nice to say about television. Think you can *limit* or *regulate* your child's intake of this narcotic?
Well you can't, in his eyes. The images, stories, frivolity, and trash that stream the airwaves are all poison. Good luck changing his mind - he thought it was garbage back in the days of Leave It To Beaver and I Love Lucy....and argues his case trenchantly.
Did you ever see a television character sit down with a book? Neither have I....and especially not a Bible! We get ludicrous horror movies and the most bizarre science fiction films imaginable. Yet, the image of a family grounded in Christian morality, one who looks to Scripture for everyday guidance may as well be the only untold story of an alien - even though millions worldwide, for two thousand years, have centered their lives thusly.
My kids are just about *off* the boob tube; I just wish I was man enough to remove them all - the TVs that is - from my house. Maybe next year....
I just don't see how anyone could read this, or any of his many other books, and not genuflect before this amazing man (and woman!).
What on Earth could be more joyous than having 14 productive, morally-centered children?
Who among us is going to leave a bigger legacy when they go?