Sunday, February 19, 2012

Homeschooling - The BIGGEST Threat To Socialism

From that illiberal publication Slate!

Click the link and read the entire Moronic article.

My favorite part was this:

Nor can we allow homeschoolers to believe their choice impacts only their own offspring. Although the national school-reform debate is fixated on standardized testing and “teacher quality”—indeed, the uptick in secular homeschooling may be, in part, a backlash against this narrow education agenda—a growing body of research suggests “peer effects” have a large impact on student achievement. Low-income kids earn higher test scores when they attend school alongside middle-class kids, while the test scores of privileged children are impervious to the influence of less-privileged peers. So when college-educated parents pull their kids out of public schools, whether for private school or homeschooling, they make it harder for less-advantaged children to thrive.
Allow me to translate...

All y'all middle and upper class majorities need to leave your children in those horrible public schools....FOR THE GREATER GOOD! Sacrifice thy own for the sake of Hillary Clinton's *Village*!

What's funny, to me anyway, is how many *secular* homeschoolers will be shocked by this article. Of course most will ignore/dismiss it....but at least a bunch will become annoyed at the aspersion of being *anti-liberal*, *anti-progressive*, or whatever.

The fact remains that educating your own children is the ULTIMATE act of anti-socialism a family can make in 2012 America.

I could even go so far as to turn this around and say....that homeschooling your own kids and not supporting libertarians is a more pronounced demonstration of hypocrisy.

But that would be a little harsh.  I'm pro-anyone who teaches their own despite their false idols, ignorance, misconceptions, latent bigotries,...etc.  After all, some of my best friends (and relatives) are communists!

1 comment:

Anne Galivan said...

Calling me a "hypocrite" is certainly more than a "little" harsh.

But what I loved as I quickly surveyed this article is that they call Rick Santorum's and Michelle Bachmann's "version" of homeschooling religious fundamentalism. They obviously don't even understand the terms they are themselves using! (And for the record, I didn't know Bachmann homeschooled...I'll have to check that but if she did - touché.)

Rick Santorum is Catholic and therefore is not a "fundamentalist." I know of what I speak. I was raised Catholic and have known many true fundamentalists (the kind that don't allow women to wear pants...)

People seriously need to understand terms if they are going to write in a way that doesn't make them come off sounding stupid...but then the people reading (and cheering) that article are clueless in any case. Just sheep.