Here’s a sadly ironic headline – Educating Our Children: The Evolution of Home Schooling. It’s my opinion that home schooling exists predominantly so that religious people can shield their children from anything which might threaten their machinations to religiously indoctrinate their children (worth a read – The 3 “I”s). Keep them ignorant of everything but religion, and they’ll be just fine. That’s the sad part, the ironic part is that perhaps the number one thing NOT on the home schooling agenda is teaching evolution, accept for all the bullshit which these people believe is evidence against it. Some of you are going to say that not all home schooling is like that, but let’s look at the opening quote from a mother home schooling her kids:
“We can teach our religious values to our children freely,” says Gebhardt. “We can teach anything that we want.”
“Anything that we want” she said. Yes, that’s what education is all about, teaching kids anything you want.
Another amazing thing about this article is the only worry it finds worth considering is the potential lack of social or coping skills the children will have. That’s the least of their worries. They’re going to be ignorant little shits, like their parents, who’ll no doubt go on to create more ignorant little shits, home schooling them, and so on, and so on. Look, I understand that there are some crappy, underfunded public schools in this country and in such cases home schooling may be an unfortunate necessity, but the religious are taking advantage of this to fill their children’s heads with anything they want. They’re using an accepted alternative for childhood education to effectively block them from getting an education.
“The parent, because she knows the kids, she knows how they learn,” Meghan Gebhardt said. “She can shape the way she teaches so they can learn better.”
That’s complete bullshit. I don’t care how well you know, or think you know your kids, you don’t know how to diagnose learning disabilities or how to treat them. You don’t know how to recognize things like dyslexia or vision disorders. There are a host of things the average person simply is not trained in which teachers and other staff in public education are. Knowing the personal quirks of your precious little snowflake simply isn’t enough to make you qualified to satisfactorily educate them. Teaching children must be the toughest task of all. I teach, for all intents and purposes, adults. Furthermore, I teach those who want to learn what I’m teaching. I would never presume to think I could teach EVERYTHING, teach it to those who have little to no interest in what I’m teaching, or do so with children. It’s an incredible arrogance to presume as much, and I’ll say incredibly selfish as well, placing one’s ego before the best interests of their children. But of course, the religious believe keeping their children isolated and ignorant is in their best interests.
Btw, no surprise, I guess, that this comes from Fox News.