Homeschool wins again

Not everyone can homeschool. Not everyone wants to homeschool. That’s perfectly fine. But everyone — at least all liberty loving conservative and libertarian folks — should celebrate that it is becoming more and more popular. According to a new report in Education News, homeschooling is growing at a rate seven times faster than public school enrollment. It still accounts for a small minority, but the minority is gaining in size, and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.

The only true way to reform government education is to starve it to death. Education, being one of the most important aspects of society, should be entirely privatized. Government education can not exist in a free country. Here’s the thing: Government education is government education. It’s education controlled by, run by, and in service to the government. It will never be anything but that and it never has been anything but that. Compulsory State-run education was DESIGNED to create a more obedient populace. The Prussians innovated the first mandatory government school system, and they did this in order to ensure a submissive and subservient class of serfs and soldiers. Every country that has followed has done so for the same reason. Every country. In fact, only a brainwashed serf would ever believe that the government has a natural right and obligation to control the passing of knowledge and information to every child for the first two decades of their lives. That’s actually a downright horrific concept when you look at it objectively. I’m always shocked by the self identified conservatives who recoil in horror at the notion of the government controlling health care, yet they will breathlessly defend the government’s right to control education.

Yesterday someone told me that homeschooling is bad because parents pass “propaganda” on to their kids. God help us, we now live in a society that considers parents — instead of politicians — to be the propagandists. Freaking insanity. I don’t know what else to call it. That said, one of the definitions of “propaganda” is “principles and doctrines propagated by an organization, institution, etc.” In that sense, yes, you’re damn right, I will be propagandizing my children. Propaganda, by this definition, is an inexorable and unavoidable part of education. So the question isn’t IF your kids will get propaganda, it’s WHO will they get it from — their family, or the State. I’ll take the family every time. But that’s just because I’m not a Socialist stooge.

The other thing about home schooling is that, by every single measurable standard, it is a far superior form of education. That’s not my opinion, that’s a fact. It also costs about 600 bucks a year for one child to receive an education at home, as opposed to approximately 100 grand a year for one kid to receive an education in a government building. The only weapon the anti-freedom, State loving, homeschool haters have left in their arsenal is some nonsense about how kids need to be “socialized.” Of course, it’s simply a laughable and plainly false assertion that public schooled kids are better adjusted and more emotionally mature than anyone. Honestly, I wouldn’t put public school students in a “socialization” contest against a group of rabid spider monkeys, much less a group of kids who spent their childhood being raised by their parents, rather than by a bureaucracy. By the way, you can’t very well scream about the “epidemic” of vicious and psychologically devastating bullying in schools, and then in the next breath tell me all about the wonderful social skills it fosters. Some will then counter that being berated, belittled, cut down, insulted and ostracized can somehow, in the long run, help a kid develop into a mature adult. This argument is not only wrong — it’s dangerously stupid.

Some will say that the public school system has failed. They are wrong. I mean, yes it has failed to educate children with truth, and it has failed to make kids into critical thinkers who hunger for knowledge, and it has failed to instill a love of learning, and it has failed to create a population of literate, articulate, well read adults, but it never set out to do those things. It set out to create a citizenry that relies on the government for everything. In that goal, they have succeeded. Oh, have they succeeded.

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5 Responses to Homeschool wins again

  1. Ann Frank says:

    Well said.

  2. Desi Chase says:

    I don’t think demonizing the school system is helping anyone. I like the idea of homeschooling and plan to do so with my kids if they fail to thrive in the public school system. I currently volunteer on a regular basis at my son’s public school and have never seen any of the sadistic agendas you named above. I also went to public school and while it’s far from perfect I don’t think it’s nearly as hellish as you describe. I usually really like your posts I just think this one could’ve been a little more well balanced. Nonetheless, I appreciate your thoughts and I’m glad you shared them. This is an issue I will definitely continue to explore.

    • Carrie says:

      Desi, I am wondering what age is your child? Usually you won’t find these things till middle school.

  3. Desi Chase says:

    Hi Carrie, my oldest is only in first grade so yes my kids are still young. Even though my kids will go to public school I still consider myself ultimately responsible to educate my kids. One of my main goals as a parent is to teach my kids to think critically about the information put in front of them. I have 4 kids and plan to homeschool them one at a time on a rotation. Since we have a large family I’d like to get some solid, consistent, one-on-one-time with each kid during their turn in the homeschool rotation. Even though my son is only 6 he is already understanding the concept of critical thinking and because my husband and I are in the class room regularly and know his teacher we have an incredible opportunity to really make an impact in our community and our son’s education. I guess my point is that I don’t think we have to pit homeschool against public if we as parents take ultimate responsibility when it comes to our children’s ability to think critically.

  4. Jen says:

    I found your posts re: homeschooling wonderful- why? It has nothing to do with religion- folks can do with that what they want. Because I live (mistakenly?) in a town that is SO PROUD of its education and no one realizes its just about the final test and the gov scores the teachers get. I homeschool, for the BETTER socialization than my kids had when schooled. I homeschool to allow my daughter to not let anyone tell her she doesn’t need to know math (like I was told,) to allow her to learn as much as she wants in a particular area without telling her that’s enough, to not assume a certain percent of kids just fail, so her dyslexia can be helped instead of having her feel stupid (& she is not dumb!) and to allow her an education that will support her in the future. I needed the boost of reinforcement after a tough day running into folks still in their pods. Sometimes its tough being Neo…. Thanks for being out there!

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