Is home schooling in the US just for the conspiracy theorists and religious zealots and cult members or are there other reasons people embrace this method for educating, some might say indoctrinating their children.
The reason I ask is this piece from Right Wing Watch.
This is only the first couple of paragraphs, Gunn goes much further linking public schools to the Hitler youth movement in pre war Germany.
Homeschooling advocate Colin Gunn is unrelenting in his attacks on the public school system in his documentary, “IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in A...,” which seeks to end the teaching of evolution and eradicate the “sinful” and secular public school system that he says subjects children to the philosophies of gays, progressives, and abortion rights activists.
In an interview with Voice of Christian Youth America’s Vic Eliason on Crosstalk, Gunn asserts that even the school bus is emblematic of the United States’ “totalitarian education system.”
One of my kids went all the way through public school. The other one was homeschooled from 4th-grade on. They are both in college now. Different needs for different kids. I saw lots of religious-zealot homeschoolers. We were lucky to find a secular homeschool group to do activities with. Both my kids, now 18 and 20 turned out great if I do say so myself! :)
My wife and I homeschool our children for academic reasons. As an added bonus, our children don't carry anywhere near as much anger as Tracy and I did from school. I doubt that any of them will even bother with identifying themselves as atheist. Religion just doesn't matter to them.
I do understand that a large portion of homeschoolers do so for religious reasons. I personally believe that a parent should be be able to raise their children in any way they see fit. (even if it is damaging to that child) I would not encourage harming one's offspring. I personally think it is short-sighted and goes counter to a goal of continued genetic existence. But allowing this freedom does promote some measure of diversity which is crucial for the existence of humanity through changing environments. (nothing ever stays the same)
Terry Saxon, nice to know you are a communist.
@ Terry Saxon, lol, I homeschooled our son from 4th-grade on for academic reasons. He was NEVER taken away from his peers. Actually what's unnatural is to sit in a room everyday with all people of your same age. Do you work with ALL the people your same age? My son has and had friends homeschooled and not, his age, and not.
The religious people who try to make it so that their kids never meet with an idea that is not in accordance with their religion now, their kids are going to be messed-up and get the shock of their lives when they are adults.
I'm not gonna read the article, but wanna say that I LOVE the idea of home schooling, by a parent or grandparent, up to 6th grade...at least til3rd grade. Studies show that personalities and habits and views of life are largely set by age 7. So, I'd like to be that influence or control it. I went to both public and private schools and hard lots of disappointments, mostly from adults who weren't good role models. I saw a teache repeatedly bang a kid's head against the wall (she did this often), saw a teacher through a chalk board eraser far across the room at a kid's head, saw 7th grade girls getting their asses carressed by the perv of an art teacher...and I could go on. Kids need to feel safe and appreciated and most schools far short. If I was a parent or married someone with kids, I'd home school up to 3rd grade. The child could quickly learn far more than kids her own age. I'd try to send her/him to after-school activities with other kids...such as sports 0or martial arts and dance lessons.
My son was homeschooled from 4th grade up, and he did plenty of activities with lots of kids, etc. Our homeschool group went on trips together, etc. It's a way of life, not just for academics, but just living can be a lesson. LOTS of people hear 'homeschool' and think the kids are not socializing. Not true. Maybe in a few cases. Certainly not in our case. My son can interact well with people of all ages, not just with 18-year olds.
Thanks everyone for your insights, Colin Gunn is obviously a crazy extremist who's ability for rational thought has been hijacked by religion.
My apologies Terry! a nutjob like Gunn deserves no excuses.
ever since... nixon I tell u what~
At one time I lived with a married couple that had five children.
The school district they were enrolled in, in violation of law, put mandatory Bible study in play. Their parents immediately withdrew them from the school; they did not have the money to bring a lawsuit.
It was over two years before anyone had the cajones and money to challenge the school district, at which time they withdrew the Bible study class.
In that two years, I helped them homeschool their children. The eldest went on to the state university with a fully-funded scholarship. Homeschooling was a defense against subversion of the education system and Constitution by the tyrannical Christian majority.
That's so cool you helped them homeschool their kids James Kz! That's great they didn't put up with their school district's crap!