Thursday, October 18, 2012

"The professors hated them. But the kids had fun."

The professors, of course, were ultra-liberal. You know, the kind that are all into peace and justice and tolerance, and not hating anyone.

One of those tolerant liberals wrote of homeschoolers:
"The husbands and wives in these families feel themselves to be under a religious compulsion to have large families, a homebound and submissive wife and mother who is responsible for the schooling of the children, and only one breadwinner."
He says that like it's a bad thing!

Then there's this (I warn you, it's NOT satire):
Dana Goldstein, writing in Slate, urged her fellow progressives to resist the temptation to homeschool, arguing that the practice is “fundamentally illiberal” and asking incredulously: “Could such a go-it-alone ideology ever be truly progressive?” She went on to argue that the children of high-achieving parents amount to public goods because of peer effects — poor students do better when mixed with better-off peers — meaning that “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.” She does not extend that analysis to its logical conclusion: that conscientious, educated liberals should enroll their children in the very worst public schools they can find in order to maximize the public good.

Money quote: "A political class that does not trust people with a Big Gulp is not going to trust them with the minds of children." True.  Read the rest, and enjoy!  Truly brillaint. 

Homeschoolers, the last radicals  by Kevin D. Williamson at NRO

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