April 21, 2020

The current stay-at-home orders have left many parents struggling to learn how to homeschool their kids. But what they’re actually doing is known as “crisis schooling,” not homeschooling. Most real homeschoolers put in a great deal of time, research and effort to plan their schooling programs, select curricula, etc. They didn’t just have it suddenly thrust upon them. That’s why, home school students typically rank well above public school students in most metrics, from college admissions and SATs to social development to community service, and score up to 30 points higher on standardized tests.

I suspect that having so many kids at home, where parents are being forced to school them (and they’re not getting their leftist/anti-American/eco-warrior indoctrination) has leftist “educators” panicked that parents might decide they prefer homeschooling. And so we get garbage like this, from Harvard Magazine.

It’s about a Harvard law professor who’s demanding a ban on homeschooling. She calls for a "radical transformation in the homeschooling regime and a related rethinking of child rights" that "recommends a presumptive ban on homeschooling, with the burden on parents to demonstrate justification for permission to homeschool."

She claims that homeschooling allows parents to spend too much time with their own children (parents can’t be trusted not to abuse their kids), and that some parents have “extreme religious” beliefs that they might pass on to children instead of “ideas and values central to our democracy” (you know what that means, I assume). She says that many homeschoolers "promote racial segregation and female subservience." I know a lot of homeschooling parents and kids and have never seen that. I also don’t know how that she'd explain all the female students and kids of all races who’ve excelled at academics because they’re home schooled, but she’s a Harvard professor, so she’s obviously better than the rest of us.

Or maybe not. Maybe she’d be a bit smarter, a bit less brainwashed by the leftist education machine, and a bit less prejudiced toward people she knows nothing about if her own parents had homeschooled her. In fact, if all the people who run Harvard had been “indoctrinated” with Christian values by their parents, maybe we wouldn’t have stories like this.

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  • Sandra Wilkins

    04/22/2020 02:05 AM

    I wish all parent's could home school.

  • Tim Simpkin

    04/21/2020 06:01 PM

    I live in New Zealand, and have found the same forces at play. I want to point out that the Harvard Professor isn't dumb, where did "Bernie's Bros" come from, not from home schooling I would think. My wife and I home schooled some of our children for a while, when we had problems with teaching quality at the public schools. We then moved to a Christian based school, which has been equally successful. I note with some amusement the panicking of the public school teachers and principals about remote teaching. Our children have always done this getting the advantage of specialist teachers in all their subjects. I always thought this was one of the main reasons for their excellent marks, but maybe I'm wrong.
    By the way I check the news all over the world because the media in our country is owned by the same people as some of your lefty news outlets. I also love your columns and videos giving your views and opinions of current events.

  • Nancy Laird

    04/21/2020 05:28 PM

    What gives this woman the right to devide what is good for other peoples children. The state has invaded the home and taken over the rights of parents to devide what is best this woman is patently dangerous
    Mot to mention that she is a comrade in the communist party.

  • Cindy hughes

    04/21/2020 03:03 PM

    Remember Hillary’s theory that “it takes a village”? NO! It takes a family....parents, grandparents, aunts/ Schools educate, churches provide moral guidance, those in the village provide good and bad examples for our children. It is the family’s job to protect their children from Hillary’s village.

  • David Bauer

    04/21/2020 01:58 PM

    The public schools in America have been indoctrinating our children to be atheists, socialists and anti-Christian bigots. Hence, they fear home schooling.

  • Kristin Mallory

    04/21/2020 01:12 PM

    Excellent points!