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Elites go to war on homeschooling
— just when everyone’s doing it

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 4/24/2020 4:35:21 AM

We’re all homeschoolers now. Schools have closed for more than 55 million students nationwide, and at least 34 states have shuttered schools for the rest of the academic year. Just in time, our media and academic elites are coming out swinging against homeschooling. The Washington Post and ­Salon have raised questions about the practice lately. More alarming, Harvard Magazine this week unleashed a thoroughly unfounded attack on homeschooling, drawing on the work of Harvard University law professor Elizabeth Bartholet.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: TruthFetish 4/24/2020 5:26:54 AM (No. 389598)
It boggles my mind that Harvard would lend its brand name to Bartholet's ugly, error-ridden rant. We know they're 99% commies. But we're used to them polishing their turds better before putting them on display.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici 4/24/2020 5:50:59 AM (No. 389609)
A woman I know who never would have considered home schooling has been shocked at how little her children know during this period where she felt it necessary to provide some additional schooling. Further, she is not an exceptionally knowledgeable person herself. There are many parents discovering the same thing. A large number of them will seriously consider home schooling their children when this is over. The elites want to get in front of this before they lose their ability to thoroughly indoctrinate the next generation.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jeninmo 4/24/2020 6:51:11 AM (No. 389648)
My grandchildren have been home schooled their whole lives. They have had loads of "social" opportunities, as the public school system is required to include them in various activities (sports, etc.). There are tons of organized groups where the home schooled meet at least once a week with other home schooled for "classes" in their age group for tutoring and teaching. My grandchildren learned Latin over several years, I would put their knowledge of history up against ANY public educated student.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 4/24/2020 7:19:07 AM (No. 389672)
Harvard doesn't want the authoritarian parents to influence the next generation, because they fear they could lose their shot at indoctrination of the next generation.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: GO3 4/24/2020 7:42:49 AM (No. 389695)
The public school system fails to acknowledge one simple fact: The public schools are not responsible for kids' education, the parents are. The parents have different mechanisms open to them, public, private, home school, neighborhood school, etc. The problem is some parents don't know the subjects, don't want to the subjects to be taught, and view the school as a babysitting service and free cafeteria. These same people will pick up the meals, but damned if they'll pick up assignments or help with online instruction, or know how to do it in the first place. Speaking of online instruction, the establishment needs to stop this "today's kids are so attuned to modern technology" crap. Yeah, they are attuned to Fakebook, Call of Duty, Snapchat, etc. Foisting computers on these types of kids who are wedded to their phones will ultimately mean a brisk business for the pawn shops in a few weeks. I'm all for home schooling, but as I've said before the truancy laws need to be revoked, property taxes refunded and parents taking charge.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: jacksin5 4/24/2020 7:52:54 AM (No. 389706)
Harvard, like many other Universities, is making incoming students take remedial courses in basics like the 3 "R"s. The students ignorance of a basic education means more money for the colleges, charging newbies for classes to enable them to even understand a college curriculum.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: GO3 4/24/2020 7:57:59 AM (No. 389712)
Yup, #6. I found that the remedial bandwagon was going on in the early 80s. It was the only way they could promote the everybody can go to college schtick. It cost parents thousands of dollars and two years of their kids time and frustration to realize they should have gone in another direction. It was criminal and immoral.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MickTurn 4/24/2020 8:00:13 AM (No. 389715)
Yea, the elites are freaking out that students ARE NOT being indoctrinated into Communism. Get a clue folks, that is all they care about!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: janjan 4/24/2020 8:25:58 AM (No. 389745)
#8 nailed it. This has nothing to do with quality of education. If it did, Ms. Bartholet would have written a different article. This is about the smug elitism of our academic squad who care far more about ideology than they do knowledge.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: udanja99 4/24/2020 9:18:34 AM (No. 389805)
I’m with #7 about this going back to the 80’s. My husband taught an evening history course at a nearby college in 1987 and he brought home his class’s term papers for me to read. I was stunned - most of them read as if they’d been written by third graders. I kept asking him how those kids were ever accepted to any college. It was my first encounter with what “college education” had become.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: HotRod 4/24/2020 9:22:17 AM (No. 389810)
It's not just in schools, where it is more visible, but everywhere among the progressive left there exists the idea that parents should not be decision makers for their children. The progressive left believes that bureaucrats and educators know better, and do not want children exposed to most of the conservative values. It is the embodiment of the state vs the citizen. Totalitarian governments exist only as long as the population is cowed and powerless.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: franq 4/24/2020 9:31:37 AM (No. 389819)
No question, #11. The left wants to usurp parent's rights as soon as the child is a toddler. Evil, evil, evil.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Strike3 4/24/2020 9:58:20 AM (No. 389858)
The really sad part is that students take their poor public educations into college and the schools find it necessary to re-teach all of the basics that had supposedly been learned in high school. I took a few college classes in business somewhere around the age of forty and the students sitting around me were unbelievably terrible. I also took an English class to refresh my writing skills and the professor had me reading my essays up front as something the kids should try to emulate. It's not a stretch to say that most of them were at the Dick and Jane level in reading and writing, especially the inner city types who were there on a free ride to play basketball. The criticism of home schooling stems from the democrats' terror of losing this control of our children and from the teachers' unions losing their power. They know that public school is a failure and totally ignore it.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: stablemoney 4/24/2020 10:04:15 AM (No. 389863)
There is no schooling at school. It is indoctrination by the left. I am revising my position on burning textbooks, after looking at some of the tripe written in them.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Chuzzles 4/24/2020 10:19:22 AM (No. 389895)
If you don't like homeschooling, you should maybe actually teach kids instead of brainwashing them with noxious leftist agitprop when you have them in your classrooms? You scaredy cats shut down the schools, and you expect those kids to just sit and do nothing? I am actually quite pleased by this one situation, for it just might mean that a whole crop of parents are finding out that homeschooling is the way to go, and their kids are actually getting educated instead of indoctrinated. Ignorant Leftists trying to have it both ways wind up with a serious load of egg wash all over their faces sometimes. One thing I want to point out is that there are a number of homeschooling support websites that can provide much information on how to obtain textbooks for teaching your kids at home if you should so choose to continue to do so. These textbooks and guides are pretty much the same levels for teaching that are found in the public schools, and in most cases even higher standards. I would say that the old excuse of 'parents don't know all the subjects' no longer flies, because to the dismay of most of us who are parents, teachers do not always know the subjects either. They follow a higher agenda, and they don't need to know the subject. Just how to indoctrinate.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: marbles 4/24/2020 10:28:22 AM (No. 389907)
The left does not teach, it propagandizes, brainwashes The left doesnt want children to learn critical thinking.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: weejun 4/24/2020 10:53:05 AM (No. 389944)
At the risk of stating the obvious, what the Sam Hill does a law professor know about K-12 education?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: MDConservative 4/24/2020 10:59:25 AM (No. 389953)
It's all about teachers unions...it always is when discussing public schools.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: LadyHen 4/24/2020 11:42:08 AM (No. 390014)
On their worst day a good parent cares more about the education of their child than the best teacher in America. Having homeschooled one child now from K-12 who is graduating this year, I have seen an amazing evolution in the very dynamic home education movement. It is amazingly diverse and the energy of the parents is quite inspiring. I hope in all this regardless of education choices parents will get more involved in their children's education and, more importantly, their lives. Raising good, healthy adults is God's work and we need to take it far more seriously than we do.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Jebediah 4/24/2020 12:03:33 PM (No. 390033)
What is most troubling about these comments by a Harvard LAW Professor is not so much what she says (we have come to expect the worst from these elites of late) but the fact that she has perfect confidence that her peers will agree with it!!!!!!
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Reply 21 - Posted by: edgar 4/24/2020 12:56:27 PM (No. 390089)
My wife is a public school teacher. What I am witnessing with her working from home "during these uncertain times" is the public school's mission statement, "LOWER THE BAR!"
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Impacted Wisdom Truth 4/24/2020 1:03:04 PM (No. 390092)
Timely attack! Too many parents have had to figure out how to continue their children's education from home due to Coronavirus. And liberals are scared. This is a preemptive strike against homeschooling because liberals know many parents, having figured out how to home-school might just continue doing it, placing their children beyond the reach of liberal indoctrination. Remember folks, so many liberals abort their own children that they must indoctrinate yours in order to continue their grip on power.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: USAdroit Editor 4/24/2020 1:26:21 PM (No. 390119)
Anyone who's shocked by the Professor’s proposal hasn’t been paying attention. Totalitarianism by any other name (Leftism, liberalism, progressivism, socialism, communism, etc.) still reeks: The ‘property’ of which its proponents want to deprive you includes your own children.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: or gate 4/24/2020 1:54:22 PM (No. 390150)
How can the libs brainwash the kids if they are being home schooled?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 4/24/2020 1:59:25 PM (No. 390155)
Retired school counselor MS in School Counseling 2year community college Know how many students scored low on their placement tests? Know how hard it was to tell a student they needed Math 99 and Math 100 or English 99 and English 100 before they could register for Math 101/102 or English 101/102? So much extra class time in “college” because they didn’t learn basic math or English in high school. I had boxes and boxes full of these kids test scores! The home schooling gives you the advantage of actually TEACHING them rather than sending them to a public social circus playground indoctrination center! Thank you!
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Kafka2 4/24/2020 4:48:18 PM (No. 390347)
I think she is more concerned that the parents make undo some of Progressive indoctrination that the kids have been getting in school. She seems to believe that the state only is capable of teaching our children and the parents should be forbidden from doing so.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 4/24/2020 5:16:47 PM (No. 390382)
My three kids graduated from high school during the 1994 - 2000 period. Our school district in the Denver suburbs rated at about a 7 out of 10. One of my boys needed to take remedial classes at a local junior college before he could advance to the bigtime. But, he stuck with the program and went on to earn a difficult BS degree. And now sits in the left seat for a major airline and is a dam good pilot. It comes down to the parents, the support they provide, and the example they set. At the time, home-schooling probably would have helped us, but, there was no such thing.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Lawsy0 4/24/2020 6:49:12 PM (No. 390521)
The hardest task I ever faced was substitute homeschooling my grandchildren while their parents went on 2nd honeymoon. The kids were given a choice of a stay-cation or grandmother holding the classes. They chose to finish their week with me. Whew. I led a 3rd, a 5th and a 7th grader in one week of class work. I had no idea how rigorous a unified home-school curricula was.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: FourMom 4/24/2020 6:49:55 PM (No. 390522)
Pandemic Schooling is not home schooling and yet it is preferable to building school for so many. When you actually home educate, you choose your curriculum, methods, school calendar and hours, and go out of the home for activities with groups of families. That families are preferring Pandemic Schooling to public school speaks volumes. I home educated our Four from k-8.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: 4Justice 4/24/2020 7:01:10 PM (No. 390530)
Maybe there is a blessing in this virus. I am hoping that more parents will take an interest in what their children are actually learning in school. Maybe they will realize that their children were not learning anything of value at the government indoctrination centers formerly occupied by schools. I hope they will wake up and see that their kids were being told what to think instead of learning critical thinking skills. I hope parents will start making sure their children learn real history, economics and civics on top of learning how to read, write and do math. Open your children's eyes to all the possibilities by helping them learn how to seek out truth in a world of disinformation.
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