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Home-schooling: the advantages, and some disadvantages

October 18, 2012

Do you really want to see the best in your children?  Then, homeschool.  Make the sacrifice.  It will benefit you as a human being, and it will benefit your children.  It will teach you patience, and it will create a unique bond between you and your child.  You will understand your children’s thinking process much better, how they learn, and how they view the world.  It is a fascinating experience for the parent.

It’s not easy, it takes a great deal of patience, but its the right thing to do.  If everyone did it, we would prosper as a society.  Property taxes could by-and-large be eliminated, a diversity of curriculums and on-line help would flower dropping costs, etc…..and the Leviathan state would be denied their claim on the hearts and minds of our children.

The advantages:

First its biblical  (Deut 11:18-21)

Secondly, it’s effective.  Tailored curriculum targeting the child’s weaknesses identified by close contact with the parent.  Progress is made upon mastery of a particular skill, not according to a teacher’s schedule for that “unit”,  nor by an “average” pace set by the class.   Teachers are over-whelmed by having 20-30 children in a class for good reason. The more they care, the more over-whelmed they are.  As a result, due to the job demands, they cannot possibly give the care and attention to your child on any kind of individual basis like a parent can.

Third, a curriculum can consist of important topics to the parent, not a government bureaucrat.  This can include topics not normally taught such as religion, theology, church history, a politically incorrect state history, philosophy, and latin.

Fourth, the elimination of godless philosophies crammed down your child’s throat (CO2 as the cause for global warming, treating CO2 as a pollutant, evolutionary theory as “science”, diversity indoctrination, radical egalitarianism and philosophies of the like).  Full-time state-schooled children are being inculcated with godless indoctrination most of their day, 5 days per week, for the entire school year, for 12 years of their lives.  Please do not tell me it is the school that is shaping their values, not the parents.

Fifth, the cause of liberty.   Those who oppose home-schooling efforts are fundamentally Marxist statists….I wouldn’t even call them liberals.   It was Karl Marx, who wrote in his communist manifesto, “The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense. “

Homeschool closes the door and pathways to your child’s heart and mind to the state and establishment.  Kevin Williamson at the National Review writes an article on the whole topic of homeschooling:

“There is exactly one authentically radical social movement of any real significance in the United States, and it is not Occupy, the Tea Party, or the Ron Paul faction. It is homeschoolers, who, by the simple act of instructing their children at home, pose an intellectual, moral, and political challenge to the government-monopoly schools, which are one of our most fundamental institutions and one of our most dysfunctional. Like all radical movements, homeschoolers drive the establishment bats.”

This is nothing new under the son.  As progressive John Dewey wrote:

The children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone would be interdependent. “

Williamson goes on to quote Bob Weisner:

“We don’t have much of a problem from conservatives,” Wiesner says. “It’s the teachers’ unions, educational bureaucrats, and liberal professors. College professors by and large don’t want students who can think for themselves. They want students they can indoctrinate, but that’s hard to do with homeschoolers — homeschoolers push back.”

Williamson offers these reasons why there is such hostility to home-schoolers by the fascist left:

“Nine-tenths of American children attend government schools, and most of the remaining tenth attend government-approved private schools. The political class wants as many of that remaining tenth in government schools as possible; teachers’ unions have money on the line, and ideologues do not want any young skull beyond their curricular reach. A political class that does not trust people with a Big Gulp is not going to trust them with the minds of children. While West would like to criminalize homeschooling — she writes wistfully of the days when “parents who did so were criminals” — others have sought to regulate it out of existence, for instance by declaring homeschoolers’ residences to be public schools and requiring them to meet attendant planning and zoning standards, by installing such things as fire-safety systems, parking facilities, and emergency exits. “The good news is, there are very few people with authority and power who want to end homeschooling,” says Jeremiah Lorrig of the National Home School Legal Defense Association. “They’ve given up trying to outlaw it — and now are trying to control it.”

The second reason for this hostility is that while there is a growing number of secular, progressive, organic-quinoa-consuming homeschool families, there remains a significant conservative and Christian component. The reasons for progressive hostility to conservative Christians are many and complex, but one of them is that, like the homeschool, the church is something outside of government control, a forum that the triple constitutional protections of religion, free speech, and association place beyond the range of Leviathan’s leash. Progressives are by their nature monopolists, and the churches constitute real competing centers of power in society.

A third reason is that the majority of homeschool teachers are mothers. A traditional two-parent family with one full-time breadwinner and one stay-at-home parent is practically built into the model. Goldstein scoffs at that as the “dated presumption that children hail from two-parent families, in which at least one parent can afford (and wants) to take significant time away from paid work,” but of course the model is neither dated nor restricted to religiously conservative red-staters: Liberal enclaves such as Brooklyn and Seattle are full of stay-at-home moms.”

I would argue the Williamson doesn’t quite get to the heart of the matter.  The heart of the matter is homeschooling prevents the indoctrination and propagation of the New Atheistic faith.  Religion, to the New Atheists is the root of all the evil [sic]….as Hitchens, Dawkins and company believe.   Homeschooling builds an intellectual barrier against their anti-intellectual brainwashing .  A prescient quote  made by A.A. Hodge in the early 1900’s summarizes the fruit of public education:

“I am as sure as I am of Christ’s reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and of anti-social nihilistic ethics, individual, social and political, which this sin-rent world has never seen.”

Lets deny the Leviathan its claim to godhood, and keep our children’s minds safe from the predation of the anti-intellectual New Atheists for our own sake, our children’s sake and for the sake of posterity.

Some disadvantages.



You will still have to pay property taxes investing in the state system, while making investment in your child’s education.

You will spend money wastefully.  Curriculums that appear to be “good” may not be a good fit for your child’s style of learning.  Plus you don’t have infinite knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of a particular curriculum until you really delve into using it.  Expect to waste about 50% of your money.  That is about the going rate for me.

You will have 1-4 hours of your day consumed depending on the number of children, and each child’s ability to work independently (and if you are like us, that is 6 days per week).  At 24 hours per week, it is a part-time job.

Final Thoughts

One thing I have discovered through home-schooling is the process of learning is a highly individual and complex matter.  I have three children who each have unique learning styles and abilities.  Not one of the three is similar.  Now multiply that for the standard classroom setting where you have 20-30 children with a plethora of learning styles, and natural abilities…. easily 20-30 learning styles and abilities.  There is just no way anyone can effectively teach in that setting.  And unless the teacher is a 3 sigma kind of teacher who manages that effectively, there are more losers than winners.  Growing up, I learned things easily, and was easily bored in class, so I would daydream and tune teachers out. By high school, that state of mind was permanently ingrained.  I rediscovered listening and learning in college where the intellectual rigor, and pace of instruction suited me.  I have discovered through the years there are many who had a similar experience.  Some of the brightest engineers I work with almost failed high school.

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