Why unregulated homeschooling should be outlawed

It’s been well known for a long time that the homeschooling world is largely dominated by religious wackos who, in an effort to control their children, pull them out of the public education system in order to teach them all about Jesus and how evolution is the devil!

But a great article that appeared on Yahoo News the other day reported just how widespread the religious loonies are within the homeschooling world:

Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S. And for most home-school parents, a Bible-based version of the Earth’s creation is exactly what they want. Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children “religious or moral instruction.”

“The majority of home-schoolers self-identify as evangelical Christians,” said Ian Slatter, a spokesman for the Home School Legal Defense Association. “Most home-schoolers will definitely have a sort of creationist component to their home-school program.”

This is not education but a grotesque perversion of it. This is how you create a generation of slaves.

And it’s not just parents but there’s an entire industry there contributing to this slavery of the mind:

Two of the best-selling biology textbooks stack the deck against evolution, said some science educators who reviewed sections of the books at the request of The Associated Press.

“I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids,” said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago.

The textbook publishers defend their books as well-rounded lessons on evolution and its shortcomings. One of the books doesn’t attempt to mask disdain for Darwin and evolutionary science.

“Those who do not believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God will find many points in this book puzzling,” says the introduction to “Biology: Third Edition” from Bob Jones University Press. “This book was not written for them.”

The textbook delivers a religious ultimatum to young readers and parents, warning in its “History of Life” chapter that a “Christian worldview … is the only correct view of reality; anyone who rejects it will not only fail to reach heaven but also fail to see the world as it truly is.”

When the AP asked about that passage, university spokesman Brian Scoles said the sentence made it into the book because of an editing error and will be removed from future editions.

Yeah, obviously directly lying to kids was just an innocent typo like when you find a history textbook that accidentally prints statements suggesting the Holocaust never happened. Honest mistake.

But the real gem of the article comes from the response to Jerry Coyne from the guy who unintelligently designed this creationist curriculum:

“If this is the way kids are home-schooled then they’re being shortchanged, both rationally and in terms of biology,” Coyne said. He argued that the books may steer students away from careers in biology or the study of the history of the earth.

Wile countered that Coyne “feels compelled to lie in order to prop up a failing hypothesis (evolution). We definitely do not lie to the students. We tell them the facts that people like Dr. Coyne would prefer to cover up.”

This appears a few paragraphs below a quote where Wile innocent suggests he’s merely a businessman catering to the largest demographic. Yes, clearly it’s not because he’s got his own ax to grind.


5 Responses to Why unregulated homeschooling should be outlawed

  1. Michelle says:

    If I had kids, I’d home school them.

    I agree with Boortz (boortz.com) : public education is equivalent to child abuse.

    Why would you turn over the most important thing in your life to the inept government?

    Show me anything (except for the military) that the government does better than private industry.

    • mjr256 says:

      The better question is why would you turn over the most important thing in children’s lives to inept parents?

      No education is perfect but without any required minimal educational standards, children are left with no protection from parental brainwashing and will likely never rise above their station in life. Those Jesus Camp kids will never have the opportunity to decide for themselves what’s true and will inevitably have very limited options in life because of their poor educations.

      “Show me anything (except for the military) that the government does better than private industry.”

      The police dept, the fire dept., the public library, our system of law, medicare, medicaid, foreign health care systems, unemployment insurance, public education, the post office, the military. That’s just off the top of my head.

      • Michelle says:

        re: police, fire, judicial system. etc…

        Agreed. In the interest of space, I wasn’t thorough.

        No to unemployment insurance, …

        I’ll concede that the majority of home schoolers are probably wacko, religious freaks.

        Nonetheless, if I had kids I’d home school them before I’d turn them over to the government to brainwash them.

        Having said that, I’d probably outsource subjects I’m not skilled to teach such as foreign language.

        Furthermore, I’d have them join little league, gymnastics, music, (let the child choose the activity) etc… to develop whatever interests they have and to help them develop socially.

        We’ve uncovered a fundamental point here: I want less government. You want more.

  2. Sarah Chino says:

    i’ve never been a fan of homeschooling. i’m sure there are people who do it right, but it just seems like a very “easy way out” alternative to going to school.

  3. mjr256 says:

    Michelle, it’s not a dichotomy of either wanting less gov’t or more gov’t. Both strong communism and strong liberatarianism are fundamentally flawed in their desire to apply one sweeping generalized ideology across all arenas. It’s not nearly as simple as either more gov’t or less gov’t. Reality calls for more pragmatism and willingness to recognize the limitations of our ideals. We need to look at each situation on a case by case basis and determine what works best.

    Now public education is far from perfect but it guarantees certain minimal standards and has school board elections to change the educational leadership. But it absolutely does not “brainwash” kids in any meaningful sense. Should they do more teaching them HOW to think than WHAT to think? Sure. Or at least equal amounts of both. But that’s not brianwashing. Whereas what goes on in the vast majority of homeschooling settings can legitimately be called indoctrination.

    So without an ideal option on the table, which do you think is the best option? I say gov’t regulation with all its checks and balances is by far the best option provided you can’t afford some rich private school.

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