Skip to comments.Judge Intervenes to Prevent Homeschooled Catholic Children from Getting Hooked on Phonics
Posted on 06/09/2011 6:13:55 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Four children ages 9, 7, 5 and 3 from a homeschooling Catholic family in Notre-Dame-des-Bois in Québec, Canada have been ordered into public school for socialization and non-phonics reading instruction. As Lydia McGrew explains:
This case from Canada, which one would like to think couldnt happen in the U.S., is a fairly egregious example of judicial micromanagement: Judge Nicole Bernier (it would be a female judge!) ordered four children from a home schooling family into school and, in the case of children too young for school (down to age 3), into daycare so as to get what Judge Bernier calls socialization. To add injury to injury, Bernier wants the children to go to public school so that they will be taught to read (or, as the case may be, not taught to read) by non-phonics methods!
Now, this is crazy. The parents have not been accused of abusing or neglecting their children. Judge B. (by whatever ill fate she was brought into these innocent peoples lives) is just having a grand old time throwing around her weight and forcing them to raise their children as Judge B. would, presumably, raise her children. The notion of any sort of familial independence to make judgment calls about education is nowhere in the picture. (For the record, while I am a staunch advocate of phonics, I would consider laughable and pernicious the suggestion that some judge should interfere if parents were caught teaching their children to read by a look-say method.)
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What that Leftist tyrant in a black robe really wants is to have them Socialized with Socialism.
Indeed, our Canadian neighbors are going through the same struggles with Political Correctness as we are.
leftism / liberal fascism is NOT mere “political correctness”. These terms are not interchangeable.
On the other hand, I have seen children educated with both phonics and with look-say.
Phonics is a guide to decoding what the words are saying to you. Look-say doesn't work at all with kids who have no understanding of what those words are supposed to mean. If you've been taught phonics, you can figure out what a word sounds like without knowing what it means, and that has some distinct value in conversing with others later on. Look-say can leave you flat with new words. Relying on that method alone rather cuts the brain off at the frontal cerebral cortex.
Judge Nicole Bernier sounds terribly ignorant. I didn't know that Canada allowed people like that on the bench. She'd be much better off on one of those fascistic human rights panels.
Socialization? ...Let's call it what it is: Indoctrination.
The socialization that schools provide has been known to cause psychiatric problems that take years to recover from. Some former students never recover.
Children learn prison survival socialization in these institutions. Nearly all of these dysfunctional coping habits must absolutely be unlearned if they are to be successful in life.
Thankfully, humans are resilient and most move on to form health relationships with marriage, family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Sadly, some do not. We all know a few. :-(
That Judge sounds like a nut job. It looks like she gave bogus reasons to force the kids to go to school. I wonder if the family can personally sue this Judge?
Of course not - no one can personally sue a judge based on their rulings - are you kidding me? Voting the judge out of office is their only recourse, unless they move to another jurisdiction.
It’s a shame the “Report Abuse” button right below your post doesn’t work outside of the forum. Because sending kids to public school is a form of child abuse.
People like this judge repeat over and over that children won’t learn “socialization” unless they go to public school. Yet I’ve never seen anyone make a good argument as to what is the supposed benefit of all that “socialization.” Is there any empirical data that supports the claims made for its value?
Personally, I don’t see the benefit of shoving kids into an environment where bullying runs rampant. But maybe that’s just me.
“sending kids to public school is a form of child abuse.”
Yes it is. Many of them have hangups years after leaving.
They prefer to Reach Across the Aisle®, My Friend™.
Interestingly enough, the parents who were upset enough to demand a meeting with my husband when they found out we were going to homeschool were all outspoken conservatives. Funny how the idea of government controlling their healthcare had them up in arms; but the thought of anyone pulling children from government school was extremely offensive to them.
Let’s face it, we all know this is about neither “socialization” nor phonics. Canadadian voters teach what they tolerate.
Here in the U.S. we overthrew our British government over less egregious sh!t than this.
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