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Want To Tell The State To Stick It? Homeschool Your Kids.
Forbes ^ | 01/22/2013 | Bill Flax

Posted on 01/22/2013 9:53:44 AM PST by billflax

"This notion that the children belong to the state, that their education must be provided for by the state … is inimical at every step to liberty.” – J. Gresham Machen

The swelling legions of homeschoolers poke a subtle rebuke at America’s ever expanding nanny state. Under both parties, Washington has systematically invaded private spheres and co-opted public services historically performed by local bodies. But a spontaneous groundswell of freedom minded folks has continued America’s rich inheritance of rugged individualism.

The God-fearing, flag-waiving, gun-toting homeschool crowd embodies the American spirit of mutual self-reliance. You won’t encounter a more neighborly bunch. Their children thrive without government “help.” Their support networks blossom sans the state’s sanction. Meanwhile, taxpayers waste a fortune securing abysmal academic results. In 2012, SAT scores fell to their lowest level since tracking began. As spending soars, assessment scores plummet.

The modern homeschool movement comes largely by Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives. Schools long ago became laboratories for instilling statism and distilling politically correct groupthink. Values clarification anyone? With public education increasingly geared toward multicultural agitation against America’s godly heritage, many parents resolved to safeguard the hearts, souls and minds of their young.

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TOPICS: AMERICA - The Right Way!!; Education; History; Miscellaneous; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: education; govtabuse; homeschool; moralabsolutes; obama; parentalrights
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To: GeronL
and at Yale she got liberal indoctrination probably

Assuming is never good. She is a missionary in one of the Balkan states for her church. Assembly of God demonination.

21 posted on 01/22/2013 11:22:58 AM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: verga; fattigermaster; Gabz; shag377

I live my life without regrets or worrying what small-minded keyboard kommandos think or don’t think about me.

22 posted on 01/22/2013 11:25:52 AM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: fattigermaster

What does FRTU stand for?

23 posted on 01/22/2013 11:50:36 AM PST by EEGator
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Most people think the movement is now too big, with homeschoolers numbering an estimated 2 million children. But I expect an assault before the regime ends, particularly if the commies take the House.

This regime does not care about numbers. He is going after the NRA which has an estimated membership of around 4 million.

He has voted against vouchers and ended the program in D.C. that allowed lower income children to attend private schools. What makes you think that he doesn't already have something in the works?

Like Glenn Beck says: Watch what the left hand is doing.

24 posted on 01/22/2013 11:58:48 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: EEGator

Free Republic Teacher’s Union. Any title with “homeschooling” draws their attention like thrown bread brings seagulls.

25 posted on 01/22/2013 12:12:53 PM PST by fattigermaster
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To: SoftballMominVA; GeronL
SoftballMominVA: Good to see you here!

My wife attended and graduated Yale. She arrived as one who was a "progressive" antiwar, fallen away Christian, anti-everything worthwhile. By the time she was a sophomore, she was a committed conservative and by graduation was ready to be received into the Catholic Faith. Today she is more conservative than I am. Needless to say, she was not converted by her professors. Instead, the influences that made the difference were her own native intelligence and the presence in the Yale student body of a substantial number of knowledgeable and principled conservatives, eager to reach out to other students and persuade them.

The young lady you have referenced should seek out the Party of the Right of the Yale Political Union where she will find conservatives ranging from atheist libertarians and Randians to religious conservatives of various persuasions who are united in opposition to the Yale left. The POR gets together for debates and socializing about once a week and provides an education that often exceeds the more formal education at Yale.

As you may recall, my wife homeschooled our elder children and then has been teaching many subjects at a parent-controlled private Catholic K-12 academy which may graduate its first Ivy Leaguer (Harvard) this year.

I also know that Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Dartmouth, at least, each have their own conservative "undergrounds" often catering to hard-core Catholics but also quite open to participation by others from atheists to Fundamentalists. A student with religious commitment and/or conservative commitment is likely to hone his/her polemical skills in debate with non-believers or other sorts of believers and come away with even deeper commitment.


At Yale and probably the other Ivies, conservative or seriously religious undergraduates resist the zeitgeist and display effective contempt for profs and instructors who try to indoctrinate them to the left. The real killing fields at the Ivies are the faculties where few conservatives survive. Nonetheless, Professor Donald Kagan, Yale's truly conservative and most conservative professor (Ancient History) and himself a member of the Party of the Right, was chosen to be Dean of Yale College in relatively recent years. He had also served for a while as Athletic Director. My suburban Republican Town Committee had Professor Kagan as a Lincoln Day Dinner Speaker on the subject of how Ronald Reagan's candidacy for POTUS converted previously lifelong socialist Donald Kagan into a political right-winger.

26 posted on 01/22/2013 12:14:58 PM PST by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Broil 'em now!!!)
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To: theBuckwheat
Good post....and had similar experience.

HS'd two..from K thru 12...Back in 89 to 05..I guess.

They are both great kids.

27 posted on 01/22/2013 12:17:06 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas


28 posted on 01/22/2013 12:23:11 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: fattigermaster

Thank you, I don’t read many of the homeschooling threads.

29 posted on 01/22/2013 12:28:16 PM PST by EEGator
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To: fattigermaster

Free Republic Teacher’s Union

not a member of a teacher’s union - never have been, never will be

30 posted on 01/22/2013 12:38:59 PM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: BlackElk

Hey BlackElk

I havent’ had contact with this young lady for probably 2 years. But at a Christmas party in I think ‘10, she told me I would be surprised at the number of conservative groups at Yale.

She’s a great young lady and doing good work in a tough area.

32 posted on 01/22/2013 1:17:00 PM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: Osage Orange

I don't know what a count is, and I didn't know that he was, but apparently he was.

33 posted on 01/22/2013 1:26:48 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas; Osage Orange

In Western European tradition, a “count” is a fairly important hereditary nobleman. England calls them “Earls,” and in the high middle ages they were the highest level of rural, landowning, war-fighting nobility.

In Russia, practically every ethnic Russian who wasn’t a dirt-grubbing peasant was hereditary nobility. There was no unity of titles, as we see in England, where there is only one Earl of Lincoln, and he holds the title until his death, whereupon only one heir because the new Earl. In Russia, all the children of a Prince are princes/princesses, to the Nth generation. All the children of a count are counts/countesses. The place was just swarming with titled hordes of people who couldn’t hold a real job because of their status, but maybe couldn’t feed themselves, either. Good for novels ;-).

Lev Tolstoy’s title means he had a landed estate (on which he perpetrated many agricultural and social experiments) but he really wasn’t much of anybody, until his success as a writer.

34 posted on 01/22/2013 1:41:11 PM PST by Tax-chick (Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!)
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To: theBuckwheat
Precollegiate schooling via the parents is terrible inefficient.

It ignores the simple economic principle of the division of labor and indicates a breakdown in social trust.

It's too bad many of us have no other choice.

35 posted on 01/22/2013 2:13:11 PM PST by cornelis
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36 posted on 01/22/2013 2:15:50 PM PST by cornelis
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To: fattigermaster

“Free Republic Teacher’s Union” for real? I’ve been a freeper for a while, how did I miss them.

37 posted on 01/22/2013 2:16:27 PM PST by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: foundedonpurpose
“Free Republic Teacher’s Union” for real? I’ve been a freeper for a while, how did I miss them.

You didn't miss anything, no such "group" exists. It is a derogatory reference to anyone that may either have a connection with pubic schools or doesn't always agree with the idea that home schooling is the only way children should be educated.

38 posted on 01/22/2013 3:04:30 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Tax-chick


39 posted on 01/22/2013 3:19:26 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Gabz
derogatory reference

How is that "derogatory"?

40 posted on 01/22/2013 3:21:38 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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