Skip to comments.Youth Synod Bishops belittle homeschooling: ‘Are parents qualified?’
Posted on 10/13/2018 8:34:03 AM PDT by KierkegaardMAN
October 12, 2018 (CatholicCulture.org) From Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society, via the National Catholic Register, comes this ominous warning:
At the Youth Synod in Rome this week, one of the bishops' discussion groups made some disappointing and ignorant comments about Catholic homeschoolers. In one of the English-language discussion groups at the Synod, a summary of the conversation included these disturbing notes:
Home based schools a model coming from America.
USA has many home schoolers bishops in USA are not united, as homeschooling can have an ideological basis kids may have special needs
are parents qualified to homeschool them? Let's answer that last question first. Yes, parents are qualified to teach their own children. In better times, Catholics could rely on their bishops to support the role of parents as "primary educators."
Why is it, then, that the "bishops in USA are not united" in support of home schoolers? The note is chilling in its answer to that obvious question; the bishops of English-language Circle C referred to "an ideological basis." As Patrick Reilly points out, liberal opponents of home schooling regularly use that term to disparage the home-schooling movement. The "ideological" label, Reilly remarks, is "what faithful Catholic home schoolers endure frequently from fellow Catholics, priests and even bishops the charge that they are too 'conservative' and too 'moralistic.'"
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Coming from the *church* that claims the moral high ground?
And now they are criticizing people for being too conservative and moralistic?
The fact that homeschoolers don’t want their children diddled by pedophile priests is endorsement enough.
We are not Catholic, but when we taught our five at home in the eighties and nineties we got a lot of flak from our church.
In the 21st century, children and teens need to feel they are competent, important, good, and strong within their own skin in order to be successful in a high skills, high tech, fast paced world. All facts are already on their bodies (cell phone).
Parents are more capable of giving children the strong and good positive outlook and contentment and drive children need than old fashioned institutions.
Peer groups of children brought up by busy hands off parents ARE NOT THE BEST PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO SPEND THEIR WAKING HOURS. These peer groups at urban schools do not pass Hippocratess most important oath: FIRST, DO NO HARM. Nothing takes the goodness out of a young person like bad peers.
The “ideological” label, Reilly remarks, is “what faithful Catholic home schoolers endure frequently from fellow Catholics, priests and even bishops the charge that they are too ‘conservative’ and too ‘moralistic.’”
Can people really be too ‘conservative’ and too ‘moralistic’?
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
First question is, who decides who is qualified? Who is in charge here?
But no I think some parents are not. They are lazy or incompetent and the kids can suffer from that and any bad parenting.
But I went through the public schools and had lazy, incompetent, and yes, abusive teachers and personnel. Government schools are NOT the solution.
Homeschooled all of mine. They have turned out great.
My Daughter home schools their two kids.
She is certified by both the state and Montessori schools.
I am sure she is doing a good job but I think I could do better and I am not a teacher.
And to top it off while the officials will condescend to question if they parents are qualified to be "teachers", at least the kids are not being exposed to the overflowing cauldron of wickedness & perversions that runs amok in public schools including mass school shootings!
This opposition to home schooling is not new for the Church, the argument used is new however.
The old argument which goes back centuries is that if possible, if a Catholic school is available, children should be sent to that. The Church wanted to educate every kid it could get. The reason is to ensure religious formation, that is, to make them Catholic.
This goes back to the Counter-Reformation, where one of the more successful strategies was the Jesuit creation of schools for the nobility, to head off conversion of the upper classes by Protestant preachers. St. Jean Baptiste de La Salle extended this to the masses, and along the way invented public education as we know it.
I heard a lot of comments like that from the homeschool pioneers.
We were very fortunate. I started homeschooling in 1996 and it was exploding in our area.
We lived in a rural community without a lot of options for private schooling, which we couldn’t afford anyways.
But our church had many families who had decided to also homeschool at that time and we had quite the support group going.
We still did get criticism from some of the older die-hard public school defenders but we didn’t care.
Our big problem was having to control our schedule to make sure the academics got done in light of all the lessons and field trips and other extra curricular activities.
BTW, thank you for your ground breaking and paving the way for us and enduring all that criticism and harassment, and threats.
Those of us who came after you sure do appreciate it and do not take it for granted.
The real concern is what is taking place in our public schools.
The synod should pull their head out of their a and take a look around.
Parents would have to be very bad to live down to todays Public schools.
Universal organized public education, in Europe anyway, was an invention of the late 17th century, by Jean Baptiste de La Salle, who created what amount to the modern parochial schools. This was taken up on a more secular basis by various Prussian monarchs.
A few comments
1. more successful strategies was the Jesuit creation of schools for the nobility
The Jesuits have always been a left wing Commie organization within the Church.
2. Parents (the Good, the Bad And the Ugly) have a responsibility to their children. The parents can SHIRK this responsibility or be careful custodians of their childrens' edication be selecting what the PARENTS think is the best option for themselves and their children.
3. The 80 / 20 rule applies always - 20% of the people do 80+% of the work in everything
The bishops take too much money from the federal government for health care and education.
Don’t you understand, that homeschoolers actually COST their schools?
THEY BUILT THE CHILDREN THAT BECAME THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT BUILT THIS NATION AND DIDN’T TRY TO KILL YOU IN THE WOMB, YOU NUMB NUTTED FAGGOT !
The problem with Public and now Catholic schools is that they accept and mainstream kids with severe mental problems. Often these problems manifest themselves in violence towards their teachers and fellow students not to mention constant disruption of the classroom. I know I have taught in both recently as a substitute teacher.
Apparently, the Bitchshops want little boys and girls corraled together in schools for them to pick and choose from.
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