institution believe it can do a better job
raising society’s individual children than
the parents themselves?
There’s no logic in the oxymorons of
this Western culture, where children
are portrayed as a nuisance and parents
are thought to be ignorant about how to
raise them. If these ignorant people are
going to have children (and only one or
two, please), let someone else raise them.
Parents aren’t really necessary (see the
September 2012 Editorial), but then,
children aren’t really necessary either.
If parents aren’t necessary and children
If parents aren’t
are a hassle, where does that leave the
future of our society? In the meantime,
just send all the little ones away and let
took off and began to grow in the 80s,
although many states still deemed it il-
legal. There were 500,000 students be-
ing homeschooled in the 80s. By the 90s,
homeschooling was legal in all states.
By the year 2000, as John Taylor Gatto
once again exposed the errors of compul-
sory education and the failure of the pub-
lic education system to produce anything
but assembly line workers, there were
close to a million homeschooled stu-
dents. More and more parents began to
finally look at the behavior of the schools
and the behavior of their children and
consequently pull them out of public
schools. By 2010, approximately 2. 35
million children were being educated at
home in the U.S.
History reveals that the government ed-
ucation system slowly took on the parent’s
job and made it their own. History also re-
veals that parents are taking that respon-
sibility back and keeping their children
home where they belong. Homeschoolers
have proven that home is the best place
to raise and educate that child. But do we
have the patience to do this job? Let’s look
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necessary and children
are a hassle, where does
that leave the future of
someone else raise them and provide for
them and tell them what to think and
feel. Maybe when they grow up, they can
solve the crisis.
Where did these ideas come from?
Has this always been the case in our nation’s history?
History of Education
Before 1850, most children were educated
at home by tutors or parents or in private
schools. In the United States, studies included life skills, history, math, reading,
and writing. However, between 1900 and
1960, things went to mass public educational venues, even to the point of mandating that education be compulsory.
In the 60s, John Holt began to point
the finger of blame for children failing
academically at the school system and
proceeded to publish a book on how children learn best. Thus began the homeschooling pilgrimages of the 60s and 70s
by families who underwent much persecution to blaze the trail ahead of us.
In the 70s Dr. Raymond and Dorothy
Moore published a book titled Better Late
Than Early, which spoke to the damaging effect of engaging a child in formal
education before he is ready. The Moores’
ideas were highly promoted through
Focus on the Family, and homeschooling