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Have you been homeschooling your kids? I mean, have you been teaching them that the White Race is superior?
According to a Harvard law professor, those two things might be the same.
In a March 5th-revised essay for Harvard Magazine, Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet — director of Harvard Law School’s child advocacy clinic — claims homeschooling threatens the rights of kids and may promote racism.
It’s also a drain on society, by the way, and it appears it should be banned.
Apropos, on June 18th and 19th, the prestigious university will host a homeschooling summit.
The invitation-only “Homeschooling Summit: Problems, Politics, and Prospects for Reform” will bring together experts to wax on the “problems of educational deprivation and child maltreatment that too often occur under the guise of homeschooling, in a legal environment of minimal or no oversight.”
Surely Elizabeth’s revved up.
Here’s what she writes about the practice:
Many homeschool precisely because they want to isolate their children from ideas and values central to public education and to our democracy.
What do ya get when you cross stupidity with sexism? Sometimes, homeschool:
Many promote racial segregation and female subservience. Many question science. Many are determined to keep their children from exposure to views that might enable autonomous choice about their future lives.
More on the “R” word:
Some engage in homeschooling to promote racist ideologies and avoid racial intermingling. A recent book describes a young leader of the white nationalist movement, Derek Black, seen as the leading light for the movement’s future. He was pulled out of school because his parents wanted to avoid the Haitians and Hispanics in West Palm Beach’s school system. He grew up totally immersed at home in the culture of white supremacy, encountering little in the way of diverse perspectives until he entered college. His homeschooling education included building a children’s website for Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet.
The law professor ain’t happy with the law:
Homeschooling parents can, under current law, deny their children any meaningful education and subject them to abuse and neglect free from the scrutiny that helps protect children in regular schools. … Every state requires parents to comply with compulsory education requirements either by covering “educational neglect” in child protection laws, or by truancy laws penalizing parents for not sending their children to school.
But the current homeschooling regime means that parents can deny their children rights to education and to protection against maltreatment simply by not sending them to school.
It’s dangerous and primed for child abuse:
This homeschooling regime poses real dangers to children and to society. Children are…at serious risk for ongoing abuse and neglect in the isolated families that constitute a significant part of the homeschooling world. … Parents have no obligation apart from compulsory education to get their children out of the home, where they can be observed by others and reported to [Child Protective Services] for obvious signs of maltreatment. Parents don’t have to take their children to doctors.
And here’s a new one on me — in other countries, people have to allow doctors into their homes:
[U]nlike parents in many of our peer countries, they don’t have to allow health practitioners into their homes during their children’s infancy.
Elizabeth believes “society loses out as well,” and that “appropriate education…makes children aware of important cultural values…”
Speaking of values, it sounds like a lot of these nuts are religious — they’re part of the “conservative Christian movement, which rejected many of the views and values reflected in public education and the larger society as inconsistent with religious beliefs.”
Some homeschooling parents are extreme religious ideologues who live in near-total isolation and hold views in serious conflict with those generally deemed central in our society. For example, some believe that women should be totally subservient to men and educated in ways that promote such subservience.
The author certainly seems down on followers of Jesus. Lastly, how ’bout we combine Christianity — the worship of a Jew — with white supremacy. Let’s also throw in sexism and science denial. And some gender identity for spice:
Parents can choose to teach that biblical truth trumps all, that all science is false science, that women should be educated to be subservient to men, that people of color are inferior to whites, that people with nontraditional sexual orientations or gender identities should be “cured” or condemned.
Elizabeth’s a co-sponsor of June’s homeschooling summit.
As per the event page:
Experts will lead conversations about the available empirical evidence, the current regulatory environment, proposals for legal reform, and strategies for effecting such reform.
I’m sure a fun, non-sexist, non-racist, non-ideaologue time will be had by all.
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