Another excellent reason to homeschool your kids

Because according to the all-wise and all-powerful Supreme Court, public school students do not have the same First Amendment rights as adults. Even when they’re not on school grounds.

(I just finished the revised edition of John Holt’s Teach Your Own this weekend and now I’m all het up about schools’ reinforcement of mass-consumerist values and elevation of passive obedience over principled challenge.)

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4 Responses to Another excellent reason to homeschool your kids

  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing. I just watched a documentary entitled Corporations in the Classrom. It looks at how corporations are influencing public schools, including public school’s curriculums.

  2. Laelaps says:

    I was thinking about public schools and science yesterday myself, and then seem to reinforce the idea that nature and its workings are entirely and easily accessible to us. The workings of nature are taught as being intuitive, and I have to wonder if this failing in the classroom has led to some of the problems with creationism now (people listening their “gut” more than actually trying to learn anything).

  3. RedMolly says:

    Mimi, that sounds like an interesting (if depressing) movie. Do you have a source for it?
    Good point, Brian–actually, parts of the book made me think of comments I’ve seen from you about how you wish you could be out there *doing* science instead of in a classroom *hearing* about it. Holt argues that adults (well, most adults…) never stop learning, despite being outside of a formal classroom situation.
    We find something we’re interested in and we learn about it in whichever way works for us–from taking an engine apart to find out what’s wrong with it to signing up for a community education class in gardening. We don’t need someone measuring what our learning against some arbitrary standard and haranguing us for getting it wrong… the quality of our knowledge becomes self-evident in its use. Basically, IRL learning works little or nothing like school; why, then is lecturer/textbook/classroom/standardized test the default scenario for educating children?

  4. azureavian says:

    because it takes less effort for the system to teach children in an assembly line fashion.

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