The people who control and run government schools — or what some
people mistakenly call “public schools” — are working very hard to
ensure they have no competition, especially from pesky parents who
actually think they know what’s best for their kids.
Over the weekend,
WorldNetDaily reporter Julie Foster referred to
the National Education Association’s official position on home
schooling. It is rather enlightening to say the least.
“Home-schooling programs cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience,” the NEA states. Reaffirmed in July at the labor union’s annual convention, the statement was originally adopted and published in 1988.
The resolution, which totals less than 150 words, also states: “Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.”
“The association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools,” the resolution concludes.
Now, now. Isn’t that interesting? How’s that for arrogance? How’s that for ignoring reality? How’s that for throwing stones while living in a glass house?
So, home-schooling cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience, huh? Why is it that every study shows home-schoolers far out-performing those miseducated in government schools. (Calling them “public schools” is misleading because most all “private schools” in this country are open to the public. The difference is that what we call “public schools” are actually institutions controlled by the state — and increasingly by Washington.)
It’s no wonder the NEA is so worried about home-schooling. It may be the biggest and best threat to the government education establishment. While most voucher and school-choice plans could easily be co-opted by the state, it’s hard to imagine how government could ever corrupt home-schooling short of regulating it or outlawing it. And that’s just what the state’s partner in education crime — the NEA — is trying to do.
The NEA, which has demonstrated high marks only for dumbing down an entire generation of government school students, now wants to license parents to teach their own kids.
Of course, the group objects to home-schooling because it cannot possibly offer a comprehensive educational experience for kids. But, at the same time, the NEA wants to make sure it doesn’t — so don’t get any ideas about trying to sneak your home-schooled kid into a government school extra-curricular program, even if your tax dollars did pay for it.
But it gets worse. Check out the scare tactics of the
National Committee on home-schooling. The DNC apparently agrees wholeheartedly with the NEA fascists. In its frenzy to whip up hysteria against George W. Bush, the DNC is warning that “Texas is lenient on home-schoolers.”
What does that mean? Basically that home-schooling has not yet been criminalized in the Lone Star State.
“Texas has very few requirements on home-schoolers,” says the DNC. Think about that. These folks think the state has a right to set requirements for how parents teach their kids. What kinds of requirements do the Democrats want?
“Texas does not require teacher certification, attendance or notice to the public school the student attended,” the DNC points out. My gosh!
It’s clear the Democrats are running a protection racket for the powerful NEA. The NEA is running a protection racket for its employees. But more than that, the NEA is spearheading the drive for total government control over all education. The reason it does so is because government empowers the NEA. This is a union that has special privileges no other labor guild has ever enjoyed — including non-profit status for an organization that actively promotes, endorses and funds the candidacies of partisan political campaigns.
This is truly an extremist organization — one that would, if it could, change America’s character in ways that would make it scarcely recognizable to freedom-loving people.
And that’s why home-schoolers are its biggest enemy, its most feared threat and its most worthy adversary.