“Do we really need school? I don’t mean education, just forced schooling: six classes a day, five days a week, nine months a year, for twelve years. Is this deadly routine really necessary? And if so, for what? Don’t hide behind reading, writing, and arithmetic as a rationale, because 2 million happy homeschoolers have surely put that banal justification to rest. Even if they hadn’t, a considerable number of well-known Americans never went through the twelve-year wringer our kids currently go through, and they turned out all right. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln? Someone taught them, to be sure, but they were not products of a school system, and not one of them was ever “graduated” from a secondary school.”
From: How public education cripples
our kids, and why
By John Taylor Gatto
Listen to John Taylor Gatto as he discusses the roots of the public schools. He states that according to the creators of the public schools, “The family and tradition were the greatest obstacles to making a perfect society…a utopia ”
If you’ve browsed around this site for a while you already know how I feel about Christian families signing on with the government schools in order to “help” them educate their children. Seems there are not enough hours in a day to train up and disciple our children as it is, and if we are going to jump through all of the hoops that the charter school program requires, we will have even less time with our children. Discipleship requires a great deal of time doesn’t it?
To tell you the truth I’m getting weary of the whole thing and somewhat tired of even talking about it. I’m ashamed of myself though because the folks at HSLDA have devoted their lives to defending and protecting homeschooling rights. I should not be so weary of talking.
It’s quite obvious to me that Christian families should not be yoked with the government when it comes to our children ….I just don’t understand why we would join hands with the very people who are antagonistic and hostile towards our Lord Jesus. Many of my dear homeschooling friends have chosen this route, and I’m not judging their choice….I just don’t understand how they came to it. I’m dumbfounded.