On the Homeschool Battleground of the Culture War

Via Lady Liberty 1885 comes homeschooling news I’m rather embarrassed I didn’t know:  one of the German families persecuted for homeschooling has petitioned for asylum in the United States, and Eric Holder’s DOJ is fighting this grant of asylum in federal court.

Eric Holder thinks there is no fundamental right to homeschool.  So if all Germans are banned from homeschooling, no grounds for political asylum exist.

Wow.

Maybe I’m not so surprised.  Eric Holder and his ilk don’t really believe in natural rights generally, do they?  To top it off, homeschooling is a right-wing-extremist-bitter-clinging-Bible-thumper’s issue, so combating it would be instinctual.

Caffeinated Thoughts lays out all the details, quoting generously from homeschool pioneer and HLSDA founder Michael Farris.  DOJ makes additional legal arguments, all of them horrifying.

You know, when I pulled the boys out of brick-and-mortar school, part of me was actually looking forward to playing the rebel’s part.  Disappointingly, the typical response of the everyday person has been respect, even encouragement, rather than the skepticism or derision I was looking forward to refuting.  Articles like Glenn Reynolds‘ and Paul Elie’s lend further support to the idea that homeschooling is becoming an accepted, mainstream concept (or, as the Professor quotes Buffy, “not just for scary religious people anymore.”)

Our ruling class may hate homeschooling and try to get rid of it, or more likely try to provide some oh-so-reasonable federal regulation and oversight “for the children.”  Attempts to regulate are already popping up and needing a whack-a-mole-smackdown on the state level, like in post-Newtown Connecticut or in South Carolina.  Their attempts will fail, however, if they don’t succeed in “othering” the homeschooling population as something suspicious and dangerous.

They are trying it.  Check out the title of this news article linked over at Lady Liberty’s, about a murdering homeschooled teen, for example. But this is one battle of the culture war the left is currently losing.  Homeschooling is growing steadily, and in my anecdotal experience people just aren’t scandalized by the idea anymore.  Everybody knows somebody who does or did it successfully.

“Oh, you are homeschooling.  That is so great, but I could never do that,” is probably the most common response I get.  It makes me uncomfortable.  It also tells me that the next hurdle in normalizing the concept of homeschooling is to convince the average parent that they can do it, too.

Not that they must homeschool, but that they could if they wanted.  I worry that too many parents don’t trust themselves to educate their own children.  Those that feel they couldn’t get along without a  public school are at the mercy of the government benevolent to provide it.  The “experts” certainly encourage this kind of mentality, using impenetrable academia-speak to build their intimidating field of expertise.

Imagine the decrease in governmental coercive power, if every parent with public school-attending children woke up tomorrow and decided, not that they are going to pull their kids out.  Just that they could pull their kids out, if pushed hard enough.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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22 thoughts on “On the Homeschool Battleground of the Culture War

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  2. Asylum Watch 15 February 2013 at 1:14 pm Reply

    Keep up the good work. Your children will be glad you did.

  3. thatmrgguy 15 February 2013 at 2:11 pm Reply

    One thing parents can do who don’t have time or inclination to home school, is to see what their kids are learning and refute the bad or inaccurate lessons they are taught.

  4. Wayne 15 February 2013 at 5:30 pm Reply

    thatmrguy is absolutely right. Not every kid needs to be homeschooled, but every parent can use the misinformation from government schools to teach the truth.

  5. edge of the sandbox 16 February 2013 at 12:47 am Reply

    Holder might believe that there is no fundamental right to homeschool, but that there is one to abortion. How much sense does that make?
    I can’t see myself homeschooling either. Can’t imagine how that would work out on social level alone. I might do some sort of partial homeschooling, and to think of it, I’m already doing it…

    • nooneofanyimport 16 February 2013 at 4:26 pm Reply

      makes no sense at all.

      as far as how homeschooling works on a social level, if there is established homeschool community in your area then it is easy peasy. In this area of Tampa, there are 5 active groups with their own focus: sports, or informal socializing, or academics, that I have seen so far. Also there are co-ops that don’t even appear on the radar until you start mixing in.

      if there is no established community then the job is harder–the homeschoolers are out there but you have to create the social opportunities yourself, mostly thru online networking.

      A group would probably love the opportunity to co-op with a bilingual mom.

      oh by the way, in both KS and here, I have run into homeschooling messianic christian families who focus on the Hebrew roots of Christianity, celebrating Jewish holidays and not Christmas. Anybody else ever run into that?

      best
      Lin

      • edge of the sandbox 20 February 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

        There are some homeschoolers here, but not many. I need to look more into that. What’s very common here, especially among the Asian population, is tutoring. It doesn’t make much sense to me to first take the kids to school where they are babysat through the most productive part of the day, and then, in the late afternoon, drag them to tutoring where they learn for real. Russians, I noticed, tutor their own kids, which is another way of saying “homeschool”.

        • nooneofanyimport 20 February 2013 at 3:59 pm Reply

          yeah, kids don’t like a lot of after hours work. One of mine woulda done fine probably, but the other one struggled. They had him all day, then sent home the most time intensive homework–projects that seemed geared towards making sure parents participate in their kids education, which if true is a real insult. On second thought, maybe I was struggling more than the kids. I got tired of having my life sked dictated by some young teacher who probably voted for Obama. lol

          Do you mean Russian Americans or Russians in Russia? I read somewhere that they have more homeschooling freedom than they do in European countries.

          • edge of the sandbox 20 February 2013 at 8:36 pm

            Embarrassingly, I don’t know much about homeschooling in Russia.
            Russian American parents here are generally not satisfied with the kind of education their children are getting here. My cousins tutored their kids because they noticed that Asian Americans are way ahead.
            Homeschooling is a pretty radical idea for us. It means that my children will have a childhood very different from mine.

  6. Bob 16 February 2013 at 1:17 am Reply

    Eric Holder is a menace to society.

  7. thatmrgguy 20 February 2013 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Here’s the deal. Whether you send your children to public, parochial or private school or you home school, you as the parent are ultimately responsible for your child’s education. The thing is, if you as a parent show no or minimal interest in your kid’s education, how can you expect them to show interest in it?

    I was lucky enough to have parents who cared and was also lucky to have had teachers who were “old school”, many of who were also veterans of WW2.

    • nooneofanyimport 20 February 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply

      it’s a good point. I agree with commenter Wayne that refuting the bad information can work well. it’s just another way to show responsibility for your child’s education. and that is the bottom line, like you say. I worry that many parents don’t really feel capable of being responsible for it anymore–that they must have the “experts” help.

      • thatmrgguy 20 February 2013 at 4:32 pm Reply

        I worry that many parents don’t really feel capable of being responsible for it anymore–that they must have the “experts” help.

        Therein lies the crux of the problem. Parents and local school districts no longer have any input on the textbooks our children are taught from. I remember my oldest grand daughter’s school books and trying to help her with her homework. I’d look at the lessons and think to myself…what the hell kind of crap are they teaching these days?

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  9. Always On Watch 21 February 2013 at 8:08 am Reply

    Another group that detests and hates homeschooling: retired public school teachers.

    When I recently attended a graduation at my alma mater, I was seated with other alumni, most of whom had retired from careers in public education. Each one of these people sneered at me when, in the course of conversation, our lives since graduation were discussed. One old bat even turned her back on me. Literally!

    My generation of college graduates were always bragging, “We march to the beat of our own drum.” I guess that only applies if you march for Leftist and Statist causes, huh?

  10. nooneofanyimport 22 February 2013 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Homeschooling’s been a pretty radical idea for me too. It has quite thoroughly changed my daily life, lol. I could write a whole post on that.

    AOW, they sneered?! Wow. Of course, that sure speaks volumes about their own intelligence, openmindedness, security in self, manners, and all the other things they lack. How did you respond to them?

    • Always On Watch 23 February 2013 at 4:41 pm Reply

      Well, we had no more conversation — by their choice.

      I admit that I wasn’t much interested in talking to them either as they thought they were “the experts.” They were indeed a rude bunch!

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