By Charles A. Morse
web posted September 18, 2000
The home schooling movement, at last count 1.7 million strong, is growing in leaps and bounds. Presently, the fastest growing segment of home schoolers, ironically, is not religious conservatives, but secular professionals according to the Sunday Times (9/10). This is, perhaps, a symptom of two phenomena. The warehousing of children into government run public schools, with increased federal control favored over local elected control, has resulted in, according to all indications, an inferior education, a moral decline, and increased physical danger to the student. In addition, in the age of the Internet, public education, as it is presently constituted, is becoming an anachronism.
Home Schooling is the taxpaying parents response to an education system rife with destructive educational experiments, values clarification, and political indoctrination. The reaction has been reminiscent of the scenario laid out by novelist Ayn Rand in her magnum opus Atlas Shrugged. In Atlas Shrugged, the productive citizen went on strike against an increasingly inefficient, centrally controlled, corrupted totalitarian system. The home schooled student is, in a sense, on strike.
Education author and researcher Samuel L. Blumenfeld, in his brilliant book "N.E.A. Trojan Horse in American Education", meticulously documents how the "progressives", self described "change agents" and "frontier thinkers" such as John Dewey, began taking over the system in the early to mid-twentieth century. They transformed our schools from academically based institutions where students learned the skills and moral principals they would need to conduct themselves as free individuals, to an "affective" system where the emphasis would be socialization and politicization. Blumenfeld quotes heavily from Dewey's extensive writing and the evidence shows a plan to implement a socialist transformation of our society starting with our children. Parents are conned into believing that the schools they are required to fund are there to teach their sons and daughters to be self-sufficient. In fact, the schools are attempting to turn our children into semi-lobotomized apparatchiks. Our children are being conditioned to slavishly serve the "collective" as it is defined by the Dewey clones in the education establishment.
In 1933, Dr. Harold Ruggs, an influential educational change agent, revealed this agenda in his pivotal book "The Great Technology":
"A new public mind is to be created. How? Only by creating tens of millions of individual minds and wielding them into a new social mind. Old stereotypes must be broken up and new climates of opinion formed in the neighborhoods of America." (p.32)
"…through the schools of the world we shall disseminate a new conception of government – one that will embrace all the activities of men, one that will postulate the need of scientific control and operation of economic activities in the interest of all people."
The home schooling movement is clear evidence that the American people are beginning to wake up. Whether liberal or conservative, we all want the best and most independent life for our sons and daughters. This is basic human nature, exactly what the change agents, in their sick imaginations, want to change. The new educational modalities, whether whole language, new math, social studies, death education, sex education, or values clarification are meant to twist real learning into group experiences and socialization. Our children's minds and morals are, as a result, twisted, and deliberately so, in the process. Our children socialize just fine without the tender ministrations of social planners who should stick to educating.
The Internet is presently shaking up the entertainment and publishing industry and will, hopefully, shake up the means of education as well thus making the argument for government control and factory like schools obsolete in the near future. Internet technology now enables a musician to release a record without a record company and an author to self publish a book. The same technology could be used in education to guide and assist a student toward study.
Teachers should be as instrumental as ever in these conditions and could revert to the original essence of the teaching model practiced from time immemorial which is private tutoring or tutoring a small group in a select home. This form of teaching allows the parent and student the option of choice and allows the teacher to develop a mentoring relationship with the student that could continue in the formative years and beyond. The free market will enable the excellent teacher to advance and receive appropriate compensation. Teachers unions would be relegated to the ash bin of history where they belong.
Clearly, monopolistic, federal government dominated schools have no place in a free society and a free market. State and local government could, perhaps, play a limited, local role of providing scholarships to indigent students and gathering information. Education, whether home schooling, private school, or locally controlled and funded public school, should be in the hands of the true experts, the parents.
Chuck Morse is a syndicated talk show host on the American Freedom Network and a contributing writer to Enter Stage Right and Ether Zone.