The Corporate Sovereignty of Homeschool Education?

I’m not even sure what to make of this rambling incoherent article. Karla Fetrow of Subversify Magazine has a piece that starts with a recount of the recent decision by a judge to force a parent to remove a child from a religious homeschooling in place of public school.

Karla then goes through the long list of issues that make liberal skin crawl – including abortion, evolution and political conservatism. Somehow, that’s supposed to implicate homeschooling as some force for evil. I should point out that homeschoolers are a diverse bunch. Many homeschoolers are not religiously motivated at all.

But the most puzzling thing is the conclusion that the alternative to “religious power.. in the hands of governing officials” is to take it away from individuals and families. How is that tolerance?

She does cite the success of homeschoolers, while failing to realize this success is regardless of religious motivations. Children simply learn better when directed by parents who know them, have their best interests at heart and are free from government meddling.

Homeschooling is not a government program. It’s just the opposite. If you want the diversity to continue, the government is not going to produce that with it’s federal mandates and universal standards.

There is nothing to be alarmed or afraid of with homeschooling. It’s simply people taking charge raising their own children. You should be more afraid of the government taking charge of your children.

The world has suffered much under the hands of those who had no regrets. It has suffered elitism, exploitation and tyranny. Our moral dignity has suffered under lies and deceptions. Religious power, when placed in the hands of governing officials, is a club that annihilates all other basic human rights. We must keep religion and science separate within our academic studies for it’s only through these separations that we can maintain an objective view and fully explore the potential of both science and religion. It’s only through these separations that we can safeguard against religiously motivated decisions in our legislative body. We must keep the distinctions clear, whether we are Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Matriarch inclined or atheist, for only then are we truly guaranteed the freedom of religion. Read more…

3 Replies to “The Corporate Sovereignty of Homeschool Education?”

  1. Gary, it's hardly rambling, or incoherent.

    I know Karla pretty well. Her point is simple – and it squares with the findings of a lot of people as diverse as Frank Schaeffer and Jeff Sharlet – that the homeschool movement in America, far from being a cross-section of American society, is championed by far-right Christian theocrats who are bent on creating an 'army of God's warriors' to 'take back America for Jesus'.

    That the First Amendment prohibits this is of small concern to them.

  2. By rambling I mean, she poorly connects all of these unconnected topics of creationism, racism, theocracy, and all the other alarmist rhetoric to homeschooling.

    If she is trying to prove or imply that homeschoolers are racist, bigoted tyrants, she doesn't do it with logic.

    Besides, she ends with a warning against power "…placed in the hands of governing officials" but that's the exact opposite what most homeschoolers would want. We don't want to force our morals on anyone but we also don't want the government to decide what morals our kids will learn today.

    I read this as an effort to say "Here are some kids not being controlled by us. Why, they could be taught anything! We have to stop this!"

    The first amendment constrains government. I'm for that.

  3. I think it appeals to the "religious right" simply because many of those folks believe that raising and teaching their children is actually their responsibility. The notion that government intervention is required to educate a child is dangerous at best.

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