January 14, 2007 @ 12:49 pm | Filed under: Education News & Issues
This week’s episode of the PBS show Religion and Ethics Newsweekly focuses on homeschooling. If you miss it on the air, you can read a transcript at the link above. Frankly, I found it disappointing. Plays right into the "oh those poor sheltered homeschooled kids being indoctrinated by their parents" stereotype, largely thanks to the talking points of Robert Reich.
Reich: "If parents can
control every aspect of a kid’s education, shield them from exposure to
the things that the parents deem sinful or objectionable, screen in
only the things which accord to their convictions, and not allow them
exposure to the world of a democracy, will the children grow up then
basically in the own image of their parents, servile to their own
The answer is no, but I don’t suppose he’ll take my word for it. "Not allow them exposure to the world of democracy"—??? Give me a break. I am so tired of hearing this guy speak as some kind of authority on home education when he clearly doesn’t remotely understand it.
“Yes, Yes, I Know She Is Quite Smart, But I Want to Know How Her Soul Is Developing”
Meanwhile, in New York
Carnival of Education, Week 73
Is the Mainstream Press Finally Starting to Understand Unschooling?
Why I’m Glad to Be Homeschooling in California Right Now