"Rebecca" left a comment on Dana's blog to the effect that additional homeschool regulations would be appropriate to hold parents accountable because "lots of home-schooled kids are just being taught about Jesus all day."
Well, first off, I'm sure a good number of secular, Muslim, Objectivist, gay and other homeschooling parents are flattered to know they've done such a good job of teaching their children conservative Christian theology. Kudos to them!! Hey, guys... we'll have to throw a party later and your kids can show me all the Bible verses they know, ok? I'll bring the cake. :]
I guess "lots of home-schooled kids are just" are a lot of things. Throw a stereotype out there, why don't you? They're:
behind public school peers
not allowed to grow up normally
raised by parents who are overly controlling
I'm sure the sorts of people who perpetuate these myths would never throw out the "lots of children of gays are sexually abused" myth, let alone the "lots of black children are good dancers" myth and the "Chinese children do so well at math because they're naturally smarter" myth. Shall I go on, or do you get the picture already?
Maybe I missed it. Maybe children of ethnically Chinese people really ARE naturally smarter, and I just missed GOD coming down in the form of a statistic to tell me that information. My bad. Here all this time I thought He took the form of a man instead. At least that's what I've been teaching my children about Jesus.
You know, I think this is an excellent idea. Tomorrow, I'm going to do nothing but teach about Jesus. When we have a set of fractions to subtract, I shall declare that GOD HIMSELF hath ordained that nine-tenths minus one-tenth equals one tenth, world without end. Amen.
Ok, enough silliness. We really do teach about Jesus all day long, I suppose, in our homeschool. When we're learning science, we come at it from a young-earth Christian perspective. Don't like it? Too stinkin' bad. You're not buying my curriculum, so what's it to you? When we learn history, we study missionaries as well as politicians. Don't like it? Too stinkin' bad. When we read, we read the Bible as well as carefully selected texts that contain nothing contrary to my understanding of theology. Don't like it? Too stinkin' bad. Go teach your own kid.
Hey. That stereotype about Christians being meek and mild is just that. Don't like it? Too stinkin' bad.
I'm guessing Pagan moms and Buddhist moms teach their children religious precepts as well. It's none of my business to interfere in such matters! I couldn't imagine myself voting against their rights to do so, either. What is it about some people that the feel the need to manipulate and control others? It isn't just secular people. I was very sorry to learn that Sonlight wouldn't be featured at a Christian curriculum fair because the hosts felt it wasn't conservative enough. (Hat tip: Luke)
Unfortunately, I fear that's the sort of thing that happens when fighting is so intense between secular forces and those who want to teach about Jesus all day. Sometimes we accidentally make enemies of those who don't (in our view) teach the correct doctrine or teach our understanding of theology perfectly. That's a shame. I've ordered the Singapore math stuff from them and while I don't see "GOD SAID..." on every page, I do see that God has made the whole world and He really did ordain the order and scientific principles we see before us each day.
Just my opinion. You're welcome to teach your kids whatever you feel is right. I think. Well, in most states. :]