"Of course, the homeschoolers will never stop sending puffs of smoking disdain towards the local public school and it’s humble inhabitants. Along with the fruits of the Holy Spirit and all the Jesus parables, the homeschoolers love to preach the inadequacy and the failings of public education. It seems like the main subjects of homeschooling curriculum must include math, English, and public school hate. Whenever the homeschooling mom passes the local elementary school in the middle of the day, it is her God given duty to point out to her children, how those wretched kids behind the fence on the playground are in a prison… a federally funded prison… a federally funded, atheistic prison. A federally funded, atheistic, prison that mommy and daddy are forced to pay for because the evil government makes them!"
You loved this little excerpt, didn't you? You can read the rest of the vitriol here, or I can summarize it for you: some lady somewhere, who has a physician for a husband and can therefore buy her children a spot in the best public schools should she wish, wants those priggish homeschoolers to stop being so stuck-up and send their kids to school with everyone else's.
Those old one-room schoolhouses symbolize the greatness of communities working together, and we need to send our kids to public school to recapture those good old days on a grander scale, she implies. Apparently, this atheist's take on the "love of God" entails sending ALL Christian children to public school regardless of whether this is a good thing for them individually. Because the God we made up calls us to, and we're totally racist, bigoted, snobbish hypocrites if we don't. (In fact, it would be good for the kids to get away from their narrow-minded parents, anyway.) Nevermind that those one-room schoolhouses she's hearkening back to used to teach straight from that pesky Bible she doesn't believe in, or that, in a large majority of cases, children of colour couldn't even GO to these schools. And the kids who were lucky enough to receive an education were physically and mentally abused on a regular basis in these buildings. The good old days. Mmm.
Whatever. But it made for some entertaining reading. I would expect that sort of thing from someone who has never homeschooled, or who doesn't know many homeschoolers. But the homeschoolers who responded to this post seem even more wacky for the most part. Here, they're stating that they are Pagan /atheist /saw a real-live dark person last week /live in a diverse area /whatever/ and they aren't evil like THOSE FUNDIE HOMESCHOOLERS! Please don't lump them in with *those* people!
No. It's the weirdo Christians who teach their daughters to wear skirts and bake cinnamon rolls that we really need to be concerned about. They're the dangerous ones, not me, boss. Because if THEY pulled themselves together, they're the ones who would make the difference in public education. The enlightened people like the commenters are the ones who should be able to homeschool their children, but only because they're concerned about their local public schools and the larger community and/or teach their children the "right" sorts of things.
Um... yeah. You think that if it makes you feel any better. Dug and found a "handi" wiki quote to consider, folks:
"In Germany, [the Nazis] first came for the Communists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me – and by that time no one was left to speak up."–Martin Niemoller
I'm not implying that sometimes Christian homeschoolers don't have a snotty attitude or that I think secular homeschoolers have to defend everything they do. I'm just thinking that often, the attitude we come across one that's far worse so sometimes... juuuuust sometimes... we like to circle the wagons a little. It's nice to have at least one community in which one is accepted.
And for what it's worth, I was a fundamentalist Christian BEFORE I started homeschooling. In fact, I still send some of my children to the enemy's prison camp. :) Seriously, I appreciate the *good* things the public schools do very much. But I won't be silent about the bad things, or send Elf back to the elementary where they abused him. Must be because I'm a wacko fundie and think kids ought to have HUMAN RIGHTS no matter where they go.
Too bad if you don't like it.