SchwartzReport: The Dark Side of Home Schooling — And Public Schooling + Education Meta-RECAP

04 Education, 11 Society

schwartz reportAnyone who reads SR regularly knows my views on religious fundamentalism in general, and the threat posed to America by the Christian version particularly. Here is the latest. Notice the universals of fundamentalism of whatever faith: Deeply distorted views on sexuality, the suppression and subordination of women, the emphasis on guilt, and the commitment to willful ignorance.

The Dark Side of Home Schooling: Creating Soldiers for the Culture War
KATHERINE STEWART – The Guardian (U.K.)

EXTRACT:

“The Christian home school subculture isn’t a children-first movement. It is, for all intents and purposes, an ideology-first movement. There is a massive, well-oiled machine of ideology that is churning out soldiers for the culture war. Home schooling is both the breeding ground – literally, when you consider the Quiverfull concept – and the training ground for this machinery. I say this as someone who was raised in that world.”

Phi Beta Iota:  Sadly, public schools have generally lost their value with their descent into political correctness, micro-management, and teaching to the lowest common denominator.  Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are the poster child for being “perfect” at doing all the wrong things just at the time when we most desperately need to begin nurturing a 21st Century thinking and caring population.  Home schooling is only an option for one income families absent new forms of neighborhood organization — a schoolhouse on every corner.  The US Department of Education lacks intelligence and also lacks integrity.  In the future we dare hope that an honest effective government might integrate education, intelligence, and research under one Secretary-General charged with creating a Smart Nation.  Until then, stupidity will remain a common virtue at all levels.  There are many good initiatives scattered about — there is no leadership in education worthy of the name.

See Also:

Chuck Spinney: The Mind of the Decider — Ignorance Plus Arrogance — Disconnected from Reality While All Others Buried Their Integrity

Fairfax County Public Schools — Best — and Not

GOOD NEWS: Education Done Wright — With Hard Knocks

Graphic: Knowledge Wheel (Intelligence 101)

Jean Lievins: Community-based labs nurture young talent

Jean Lievins: YouTube (20:17) Seth Godin et al on The Future of Learning & the Death of Rote Education

John Maguire: Hackerspaces & Open-Source Creativity — Making Up for Educational Shortfalls

John Taylor Gatto: TRANSCRIPT & SOURCES for The Ultimate History Lesson

Michel Bauwens: Applying Sharing Economy to Education — Comment from Robert Steele and 21st Century Education RECAP

Review (Guest): 1996 The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School

Review: Born To Learn: Unschooling In the New Paradigm

SchwartzReport: China Breeding “Enhanced” People [While Exporting Surplus Males], Stupid Humans a Western Cancer, Willful Ignorance of the US Progressives–Only the Quakers Get It Right

SchwartzReport: USA at Bottom in Child Well Being — and Tops in Military Spending, Imprisonment, Divorce, and Obesity

SmartPlanet: Free Online Courses Discovering Global Talent

Theophillis Goodyear: The Second Enlightment Emergent Now — Comment by Bojan Radej