Home Schooling and Intellectual Freedom

Check out joeypanto.com for a new recording of a speech by home schooling activist Alexandra Goldburt at the San Pedro LP dinner meeting on April 17.  Alexandra warns of government plans to remove the freedom for citizens to homeschool your kids, relates horror stories experienced by home schoolers, and advises us how to defend this freedom, which is one of our principal defenses against government propaganda and statist indoctrination.  Raised in the former USSR, Alexandra knows about indoctrination.

The left loves to protect their tenured collectivist hacks in universities by claiming the right of intellectual freedom. Yet they have no problem with public schools teaching radical environmentalist propoaganda to kids without even a hint that the information may be controversial.

This happened in my 14-year old daughter’s science class the other day. The teacher showed a part of Al Gore’s propaganda blockbuster, An Inconvenient Truth, presenting is as cold fact.

Obviously this hits home with the Luddhunter. Such indoctrination is unacceptable. The tempting solution is to grab the teacher by the neck and inform he or she that the next time that piece of shit flick is showed to a child by him/her, he/she will be digging the DVD out of his/her totalitarian ass.

But the legal way to do it is by a letter campaign. Write the school, addressign the teacher, copy the principal, complain clearly, and say you expect an answer within a week, and if you don’t get it, you will forward the letter to the superintendent of the school board and the State dept of education. Then do it if you get no answer. If you get no answer from above, publish the letters on a blog like this one (wordpress has a free blog service), and write your newspaper with the story of the propaganda and the non-response.

I have done step one of the above, but prefer to keep the actual letter private for now, until I get my answer.

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6 Responses to “Home Schooling and Intellectual Freedom”

  1. Alexandra Goldburt Says:

    Hello, Joey!

    So, your daughter still is in a public school… Which means I have not convinced you. Yet. I’m afraid I need to work on polishing my persuasion skills!

    Even if writing to the school principal, and then the superintendent, and so on up to the State board of education solves this particular problem (which I doubt) – there still will be 1,000 problems left or so. Disinformation and more disinformation.

    For example, in “sex education class”, they teach about AIDS without any hint that many prominent scientists, including some Nobel Laureates, question the HIV-AIDS connection.

    In history class, they teach that “Lincoln liberated the slaves”, without any mention that it is a controversial subject, to say the least, and that many respected historians point out that the real story is much more complicated than that.

    And so on and so forth. Teaching controversial subjects as if no controversy existed.

    What better way for young people to develop critical thinking skills than to discuss truly controversial subjects? But no, the system doesn’t want you to develop any critical thinking skills. In fact, it was designed to impede the formation of any critical thinking skills at all.

    Bottom line: all the time and effort it takes to write to superintendents can be put to better use- homeschooling your daughter.

    Yours in Liberty,

    Alexandra

  2. luddhunter Says:

    Thanks Alexandra,
    For me and most others, homeschooling is not economically feasible with my long work hours. I try to inoculate my daughter against bad ideas by giving long lectures on various topics and drawing out her opinions and teaching her to justify them. so far, her principles seem well-rooted, but occasionally she is persuaded by unaccountable logic and makes a bad decision…nothing major so far.

    If I had a work-from-home job, or seasonal job, I could make the time to construct a cirriculum, and buy/beg/borrow good materials that I know home-schoolers use, and even hire out or barter expertise in various subjects. The primary benefits of her current schooling is regular assignment accountability (putting content aside for now), large-group social development, and school sports. I know all these can be achieved with homeschooling if some extra efforts are made, but again it is the feasibility question.

    Content is a critical issue, and have been vigilant on indoctrination efforts al along, always teaching her that there is a statist agenda and ideology being pushed, and showing her the alternative ideas, and pointing out what is controversial. So far, so good, but I do see a great benefit to homeschooling if the parent(s) have the time and money. I am 100% behind your effort to prevent government from denying the right to homeschool your own children.

    Thanks again for your excellent advocacy efforts on this important freedom that is under threat.

    to be continued

    Joey

  3. Alexandra Goldburt Says:

    Joey, oh, Joey,

    Long lectures is NOT a good method of parenting. In fact, long lectures have never achieved anything.

    If I told you that I can homeschool effortlessly, without lifting a finger, and almost for free, would you do it?

    Well, you can!

    Good news: you don’t have to do anything to give an education to your daughter. She can do it herself – and she’ll grow strong, independent and self-confident by doing this (a result that can never be achieved by sending her in government school).

    Here is how:

    Step 1 – give a book “Teenage Liberation Handbook” by Grace Llewlllyn. The book will tell he WHY and HOW give herself a superior education.

    Step 2 – get in touch with EIE (http://www.excellenceineducation.com/) and sign up with them for the official purposes (it’s an umbrella school).

    Step 3 – call the government school and say “So long, folks!” (Won’t it give you pleasure?)

    Step 4 – trust her, Joey. She will do it beautifully. And withhold long lectures, please…. (I had a father who was into long lectures – 30 years later, I still have bad taste in my mouth…)

    Regular assignment accountability? Replace it with trust – works way better.

    Large-group social development – are you sure it’s a plus? If you insist on “socialization”, then community college will do much better. (I touched on the subject in my talk).

    School sports – sure, that’s how schools entice you to stay. Don’t you think that the price to pay is too high? Again, check with your local community college – I’m sure they have something in sports department.

    What does you daughter herself think about it? Would she like to be homeschooled?

    Regards,

    Alex

  4. Luddhunter Says:

    Alex, oh Alex
    (I like the dramatic lamentation opening, I’m going to borrow that technique from you!)

    I won’t argue parenting, but I will agree with you that she is old enough to decide if she wants homeschooling. I will present her the materials and give it a fair evaluation and print the results on this thread.

    You are persuasive to present the option this way, but she will have to be equally persuasive to me that she would make the same or better effort in a homeschool program.

    Here’s one for you: What do you think is the best way to certify a homeschooled high school student (besides the SAT) to assure he/she is competitive for admission to a good college?

  5. Alexandra Goldburt Says:

    Hello, Joey,

    Sorry for my lateness. I was too busy attending to my business (as promoting homeschooling doesn’t give any cash, yet).

    But, to your question: while there is no one right answer to “how do I know she is really learning question” (but the way, how do you know she is really learning in government school?), one of the possible answers will be: have her take CHSPE exam about a year after “dropping out”. CHSPE stands fro California High School Proficiency Exam and in California is a legal equivalent of having a high school diploma.

    Re: “good college”. Homeschooling has been around for almost 20 years (actually, way longer than that, if we count the centuries before the introduction of compulsory government schooling), and homeschoolers have been admitted to the best colleges.

    My own homeschooled daughter was admitted to the UCLA school of arts. Is it good enough a college for you?

    But, what are HER plans for later in life? Does SHE want to go to what you classify as a good college?

    Let her read Grace Llewellyn book and think it through. It is possible the she’ll say “You know, Dad, I think I want to stay in school”. That’s fine – she’ll be the only kid in school who’s there because of her own freely made choice. She might change her mind a year or two down the road.

    Best luck to you and your daughter,

    Alex

  6. Alexandra Says:

    Hello there!

    8 month later… have you joined the homeschooling bandwagon yet?

    :_)

    Alexandra

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