Coronavirus: Cure For Stranglehold By Government Indoctrination Centers?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. March 13, 2020
As pandemonium over the new virus, Covid-19, sweeps across the United States, hundreds of schools and universities have been shuttered – some indefinitely. The United Nations, which has long assumed it has the right to control world education, has warned that “the global scale and speed of current educational disruption is unparalleled and, if prolonged, could threaten the right to education.”
Yet a disruption of current education in government schools is a grand opportunity for parents to learn about far better ways to educate their children and get them out of anti-American, anti-Christian indoctrination centers. Already two million students are being homeschooled with the rate growing seven percent annually while the public school rate growth is only one percent. Most peer-reviewed studies on homeschooling outcomes find that homeschoolers generally outperform their schooled peers academically. I have found home schooled students to be mature, respectful, highly articulate, curious, imaginative, and socially comfortable with adults.
Despite long days spent in government schools, children today are less well educated than those in the past. In just a few decades, American workers have gone from being the best educated to the worst educated in the industrialized world.
It’s commonly believed that education was very limited in the early years of our nation yet there was actually a wide array of educational opportunities with public and private schools, charity schools for the poor, apprentice programs, and home schooling. Anecdotal evidence and literacy data from the mid-to-late 1700s show that literacy levels were significantly higher than those of today. Even prior to the passage of the first compulsory schooling statute in Massachusetts in 1852, nearly three-fourths of the total U.S. population, including slaves, was literate according to historians, Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis.
Now America is becoming an illiterate nation with less than one third of high school seniors being proficient in reading and math according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. American 12th-graders reading scores “have never come back from their high point around 1950,” notes E.D. Hirsch. Our average high school graduates are two and a half years behind those in top-performing countries. Even worse for the future of a free America is that many of our graduates prefer socialism to capitalism and a large majority have rejected the biblical worldview.
Class time is used to indoctrinate in socialism and developmentally inappropriate curricula that includes Comprehensive Sexuality Education programs with LGBT policies and gender identity. Academic learning has been replaced by social and emotional learning and online learning that uses psychological manipulation to change student worldviews and values. Students are subjected to school violence, bullying, discipline problems, and mandated vaccinations. There is rabid discrimination toward Christians and Jews while a pro-Islam curriculum openly teaches Qur’an verses and the Five Pillars of Islam.
How vastly different are the days of homeschoolers from those of public school students. Not only do children study at home but they spend much time out in the community participating in debate competitions and sports teams. They go on field trips with homeschooling associations, visit museums, study music privately or in classes, sing in chorales, and perform with instrumental groups and in local plays. Their civic studies can include visiting state capitols to watch the legislative process in action and block walking for political candidates to learn how to engage with voters. In science, homeschoolers are keenly interested in creating robots and participating in robotic competitions.
Even though many homeschooling parents reject the rigid institutionalization of public education, they often use the same methods at home which stifle a child’s natural curiosity. John Holt, a teacher and pioneer of the modern homeschooling movement, launched a newsletter in 1977 for homeschooling families, "Growing Without Schooling," in which he encouraged parents to avoid this pitfall and coined the term “unschooling” to identify taking children out of school.
There are alternatives to an authoritarian style of homeschooling that are gaining in popularity. Self-directed learning is fostered in home-based microschools akin to one-room schoolhouses with small classes of multiple ages, hybrid homeschooling programs, and local classes with small, mixed-age children who attend voluntarily part-time or full-time.
Despite its being a national health crisis, there could be a positive outcome from Coronavirus. It just could be the catalyst for breaking the stranglehold of government schools as parents decide to “unschool” their children and make American education the greatest in the world again.