We've talked about why homeschooling is an excellent choice from an academic, independence, and character-building standpoint in previous articles. In this discussion, we'll talk about protecting your children from indoctrination.
Distance learning is starting to show some of the cracks with schooling.
Reports are starting to surface of parents uncomfortable with the political patina of their children's online classrooms. Police visited one family because a boy's BB gun was visible behind him in an online classroom session, and the teacher reported the "gun" to the police.
Another teacher caught a glimpse of a 12-year old's Nerf gun, and instead of asking him or the parents about it, she reported it to the sheriff. The child was accidentally suspended for a week for having a toy gun at home during a Zoom class!
One teacher expressed that he has to be more careful with his words now that parents can listen to online class sessions. Some school districts have gone so far as to ask parents to sign a disclaimer that they will not watch class sessions with their children to protect other children's privacy in the online classroom.
Could it be that teachers, their unions, and school administrations are concerned about being exposed as rhetoric spreaders in the classroom?
Have we forgotten our children are our responsibility?
Rearing them, teaching them, caring for them, and loving them is our responsibility. In this country, it seems we have abdicated that responsibility and ceded it over to the state. We believe the government owes our children free education, free medical care, and even free meals. I don't know about you, but I suspect there is a string attached when I hear something is free. That string is the ability to mold our children's minds.
I'm not comfortable with people I don't know taking full responsibility for my children's care, their thoughts, and their beliefs. Don't we suspect that this current civil unrest was born in the classroom some years ago? While "it takes a village" has a nice familial ring to it, do we want the state to be that village?