My Newswithviews Column, April 23 (‘Baloney against Homeschooling from Harvard’)

What about the “risks” of public schooling?

Leftists have ideas that race to the far reaches of stupidity in a thousand directions at once.

So here we have a Harvard law professor calling for a government ban on homeschooling because it’s so full of unacceptable “risks.”

Baloney Against Homeschooling From Harvard

What exactly are we getting for that $40.9 billion endowed to Harvard every year. Crikey, what do they do with such a fabulous amount of money? It’s not like Harvard has a navy to finance.

I wonder how many Harvard professors send their own kids to the public schools. My guess would be none.

6 comments on “My Newswithviews Column, April 23 (‘Baloney against Homeschooling from Harvard’)

  1. Great article. Indeed, the real agenda of the schools is conformity. They threw in some math and reading, along the way, but having everyone conform to their arbitrary standards was THE agenda. Keep quiet and don’t chew gum have long since been replaced by being “good citizens” as defined by the whims of environmental causes and notions of social justice. These things were rearing their heads, even when I was in school, but now they are preponderant.

    The results can be seen all around us. As children trained in this increasingly dysfunctional school system enter the adult world, their lack of reasoning skills becomes obvious. Just listen to what comes out of the mouths of some of these politicians.

    The book of Romans speaks of what happens when people ignore the obvious. Rom 1:20 “ For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”

    I believe this explains what we are seeing today, and an atheistic education system has brought much of this about.

    In any discussion, the answers are of no more value than the questions being raised. While schools seek ways to make things function more smoothly, no one seems to ask whether public schooling is really the best way. Discipline in school has been a problem for a long time, but perhaps the problem is with the concept of schools. When I was in school, these were essentially facilities for confinement. The worst crime was leaving the campus, followed closely by missing a class.

    Now, I will agree that making a living usually requires that you be in a certain place at a certain time, but there’s one big difference between a job and school. In 30 minutes, I have to be in a meeting of the team I work with, but they are paying me to be there (in this case, it’s a virtual meeting, conducted with online collaboration tools and it spans the globe). There is an incentive for me to be at this certain place at this specific time. Every two weeks, like clockwork, my incentive is deposited in my bank account and this allows me to live independently, pay my bills and save for retirement.

    Schools offer incentives, but they are quite different. One obvious incentive is the grades students are given, supposedly given for the merit of the work being done, but all too often given to assuage the demands of parents that claim unfair treatment. Another incentive is academic opportunity and there is certainly value in some of these incentives. A full-ride scholarship to MIT could be worth a lot, but scholarships are not always used for productive learning, so we end up with the phenomenon of the PHD earning starvation wages because they aren’t qualified to do anything that an employer is willing to pay for, so they schlep books at Barnes and Nobles or sling espresso at Starbucks. Meanwhile, their high school peer that pursued an apprenticeship in plumbing is making a much better living and has no student loans to pay off.

    Education has become an end unto itself, for many people. As someone that has been a hiring manager in a technical field, I was much more impressed with experience than I was with education and if a candidate came along with an impressive education, but a poor record of earnings, I tended to read no further into their resume. Impressive degrees in a resume applying for a $40,000 per year, entry level position strike me as alarming.

    If I had the time and wherewithal, I would love to go back to school and pursue a degree in Engineering Physics, or perhaps Electrical Engineering, but these would be to augment what I have already learned and not specifically to prepare for a new career.

    Unfortunately, a lot of young people, in our day, see college as a career guarantee, and that is simply not realistic.

  2. Great article, Lee!! The #1 school in Arkansas that also came in 8th place nationwide is a charter school. The next top four schools in Arkansas are charter schools. Charter school students are chosen by lottery. Think of that, these schools don’t get to screen for advanced students yet produce top test scores. Joe Biden has promised to eliminate all charter schools – is he in cahoots with the devil?

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