06 January 2010

Georgetown Academic Would Criminalize Homeschooling

And the Homeschool Legal Defense Association responds appropriately to Robin West's The Harms of Homeschooling. Here are a few excerpts:



While the number of people in academia who are openly critical of homeschooling are few, every now and again an article will be published in a university periodical which attacks homeschooling. The critics in academia come from the far left of the political spectrum. One such critic, Robin L. West of the Georgetown University Law Center, recently published an article titled “The Harms of Homeschooling,” which appeared in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue of the University of Maryland’s Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly

In the article she says, “Education, after all, is typically described as a core, and possibly the core, state responsibility.” We hope you’d agree that anyone who can entertain the idea that education is the core responsibility of the state (even though education is not mentioned as a state responsibility in the U.S. Constitution) and neglect to recognize that defense/national security is the core responsibility of the state is clearly out of the mainstream. 

Later in the article Ms. West says, “Homeschooling is now such an entrenched practice, recriminalization is not a viable option in any event.” It appears that Ms. West is suggesting that she would not oppose regarding homeschoolers as criminals?

The level of ignorance, misinformation, and a heavy-handed, statist mindset revealed in West's comments is astounding. Fortunately, HSLDA's response sets the record straight. You can read their response here.

(What is it about certain academics who want to put everyone who disagrees with them in jail? It seems that those who would think outside the box or challenge the status quo are viewed as a threat. What is it they fear? The loss of their monopoly? I thought one of the cornerstones of higher learning was diversity and free expression. Not so according to the the control freak, authoritarian statists.)

5 comments:

13thBama said...

I am certain that had the idea come up to jail anyone who did not embrace capitalism, the elitist socialists would be the first to scream. It is different though when they have the right to embrace a belief that has obviously failed throughout the world.

This should not surprise us. They are evil and do not realize how evil their opinions sound to normal people.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I wouldn't want to paint with such a broad stroke as to suggest that all who embrace such notions are "evil" - though the concept certainly is. Some are, quite frankly, just very naive, ignorant, gullible, and/or grossly misinformed.

jacksonianlawyer said...

The hypocrisy of the statists is long-standing and theirs has always been an ideal of "do as we say, not as we do." No different here really; it is their belief that they are vastly superior than us "rank-and-file," and we certainly cannot know what is in our best interests. It is also a concerted effort to indoctrinate and assimilate our children, ridding the path of any voices other than those of the statists. Imprison (or, frankly, murder) the dissenters is the modus op for Castro, Chavez, Mao, etc. ad infin. Same tired drum that is being beat here and one which, as haggard as it is, has not lost its power to sicken and infuriate me.

Thanks for sharing this RW and I hope all is well with you and your family my friend.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

JL:

Yes, they do believe they are superior. One such academic whose blog I read, often uses such phrases as "not sophisticated" in criticizing those who disagree with his historical analysis. This type of condescension always reminds me of Thurston Howell on Gilligan's Island - "Ah yes Lovey, poor chaps just don't have the capacity to understand gifted geniuses like ourselves." Gag me with a spoon.

As I've so often opined, arrogance is a blinding vice.

The Warrior said...

(What is it about certain academics who want to put everyone who disagrees with them in jail? It seems that those who would think outside the box or challenge the status quo are viewed as a threat. What is it they fear? The loss of their monopoly? I thought one of the cornerstones of higher learning was diversity and free expression. Not so according to the the control freak, authoritarian statists.)

Ahem...Expelled?

I saw this in an HSLDA email that they sent to me. Good post, thanks for bringing it up.

Keep up the fight,

Spencer