06 December 2018

Massachusetts: Still Persecuting Dissenters

  • States with high [homeschool] regulation (all the above regulations, plus other requirements — e.g., curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents or home visits by state officials) include Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Note that much of the least free states in this report are in the Northeast. Other reports/studies show similar results. This is due (at least in part) to the legacy of the Puritans who, as we know, were hard on dissenters. Watch the video below for the latest Puritan attack on freedom. Here's the latest example of a modern day witch hunt:


Ralph Steel said...

I never understood parents who think they can teach better than teachers who are trained and licensed by the state. I takes many years to develop the ability to teach, yet some parents think its just a game.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I never understood statists who refuse to look at facts, results and evidence. And I don't know any homeschooling parents who think it's just a game.

Ralph Steel said...

Teacher go to school and major in the subject they teach. They then take exams to prove their knowledge. Once certified or licensed they must show continual education, go through a rigorous evaluation process and be re-certified or re-license every 5 to 10 years depending on the state.

Homeschooling parents could be dropouts and they still think they know more than the teachers.

The anti-intellectualism that you so love to quietly spout hiding behind your anti-elitism is what hurts this nation.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Ralph, that's a whole lotta edicatin' and certifiyin'! I'm curious though, in all your acquiring of "knowledge", did you ever take any classes in debate or logic? Evidently not or you would have never used such an obvious non sequitur.

The point is what method is the most successful in transferring knowledge and skills to children, not how much "certification" the teacher has. Sorry partner, but you can't deny the fact that, as a group, homeschooling children far excel those being taught by so-called "experts."

Parents care about results, not your certification. Deal with the facts my friend.

Beyond the results, children belong to parents, not the state. We get to decide how they're educated, not a cold, detached state. How Orwellian.

Ralph Steel said...

And once again you fail to understand what the education and certification provide to the teacher that is fully missed by the parent. The idea behind the education and certification is all about getting results.

I am sure homeschoolers can get results never dreamed of by public school teachers...they can punish their children in ways only teachers can dream of.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

And once again, you fail to understand that wishful thinking does not produce results. The "education and certification" is meaningless if it's not producing the claimed desired results. And despite the empirical and overwhelming evidence and studies showing that homeschooled students far excel public school students, the best defense you can come up with is that parents "can punish their children in ways only teachers can dream of."

How pathetic. Your vapid retort does not even deserve a response.