No Free Thought: Harvard Prof Calls for Homeschooling Ban

She voices the not-so-hushed opinion among leftists that Christians are dangerous.Louis DeBroux · Apr. 22, 2020

  

With the Wuhan coronavirus sending nearly all of America’s 56 million children home for school, progressives are terrified that parents might ultimately realize homeschooling is a better option than many of our failing public schools.

This was evident in a recent article in Harvard Magazine regarding the supposed “dangers” of homeschooling. The author, Erin O’Donnell, notes that homeschooling is rapidly increasing, with 3-4% of America’s school children now educated at home unrelated to school closures.

She quotes extensively from Elizabeth Bartholet, a Harvard public-interest professor of law and faculty director of the Law School’s Child Advocacy Program. Bartholet sees “risks for children — and society — in homeschooling,” and she recommends a presumptive ban on homeschooling. In other words, parents must petition government for the “privilege” of educating their own children and prove a valid need to do so.

Why? Because homeschooling, claims Bartholet, violates children’s right to a “meaningful education” and protection from potential child abuse. Furthermore, Bartholet claims homeschooling damages our democratic society because “a majority of such families … are driven by conservative Christian beliefs, and seek to remove their children from mainstream culture.” Worse, she hyperventilates, many are “extreme religious ideologues” who “question science and promote female subservience and white supremacy.”

She continues, “It’s also important that children grow up exposed to community values, social values, democratic values, ideas about nondiscrimination and tolerance of other people’s viewpoints.”

The lack of self-awareness is actually rather impressive. Bartholet is actively campaigning for government restrictions so that children will not be exposed to “other people’s viewpoints” — particularly conservative Christianity 


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