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The “Speech” September 8, 2009

Posted by Beth in Education.
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Two reasonable articles which discuss President Obama’s First-Day-of-School speech:

What’s so Sinister?
On Obama’s “indoctrination” speech

And here is the prepared text of the speech itself.

I hope President Obama is able to spread a bit of hope and belief in hard work to students who might otherwise give up. As a symbol of success and the fading influence of race in our country, he doe have this potential.

Homeschooler Seminar on the Environment July 14, 2009

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Reforming Environmental Policy: Seminar for Homeschool Students

For those of you with older homeschoolers interested in debate or rational environmental education, here is something you should know about. Although this event begins tomorrow, there is another opportunity in August.

I hope they will make some of this available after-the-fact. i will keep you posted.

NEA – not about education or the children July 11, 2009

Posted by Beth in Education, Politics.

It’s all about Union power. Hear it from the NEA General Council himself:

HT Rational Jenn

More Quotes on Education Worth Quoting January 14, 2009

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“In 100 years we have gone from teaching Latin and Greek
in high school to teaching Remedial English in college.”
— Joseph Sobran   (1946- ) Columnist

“If the only motive was to help people who could not afford education,
advocates of government involvement would have simply proposed tuition subsidies.”
— Milton Friedman  (1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist

“Government will not fail to employ education
to strengthen its hands and perpetuate its institutions.”
— William Godwin  (1756-1836)

from Famous Quotes about Liberty

Update 01-15-09

“If it would be wrong for the government to adopt an official religion, then,
for the same reasons, it would be wrong for the government to adopt official education policies. The moral case for freedom of religion stands or falls with that for freedom of education. A society that champions freedom of religion but at the same time countenances state regulation of education has a great deal of explaining to do.”
— James R. Otteson   American philosopher, professor, author

Education and the People’s State of California January 8, 2009

Posted by Beth in Education.

This is my blog for matters on family, friends and homeschooling. I have another blog where I discuss politics and economics, and I have tried to keep politics to a minimum on this site. However…..the long arm of the government reaches into our daily lives in many ways, especially that of education. Sometimes I just have to protest!

Get a load of these quotes!

‘Parent choice’ proceeds from the belief that the purpose of education is to provide individual students with an education. In fact, educating the individual is but a means to the true end of education, which is to create a viable social order to which individuals contribute and by which they are sustained. ‘Family choice’ is, therefore, basically selfish and anti-social in that it focuses on the ‘wants’ of a single family rather than the ‘needs’ of society.
— Association of California School Administrators

Should be no surprise when you realize John Dewey was one of the most influential educational philosophers for the American government school system.

“Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.”
— John Dewey
(1859-1952) American philosopher, psychologist, professor, and progressive educational reformer

And from the teachers union:

“The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience.”
— National Education Association Resolution   (2003)

To the writers I these statements I reply:

Men had better be without education than be educated by their rulers; for their education is but the mere breaking in of the steer to the yoke; the mere discipline of the hunting dog, which, by dint of severity, is made to forego the strongest impulse of his nature, and instead of devouring his prey, to hasten with it to the feet of his master.
— Thomas Hodgskin
Mechanics’ Magazine, 11 October 1823, Ref: Class and Conflict in Nineteenth-century England, 1815-1850, by Patricia Hollis

Thanks to Liberty-Tree.ca for the quotes.

P.S. I don’t think education need be as Hodgskin describes, but when education is politicized, as it must be when government runs the system, then danger is far too great. Currently 80% of K-12 students are taught by the government. The government is a primary source of their understanding of the proper role of government in our lives. Is it any surprise that government has grown into such a behemoth?