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13 Assumptions That Put Your Children at Risk

Written by Gary North on March 26, 2013

Gary North’s Reality Check

There are 13 assumptions that pave the road of good educational intentions. Most Christian parents who send their children to college have adopted eleven of the 13.

The first one is this: “The state has both the authority and the moral obligation to fund education.” Then come the other 12.

2. “Our local public schools are not like all the others. I will enroll my child in kindergarten.”

3. “The teachers there are conservative.”

4. “I have joined the PTA. My opinions are being heard.”

5. “The teachers have the sexual revolution under control in our middle school.”

6. “The high school’s textbooks are conservative.”

7. “Our high school’s teachers are conservatives.”

8. “The curriculum in our high school is religiously neutral.”

9. “My children will resist temptation.”

10. “I want my children to be missionaries on campus.”

11. “I am sending my kids to a Christian college. They will be safe.”

12. “The college is accredited. They will get a good education.”

13. “My kids will have high-paying jobs after they graduate in the humanities.”

Here are what assumptions the parents make when they make these implicit confessions of faith.

2. “Our local public schools are not like all the others. I will enroll my child in kindergarten.”

This is what I call Lake Wobegon statistics. The parent assumes that his local school is above average. But all of the nation’s parents assume this, at least those outside the ghettos. Otherwise, half of the parents would be self-consciously deciding to send their children into substandard schools. None of them would admit that they are doing this voluntarily. So, the parent sends the child off to kindergarten, which is the first step in a 13-year or 14-year process. It begins with this assumption: the parent can legitimately transfer the authority over his child’s education to the state. It also begins with this assumption: there will be no negative consequences for this decision.

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11 thoughts on “13 Assumptions That Put Your Children at Risk

  1. Philip the Bruce says:

    Our (unofficial) foster daughter has a low IQ. She is not quite officially retarded. When she came to live with us at age 14, we considered home-schooling her, but allowed ourselves to be bamboozled by the fact that she was "special needs." So she spent 5 more years in the GIC's (government indoctrination centers) where she managed to improve her lying and rebellion skills.
    Now she has a 6 year-old son, born out of wedlock. They live with us. We (primarily my wife) are home-schooling him. Recently a friend said that she did not think he was learning fast enough how to read, and we should give up home-schooling and send him to a GIC (not her term).
    Here is my response:
    1. He just turned 6 in December. If he were in a GIC he would be in Kindergarten, and not even be starting to read.
    2. One of the advantages of home-schooling is that each child can learn at his own pace rather than being forced to conform to a group.
    3. Another advantage is that home school students get as much individual attention as needed, while those in the GIC's get little or no individual attention (unless as a trouble-maker).
    4. But primarily, the GIC's are the temples of the official US religion of Humanism. Even if he were learning more slowly, he is better off not to be exposed to that.

  2. The irony (and tragedy) of American life is that never before in history have we had so many means at our fingertips for educating ourselves and enlightening ourselves about what is going on in the world. Yet the vast majority fall into lockstep and go along with what the corporate-owned media tells them is "reality" and they send their kids through the hell of public education to grow up close-minded and ignorant, and therefore easy to control. Once you control what someone knows, you control the person.

  3. Gloria P. Sterling says:

    One of the biggest mistakes is that parents do NOT get involved (and I DON'T mean PTA, which I would never join again) in the education of their children and really look into what they are learning. I believe, if they would, they would IMMEDIATELY take them out of the public school system.

  4. Today's schools are no more than group baby sitting so the parents can go to work to pay high prices for goods that the government makes tax dollars to spend in other country's. We are being ripped off by our own government so they (the politicians) can fill their pockets at our expense. We have all had a family member die. Did the government give you anything for that death? Other than a tax bill? A little fact you may not know is that if a congress-person or a senate representative dies in office their family gets a gratuity for that person dieing. That's right, the family gets one (1) years pay as a gratuity for their service in office. Gee, and you thought your representative was doing so much for you, huh? How about abolishing the Death Tax? Hasn't your family paid enough in Taxes?

  5. Since 35 years I am a teacher. In public schools teach numbers, not individuals. Parents are concerned about the discipline of their children, bad atmosphere in the school. I tell them about homeschooling, they often talk about, but do not take it
    What can I do more?

  6. If you are a teacher in an ENGLISH speaking school, the lack of mastery of English in your comment is the BEST argument for homeschooling you can make.

  7. This was intended as a reply to bojidar.

  8. Steven, I'm not an English teacher, I'm not an american and I don't live in USA. I'm from Bulgaria and i work in bulgarian school. I'm a teacher P.E. I hope you understood what i meant to say. I don't speak Englich. I work with Google translate.bg.

  9. I'm expecting my first child in October and I'm already putting together my homeschooling curriculum. I was homeschooled myself, and have always intended to take this path with my children. Everyday the public school system gives me even more reasons to homeschool. What I fear is that by the time I'm actually teaching my children, this government will probably be attacking my right to do so. Thank God I live in Idaho, possibly the freest state for homeschooling. If you care about your children at all, please, PLEASE consider homeschooling, at least part time.

  10. Your complete inability to form a cogent thought, yet alone construct a sentence, is alarming. When you state that you're a teacher – I hope it's in another country and that english is a second language for you. If not, keep paying you're union dues. Just sayin'…

  11. Bojidar, you'll have to forgive Sid and Steven, who apparently didn't benefit much from what little education they may have had. They didn't have the sense to take note of your unique name and take the time to look it up with the wealth of information they have available on the internet. Then they'd have to be intelligent enough to connect a few facts and figure that you were likely not a native English speaker… They are, sadly, more proof that our education system is failing and some parents aren't succeeding at character building at home.