The Movement the Left Fears Most


The Left isn’t having kids, so they insist on stealing yours.

Dale Price

Kevin Williamson at National Review Online looks at the brazen attempt in Connecticut, go here to read my take on it, to use the Sandy Hook massacre to increase regulation of homeschooling.

Home-schoolers represent the only authentically radical social movement in the United States (Occupy Wall Street was a fashion statement) and so they must be suppressed, as a malevolent committee of leftist academics and union bosses under the direction of Governor Dannel Malloy is preparing to do in Connecticut, using the Sandy Hook massacre as a pretext. The ghouls invariably rush to the podium after every school massacre, issuing their insipid press releases before the bodies have even cooled, and normally they’re after your guns. But the Malloy gang is after your children.

Malloy’s committee on the Newtown shootings is recommending that Connecticut require home-schooling families to present their children to the local authorities periodically for inspection, to see to it that their psychological and social growth is proceeding in the desired direction. For anybody even passingly familiar with contemporary government schools, which are themselves a peerless source of social and emotional dysfunction, this development is bitterly ironic.

Adam Lanza was the product of madness, but he also was very much a product of the public schools and their allied institutions. He was briefly — very briefly — homeschooled after his parents had exhausted every other option. His mental troubles began long before he was home-schooled and were in fact well known to and documented by the various credentialed authorities under whose management he spent his youth, from his kindergarten therapists to the scholars at Yale’s Child Study Center. Far from being removed from the public system, Lanza was still attending student club meetings at Newtown’s high school just before the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

As City Journal notes, the Malloy gang says that Lanza’s educational and medical records support its proposals, which is curious: Its members have no access to those records. But a government commission says that it is so, so it must be so.

If you have not followed the issue closely, it is probably impossible for you to understand how intensely the Left and the government-school monopoly hate, loathe, and distrust home-schooling and home-school families. Purportedly serious scholars such as Robin West of Georgetown denounce them as trailer trash living “on tarps in fields or parking lots” and write wistfully of the day when home-schooling was properly understood: “Parents who did so were criminals, and their kids were truants.” The implicit rationale for the heavy regulation of home-schooling — that your children are yours only at the sufferance of the state — is creepy enough; in fact, it is unambiguously totalitarian and reduces children to the status of chattel. That this is now being framed in mental-health terms, under the theory that Lanza might not have committed his crimes if he had had the benefit of the tender attentions of his local school authorities, is yet another reminder of the Left’s long and grotesque history of using corrupt psychiatry as a tool of politics.  

But take a moment to fully appreciate the absurdity of the Malloy gang’s assumption. Our public schools are dysfunctional, depressing, frequently dangerous places. Their architecture is generally penal, incorporating precisely the same sort of perimeter control as one sees in a low-security prison, with dogs, metal detectors, and the whole apparatus of control at hand. They are frequently run by nakedly corrupt, self-serving men and women who are not above rigging test scores to pad out their bonuses and who will fight to the end to keep pedophiles on the payroll if doing so serves their political interests, as in the case of California. They cannot even keep their teachers from raping their students, but they feel competent issuing orders that every family present its children for regular inspection in the name of the children’s “social and emotional learning needs.”

Go here to read the rest.  What one must understand is that for the Left in this country the public school system is largely a success story.  Not in teaching kids academic subjects or job skills, which they tend to do poorly, but in indoctrinating kids in “correct” political attitudes, and in providing jobs for teachers, one of the key core groups for the modern Democrat party, and many of whom would be unemployable in the private sector.  The spreading homeschooling movement is a danger to all of this, and any opportunity, no matter how specious, to increase government regulation of homeschooling in order to quash this subversive movement must be seized upon.

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  1. “What one must understand is that for the Left in this country the public school system is largely a success story.”
    Absolutely. This and every other social program of the last 100 years. Social security is working exactly as planned, for instance.

  2. “The Left isn’t having kids, so they insist on stealing yours.
    Dale Price”
    Nothing less than kidnapping by the state. The person involved, the minor child, has civil rights held in trust for him by God, Whom the state denies and refutes; by his parents, whom the state relegates to a legal non-existence in a court of law, (see parental notification) and finally, by the state who oversees that both God, the child’s Creator, and the child’s parents are fulfilling their appointed roles. Then, and only then, when both God and the child’s parents can no longer fulfill their appointed roles, may the state step in and fulfill both God’s and the parents appointed roles, the state, acting in power of attorney for God and the parents. The state consists and is constituted by men equally created in Justice, love and God’s mercy. In these men, as the state, God operates as well.
    Therefore, in fulfilling God’s appointed rounds, the state acknowledges the presence of God in our midst. Atheism and all that is impure is forfeit in the state by the acknowledgement by the state of God, by the act in power of attorney of God and God-given unalienable civil rights and natural law confirming parental unalienable civil rights.
    In assuming the guardianship of the minor child, the state assumes the power of God and the child’s parents. Now, the state must be held accountable for fulfilling its appointed rounds in protecting the virtue and virginity, the absolute moral and legal innocence into which a child is newly begotten. Protecting the innocence and unalienable natural rights of the minor child is delivering Justice. Justice is the primary obligation of the state as government.
    Pornographers, abortionists, fornicators , liars, thieves and the like are not fulfilling their obligation to do God, the Creator’s work among men, nor fulfilling the state’s appointed rounds in protecting the unalienable civil rights of a minor child and therefore may be considered exiled by their actions.

  3. All rapists consider their victims as “things”, “objects” for their abuse, abuse they consider “privilege” coming from them. The rapist’s victims are violated as subhuman, not worthy of their attention. “A life unworthy of life”. Tyrants believe their subjects to be things to be counted, numbered and despoiled of unalienable human rights, possessions and life.
    B4UACT a group of child psychiatrist’s sued in Baltimore court to legalize, rather decriminalize pedophilia, raping children, minor children, who have not yet reached the age of majority, cannot vote, drive a car or serve in the armed forces, but they can be violated in body and soul, despite their sovereign personhood.
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes that a fourteen year old girl ought to have informed sexual consent and a free abortion. Ginsburg is on the Supreme Court. How much Truth, Justice and the American Way can anyone believe will be delivered by a judge so wrong.
    The government has allowed ebola into the country and public schools and now demands that minor children attend such schools. The government has allowed abortion, pornography and rape and now demands that parents surrender their children to such criminal violation of their body and souls. The worst of it, though, is the indoctrination against freedom, the freedom bought and paid for in blood and taxes by the citizen. The indoctrination, programmed and well documented, against freedom by individuals who have sold their soul to the devil and the tyranny of the state as god and master against the taxpaying citizen is establishment of religion by the government.
    Serving the devil as religion is establishing the state as a state religion against the First Amendment.
    Amendment 9 – Construction of Constitution. Ratified 12/15/1791.
    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
    The people have a natural right without interference from the state, to educate their offspring.

  4. Homeschooled Catholics are the seeds of decency the renewal of religious life and the birth of a new springtime.

    In two parishes that I’ve attended, one in WI. and my home parish in MI., I am privileged to see this first hand.

  5. The children I’ve met who are home schooled are well rounded, emotionally stable, well behaved, respectful, socially adapted, compassionate, able to interact with adults as well as with peers, often surpassing their grade level in reading, math, or science, in general a pleasure to be around. Home-schooled children must meet a certain criteria already established by the public school system, and their progress, or lack thereof, would be clearly visible to such system without automatic psychological testing which assumes all home-schooled children to somehow be impaired or deficient. I’ve heard and read enough to make me think that the Connecticut issue is one more attempt to wrest control over children from their parents, where it rightfully belongs, much like the Communist programming of children in the 1950’s, dangerous.

  6. Jules Ferry, the founder of the modern French educational system (widely copied throughout Europe) was simply more candid than most, when he declared the purpose of public education – free, compulsory and lay – was “to cast the nation’s youth in the same mould and to stamp them, like the currency, with the image of the Republic.”

    Ferry, by the by, was no left-winger; quite the contrary. He was the minister of Thiers during the suppression of the Paris Commune and the architect of colonisation in Algeria. As Prime Minister, he was an implacable foe of organized labour and sent anarchists to the guillotine.

  7. I forget who I was discussing “no salvation outside the church” but go to the website Catholicism .org click mission and then click outside the church. Also read the Athanasian Creed. I believe the person I was discussing this subject mentioned St. Augustine. He said, ” No man can find salvation save in the Catholic church. Outside the church he can find no salvation.” Of course, those who have never heard the teachings of the church or those who died for the faith but never had a chance to be baptized can be saved.

  8. Having lived through how badly the state mangled rather simple education, we’re seeing if we can do better.
    Joe- I did not “mention” Saint Augustine. I linked to a tract on that quoted him, at length, and several other Church fathers, all disagreeing with your rather special view of salvation.
    You refused to read it.
    It’s very rude to hijack a thread and misrepresent a conversation.

  9. On topic:
    There is a major reason that my husband agreed with the notion to home school, even though he was a lot more social than I was; there’s an obligation to take care of yourself as much as possible, and our schools not only don’t support that– they violently oppose that by treating self defense as worse than an unprovoked attack.
    That aspect of “socialization,” along with “actually speak to those not the same age,” are not workable with the current public school system.

  10. Foxfier.

    This one is for your family.
    From St. John Leonardi: “Children should be entrusted only to good and God fearing teachers.”

    You and your husband’s notions are gifts from your guardian angels, as well as your intellect.

  11. Foxflier, I’m sorry if I misunderstood you. The infallible doctrines are not my view, it is the view of several popes who issued the infallible doctrines.
    Secondly, the church fathers’ writings that you mentioned are not infallible church doctrines. As I said, go to click mission and then click “outside the church”

  12. Joe, I do not appreciate thread hijackings. Do not bring your Unam Sanctam hobby horse into unrelated threads. I will not tolerate it, and it will result in your banning from this blog. First and last warning.

  13. You and your husband’s notions are gifts from your guardian angels, as well as your intellect.

    I hope and pray. Part of the appeal of gov’t education is that you can blame someone else if something goes wrong.

  14. Read An Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto. While I don’t agree with him on everything that book is eye-opening.

    I think it’s a good point that “they” think schools are a success and that’s exactly why the schools never improve even with all the money and mindless homage we pay to public schooling.

    Most of us went to public schools and so we know all this stuff they say about their “concerns” over homeschooling is ridiculous even if we haven’t homeschooled or know anyone who has. We know that public schools are much worse!

    I’m tired of the mindless, lockstep accolades we are expected to heap onto the people who run the schools and supposedly educate our kids. The stories are endless about teachers molesting students, kids failing but passing to the next grade, etc, etc, etc. Compare ACT or SAT scores of homeschooled kids with those of the “schooled” kids. Always higher. At 5th grade my homeschooled child had test scores better than half the graduating seniors in our state.

    I know a number of teachers none of whom were education majors in college. They became teachers because they loved their subjects and wanted to share it with others. They are terrific teachers. Several of them had to take education classes to be certified to teach and they readily admit the education classes do not teach one how to teach but how to manage groups of children and to make lesson plans.

    I remember in college how many of my friends who weren’t doing well in their chosen major would switch their major to education. We all understood it was because they couldn’t cut it in their chosen subject. But funny how when we all have children we are lavishing praise on these same people for educating our children! LOL (Oh, I “forgot”–the teacher my child has is wonderful–it’s all the other teachers who aren’t! LOL)

    It’s a rare person who actually knows how to teach.

    I can’t tell you how many people I know who pay for private lessons in some sport where I live and not one of these instructors/coaches has an education degree! That’s right they aren’t certified teachers yet these parents fork over $30-75 per hour to these coaches and instructors. Try having someone like that teach in a public school!! Would never happen because you have to be certified! LOL

    Why anyone would want to institutionalize their child for years and call it education I don’t understand.

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