There is positive research on raising religion-free children. This is what we have been doing, and the findings, plus what has long been known in criminology, don’t surprise me. No offense to my religious friends, but to sell a child on a religion, you are encouraging belief in a fantastical story, a set of “facts” that are circularly supported by faith. Morality exists apart from religion. If religion touts some of the same morality, great. You don’t need religion to tell you to be excellent to each other, not to harm people if you wouldn’t want people to harm you, or that certain things are inherently wrong. You don’t have to suspend your rational mind to be a good person, and you might just be less susceptible to behaving as a bad person due to irrationality. At any rate, interesting stuff.
My kids aren’t being taught cursive in school, except if one of the teachers makes an effort to cover it a little, or if one of the kids is curious enough to go out of her way to learn. I agree, that’s sad and mistaken. I love technology as much as anyone, but how can you not teach handwriting? This is a fascinating video, wherever you fall on the penmanship-in-school issue.
I have to say that as much as I admire Glenn Reynolds and appreciate his blog, every time he asks if sending your kid to public school is parental malpractice? I want to write him a long screamy letter asking him JUST WHAT THE FUCK ELSE I’M SUPPOSED TO DO. Because over here in barely-lower-middle-class-land, we’re doing the best we can with what we’ve got.
OTOH, we’ve actually had people tell us that we shouldn’t have had kids because we won’t be able to pay for their college, so I shouldn’t be surprised, really. Can’t pay for private school or afford a parent at home to homeschool? Guess you suck as a parent. Bad mentality, and I hate to see any hint of it from someone I’d expect better from. I suspect that’s not what he thinks he means, but the implication is too strong not to piss me off.
HSLDA weighs in. They do fantastic work, notwithstanding the excess religious overtones of the organization. That’s a heavy source of homeschoolers and they did a lot of heavy lifting to ensure it is legal everywhere and easy in many states, so hats off, even though religion would not be among my reasons for homeschooling. If I could afford to do it.
There is no power the state doesn’t have if it has a power over your children that supersedes your own.
Let me put it still another way:
If you do not have the right to teach and raise your own children on your own terms, then you don’t have the right to free speech, religion, association, or privacy, and you are not protected from unreasonable government intrusion into your personal life.