Rethinking public education and its rhetoric

According to “Mulga Mumblebrain”:

Home-schooling might be innocent enough, but where it is simply home brainwashing into a religious zealotry that the parents wish to inculcate, it is I believe, quite pernicious.

Much of the talk about home-schooling is pretty thinly disguised ideological hatred of public education. The Right, as part of their neo-feudal project and jihad against all public provision, whether education, health, transport, welfare or housing, has long vilified public education and public school teachers and actively promoted private education. In the USA the public education systems have been basically destroyed…

Needless to say, societies like our’s, the USA or UK, where Rightwing fanatics are hell-bent on destroying public education, don’t have much of a future. The Chinese, whose children and teachers are at or near the very top of international tables of comparative excellence, must be both bemused and concerned that such a deliberate policy of mass imbecilisation has taken hold in certain benighted states, one, the USA, still heavily and belligerently militarised.

On first blush, that was forceful, but on second thought, there was a lot of fizz and rhetoric to it. Here’s a level-headed counterweight to put things into order:

In no trial of churches, Christian schools, home schools, or parents in which I have been involved has there been any question as to the superior educational achievements and training of youth on the part of Christians.

This, however, is considered usually an irrelevant issue because the main concern of the state is to maintain its claims to sovereign jurisdiction.

The issue is thus a religious one: who is the Lord, Christ or Caesar? Who is the Sovereign?

Quote sources

  1. Mulga Mumblebrain (2012). Homeschooling [response to podcast]. Life Matters. Available http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/home-schooling/4070948. Last accessed 2nd Jul 2015.
  2. Rushdoony, R.J. cited in Schwartz, A. (2009) Rushdoony on Christ’s Kingship. Chalcedon Foundation. Available http://chalcedon.edu/blog/homeschooling/2009/6/23/. Last accessed 2nd Jul 2015.
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