Prof Who Called for “Ban” on Homeschooling Doubles Down in New Interview
Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet created a minor firestorm in religious and conservative circles last month when she called for a “presumptive ban” on homeschooling in an article that characterized the majority of homeschooling parents as religious and racial bigots who were raising children to believe things that were too backwards to be tolerated by society as a whole.
So fierce was the backlash that Bartholet was forced to cancel a symposium where she would have lectured on her preferred brand of government tyranny and the insignificant role that parents should have in the raising of their own kids.
But if Bartholet learned any lessons about passing judgment on Americans skeptical of the public school system, her change of heart wasn’t apparent in a new interview with The Harvard Gazette. In “A Warning on Homeschooling,” Bartholet doubled down on her misguided opinions.
Rather than take an objective look at the kind of radical leftism currently being preached in our public schools, Bartholet said that the only reason there’s renewed interest in homeschooling is that there’s been “growth in the conservative evangelical movement.” She said that religious parents were interested in helping their children “escape from the secular education in public schools.”
“Many homeschooling parents are extreme ideologues, committed to raising their children within their belief systems isolated from any societal influence,” Bartholet said. Without evidence, she suggested that those beliefs include “that black people are inferior to white people” and that “women should be subject to men.”
Having dropped those bombs, the professor went on to explain that homeschooling is dangerous because “children may not have the chance to choose for themselves whether to exit these ideological communities.”
We particularly enjoyed this line: “Society may not have the chance to teach them values important to the larger community, such as tolerance of other people’s views and values.”
Replace “society” with leftist government activists and “tolerance” with total acceptance and you’re getting a little closer to the truth.
“I’d like to see a radical transformation of the homeschooling regime,” Bartholet concluded, insisting that any parent who wishes to homeschool their children proven that the education they provide will be “comparable in scope” to that presented by the public school system.
In other words, if you can prove that you’re going to teach your kids exactly what they would learn in public school, go for it. Otherwise, forget it, the State will do the job.
After all, that’s who your kids belong to.