Wendy Hart is a Utah phenomenon. She’s a member of a school board (Alpine School District) who is simultaneously a Constitutional freedom fighter. Love that lady. Her brain –and her blog– are brilliant.
She starts with a Thomas Jefferson quote:
“But if it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by…any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward [district], it is a belief against all experience.” –Thomas Jefferson
And I love how she uses logic to explain things in a clear way that the liberal educrats couldn’t touch with a hundred foot pole.
Here’s a preview:
Imagine your daughter comes home from school. She presents you with an essay on a political topic she is, all of a sudden, very passionate about. Her essay makes you angry and afraid. She deliberately projects the worst that could happen with this particular situation. And finally, she wants you to join her cause.
…Now imagine she’s six years old.
Too far-fetched? Read on…. [click on link above to see the rest] Wendy Hart continues:
…Nationally, as I read publications, teachers are being told their role is to
make sure their students become good citizens. Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic take a back seat to participatory democracy.
“So what?” you say. “Who can argue against good citizenship?” I would submit that while securing and perpetuating freedom are very good and noble goals (ones I whole-heartedly support), good citizenship (however defined) is not the sole purpose or even the primary purpose of education, public or otherwise. When you make good citizenship the primary objective, you remove the focus from the individual child. The child becomes a cog in the wheel of the larger society. At one point, education was about providing skills for discerning truth from error; classical education was about creating an educated individual without any other expectation. Citizenship and public involvement were the by-products instead of the objectives. Public involvement was also reserved for adults, not children. Furthermore, depending on who determines what “good citizenship” looks like, you could be opening a big can of worms….
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