We only have them with us a few short years. Our influence is great at first, but then is gradually diluted as they mature. Why would we waste precious time preparing our kids for college when we can clearly see the destructive results? Shouldn’t we be preparing them for life instead?
Some say it started with John Dewey, others would say it started with Horace Mann. Either way, it has been a disaster, this public education system. Never, ever was it about true learning. From Horace Mann on it has been about social control.
Horace Mann (1796-1859), “The Father of the Common School Movement,” was the foremost proponent of education reform in antebellum America. An ardent member of the Whig Party, Mann argued that the common school, a free, universal, non-sectarian, and public institution, was the best means of achieving the moral and socioeconomic uplift of all Americans. The reform movement he led sought to create the virtuous republican citizenry needed to sustain American political institutions, the educated workforce required to expand the American economy, and the disciplined generation necessary to forestall the social disorders so common in American cities in the decades before the Civil War.Social Welfare History Project
Can you see it? The words sound so beneficent, but they born out of an arrogant, authoritarian standpoint. “People” are incapable of knowing what’s best for them, they need someone who knows better. Horace Mann knew about the God of the Bible, he even tipped his hat in many of his addresses and writings, but it is obvious his mindset was not Kingdom-centered (could his references to Providence have been a way to put off the godly of his day?).
“Socioeconomic uplift” is where Antifa and BLM were conceived. The seeds of a force of young people who would be trained to throw off the mores of their parents were planted in the Common School movement in the 1830’s.
John Dewey helped things along, of course. A signer (and probably writer) of The Humanist Manifesto, he envisioned a dumbed-down society in which the Elite Class would direct those who were not qualified to direct themselves. Enter: Brave New World (Order).
Our institutions of higher learning are a huge part of this scheme. In this day, they are brazenly indoctrinating young people in NWO propaganda. They do this by:
- Accepting students who cannot read or write well. It’s much easier to convince someone who is too illiterate to search out the truth.
- Making it a requirement students live on campus in co-ed dorms for the first year. It is a well-known brainwashing technique to remove a person from everything familiar in order to re-order responses and thinking patterns. The “total experience” of rampant debauchery in the dorms is just a great side-benefit.
- Making certain every component of the first year courses includes indoctrination information, from English composition to algebra. Hit them from every side while they are feeling unsteady and unsure of themselves.
- Employing professors who are willing to persecute students for having alternate views. They must turn in papers for English Comp with the proper treatment of gender identification and the like. If not, there are consequences such as failed grades and open classroom shaming.
And here is the sad reality: parents whole-heartedly support this system. It must give the devil great revelry to watch us take 2nd jobs and mortgage our homes to send our children to such hellish institutions (and the so-called “Christian” ones have been compromised as well).
Sure, there are a number who escape what’s intended. They are strong enough to see through it, and often are great soul-winners in the midst of it all. But are we willing to gamble the future of our children on the improbable idea that our they will be among the strong ones?
Yes, our progeny will have to rub shoulders with those in the world’s system in just about every part of society, but without the impact they would be forced to endure in a freshman college experience.
Homeschooling is supposed to be about protecting and saving our children from a system that is meant to use them and cast them aside.
Do you agree?
Question is, why do we continue to homeschool as if we are preparing for college?
We probably don’t even realize it. We just go along with the scope and sequence schools follow and think we are giving our kids a great education. But we forget that these requirements were formulated by people with the mindset of Mann for a “socioeconomic uplift.”
Instead of preparing our kids for college, let’s prepare them for LIFE.
Let’s take all of what is considered education and remove the weeds. Here are some questions we need to ask:
What is most important for our children to know as eternal human beings created in the image of God?
How about understanding God as He has revealed Himself in His Son and His Word? Then we could add all of the evidence of His truth in the natural world around us. This covers science and history.
What skills will they need to be successful HUMAN BEINGS, instead of successful employees (they will automatically be successful employees if these skills are taught).
Here we add in basic reading, writing, and math skills. They also learn how to change out a car tire. They know what to do if the lights go out. The can cook and sew and garden and budget. We give them the tools, then encourage them to THINK.
What will make them strong, moral, healthy people capable of building functional families?
They need to be taught the truth, then taught how that truth trumps our tendencies towards error and deception. We need to alert them to the dangers of self-centered living, and give them a vision of altruism. In so doing, we will plant the seeds for a generation of people who see how organic it is to work for the good of the family, then the Church, then the society at large by listening to the Holy Spirit and living out self-sacrificial servanthood.
This post lays out this idea in greater detail: How to Solve Homeschool Problems
This is a drastic proposal. It takes people of strong moral character to go against convention. Relatives, officials, friends, and neighbors take a while to get used to such ideas. But this fear of what others think is what “they” are counting on to keep us on track for the total annihilation of freedom.
“But Sherry, what about those fields that require a degree to enter?” I hear you saying.
Here are some thoughts:
- Is it really true there are no alternative routes to these fields? When we think of the cost, potentially an eternal one, our priorities change. The more I investigate, the more I am convinced there are more than one way to skin the cat of professional training.
- If it is about earning power, are there alternative fields that could yield the same results? My husband’s best friend in high school started at the age of 16 as a grocery stocker, and 20 years later he was running the store. His wage at the beginning in the 1970’s was a little over a dollar an hour, but in 1990 had grown to afford him a comfortable living, and all without the burden of college debt. There are many careers that are lest prestigious, but the earnings are greater than those requiring degrees, and without the crippling debt!
- If it is about doing something interesting, the sky is the limit. If one is willing to start at the bottom, with hard work and gumption a person can move up and into a career that is interesting and well-paying.
- Homemaking as an initial career is a great choice. Women who start out rearing children and keeping their homes in order go on to do other equally interesting and impacting things in their lives. It is a principle of God that the greatest are the servants of all!
Here’s another thing to consider: Will a young person even stick with their original career ambitions? How many kids wanting to become astronauts end up being very happy in numerous other fields? How much money is wasted on degrees that are never used?
I know many of you are nodding in agreement, but many others are feeling a bit lost. That’s OK. Many of us come to homeschooling thinking it’s all about workbooks at home, then find out it’s actually a revolution of our entire lives! I know I did.
Welcome to the party! Keep going, it gets easier, and way, way more fun as you go along. Before you know it, you will wonder why you lived any other way.
Just to get ideas flowing, Praxis is one company I found that seems to be a viable alternative (not sponsored). Here is a link to a page that discusses the cost–between 12000 and 15000; much, much more affordable than any college degree!