World Net Daily (WND) John Stossel
Article Excerpt: The
government-school establishment has said the same thing for decades:
Education is too important to leave to the competitive market. If we
really want to help our kids, we must focus more resources on the
despite this mantra, the focus is on something other than the kids.
When the Washington Post asked George Parker, head of the
Washington, D.C., teachers union, about the voucher program there,
he said: "Parents are voting with their feet. ... As kids continue
leaving the system, we will lose teachers. Our very survival depends
on having kids in D.C. schools so we'll have teachers to represent."
revealing is that?
Commentary: For many years, I have said that public schools
and teachers believe that we have children, to give public school
employees jobs. And I find it shocking that there are still people
who do not understand that the government will do anything for a
buck and a vote.
We are currently seeing the
government trying to turn Grandma's gallbladder surgery into a
voting bargaining chip, just as it has used Junior's education for
decades. It's a type of ransom. First they take over, that which is
not rightly theirs to take. Then the games begin. "You want your
free surgery, then vote for me and pay this much more
in taxes." "You want your child's free education, then vote for
me and pay this much more in taxes." But when it comes right down to
it, you pay more in taxes and get less than adequate of whatever the
government is handing out for "free."
Well, I am here to
tell you some good news, dear brothers and sisters in Christ. It is
written that God will always show us a way out of our troubles. You
see, your children were not created to give anyone a job. You
can count on it, that God will show you a way to school your
children, outside of your public school.
One of my purposes
in my activism work is to get the word out about home schooling, as
many of you have already seen. If you are in the Lord, then you are
more than equipped to school your own children. I am walking,
talking proof that public schooled students who did not receive a
good education in public schools, can grow up to school their own
children at home and get a very good education themselves, in the
As most of my readers know, my daughters were very
successfully educated at home. My oldest has a degree
in biochemistry and is currently in grad school on a National
Science Foundation fellowship. My youngest is in her third
year of college, working on a chemistry degree. This is all to
God's glory, because as most of my readers also know, I am far
from Miss Scholar. From my typos and spelling errors alone, not
to mention my constant over-use of commas, I cannot hide my
imperfections. But that is exactly what I want people to know, that
one does not have to be a scholar, to educate one's own children.
One simply needs the Lord.
For the record, the socializing
issue, is not an issue at all. Ask yourself this. When will your
children, as adults, ever be in a room, daily, with thirty
other people their exact ages? If anything, schooling your
children at home, more accurately prepares them for real life. And
the benefits of the family-ties, are immeasurable. What
relationships matter most to you, now that you are an
Pull your kids out of public school. Take charge of
your children's education, whether you private school them or home
school them. But take charge and be very active in their lives. They
need you, not some heathen liberal, who views your child as a
Debra J.M. Smith 02-17-10