Saturday, April 07, 2007

God bless this man!!!

I've seen this essay highlighted in several places, but on the off-chance that you, dear reader, have not, I offer you John Mark Edwards' essay on "Home School Mothers: The Beatrice Brigade."

How can you not be appreciative of someone who writes:

In one sense, their lives are a bloodless martyrdom. The media mostly forgets them except for the occasional condescending piece in the Times. They fit no stereotypes, being too numerous and too interesting, so they are ignored. They sacrifice for the welfare of their children.

Talents that could vitalize a corporate board room are turned to teaching children to read. Their children, of course, take such sacrifice for granted. Their mothers make it safe for them to be blissfully unaware of their blessings. So these strong women sacrifice everything our culture deems important. They have no resume inflating career. Yet they give new life and meaning to all the Victorian platitudes lodged, because they are true, in the back of all our minds. “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”

These are kitchen table Socrates. They don’t trust the government schools that spend billions to produce cookie cutter children. These women use cookie cutters on cookies not children. Like Socrates, they despise uniformity in education and people who teach for money and not love of students . Their children are producing reams of stories, hours of music, original plays, and a whole new civilization. If our boys are overseas defending the West, these women are home renewing it.

God bless him.

Although let me state for the record that I don't have such a "sinister" view of public schools. I attended both parochial and public schools, and for the most part, I had a great experience. I believe I came out fairly well educated and well adjusted, although those who know me may say differently.

We chose homeschooling because we felt it would be best for our children, pure and simple.

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