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Why Urban, Educated Parents Are Turning to DIY Education

Cryptogon [1]
Friday, February 3, 2012

“Before you can reach a point of effectiveness in defending your own children or your principles against the assault of blind social machinery, you have to stop conspiring against yourself by attempting to negotiate with a set of abstract principles and rules which, by its nature, cannot respond. Under all its disguises, that is what institutional schooling is, an abstraction which has escaped its handlers. Nobody can reform it. First you have to realize that human values are the stuff of madness to a system; in systems-logic the schools we have are already the schools the system needs; the only way they could be much improved is to have kids eat, sleep, live, and die there.”

—John Taylor Gatto, The Underground History of American Education [2]

I didn’t think that this piece got into the real why behind the increase in the number of parents who are homeschooling their children in the U.S. It seems to frame this as a bunch of wishywashy yuppies who have embraced a new fad.

For more about the likely reasons why people are homeschooling their children, definitely see the writings of John Taylor Gatto. He makes The Underground History of American Education available for free on his website [3] if you don’t want to buy the book [2].

In short, I’d say that increasing numbers of people are figuring out that handing over their children for social engineering, by organizations created by fascists, is an act of madness.

Via: Daily Beast [4]:

They raise chickens. They grow vegetables. They knit. Now a new generation of urban parents is even teaching their own kids.