I‘ve been having a discussion with a few former homeschoolers over Libby Anne’s recent exposure of HSLDA, our homeschool legal defense.
The discussion was first over her articles on how HSLDA has scoffed over abuse, and second over her latest summary of an article from HSLDA who basically said, to a guy who got very little education, that a little education is at least better than public school.
I admit HSLDA floors me sometimes.
Anyway, this guy, rather than arguing with the facts, said this whole Libby Anne debate boils down to the question: who do the children belong to and at what age do they belong to themselves? Then he had this to say:
Our founding fathers did not list education as a right.
He then goes on to make the case that education isn’t a right after all, and that once we become of age, we can teach ourselves to read.
A few thoughts. (Besides “What the crap!”)
First, kids belong to themselves. We are obligated to take care of them. I think we could even pull that one out of the Bible, without the constitution.
Second, what’s up the constitution purity teaching in fundamental circles? Our constitution is not only not the Bible but it was also influenced by humanism. The constitution came out of enlightenment ideas. It came out of everything that fundamentalism was a reaction against. Yet fundies will say, “Children don’t have a right to education because the founding fathers forgot to mention it.”
This is not the first time I’ve been quoted the constitution.
Third, kids have a right to an education because they are people of earth. People were made to learn, to interact, to grow, to discuss ideas, and usher in new ideas. Withholding an education not only wrecks their future in the first world, but it takes away the wings of a person.
Homeschoolers — of all people — should know this.
Education isn’t just about jobs. It’s about critical thinking, it’s about independence, it’s about being a person. You wanna take away a person’s rights? Take away the heart of what it means to be an thinker.
How would you respond when someone says education isn’t a right?