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Starving the Minotaur

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August 5, 2020

Starving the Minotaur

By Karen Karacsony

We conservatives are quite the enigma.  On the one hand, we shake our fists at the Beelzebubs of Antifa and denounce their lawless barbarism.  On the other, we demand that government schools stay open so that we can send our children to the leftist factories that produce the very Marxists we loathe.  We make our young people the targets of the Socialists' weapons of mass instruction and then bemoan the loss of patriotism among our youth.  Are we self-destructive?  Or simply daft?

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Maybe neither.  Perhaps we are fearful.  As products of the School System ourselves, we have been conditioned to believe that the only people qualified to teach our children are those who hold government credentials.  Yes, we have a vested interest in our children and love them in a way that a government employee cannot.  And yes, we see them for the individuals they are rather than as one of the dozens of kids in Mrs. Peabody’s class. But teach them?  Is that even possible? To answer that question, we could look to statistics showing that home schooled students outperform their public-schooled peers on standardized tests and the SAT; that they fare better in college and graduate at a higher rate.  But doing so merely perpetuates the moderns’ myth that the chief end of education is cramming for tests and regurgitating information that is forgotten five minutes later.  We set our sights too low.  If we are to preserve Western Civilization, we must aim higher.  Instead of fashioning competent test-takers, we ought to be in the business of grooming minds for greatness -- minds like those of the home-educated Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Edison, and C.S. Lewis (to name a few).  It isn’t a classroom our kids need, but a proper education.  As Abraham Lincoln exemplifies, even the backwoods of Illinois can be mightier than the most distinguished of schools. 
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Still, I won’t deny that there are those among us who face economic hardships.  Some folks genuinely need government schools to help provide daycare and meals.  For now, at least, it seems they are destined to languish in public schools.  But maybe we’ll help to free them one day.  Maybe we’ll raise money to provide scholarships for private schools.  Or maybe we’ll start schools of our own. We put a man on the moon.  We can figure this out.

And figure it out, we must.  The time for a mass exodus from government schools is long overdue.   We can defund the liberty-loathing teachers unions.  All we have to do is walk away. It’s that simple; we have that kind of power.  The lefties can’t indoctrinate our children if they aren’t there to be indoctrinated.  Nor can they undermine the family unit if families are far from their crosshairs.   We don’t need legislation or a government plan.  We just need to stop feeding our children to the Minotaur.   

The Rest Here:https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/08/starving_the_minotaur.html

 

 

 

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zurg

Prepare your children for the leftwing bias they'll see in school and they'll recognize it right away. Kids are smart. That's a good way to fight back.

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