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Homeschool Hatred: Quite Possibly the Most Biased Article I’ve Ever Read June 10, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unbelievable BS.
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This item is actually pretty old.  A year old, as a matter of fact.  Back in 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott instigated bouts of spittle-flecked insanity on the part of leftists around the state and nation when he committed two unpardonable sins.  First, he declared June 9 Homeschool Appreciation Day (June 9 being the anniversary of a 1994 Texas Supreme Court decision dramatically liberalizing state laws regarding homeschooling), then, a month later, he named a homeschooling mom to be the head of the State Board of Education.

Leftists, of course, lost their minds.  Since they don’t reproduce, the only means by which the left can raise up new acolytes to their unholy religion is through control of the education system. And control it they have, to an increasingly disturbing degree over the past 30 years, to the extent that today, it appears that most of  young “millenials” are emerging from school as thoroughly unthinking, indoctrinated leftists.

Homeschooling represents an existential threat to that control.  The hatred many teachers, school administrators, and especially teacher’s union thugs have for homeschoooling is palpable. They denigrate it at every turn. And because these unions are both very wealthy, and because they share an ideology with the majority of the leftist-dominated media-industrial complex, they can always count on their friends in the establishment media to take up their cause.

Even still, I was amazed when reading this Washington Post article from a year ago covering this appointment.  A supposed balanced news piece, it starts out with a declaration of sheer opinion and goes downhill from there.  I thought it deserved a good fisking, because it reveals the core means by which the left turns “news” into propaganda:

When it comes to education, Texas is the state that keeps on giving — and not in a good way. [That’s good propaganda.  Go with a strong bit of opinion in the first sentence]

And now, Gov. Greg Abbott,  has sparked controversy — even among fellow Republicans [they only quote one, a firebrand long known for idiosyncratic stances]— with his appointment of a new chair of the Texas Board of Education, which is charged with setting policy and standards for the state’s public schools.

Abbott tapped Donna Bahorich, a Republican from Houston who has been on the board for two years and who home-schooled her three sons before sending them to private schools. They never went to Texas public schools. [Whoever said that public schools were the sine qua non of education?  When did the public ever get a vote on importing the Prussian system of education into this country, a system designed to raise good and obedient factory cogs, not people who can think for themselves?]

………The Texas Freedom Network, a nonpartisan, grass-roots organization of more than 100,000 religious and community leaders[a far-left organization founded by Planned Barrenhood President Cecile Richards and dominated by left-wing agitators] that monitors far-right issues [note the switch, “Freedom Network” – thoroughly left-wing – is “non-partisan,” but homeschooling is “far-right”. More opinion masquerading as fact], organizations, money and leaders, said in a statement that when Bahorich joined the board in 2013, she voted against a board resolution urging the legislature to reject private school vouchers. And she was part of the board majority that voted to approve the new textbooks last year. [More opinion – it is just assumed that the “good position” was to reject private school vouchers, which also pose a deadly threat to teacher’s unions and the educational-industrial establishment, an establishment that has failed millions more kids than any private school or homeschool ever could, or would.  Education-industrialists are terrified of both homeschooling and private schools because they know both provide infinitely better education than the largely corrupt, politicized, and self-interested public education establishment]

The network’s president, Kathy Miller, said in the statement:

“If Gov. Abbott wanted to demonstrate that he won’t continue his predecessor’s efforts to politicize and undermine our state’s public schools, this appointment falls far short. The governor has appointed as board chair an ideologue who voted to adopt new textbooks that[left-wing] scholars sharply criticized as distorting American history[being contrary to their ideology], who rejected public education for her own family[what, is that a sin now?] and who supports shifting tax dollars from neighborhood public schools to private and religious schools through vouchers.[Programs that have been overwhelmingly successful in improving the education of hundreds of thousands to millions of children] This appointment almost guarantees that the board will continue to put culture war agendas ahead of educating more than 5 million Texas kids.” [Said the leftist social justice warrior]

The Austin Chronicle reported that Abbott’s decision follows his decision to veto a Senate bill “seemingly at the behest of the Texas Home School Coalition.” The bill would allow doctors to detain a patient who had requested treatment if the doctor believes they are a risk to themselves or others. Says the Chronicle:

Currently, this requires a court to issue an order of protective custody, making it a legal, not medical issue. [Which, duh?  Do we really want a single doctor to be able to decide that someone should be committed to a mental institution and denied their very freedom?  Sure, there’s no way that would ever be abused or result in horrifying outcomes.  Remember “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?”  I thought the left thought that kind of medical power was bad?]

What does that have to do with homeschoolers, you may legitimately ask? The Texas Home School Network actively opposed it, and any other bill that its leadership thinks restricts parents’ right to run their children’s lives how they see fit. [note the sneering condescension]

I give this an A+++++++++++++ as a perfect example of leftist propagandizing in the media.  Let’s see, opening with a declaration of opinion as fact, several other examples of same throughout, biased coverage (all sources quotes, save for the Republican, were thoroughly left-wing and biased against homeschooling), no quotes in support of the nomination included, constant denigration of homeschooling (on the flimsiest of premises – there wasn’t one good reason put forth as to why this homeschooling mom could not be a good head of the state board), and a thoroughgoing disregard for even a semblance for fairness.

All of which tells me……homeschooling scares the living @#%$ out of them.

Comments

1. Baseballmom - June 10, 2016

Hold on leftists…. Does this mean that everyone at the federal DOE must “avail their children of public education” in order to set DOE policy?

2. reader - June 13, 2016

I’m not so sure that putting a homeschooler in charge of the State Board of Education is a good thing. I don’t have a problem with homeschooling, but unless this lady has extensive experience with public school education, hopefully in Texas, I’m afraid she probably doesn’t have a clue. I doubt homeschoolers would want public school people in charge of them. I have a teaching certificate in Texas although I never taught other than a bit of substituting. I went to Texas public school K-12 and then the Univ. of Dallas (Irving). My small-town public school education prepared me very well to get good grades at UD and Catholic formation in the home enabled me to excel at the Catholic college. After UD I went to grad school at the Univ. of Texas at Austin. My mother taught mostly in the same school district I attended although she started out teaching in Catholic school. I have other extended family members who have been educators over the years, both in Catholic and public schools in different parts of the country. Nobody in my family has palpable hatred of homeschooling and I don’t think I have ever met someone who does. Do I like the NEA ? Not really. When I did student teaching there was an alternative – ATPE Association of Texas Professional Educators which our school had us join.

I do know homeschoolers, Catholic ones. I also know that protestants homeschool. However the Catholic homeschoolers tell me that the protestant materials aren’t always that friendly to the Catholic Church. One advantage to having Catholics like myself in public schools is that non-Catholics can actually meet a Catholic, something which doesn’t always happen in the Bible Belt.


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