…Or, “Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics”
To support her claim that as many as 90 percent of homeschoolers are motivated by conservative Christian beliefs, Bartholet cites two primary sources. One is a survey by Cardus Education Group, which, she notes, “reveals 70 percent [of homeschoolers] in the religious category vs. the nonreligious category.” But that survey categorizes students as “religious homeschoolers” if their mother attends church once a month.Harvard vs. the Family by Max Eden
Forget “deep, passionate beliefs”. If the mother attends temple services once a month before some gowned and changing hand-waver, that counts as “a threat to Public Safety.”
Say the magic words, do the magic rituals, and have your children taken by the State… the true owners of your children.
And everything else.
“All Praise Ye Your TRUE Lord and Master!”
“The One Who Owns All We Have!
The One Whose Every Word is Law!
The One Who Defines Reality!”
“And Exalted the True Oracle of the TRUE Lord, the Priesthood at Harvard!”
“Heed Their Every Word!
Obey Their Every Command!
They Have Spoken, We Must Do It!“
Now, THAT’S a service you can expect from a Harvard: A cathedral to our True Ruling Priesthood.
As opposed to the hollow, powerless temples Christians insist on attending, with their willfully irrelevant (but very comforting) “preaching”, their feeble “Mighty Word” — unable to change a single thing in this culture — and their mystical fixation of protecting the Proper Ceremonies and Holy Temple Precincts.
Note that the true Priests of Power in America, Servants of the Real Source of the Law in America – the State – couldn’t care less what impotent chanting or detailed theological bickering goes on in the seminaries or the denomination chat-fests and conferences.
They just want the children.
Bartholet’s other source is a survey by the Department of Education, which asked parents about their motivation for homeschooling. Only 16 percent said religious considerations were of primary importance (compared with 34 percent who cited safety and 35 percent who listed academic or special-needs considerations). Fifty-one percent said that religion was important, while 80 percent said that safety was important. It’s reasonable to conclude from these data that most homeschool parents are religious—but empirically false to claim that as many as 90 percent are conservative Christians who wish to shield their children from mass culture.Harvard vs. the Family by Max Eden
In addition to their ginned-up numbers — “politically useful, and therefore true” — I will again pound on the profound hostility Our Masters —
“Who will take what they please, and give what they wish,
because they want it.
Irregardless of what this supposed ‘democratic will of the people’ is
at the moment of time.”
— have to actual diversity, a substantial and radical challenge to their will.
“Only the True Faith, the State Ideology, will be tolerated in this land!
Nothing Above the State! Nothing Outside the State! All Under the State!”
She presents one study to support her concern about academic outcomes, noting that “methodologically sound studies of the more successful subsets of homeschoolers also reveal problems. One found that while overall the homeschoolers who took standardized tests did slightly better than public schoolers, there was a huge divergence between homeschoolers receiving structured as versus unstructured home education. Those receiving unstructured education, as many homeschoolers do, scored significantly lower than public schoolers.”
Bartholet is distorting the study’s conclusions, to put it politely. The researchers found that the two-thirds of homeschooled students in their sample who received a structured curriculum did dramatically better than public school students. Unstructured homeschool student performance was either slightly below or statistically indistinguishable from that of public school students, depending on the analytic methodology employed. Most policy analysts would see these findings as demonstrating the remarkable success of homeschooling. It would require extraordinary confirmation bias to read these findings as evidence that homeschooling should be banned.Harvard vs. the Family by Max Eden
The goals come first.
The facts will be distorted, or ignored, or rewritten, to support the goal.
One Culture, One Faith, One Lord and Master, One Source of the Law.
Ideally, modest reforms would make it easier for authorities to spot abuse. But, as Bartholet notes, the homeschool lobby goes to great lengths to oppose even the most basic safeguards. Why? Perhaps they’re reluctant to cede any ground for fear that ideologues who believe that children belong to the state could make headway in their intended litigation campaign—which may ultimately levy the threat of incarceration—against parents who wish to teach their own kids.
That viewpoint may sound paranoid, but the Harvard conference proves that it’s no fantasy. James Dwyer, co-organizer of the event, has declared that “the reason parent-child relationships exist is that the state confers legal parenthood. . . . It’s the state that’s empowering parents to do anything with children. To take them home, to have custody, to make any kind of decision about that.”Harvard vs. the Family by Max Eden
It is the State that determines who is the parent, and who is not.
It is the Stats that determines if you are a man, or a woman.
It is the State that determines what you may or may not do.
It is the State that determines what you may or may not say.
In time, when the technology is right, it will be the State that determines what you may or may not think.
“Exalted Be the State, our ONLY TRUE Lord and Master, The One who owns all, who shapes reality!”
Or at least, so sayeth the Priesthood at Harvard.