Socialization vs. Civilization Friday, May 18 2007 

When it comes to the socialization debate, I think many focus too much on having our kids be with their peers and they overlook the civilizing of our young. One need only spend a few moments in the mall to see that while many young people seem to feel comfortable in their little social group, they really do not know the first thing about civilized behavior. Their bizarre dress and hairstyles, the piercing and tattooing, the chains, the coarse language and wild music remind one more of primitive than civilized people. Many of them do not know how to show simple respect for their elders by offering their chairs, taking their hats off inside, holding doors for others to pass, etc.

 

The Greeks viewed education as the training of the children to be virtuous members of the society in which they lived. Education was the vehicle for the transmission of the Greek culture. Through education students were taught to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors, and they learned how to choose what was good and beautiful.

How did they accomplish that? There is much that we can learn from the Greeks by looking at the way they educated their children, and we will be exploring that in the coming days.

Who Gets to Teach the Children? Sunday, May 13 2007 

Why is there is so much opposition to homeschooling, and why are state legislators constantly working to undermine our efforts and our freedoms?

 

Bill Bennett said during a discussion about education on Morning in America that one of the most important questions in the organization of society is “who gets to teach the children?”

 

It makes sense. If the parents are teaching the children, the children will assimilate the religious beliefs, the love of family, the culture in which they are raised, and the values of their parents. Children should be taught how to think. If the State teaches them, they will be taught what the State thinks they need to know. The two are not the same. The agents of the State think it is in the best interests of the society as a whole if all children are taught “tolerance,” diversity, sex education, environmentalism and other “ísms,” and what were once core subjects are often being neglected in favor of ideologies. These same educators are curiously intolerant of the values that many homeschooling families are teaching their children. Their diversity of thought is not acceptable.

 

So it boils down to the idea that whoever gets to teach the children gets to form their minds and attitudes. Minds that have been taught how to think rather than what to think are harder to manipulate. And the old saying that “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” is extended beyond the cradle.