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    The Socialization Question {Part III}

    May 13, 2006 by Brandy Vencel

    Equivocation, I have learned, is a fallacy dependent upon a certain level of ambiguity. In other words, the fact that the majority of the population actually uses the secondary definition of socialization {which I mentioned in Part I as being, “To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable.”}, leaves the door wide open for mid-sentence equivocating on the term. The experts can “worry” about a child’s socialization, and leave the public thinking they are concerned about a child’s friendships or ability to be a productive citizen.

    I propose that the experts are in actuality using the primary definition of socialization: “To place under government or group ownership or control.” The concern is not with the amount or quality of the child’s friendships. The concern is who gets to control the child.

    I think that the best way to judge this situation is to look at the legal proceedings that surround education and, specifically, home education. For instance, our very own Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found unanimously that

     

    there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children, either independent of their right to direct the upbringing and education of their children or encompassed by it. We also hold that parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students… {emphasis mine, see Spunky’s post for more}

     

    And then yesterday, “the California state Senate today passed a bill that removes sex-specific terms such as “mom” and “dad” from textbooks and requires students to learn about the contributions homosexuals have made to society” {source}.

    We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause.
    –Horace Mann

    These laws and judgments are not passed because “experts” and judges and legislators are concerned that a child’s test scores are low, or that a child needs help getting accepted to a better college or aquiring a higher-paying job. These laws and judgments are passed in an attempt to influence the worldview of the child.

    Another great place to look around is the archives of the HSLDA. It is filled to overflowing with examples of the schools harrassing parents, teens’ driver’s licenses being suspended, and mothers being incarcerated. The list goes on. And the issue is control.

    Once upon a time, homeschooling was very typical. The parents were the primary influence over the child’s life, and this was seen as their responsibility. Granted, some parents carried out their responsibilities better than other. Perhaps the experts tremble at the thought of homeschooling for this reason:

     

    They say that man is mighty,
    He governs land and sea,
    He wields a mighty scepter
    O’er lesser powers than he;

    But mightier power and stronger
    Man from his throne has hurled,
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world
    .
    {W.R. Wallace}

     

    Is it any wonder that the greatest, most powerful nation in the world would like to rock my child’s cradle for me? For Monday: why socialization should not be the primary determining factor when choosing a child’s educational methodology.

     

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    1 Comment

  • Reply comedyken May 17, 2006 at 7:18 pm

    I remember when your eigth grade teacher. He blamed you for the inappropriate conversation in his classroom. I don’t remember what the topic was but I do remember his look on his face when I told him in the good old days they had a solution to people like him, they stoned them. The conversation ended pretty much that way.

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