Homeschooling - Last American Freedom?

By Sharon Ericson © 2007

In the struggle to establish an adequate world government, the teacher has many parts to play. He must begin with his own attitude and knowledge and purpose. He can do much to prepare the hearts and minds of children for global understanding and cooperation….At the very top of all the agencies which will assure the coming of world government must stand the school, the teacher, and the organized profession.” -Sam Blumenfeld warns Christians about the NEA “trojan horse”

I could write pages about why I find the NEA disgusting, vile and detrimental to the children and families of America. Fortunately, I am not alone in my views and there’s a wealth of great material available on the internet – blogs and articles – which make important points as to why the NEA is destructive to the American Republic, having little in common with the Founding Fathers who stood for individual rights and freedoms.

The NEA foundational philosophy has more in common with Karl Marx, UNESCO, and Charles Darwin’s socialist agenda. Taking a stroll through the NEA’s 2007 Pittsburgh Convention Recap is eye-opening. “Free education for all children in public schools [and] combination of education with industrial production…” could easily be a quote taken from NEA documents but is instead the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto.

Words spoken by Catherine Barret in 1976, then president of the NEA, speak clearly as to NEA intentions when it comes to training the minds of children:

“_First, we will help all of our people understand that school is a concept and not a place. We will not confuse ‘schooling’ with education. The school will be the community, the community the school_.”

Was Barret a by-product of the free-love-pot-smoking-Viet-Nam-protesting generation which influenced her views, or was she espousing values long held by the NEA.

To find that answer, I went back to 1848, 128 years before Barret’s speech to the NEA, and read words of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty. But, you say, we destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social*….*The bourgeois claptrap about the family and education, about the hallowed correlation of parents and child, becomes all the more disgusting, the more, by the action of Modern Industry, all the family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labor ….”. – Communist Manifesto,1848

Joseph Larson at Citizens For A Constitutional Republic makes a strong case that Barret’s views were that of a system set in place long ago, “By 1885 some in the NEA were espousing that both property and children belong not to the people, but to the state. By 1905 the American government was spending nearly 22% of all public funds on public education.”

Neal Boortz, conservative talk-show host, compares teacher unions to Al Qaeda: “Look, Al Qaeda, they could bring in a nuke into this country and kill 100,000 people with a well-placed nuke somewhere. Ok. We would recover from that. It would be a terrible tragedy, but the teachers unions in this country can destroy a generation.”

Raise up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Not content with brain-washing the majority of America’s children with dumbed-down socialist values where self-esteem reigns supreme and individual thinking skills are frowned upon, the NEA is now gunning for homeschoolers, the last bastion of America freedom still protected by American federal law.

Their anti-homeschooling agenda can be found in the 2007 Recap, in section B-75, NEA’s 2007 Pittsburgh Convention Recap

“The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being born by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used. The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools…”

Clean up your own house, NEA. For more about that, I recommend the following articles –

http://www.newswithviews.com – written by 16-year-old

http;//www.cnn.com No Summer Vacation for our Failing Schools

http://abcnews.go.com Stupid in America

The Conspiracy of Ignorance

http://www.amazon.com The Feel Good Curriculum

http://www.citizensforaconstitutionalnationalrepublic.com dewey…..

http://www.aim.org Highlights NEA’s Conflict of Interest: Many of the convention’s resolutions not dealing with gay rights, global warming, or opposing the Iraq war, seemed to emphasize higher wages and increased regulation, rather than higher performance standards. The 2007 NEA Convention, held June 30 through July 5 in Philadelphia, PA, highlighted many social and political considerations ranging from gay rights to global warming to amnesty, but opposed school choice or tax credits for home-schooling parents.


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