With all this talk about mandatory vaccination legislation, a lot more parents are discussing homeschool as an option (while that option is even still available). Aside from that, more and more parents are asking how much propaganda do we really want to expose our children to on their path to adulthood, anyway? Add Common Core to make matters that much more ridiculous and more people are choosing homeschool as the best option for their child’s mind.
That being said, the story I’m about to discuss out of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) shows the enormity of what homeschooling parents truly are up against in this country.
Let me back up just a bit by saying that yours truly dropped out of high school. I could wax on about how I regret missing my senior prom or that I’ve had a rough go in life without that piece of paper saying I put up with my high school experience for four whole years, but the truth is I don’t and I haven’t.
I went on to get three college degrees including a master’s degree and I’ve spent enough time critically analyzing the system to realize that, overall, a lot of it was pure bullsh*t and a total waste of time. Not that any of us need pieces of paper to validate our intelligence or existence. On the flip side, I personally watched people mouth breathe their way through the mind-numbing curriculum at my high school, graduate with Ds, then go on to join the military or get corporate jobs or become mall cops, complete with helmet and segway, for example… people who couldn’t have passed a GED exam if they tried. But, nonetheless, high school is still the standard to live by.
Today, that school experience is magnified. The propaganda we were subjected to back then (guns are scary and bad, support our troops with yellow ribbons no matter what, lawyers and doctors make the most money so go do that, abortion is good) is nooooothing compared to the level of establishment agenda indoctrination being piped into our children’s brains today, complete with a heaping pile of fear to ice the b.s. cake. It’s actually pretty horrifying and a write up of its own… but I digress.
Homeschool allows parents a shot at not subjecting their children to that, and something better, or at least different, than being “taught to the middle,” allowing their children much more room to actually learn something. However, the system, as they say, is not rigged in the favor of anyone who tries to think outside of it’s box.
Take the recent case of 22-year-old Jacob Berry from Morgantown, West Virginia. His parents opted to homeschool Berry and not too long ago he decided to attend West Virginia’s Bridgeport Junior College, enrolling last fall. After one half-time semester where he received A’s in both of his classes, it came to the campus president’s attention that Berry did not have an official high school diploma. Consequently, he was kicked out of college shortly thereafter.
“Your homeschool diploma isn’t state recognized. We can’t mess with our federal funding by having people with unaccredited diplomas here,” she reportedly said. The president had Jacob called to the financial aid office after class and gave him one day to produce an “accredited” diploma.
The next day Jacob was called out of his lecture and attempted to explain again to the president that his diploma was valid. Ms. Stephens refused to listen and suggested he take the GED. When he attempted to attend his next class, the school sent him directly to Ms. Stephens who kicked him out and informed him that he was an intelligent young man who would do well on the GED.
“It was a shock,” said Jacob. “She signed the letter acknowledging that I had been homeschooled and then kicked me out. It hurts me that she would do that to me. I don’t want to be negative, but I do feel like it was discriminatory.”
It’d be one thing if he had just applied and they ignorantly turned Berry down, but the school already knew he was homeschooled and accepted his application and allowed him to enroll, then he was able to complete a whole semester, a semester in which he made dean’s list-level grades.
Jacob’s parents, Dr. Nathan Berry and Mrs. Cynthia Berry, a woman who reportedly holds a lifetime teacher’s license in the state of Missouri, were also quite shocked, so they contacted HSLDA who attempted to contact the school. Association attorney Michael Donnelly sent a letter to the school’s president informing her that homeschool students self-certify when they complete a home education program, a process that is clearly noted in the federal funding guidelines, but the woman apparently refused to respond. (No, the GED is not required of homeschooled students.) It will likely take more legal action and more of this kid’s time wasted before he can move on with his life for her to do so. Why?
Because, like everything else in the United Corporations of America, it’s not about Berry’s education or helping him gain higher employment etc.; first and foremost, just like in the public schools his parents steered him clear of, it’s all about the funding.
Were it a gender, race, or sexual orientation case, one can only imagine that it would make headlines, prompt court cases and widespread cries of discrimination.
But who cries out for the homeschooled?
When did this group become so ostracized and shunned?
There’s a marked trend of super minds that have been taught in homes rather than mass education facilities. Many in America are aware of the sad state that schools have reached, of the decline in education standards, and in the fall of testing scores and general intelligence and aptitude in the public overall. It’s not as if anyone believes public schools are the pinnacle of learning…
Why then is there an insistence on processing every child through these fatally flawed institutions, and defending the indoctrination centers to the death?
It is obvious enough that homeschools are too closely related to independent thinkers and the continuation of the individuals, the very things that certain but obscure voices have vowed to eradicate.
Building one’s mind the old fashioned way will be increasingly treated the same way conscientious objectors to vaccines are, with the scorn of a system that wants everyone kept under total and utter control.
Keep watch, and stay vigilant.