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Friday March 07 2008

More reaction to this, about a Californian court deciding that home-schoolers must have “credentials”, from Rand Simberg:

What a world. Sometimes, when I look at the educational system here - primary, secondary, college - I wonder if we really won the Cold War.

He quotes James Lileks ("home schooling Bolsheviks"), who also says this about what daughter Gnat is getting up to these days:

Had a long conversation with (G)Nat today about whether all life on earth will be destroyed soon by pollution. She’s in an Earth Day play. The premise is basic: massive global storms (just like those in Star Trek IV!) alert the animals that Nature is sending out its final warning, so the animals tell the kids we have to stop doing ... something, and start being nice to the Earth. (Animals and children being equal in moral purity.) It ends with a hymn to nature that makes the Romantic poets look like strip-mining company CEOs. I wondered whether it made her worry, and she said it didn’t, not really. Then we had a talk about why it’s bad to pollute, and why you shouldn’t litter, and the other sensible things.

Home beats school there, wouldn’t you say?  Lileks continues:

And I know it’s a leap of logic, but: if you don’t have the constitutional right to home school your kids, I wonder if you have the constitution right to raise them at all. You might be doing it all wrong, you know. I’m guessing you lack credentials at that, too.

Don’t give them ideas.