This is one of those little dreams of the state bureaucracy – that all children, absolutely all, must go through a decade and more of indoctrination at the hands of the state bureaucracy. If any are to be free of this then how can the thinking of the entire society be controlled by the state bureaucracy?
This is one of the central points of Brave New World in fact. Another of those novels that people are reading as a guide rather than a warning.
Parents who home-school their children will face up to six months in jail under legislation intended to combat Islamist extremism in France.
The bill, unveiled yesterday, will make it a crime to teach children at home, in an attempt to prevent them from falling under the influence of religious radicals. More than 50,000 children are currently home-schooled.
Islamic radicalism is merely today’s excuse. Germany already has fairly harsh rules on who may homeschool and how. Actually, it’s illegal.
Donnelly has also represented a homeschooling family who still lives in Germany. Dirk Wunderlich says he and his wife chose to homeschool for several reasons. For one, they didn’t want their kids to be indoctrinated by the government.
That’s not allowed as a defence because of course the entire point of the insistence upon the state doing the educating is that indoctrination.
The second reason, Brügelmann says, was a desire to mix the classes.
“The upper classes – the nobles, the bourgeoisie – had, so to speak, bought the education for their children by giving lessons to their children through specially paid tutors,” says Brügelmann. But the Weimar constitution advocated the idea that all children from all walks of life should come together at school.
You may agree with that idea and you may not but it’s still indoctrination either way.
This is before we get to the harsher point, which is that home schooled kids often enough do rather better in any of the varied tests of education or even life. That is, the state bureaucracy is against the evidence that they themselves produce such a shit education – can’t allow competition that shows that, can we? Which is why the American education bureaucracy is so against charter schools, the British against private ones.
Abolish all the varied forms of competition to the state monopoly and that monopoly not only gets to propagandise the entire society it also can’t be shown up for the crap that it is. The saving grace here of course being that given the performance some do come through the experience unscathed.