Several people recently have recommended that I check out Blogdial and see what there is on the subject of home education. The impression I gained was that this is a left-leaning, libertarian place with sound views on the subject of freedom. Well I had a look and was quite frankly shocked by what I saw. Here is an example, taken from a piece on home education;
"Lets make something absolutely clear: the German people still love Adolph Hitler and the Nazi philosophy of National Socialism. In their heart of hearts they worship Hitler and they demonstrate their love for him by executing his laws in his honour."
Would that be all Germans? Even those born long after the war? Apparently so, because the writer goes on to say;
"The morality of the German people is once again in question.
They can either say that they 'did not know'‘ that Hitler’s laws on Home Education were being executed today, OR they can say that they agree with them, and that ‘Hitler wasn’t all bad’. Either way, they are guilty of the same crimes that the Germans of WW2 are."
Growing up as I did in the years following World War II, I was familiar enough with this sort of nationalism. My own family were rabidly ant-German, to the extent that my grandfather would not travel in a German car. However, most of us have got over this sort of thing now; after all, the war ended well over sixty years ago! I am surprised to find modern home educators espousing this sort of outdated nationalism.
I read a bit more and was absolutely astounded to find this statement a few lines later;
"As I said before, children are a special form of property. You need to accept this principle as one of absolute truth. They are either your property, or the property of the state."
This is almost beyond belief. Children are not property at all. I most certainly do not own my daughter and I find it horrifying that anybody, let alone a supporter of home education, should think in this way. The author continues;
"This is about who owns children, and if you do not accept that children are property and you as the parent are the absolute owner of that property, then you are declaring that the state is the absolute owner of your children."
How's that for a false dichotomy? If I as a parent do not accept that my children are my property, then I am declaring that they that the state is the absolute owner of them! This is so completely mad that I cannot make out whether it is supposed to be a spoof or what. Is it meant to be taken ironically and am I just being a little slow in catching the joke? Perhaps those who read the author of this stuff, Irdial, could offer some help here and explain why such a lunatic is evidently so popular with home educators?