I was mowing the lawn, I have a big lawn, it takes a long time to mow.
Mowing is boring, really, really boring.
I get a lot of thinking done.
Suddenly what popped into my head but thinking about home schooling and the cultural effects that it has on the kids.
Now don’t get me wrong, not all home schools are bad. It can be done correctly, sometimes it is more advantageous to the student to be taught in a more nurturing environment. The home schooling that worries me is when people home school their kids because they don’t want them exposed to things like “any idea that may disagree with our strict interpretation of the bible.”
These people scare the hell out of me.
One thing is that they are often not mentally or education wise qualified to be teaching anyone.
The next problem is that part of the purpose of public education is to introduce a child to things outside of the cloistered environment that they are currently in.
If I ever had kids (something that is gradually getting less likely), I have thought that I would not mind taking a larger part in their education, but part of this is that I do not think that the public school system does that great of a job when it comes to teaching things like the sciences because it tries to avoid disputes with the above mentioned idiots in the curriculum. You had better bet your ass that any kid of mine is going to understand things like evolution, that the universe is billions of years old, and that we are all made of star dust.
The thing that popped into my head when I was mowing the lawn was that these children are brought up in a strict religious family, and more so for females, they are brought up to believe that the man is right and powerful, and the job of the woman, just as the bible says, is to serve her man.
That just sounds to me like an abuse potential, and also ingraining a culture of non-reporting.
Now think of the creepy guy driving the van with “free candy” written on the side, they see a fourteen year old girl on the side of the road.
The first example is a girl from a public school (in a blue state). She sees the “free candy” and thinks, “stranger danger”, so picks up her pace of walking and gets away. The van keeps driving.
He comes soon across another girl wearing a long dress because the bible says so. He slows down and says hello.
“Hello little girl, how are you today?”
“I am not supposed to talk to strangers…”
“I am Jim, and I think that it is a great day that God has bestowed on us.”
“Oh, God, is wonderful.”
“Wanna get in the van and talk about God? I have candy.”
Well, girl two is never heard from again….
Or in a less extreme example, girl gets all the way to adulthood, meets a nice looking bible thumper from school, gets married. He starts knocking her around a little bit but that is OK, because she has prayed for it to stop, and even if it doesn’t that is God’s will. And he is her husband so she must be doing something that displeases him. Of course no one knows about this because she does not leave the house, because a woman’s place is in the house and she can start spitting out children, and the abuse continues, until she is not cute enough anymore and then dad moves on to the eldest daughter, which he can get away with because they are home schooling.
The first story is more disgusting, but only slightly.
I don’t like people very much, and there is a reason for that….
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