by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Homeschooling High Schoolers
Editor’s note: In this toxic nugget Michael goes on to disparage any type of formal schooling, trying to say it leads to weak effeminate boys. It’s pretty clear that he’s either never been in a public or private school, or if he has it’s been a very long time and must have taken place in some impoverished school district filled with disadvantaged kids from some awful situation, like perhaps the kids of coal miners in a small rural area where ill health is rampant. This is simply untrue in the majority of schools.
There’s nothing wrong with homeschooling, but there’s a great deal wrong with the type of homeschooling Mr. Pearl is preaching. His words are appalling on every level! His rant about being owed a good job, medical care and retirement sounds much like the rants of those I used to attend church with that had no education and could not get a decent job, subsisting on the fringes of life without much money. Jealousy perhaps?
H.G. Wells, a noted humanist and historian, wrote in his The Outline of History concerning the schools of Alexandria, Egypt, between the second and seventh centuries AD:
“Wisdom passed away from Alexandria and left pedantry [pretentious display of knowledge] behind. For the use of books was substituted the worship of books. Very speedily the learned became a specialized queer class with unpleasant characteristics of its own. The Museum had existed for half a dozen generations before Alexandria was familiar with a new type of human being: shy, eccentric, unpracticed, incapable of essentials, strangely fierce upon trivialities of literary detail, as bitterly jealous of the colleague within as of the unlearned without—the Scholarly Man. He was as intolerant as a priest, though he had no cave. For him no method of copying was sufficiently tedious and no rare book sufficiently inaccessible. He was a sort of by-product of the intellectual process of mankind. For many precious generations the new-lit fires of the human intelligence were to be seriously banked down by this by-product.”
I have observed the product of America’s modern counterpart to the Alexandrian school. Their frail bodies, white with the tan of florescent lights, shoulders humped, eyes squinted, poor complexion from the junk food consumed between lessons, stumble from their classrooms to stand in line for the next culturally preordained phase of life. Their mentality is that since they have given themselves to the system, the system owes them a good job, good wages, medical coverage, fair play, protection, entertainment, a vacation, retirement, old-age convalescence, and a proper burial. God save us from being average. I don’t want to be a part. I don’t want to rear children to be a cog in this wheel.
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