by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Homeschooling High Schoolers
Editor’s note: Here comes the authoritative leather strap of Michael Pearl’s words. He is now telling homeschooling parents that what they do is no different than his hated public schools. Talented and gifted children? He thinks that translates into warped adults and does not think they should receive any tutoring or specialized education at all. Claiming that it’s too high pressure competitive. Sounds to me like his vision of what students are is the weaker screwed up version, not the ones in his previous piece in public and private schools. He wants a world where every single person is as ignorant, uneducated and backwards as he is.
It is obvious that many homeschooling families are nothing more than reformed public educational systems. A system faulty at the very core of its philosophy doesn’t need reformation; it needs dismissal. The education system in America doesn’t need a new teacher; it needs a new birth.
Whether in the home dictated by parents, or in the corporate classroom John Dewey style, education has taken an invasive, destructive course. Intensive, time-consuming mental discipline—out of proportion to working with the hands—is alien to natural humanity and a threat to normal development. It is a perversion to take a five- to twelve-year-old child and enter him in a demanding competition for academic excellence. We would all find fault with an ambitious adult that put his seven-year-old through a demanding schedule of football training. Is the seven-year-old any better equipped to handle the emotional demands of professional study? How can we justify raping a child’s youth by forced confinement in full-time study? Child prodigies are usually abnormal, unfulfilled adults. Head-starters are often late finishers with no desire to continue their education.
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