Michelle "Clown-Car" Duggar had her 17th baby last August. Within 30 minutes she was talking about her eagerness to have another. *gag* And bibidy-BobDidMe-boo she's preggers with number 18. *sigh*
It's interesting to me that the homeschooling issue gets brought up in nearly every single article about the Duggars. Doesn't mention if they are vegan or if they only wear 100% natural fibre clothing or any other potentially unusual practices. But the homeschooling gets a nod each time.
Because most people not only don't homeschool but don't know anyone who does.
Homeschooling is much like atheism. Knowing a person who homeschools doesn't tell you a damn thing about any other homeschooler.
"I'm an atheist." Oh. You must be like Hitler. You are a moral relativist. What stops you from slitting your neighbors throat? Nup. Being an atheist means I don't believe in god. "Atheist" doesn't tell you anything else about me.
How many of us have heard that load of bollocks tossed our way?
"I'm a homeschooler." Oh. You must be like the Duggars and have a million kids, isolate them socially, and indoctrinate them with your own beliefs. Nup. I am in charge of my child's education. "Homeschooler" doesn't tell you anything else about me.
Attaching the label "homeschooler" to somebody doesn't tell you a thing about their beliefs about education, socialization, morality, or spirituality.
It is very tempting to want to say "there ought to be a law". But that phrase should raise an immediate red flag in your mind. You don't really want the government looking after you. Please tell me that you don't! You really don't want the government being your parent and making sure that you eat healthy, that you take the right vitamins, that you exercise every day, that you read the appropriate books, that you think the appropriate thoughts.
Voltaire is attributed with having said, ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ The phrase itself deserves a close look. Freedoms should not be eliminated on the off chance that you won't like what someone does with theirs.
Another thing to keep in mind, even if you get the laws passed that you want preventing the behavior you object to, what happens when the law turns on you and now the behavior you have chosen is outlawed to "protect" you. Will you back that law as staunchly as the one removing freedom you disapproved of from another?
Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.
This is a comment I put up at Gods4Suckers.com where a post about the Duggar Quiverfulls got on a bit of a tangent about homeschooling.