Daily Archives: April 11, 2015

Priorities FUBAR

Apparently you can’t get out of a country to the US when your life is in danger. But if you were denied homeschooling? Come on in, say the Republicans:

Republicans in Congress are advancing a bill to grant asylum to families who want to home school their children. But the same bill would also restrict granting asylum to migrant children fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

The bill’s provision would grant asylum for up to 500 individuals “fleeing home school persecution” in countries where home schooling is illegal.

“The Republicans have put home-schooling as a priority for asylum in the United States ahead of murder, rape, child abuse,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) said. Gutierrez doesn’t “object to the provision in Chaffetz’s bill but thinks it’s unfair to help home-school families without aiding children fleeing drug and gang violence and abuse in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.”

I have problems with homeschooling. I just don’t think a parent can give a child a teacher’s insight and experience. I certainly wouldn’t presume to have any special advantage over the school system when it comes to educating my children. Furthermore, our society has become atomized; the concept of the neighborhood is slipping away. Add that to not allowing your children to  experience other children in a school…I dunno. I don’t see the pros. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

What is strange here is: why do Republicans have such a hard-on for homeschooling? Something is up there. I know for sure that Republicans don’t like education much. Is it because well-rounded children tend to grow up to be Not-Republican, or perhaps Not-Christian? Maybe that’s a bridge too far. But one thing is for certain; our asylum system needs fixing, and this is not the way to go about it. We should be doing more to rescue the endangered, instead of fighting for the freedom of overprotective parents to snarl a child’s education and socialization.

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