Funny enough as I’ve been in a bustling 'tunnel of preparation' for my speaking sessions at an upcoming home education conference, there’s been lot’s of noise and buzz in the news this week about educating the next generation. I had to come up for air today to chat about the first headline…
After throwing her hat in the ring last Sunday for a presidential run in 2016, Hillary Clinton’s first official campaign stop in Iowa last week included a ‘round table discussion’ about education with locals: students and educators. During the discourse, our former Secretary of State praised the infamous (and failing, by the way) Common Core, and she made this telling statement…
“But your question is really a larger one. How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated?…”
Showing she is either 1. Oblivious to the fastest-growing educational movement in the U.S. - that ‘family enterprise’ called home education - which not only boasts phenomenal growth in the past decade (growing by 74% from 1999 to 2007 according to the scientific data gathered by NHERI) but in addition, exhibiting significantly higher test scores over all amongst its students (NHERI), while at the same time strengthening families, churches, cities and states in more ways than I can list in this brief blog post, or 2. Hillary’s in denial that moms and dads are, in actual fact, the true experts their children need (No Ordinary Child by Denise Mira Chapter 15).
There are reams of data to be found (that I don’t have time or energy to cite at the moment), not only suggesting, but proving that when the process of educating children involves the active support of their dedicated family members, its outcome is far more successful than without this support. Surely Hillary can’t be ignorant of this glaring truth?! So why on God’s green earth would she refer to education as a non-family enterprise?
May I go on?! Education is such a family enterprise that the bulk of taxes we Americans pay, property taxes (YES! Your home is right where the County's heart is!) and don’t forget those sneaky occasionally-passed, bloated, everlasting levies, are funneled to public education. Check it out, it’s ugly.
At last count, public education was sucking 500 BILLION (yes, that’s a B) documented dollars (can you imagine the dollars that are undocumented?) from our nation of hard-working, tax-strapped, recession-poor, day-late and dollar-short mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents….need I go on proving how connected to the family education actually is?!
John Stossel shared his thoughts, too… I couldn't agree more!
Have a beautiful week.
Posted by Denise Mira.