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  •  Bet they sent lots (15+ / 0-)

    to home schoolers.  

    If the Republicans ever find out that Barack Obama favors respiration, we'll be a one-party system inside two minutes. - Alan Lewis

    by MadRuth on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:31:14 AM PST

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    •  On the plus side, the percentage of (13+ / 0-)

      crazy right wing homeschoolers seems to be becoming smaller relative to the percentage of secular homeschoolers.

      •  Thank you. (11+ / 0-)

        I was going to reply to this diary with the sentence "Another reason to home school!" I home schooled for a multitude of reasons, not the least of them being the far-right bent of our local schools. Not all home schoolers are right wing-nuts, believe me!

        •  We homeschool for several reasons (3+ / 0-)
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          It used to be hard to find other secular homeschoolers, but now it's harder (at least here in blue-state country) to find non-secular homeschoolers. The last 7 years, or so, have led to a sea change in who is homeschooling. It seems many religious homeschoolers are switching to private "schools" available through their churches. There are still plenty of religious homeschoolers, but the percentage is definitely moving toward something more in line with their percentage in the general population.

          Ironically, homeschooling as a "thing" was started by the counter-culture left in the late 60's/early 70's, just before the school system went through a dramatic (if brief) liberalization. At that point, homeschooling fell out of fashion on the secular left, but now, with the return of right-wing curricula and the decimation of real education via "teach to the test," the left is moving back out of the schools.

          •  I graduated high school in 1964, (5+ / 0-)

            and I don't remember any political, especially right-wing, influence in my high school curriculum.  I remember teachers whom I despised because they made us work so hard and really learn what they were teaching, but not any overt, or even covert, conservative ideology.  I remember a few teachers who were terminally stupid, but not because they were pushing some political philosophy, but just because they were stupid; to this day I wonder how those teachers ever got, much less kept their jobs.

            And I would have been aware of any teacher or curriculum pushing a right-wing point of view, as I had worked on John Kennedy's presidential campaign (as an envelope-stuffer; they weren't going to trust a 13-year-old with anything else) and was already marching in civil rights protests and participating in boycotts of businesses who discriminated against black people.  I was quite concious of the political and social upheaval occurring at the time.

            So I'm not sure what you mean by "liberalization" when the education system - at least the system I went through - was entirely politically secular.

            "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

            by SueDe on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:37:13 PM PST

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            •  You were lucky (2+ / 0-)
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              Many schools were more than happy to push cold war anti-communist propaganda through early 1960s. Your school system must have either not joined in, or been on the leading edge of focusing on real learning, instead of seeding nationalist ideology.

              Around the country, right-wing groups got books removed from school libraries for teaching "Communist values," (like Robin Hood) and the NY State Board of Regents had a special commission to investigate textbooks for patriotism.

              The really unlucky attended schools that implemented such curricular gems as a packaged program named "Americanism versus Communism," using J. Edgar Hoover's book "Masters of Deceit" as the text book.  

              It wasn't a pretty time in many parts of the country, and digging out from under the right wing "education" rubble took great effort and many years.

      •  Link please (0+ / 0-)

        I need to be able to reference that on my education blog.

        America—We built that!

        by Mokurai on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:54:55 AM PST

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