One of the few silver linings to come out of the Covid pandemic is that parents were jolted awake by what their children were being exposed to in schools. As a result, homeschool enrollment – and rejection of public schools – skyrocketed. Joining us today is Annie Holmquist (intellectualtakeout.org), Editor at The Intellectual Takeout and a former homeschool student. The tipping point for homeschooling to gather massive influence is when 10% of school age children are enrolled. A recent Census Bureau study states that as of the fall of 2020, the percentage of homeschool children in the United States has risen to 11%. Why has it gone up and where will it go from here?
If what the teachers are teaching your children is legit, why are they trying so hard to keep parents from knowing about it? Joining us today is Bob Unruh (wnd.com), columnist at World Net Daily. He relates the story of one mother who is trying to obtain information about what her children are being taught. To keep her from knowing this information, the NEA is suing her. In addition to intimidating an individual, the unions may be playing a longer, more dangerous game in the courts.
Education was supposed to provide us with stellar learning, but unfortunately that is not happening. Is there any hope? Joining us today is Jacob Howland (city-journal.org), Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa. He draws on his many years of experience in higher learning to show how classical education has been slowly removed from curricula only to be replaced by slogans and inaccurate history. The culprits are more the educrats than teachers, but many teachers go along with it. So is there any hope? Now that the plan has been thoroughly exposed, some teachers and many parents are pushing back to reclaim what education was always supposed to be.
There are rules for thee, but not for me. Seems to be the woke battle cry today. In this week's boralogue, John looks at the outrage against people and companies for thoughts and policies that were completely reasonable five minutes ago. He breaks down several logical fallacies wrapped up in progressive narratives. When words are weaponized in pursuit of those narratives, truth becomes a casualty.
Joining John in the studio is his wife, Carol, a homeschool and tutoring pro, along with Rachael Grant, who has homeschooled her kids for the last nine years. All three discuss the realities of teaching your children at home, the difference between homeschooling and public schooling at home, and the importance of a values-based curriculum.
We then welcome Ginny Gentles (www.iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, who discusses how educational funding in the time of virus lockdowns should follow the child, and one way to do that is through educational savings accounts.
Finally this week, Twila Brase (www.cchfreedom.org), President and Co-Founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, joins us to examine the potential realities of contact tracing and the broad redefinition of the term ‘case' which has led to a skyrocketing – and possibly misleading – number of new coronavirus ‘cases.'
07/18/2020 At Home in the Classroom
Podcast Episode Chapters - (Segment start time)
1 - John's Boralogue - Logical Fallacies of Woke-ism (2:16)
2 - Education Round Table - Homeschool vs Public School at Home (19:23)
3 - Ginny Gentles - Funding for the Child (46:54)
4 - Twila Brase - Behind Contact Tracing (1:02:17)
End of Show (1:17:22)
The coronavirus caused nationwide lock-downs and closures and one of the hardest hit sectors was education. Joining John in the studio today is his wife, Carol, who is an education expert and former homeschool teacher and Rachael Grant, who has homeschooled her kids for the last nine years. They discuss the difference between homeschooling your children and learning via the public school at home – two very different situations. The most important factor in how to educate your children is what is contained in the curriculum.