Monday, April 14, 2008

They're Either Blind or Handing Out Blinders.

I'm beginning to develop two uncharitable ideas about why people think homeschooling parents must have some form of qualification in order to teach their children.

They are:

1) I couldn't trust myself to do that.

2) People can't be trusted to do that.

Number one is probably the one I see most often. They don't trust their own knowledge when it's unaccompanied by a $40,000 piece of paper. They don't trust their ability to judge the knowledge of others. They don't trust that learning can happen without a teacher leading them by the hand. They often don't even seem to trust that they can learn at all once out of the environment of school.

Number two generally represents those people who don't have a problem trusting themselves. They're very sure of their own abilities and knowledge, they simply know that everyone else can't be trusted. This is because we aren't them.

One group has been molded by the system of education to think they can not function without it. The other group has become the system.


Jacqueline said...

Oh, good post!

Dawn said...

Confession time! I actually hate this kind of post because I hate, "Their are two kinds of people..." arguments that make complicated thing simple. But I needed a small rant and I do think it's true much of the time.

sunniemom said...

Well Dawn- you do realize that there really ARE only two kinds of people in the world:

1) Those who believe that there are only two kinds of people in the world

2) Those who don't.
I thought about your post for awhile, and I believe that most folks who protest HSing based on the credential question do basically fall into one of those two categories.

After spending 12 years in a system and being told over and over in various ways that only professionals have any legitimacy in any field, why wouldn't most folks be brainwashed? So they really are either "I couldn't do that, I'm not a professional" or "You can't do that, you're not a professional."

JJ Ross said...

Well, I'm a professional and they don't think I can do it either.
(tongue-sticking-out emoticon)