Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin, evolution. Source: Fox News.com
I suspected the truth long ago.
Home schooling and the voucher movement both have the same goal—to control what children learn and think. That is called brainwashing. The Communist Chinese did it during Mao’s reign in China. The Communists in Russia did it too. So did the Nazi’s when Hitler ruled Germany.
A “liberal” education in the public schools and many private colleges teaches evolution and a wide range of subjects, which might be another reason to explain why the conservative media machine has spent decades turning the word “liberal” into an evil thing so people will start to distrust a nonbiased education. I’m not saying the American public education system is perfect, but it is better than having it controlled by the private sector.
Consider this. Conservatives claim that liberal teachers in the schools are biased and are teaching kids to be evil liberals, but at the same time they claim the majority of Americans are conservative.
I am conservative in most of my beliefs. How can that be if I had a liberal education? When I take one of those multiple choice tests to see where I stand on political issues, I always end up right of center but nowhere near the far right. I suspect most Americans are the same.
And that leads me to Wal-Mart.”The Walton Family’s support of the school voucher and charter schools movement is unparalleled in the United States. According to the 2006 Walton Family Foundation 990, the family gave over $48 million to individual charter schools and supporting institutions. Sam Walton once said, “I’d like to see an all-out revolution in education.” He proudly supported school-choice movements along with his son John.” Source: Walton Family Influence Take a look.
However, a study released in 2007 by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) found that students in public urban high schools perform, on average, just as well as those in private high schools.
When the report’s authors compared students of similar socioeconomic status at private, public and parochial high schools, they found that:
- Achievement scores on reading, math, science and history were the same;
- Students were equally likely to attend college whether they had graduated from a public or private school;
- Young adults at age 26 were equally likely to report being satisfied with their jobs whether they had graduated from a public or private school;
- Young adults at age 26 were equally likely to engage in civic activity whether they had graduated from a public or private school. Source: Education Portal.com
In another comparison from the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), otherwise known as the Nation’s Report Card., we discover that Christopher and Sarah Theule Lubienski, a husband-and-wife team at the University of Illinois, compared more than 340,000 students using math scores from the 2003 NAEP. The study found that after adjusting for socioeconomic factors, there is little difference between private and public school scores. Source: Great Schools.org
Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the NAEP is given to students in grades 4, 8 and 12 in both private and public schools.
It seems that there are conservative like most of us, and then there are CONSERVATIVES like the Walton family.
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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga.
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