Education Expert: Parents, Take Children Back From Gov’t Control

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7f54d53d6578b05844cfeee3894e7db2_MAn edu­ca­tion expert who heads up a pop­u­lar online K‑12 school is advis­ing par­ents that they must be vig­i­lant against gov­ern­ment intru­sion if they want to main­tain con­trol over their chil­dren’s schooling.

Alan Scholl and his wife, Doreen, have suc­cess­ful­ly home­schooled sev­en chil­dren over the past 29 years. In addi­tion to that accom­plish­ment, Scholl — sens­ing the need for a learn­ing sys­tem that would empow­er par­ents to exit the pub­lic school bureau­cra­cy and pro­vide his and Doreen’s chil­dren with a sol­id clas­si­cal edu­ca­tion found­ed on both Judeo-Chris­t­ian and Amer­i­can­ist prin­ci­ples — three years ago launched Free­dom­Pro­ject Edu­ca­tion (FPE), a nation­wide online K‑12 school that has explod­ed from 22 stu­dents in 2011 to over 600 at the begin­ning of the 2014 school year.

The impe­tus that moti­vat­ed the Scholls to take their chil­dren out of the fail­ing pub­lic school night­mare and begin their quest to school them at home with sol­id spir­i­tu­al and civic val­ues, is the same moti­va­tion that prompt­ed Scholl to launch FPE.

That moti­va­tion has been pred­i­cat­ed on the cen­tu­ry-old bat­tle that con­tin­ues to rage for the hearts and souls of Amer­i­ca’s chil­dren, Scholl says in a vital new FPE video enti­tled Who Owns Your Chil­dren?: The Dan­gers of Gov­ern­ment as Par­ent (below). The con­flict “involves two rad­i­cal­ly oppos­ing views on par­ent­ing and edu­ca­tion,” Scholl explains. Over time this bat­tle, which has seen, var­i­ous­ly, local, state, and fed­er­al gov­ern­ments chip­ping away at the author­i­ty of par­ents to deter­mine how their kids will be edu­cat­ed and what they can — and can­not — learn, “has result­ed in the dam­ag­ing of edu­ca­tion in Amer­i­ca, as well as the co-opt­ing of our lib­er­ties, our con­sti­tu­tion­al gov­ern­ment, and many valu­able ele­ments of our Amer­i­can society.”

Scholl notes that sev­er­al gen­er­a­tions of Amer­i­cans have wit­nessed the grad­ual con­ver­sion of what used to be a ser­vice­able edu­ca­tion struc­ture into lit­tle more than a sys­tem of social­ist indoc­tri­na­tion. “While many Amer­i­cans are wak­ing up to the tru­ly sin­is­ter nature of what is going on,” he says, “the major­i­ty of cit­i­zens have no idea of what is hap­pen­ing to their chil­dren and this nation.”

The Amer­i­ca that the Found­ing Fathers gave us — includ­ing the edu­ca­tion sys­tem of our begin­ning for­bears — was, to say the least, much dif­fer­ent from the sys­tem under which Amer­i­cans strug­gle today. “The sys­tem that gave us unprece­dent­ed pros­per­i­ty and lib­er­ty served us so well for gen­er­a­tions,” says Scholl.

Under the Founders’ phi­los­o­phy, all Amer­i­cans — chil­dren as well as adults — were seen as sov­er­eign indi­vid­u­als made in the image of God. “Edu­ca­tion in ear­ly Amer­i­ca was a fam­i­ly affair,” he says, “designed by indi­vid­u­als par­ents for their chil­dren, and deliv­ered large­ly by them. And even if it was admin­is­tered out­side the home, par­ents were inti­mate­ly involved, not just in the teach­ing but in the cur­ricu­lum itself.”

At the heart of that involve­ment was the con­vic­tion among a major­i­ty of ear­ly Amer­i­can par­ents that, in truth, God owned their chil­dren, and moth­er and father were stew­ards with the respon­si­bil­i­ty of ensur­ing a god­ly upbring­ing and train­ing for a fruit­ful adulthood.

From 1600 to about 1880 vir­tu­al­ly every text­book used in Amer­i­can edu­ca­tion quot­ed, ref­er­enced, or direct­ly cit­ed Scrip­ture,” notes Scholl. That prac­tice con­tin­ued well into the 20th century.”

Over the past sev­er­al decades, how­ev­er, there has been a con­cert­ed effort to deny Amer­i­ca’s Chris­t­ian foun­da­tions, and to ban them from pub­lic edu­ca­tion. And nev­er has that effort been as aggres­sive as today. Quot­ing Noah Web­ster’s con­vic­tion (shared by lit­er­al­ly all of his and suc­ceed­ing gen­er­a­tions) that the “prin­ci­ples of gen­uine lib­er­ty, and of the wise laws and admin­is­tra­tions, are to be drawn from the Bible and sus­tained by its author­i­ty,” Scholl warns that the the Judeo-Chris­t­ian prin­ci­ples that guid­ed our nation for over 200 years “are being sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly out­lawed today.”

While Found­ing Father John Adams advised that Amer­i­ca’s con­sti­tu­tion­al Repub­lic was cre­at­ed for “a moral and reli­gious peo­ple, and is whol­ly inad­e­quate for the gov­ern­ment of any oth­er,” in today’s gov­ern­ment schools, observes Scholl, “Bible, prayer, and Chris­t­ian thought and prac­tice are either banned or severe­ly denigrated.”

This denial of the Judeo-Chris­t­ian foun­da­tions of edu­ca­tion, so vital to Amer­i­can fam­i­lies for most of our nation’s his­to­ry, has led to a melt­down of fam­i­ly val­ues — and an increas­ing­ly overt assault on tra­di­tion­al families.

Scholl notes that an “overt­ly socialist/Marxist view­point has now become the new norm. It has been embed­ded in our cul­ture, in our schools, and espe­cial­ly in our edu­ca­tion­al estab­lish­ment. Sta­tism, social­ism, extreme nation­al­ism, fas­cism, extrem­ist envi­ron­men­tal­ism — are all first cousins of the same world­view, which denies God’s supreme role in our lives.”

And in this world­view “gov­ern­ment is the pri­ma­ry edu­ca­tor — and ulti­mate­ly the sole judge of what will be taught to our chil­dren,” he adds.

While some may assume the notion that gov­ern­ment should have absolute author­i­ty over chil­dren is a fair­ly recent devel­op­ment, in the sec­ond half of Who Owns Your Chil­dren? Scholl lays out the near­ly-100-year-old blue­print that has sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly chipped away at Amer­i­ca’s Judeo-Chris­t­ian foun­da­tions while slow­ly under­min­ing the author­i­ty of par­ents to raise their chil­dren. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, at the cen­ter of the scheme from its ear­li­est ger­mi­na­tion has been a steady stream of god­less and socialist/collectivist edu­ca­tion functionaries.

Scholl quotes John Dun­phy, a close asso­ciates of John Dewey, him­self an author and sign­er of the 1933 Human­ist Man­i­festo and con­sid­ered the father of mod­ern pub­lic edu­ca­tion, as declar­ing in 1983 that “the bat­tle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the pub­lic school class­room by teach­ers that cor­rect­ly per­ceive their role as pros­e­ly­tiz­ers of a new faith.…”

Dun­phy, whom Scholl describes as a ghost writer for Dewey, goes on to declare that the pub­lic school class­room “must and will become an are­na of con­flict between the old and new — the rot­ting corpse of Chris­tian­i­ty, togeth­er with all its adja­cent evils and mis­ery, and the new faith of humanism.…”

Argu­ing that this god­less and destruc­tive phi­los­o­phy is the dri­ving force behind Amer­i­ca’s pub­lic school struc­ture today — includ­ing the lat­est “Com­mon Core” scheme — Scholl recalls the admo­ni­tion from Abra­ham Lin­coln that “the phi­los­o­phy of the school­room in one gen­er­a­tion will be the phi­los­o­phy of the gov­ern­ment in the next.”

Scholl con­cludes his address with a chal­lenge: “Ulti­mate­ly, par­ents, you are going to have to take respon­si­bil­i­ty for your chil­dren, your grand­chil­dren, and your great grand­chil­dren, and begin to engi­neer the choos­ing of who will teach them and what they will be taught.”

He goes on to say, “I believe ulti­mate­ly Com­mon Core, the teach­ers’ unions, many of our pub­lic schools and school admin­is­tra­tions must be dis­man­tled over time and replaced with edu­ca­tion con­trolled by the par­ents who are respon­si­ble for their children.”