Tuesday, June 27, 2006

U.N. Education Power Grab: Part II

A few days back, I posted about homeschoolers in Belgium who were in trouble with the authorities for actually taking advantage of their rights under the Belgium Constitution to homeschool their child. The authorities claim the parents are denying their child the rights guaranteed by the UN Charter on Children's Rights. The Charter effectively abrogates the parental authority and gives all rights to the state. Note that, even though the authorities are acting under warrant of the UN Charter of Children's Rights, it is, in fact, the State that benefits, not the child.

In today’s Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen Bob Van de Voorde, the spokesman of Frank Vandenbroucke, the minister of Education, says:

“One of the conditions [for homeschooling] is that the homeschoolers must sign a document in which they promise to rear their children along the lines of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights. These parents have not done this. This is why the ministry has started an inquiry.”

The parents Mr Van de Voorde is referring to in the paper are my husband (TBJ editor Paul Belien) and myself. The “inquiry” is a threat to prosecute us.

Homeschooling is a constitutional right in Belgium. We have homeschooled four of our five children through high school. Only the youngest is still being homeschooled because the others are already at university. And yet, as if they have nothing better to do, the Belgian police and judiciary are conducting an “inquiry” into our homeschooling to see whether we “rear our children along the lines of the
United Nations Convention on Children’s Rights.” Read the rest here.

Here in the U.S., homeschooling is gaining in popularity amongst parents dissatisfied with the quality of our public schools. The curricula are inadequate and the school environment is often dangerous. However, the U.N. Charter is beginning to take hold here as well. In California, middle schoolers have one week devoted to the study of Islam in which students take Muslim names, learn pray to the Allah while facing Mecca, and the girls are encouraged to wear veils or full burqas. Recently, an attempt to put the History of Homosexuality into the high school curricula was made; Gov. Schwartzenegger nixxed the attempt, for now. Multiculturalism is tearing my state, my nation, and my planet apart all in the interests of the "children."

For those of you who are interested in homeschooloing, check out Carnival of Homeschooling. The website provides many sources for do-it-yourself schooling. You'll also find that it's not so "yourself". Many other parents offer their expertise as the homeschooling community grows.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

So homeschooling is "gaining in popularity amongst parents dissatisfied with the quality of our public schools," eh? Isn't that sort of self-understood? I mean, it would hardly be rising in popularity amongst parents who are perfectly satisfied with the quality of public schooling, now would it?

The key question would be, is the percentage of parents gravitating toward homeschooling statistically significant? Plus, if "many other parents" are involved in providing the curriculum, then aren't we foresaking the whole "home" element? Isn't there a danger that cult indoctrination can occur in such a scenario? If "other parents" are setting their stamp on your kid, how is that better from the supposed drawbacks of pluralistic public education?

Is the government to have no say over people who elect to rear their children in utter secrecy? Would you be so forgiving of supposedly "beleaguered" home school proponents if it were muslim parents deciding to create home "madrassahs" free from any and all government oversight?

Indigo Red said...

Anonymous = fool is, also, understood to be self-understood.

The majority of American parents (check even the left-leaning pollsters) are not satisfied with the public school system, but the majority still send their kids to those schools. There is an odd thing that happens though: public schools are horrible, except the school my kids attend. Many people seem to think their schools are better than the rest of the nation's schools.

All schooling is indoctrination through the use of propaganda. Indoctrination means "teach" and propaganda means "information meant to persuade."

No, having other parents contribute teaching ideas and strategeries does not foresake the the whole "home" element. Homeschooling means the kids do not go somewhere else for education, but receive it in their place of residence.

The homeschooled kids in my neighborhood are not schooled in utter secrecy. They are an integral part of the community. In fact, they actually do more for the community at large than those kids attending the local public school. The public schoolers do not volunteer for any community project. The homeschoolers help the public schoolers with their homework, even the PS students at higher grade levels.

No, the government should not have any say in how parents educate their own children. If parents wish to educate their offspring in the fine art of jihadi self-explosion, then the local community will take care of that. We don't need to expect the government to do everything. Unaware the mic was on at the start of a press conference, Pres. Clinton said, "Do we have to have a law for everything?"

But, I make exception for people who comment as "Anonymous." They very obviously need someone telling them what their views are, for whom to vote, how to dress in the morning, what the talking points are, and the one word put-downs to use. They tend to be unimaginative group-thinkers.

Mike's America said...

Yeah, those anonymouse commenters are something aren't they?

Sure would be nice if we could crack the nut that holds the public school system hostage to politically correct, multicultural left wing indoctrination. I don't hold out much hope for it to happen.

And that I suppose is the downside of homeschooling. Parents must continue to pay taxes to a school system over which they no longer demand any accountability as they have removed their children.

The NEA is probably thrilled by the homeschooling movement.

But nonetheless, I wholeheartedly support it. Much better than leaving children in those awful government schools.

None333333 said...

It bothers me that Belgian homeschoolers have to kowtow to the UN. Pretty scary if you ask me. Homeschooling = free from control of Big Brother, which makes Big Brother very uneasy.

Most homeschoolers I know are exceptional parents.

What bothers me about UN control of education is the involvement of former UN guru Robert Muller , big time new ager and devotee of Alice Bailey and her 'spirit guide'. Muller is creating a 'world core' curriculum for future world citizens and I'm sure if the UN gets the chance they will seek to impose it on whomever they can.