FEE: In the Wake of Mass Shootings, Parents Reconsider Mass Schooling

From the Foundation for Economic Freedom:

In the Wake of Mass Shootings, Parents Reconsider Mass Schooling

Parents who remove their children from the confines of the conventional classroom are not running away from reality. They are running towards it.

In the wake of recent tragic school shootings, anxious parents are contemplating homeschooling to protect their children. After February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Miami Herald reported that more parents were considering the homeschooling option. And after Friday’s disturbing school shooting in Sante Fe, Texas, a local ABC news affiliate in Alabama reported the increasing appeal of homeschooling.

“If I had the time, I would teach my kids myself, and I would know that they’re safe,” a father of four told ABC station, WAAY31. A public school teacher interviewed by the channel disagreed with the idea of homeschooling. According to the news story, the teacher “says resorting to homeschooling is teaching your children to run from reality.”

But that raises the question: Is compulsory mass schooling “reality”?

Public Schools Are Consuming More and More of Kids’ Time

Segregating children by age into increasingly restrictive, test-driven classrooms where they are forced by law to be unless a parent or caregiver liberates them is hardly “reality.” What’s worse is that young people are spending increasingly more time in this coercive “reality” than ever before.

In the case of teens, spending more time in school and school-like activities may be further separating them from the actual real world.

For young children ages six to eight, schooling increased from an average of five hours a day in 1981-82 to an average of seven hours a day in 2002-03. And for today’s teens, schooling consumes much more of their time than it did for previous generations, seeping into summertime and other historically school-free periods. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 42 percent of teens were enrolled in school during July 2016, compared to only 10 percent enrolled in July 1985.

In the case of teens, spending more time in school and school-like activities may be further separating them from the actual real world in which they previously came of age. As Business Insider reports: “Almost 60% of teens in 1979 had a job, compared to 34% in 2015.” Spending more time in the contrived reality of forced schooling and less time in authentic, multi-age, productive communities may be taking its toll on today’s youth…

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Radio Free Redoubt: Training Courses for Patriots

From Radio Free Redoubt and Rep. Matt Shea comes this list of educational resources.

The following information was graciously provided by WA State Rep. Matt Shea. The compilation of invaluable training and education resources stemmed from an on-stage panel we were in, fielding questions from the audience. One question came up asking what we can do to reach our youth. This list is not just for youth, as you can see. While some of them are oriented toward bringing up the next generation in the truth of our blessed heritage, many/most are also critical resources for ALL AMERICANS.

The following list is yet another example of Rep. Shea’s leadership and commitment to make this and the next generation one which relearns our history and heritage, and restores our great constitutional republic in a God-honoring way, so He may restore to us the blessings of liberty.

-John Jacob Schmidt

 

Training Courses for Patriots

The following is a suggested order of training:

 

Basic Training

  1. The American Heritage Series
  2. Building on The American Heritage Series
  3. Foundations of Freedom
  4. The Truth Project
  5. CSG Level 1: Foundation in Self-Governance
  6. CSG Level 2: Macro-Understanding of Centralized Self-Governance
  7. FEE Economics 101
  8. Western Center for Media Journalism Boot Camp (2 Days)

Training in Government (Law & Politics)

  1. NCCS The Making of America
  2. NCSS A More Perfect Union
  3. NCSS 5000 Year Leap Basic
  4. NCSS 5000 Year Leap Advanced
  5. IOTC Complete Constitution Course
  6. Patriot Academy (3 Days) – Age 15-25
  7. CSG Level 3: Team Building & Performance for Effective Self-Governance
  8. CSG Level 4: Inside Gaming & Planning for Effective Self-Governance
  9. CSG Level 5: Outside Gaming and Planning for Effective Self-Governance

Training in Business (Economics)

  1. FEE Economics of Entrepreneurship
  2. Home Study Course in Austrian Economics
  3. Virtual Mises University (1 Week)
  4. Northwest Liberty Academy (3 Days) – Age 12 and Older

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