by Geoffrey Botkin
(An excerpt from his book The Great Escape)
American parents used to think something called age-segregated socialization was as important for a child as trips to the dentist. Socialization does have a profound influence on the child, but that influence is normally more harmful than helpful. The idea originated with a few radical 19th century educators who were self-professed socialists. They advocated public school socialization as the means by which to reduce an average child's rugged individuality, creativity and intellectual curiosity, so that adult compliance with change in society is easily achieved.
It appears that the homeschooled children who grow up in family cultures, rather than anti-family cultures, are learning the leadership skills and acquiring the vision to renew American civilization along traditional lines. Family life is the real world, and the reason so many young families and marriages are failing is because our over-taxed, public school-dependent culture created dysfunctional families whose members rarely interacted with one another as they were growing up.
I (Barb) urge you to read this entire book: The Great Escape
by Geoffrey Botkin as he has much more to say on this topic as well as
on "the whole picture." We sell this book in the "Resources for Parents With Children of All Ages" section and it is one of the books I recommend for a
"season of re-education and renewing of the mind."
I got the green plaid wallpaper at:
...and the big pencil full of kids at:
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