8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance
- Student-Loan Debt.
- Psychopathologizing and Medicating Noncompliance.
- Schools That Educate for Compliance and Not for Democracy.
- “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top.”
- Shaming Young People Who Take Education—But Not Their Schooling—Seriously.
- The Normalization of Surveillance.
- Fundamentalist Religion and Fundamentalist Consumerism.
The two most misguided notions held in America:
- Our government wouldn’t really do that to us.
- If they did, they would tell us about it on TV.
The need to educate yourself has never been greater!
Home-Schoolers Fleeing Sweden
…excerpt from [The Full Article]…
While some have decided to stay and fight, other homeschooling families in Sweden are emigrating after losing a years-long battle with the government over the right to educate at home. Last summer Parliament passed what it calls “The New Education Act—for Knowledge, Choice, and Security.” The 1,500 pages will bring vast changes to the educational system, but “choice” is certainly not among them.
For starters, the statute will lead to a crackdown on so-called independent schools, which will soon be forced to teach the same government curricula as regular state schools. Two pages of the new law, adding a new “exceptional circumstances” provision, mean the Nordic kingdom will also have a virtual ban on homeschooling starting July 1, 2011. But it won’t be easy to implement: the estimated 50 to 100 families are refusing to give in.
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“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that cemocracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” ~Isaac Asimov
Let your children develop their own damn opinions.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.