Quick question

Should we care that American kids are illiterate? That some have undiagnosed learning disabilities or finish all schooling at age 12? That girls are taught homemaking skills rather than academic subjects? There are some conservative religious parents doing just that with no state oversight whatsoever.  I’m not unsympathetic to a parent’s right to educate her children. But doesn’t the state have an obligation to ensure that home-schooled children reach a  baseline, say being able to read? Completing at least some high school?

Why should a parent’s religious will over his child trump a right as fundamental as literacy? Maybe the Rick Santorum fan base going after promiscuous abortion seekers should get a look at just how unaccountable certain two-parent families can be.  And remind me, whose taxpayer dollars are going to support the unemployable offspring of these deadbeat parents?

About ErikaChristakis

Yale Lecturer in early childhood education/Licensed teacher/Former preschool director and Harvard College house master/some-time journalist. In possession of: unmarketable bachelor’s degree (Harvard, anthropology), semi-marketable graduate degrees (public health, education…). Rewarding career at the intersection of family, society, and schools (including long stint in parenting vortex). Forging a new path to connect all of the above.
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One Response to Quick question

  1. Mary Horvath says:

    I find more and more that here on the Acton to Boston line we live in a haven of relatively progressive and liberal thought that supports the rights of girls, women, and people of diverse beliefs, leanings and cultures. And, yes, probably all along the Northeast corridor, I will find like-minded people from Northern Virginia up the Maine coast to Bar Harbor, Chicago and its wealthy suburbs, Austin, the Twin Cities, and parts of coastal California. Sadly, I think these special havens are shrinking, as are the rights of those who do note live within them. These young women are disenfranchised by their very own parents and government. We need a Gloria Steinem for the 20-30 something crowd.

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