Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Bartholet, in an article titled “The Risks of Homeschooling” published in a recent edition of Harvard Magazine, argues that the practice of homeschooling is a violation of children’s rights and should therefore be banned. Bartholet, the director of the Law School’s Child Advocacy Program, cites a child’s “right” to a “meaningful education,” by which she means a child’s right to be taught what she wants them to “know.” She laments the number of kids being homeschooled during the COVID-19 pandemic, and says she is worried about child abuse. She frets about the number of homeschooling parents who are “extreme religious ideologues,” by which she means Christians. Professor Bartholet worries that these children might not be properly introduced to “ideas about nondiscrimination and tolerance of other people’s viewpoints.” This tolerance obviously does not extend to homeschooler’s viewpoints, or those of the devoutly religious.
Bartholet doesn’t think parents should have “24/7, essentially authoritarian control over their children from ages zero to 18.” (Oddly enough, the law essentially does). She adds, “I think it’s always dangerous to put powerful people in charge of the powerless, and to give the powerful ones total authority.” Tell that to those about to have an abortion, lady. Or to, say, university professors who incessantly try to brainwash their students into becoming mind-numbed Socialists, rabidly robotic social-justice warriors, and contributors to the Democratic Party. It’s also a tad ironic when you realize Professor Lizzy is almost certainly a big fan of the draconian measures governments have recently taken to prevent their citizens from leaving their homes. She claims “there’s really no organized political opposition” to homeschooling. Yes there is, Liz, it’s called the NEA. And the Democratic Party. It is, however, correct to say that there is really no opposition to Big Education.
In truth, nearly all states have homeschool regulations in place. Bartholet is just jealous that she has to temporarily share her power with—gasp!—parents and families. I mean, how gauche! The illustration that Harvard Magazine chose to accompany Bartholet’s article is itself a perfect illustration of how elites think about education and the family. It depicts a sad homeschool child imprisoned in a house while other kids frolic outside. The house is made of books, one of them being the Bible. In reality, it is the government mandated school system that is a prison, outside of whose walls a student is not supposed to think.
All in all, Professor Bartholet, you—and those like you—are just another brick in the wall.