Homeschoolism: When Learning is Life and Death

29 11 2008

I’ve seen no online homeschooler blogging on this yet — did you realize the young girl murdered by (presumably) religious terrorists in Mumbai, was homeschooled in an insulated quasi-religious community right here in the good old USA?

No one could have predicted Alan and Naomi Sherr, a father and daughter, would not return to their home in Nelson County, Virginia.

Alan, 58, was a Vice-President for the Synchronicity Foundation – an organization that promotes meditation. His 13-year-old daughter grew up at the Foundation’s 450 acre property near Charlottesville.. . . Naomi completed the 8th grade a year early through a home-school program.

See Daryl’s threads here and here for ideas and information we think connect.

The spiritual system they followed is a 25-year-old design called Synchronicity. Wikipedia entry here with leads and connections at the end in “see also” section. Anybody got other info, or better yet, personal experience with this particular brand of foundation-based and tax-exempt Synchronicity you can post? Links to other blogposts as they come up, are welcome too.

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9 responses

29 11 2008
Nance Confer

Heck, she didn’t even have to go to the mall to be led into harm’s way.

Nance

29 11 2008
JJ

I just can’t see inculcation as education. No matter what the belief system is.

Maybe this is my failure, to see my own belief system as such and to realize I am inculcating it. But if so, it’s still the very best I can manage.

30 11 2008
Nance Confer

The differences that spring to mind are your openness to other paths for your children and the fact that none of your preferences put your children in the line of fire.

The big danger your children face is being too well read. 🙂

Let the 30-year-olds go fight the wars and bring the good word to the poor. Leave the children out of it.

Nance

30 11 2008
JJ

That’s true, see Jonathan Haidt’s TED video on stepping outside the moral matrix so we can escape our own self-righteousness and actually see human truths. 🙂

That openness you’re crediting me with (thanks!) is explained as the key moral difference between liberal and conservative morality, and the two big battlegrounds of that fight are whether imposing “in-group tribal/team loyalties” and “purity” tend to be social imperatives or social ills.

Haidt suggests liberals especially can use all the openness we have to understand moral psychology, instead of just picking a side and fighting for our team or group, and thereby really change the world for the betterment of all.

1 12 2008
Crimson Wife

The Sherrs appear to have been targeted because they were Westerners in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don’t think religion had anything to do with it, unlike that rabbi from New York and his Israeli wife who were killed at the Jewish center.

1 12 2008
Nance Confer

The Sherrs were there because of their religion.

Nance

1 12 2008
JJ

It was the religion that got her there in that wrong place at the wrong time, CW. It was a pilgrimage of sorts, with their spiritual leader. Her whole (homeschooling) life was about this belief system. Without knowing anything about it, we do know she lived in their compound with other dedicated believers and didn’t go out to school.

These are the cases that make the public question whether the current unregulated status of home education is protecting kids from extremism and inculcation before they’ve matured and become strong enough and sufficiently well-educated to think and choose for themselves.
Another thread where we’re discussing the same thing is about military recruiting.

1 12 2008
Crimson Wife

What difference does it make that the Sherrs were at the hotel because they were on a religious pilgrimage while other Westerners who died were there for business or plain old sightseeing? They weren’t martyrs singled out for violence based on their religious beliefs, so I fail to see the relevance of those beliefs…

1 12 2008
JJ

It’s not what the terrorists did to her, it’s how she was being parented and educated. Although the terrorists do seem to be animated by politicized religion, so in that sense they DID do what they did to her because of religion.

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