It starts out one way:
“We are engaged in the defense of hearth, home, and the families entrusted to us. ”
But then either ideology drives reason off an intellectual cliff or it says exactly what it means and I just never heard it this clearly before, dunno which. Can’t wait to see what CW has to say about this polemic:
The common approach to homeschooling today is inherently dangerous, because it may go against what our entire Western tradition and the Catholic Church herself teach about the education of the young — that education should not be done in the home, at least not for long, except during a time and place of crisis.
Seems a pretty stark set-up of American individualism in selfish conflict with institutional, one might even say SOCIALISTIC traditions, both of the Church specifically and the Western World generally:
Let us consider three Church pronouncements.
“Education is essentially a social and not a mere individual activity…. The family is an imperfect society, since it has not in itself all the means for its own complete development; whereas civil society is a perfect society, having in itself all the means for its particular end.”
Education, the fathers wrote “is directed toward the formation of the human person in view of his final end and the good of that society to which he belongs and in the duties which he will, as an adult, have a share.”
“Parents are the first educators, not the only educators, of their children. It belongs to them, therefore, to exercise with responsibility their educational activity in close and vigilant cooperation with civil and ecclesial agencies.”
The Compendium goes on to describe the “primary importance” of parents working with “scholastic institutions” in the education of their children.
. . .there is a rising individualism that is worming its way into our literature on homeschooling. Homeschooling in this nation was spearheaded by the hippies of the 1960s and has largely been embraced by Protestants; some 95 percent of homeschoolers today are Protestants, and the tone of the literature and materials often reflects that make-up.
More alarming, homeschooling has risen alongside home-churching . . .
My right to secure an education does not mean I have infused talents as an educator or rights to a teaching vocation.
And the boffo finish, in which it’s stated as fact that “the family is unequal to the task” and that’s why there must be School:
Since, however, the younger generations must be trained in the arts and sciences for the advantage and prosperity of civil society, and since the family of itself is unequal to this task, it was necessary to create that social institution, the school.