Those of us who home school do so for a multitude of different reasons, and rightly so. The freedom we enjoy as Americans is under assault by those who would ask “tolerance” from you, yet decry your right to hold an opinion or belief other than that of their “tolerant” crowd.
Did you hear the words spoken by Melissa Harris-Perry, Tulane University professor and MSNBC weekend host earlier this week? If you haven’t, here they are:
We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we have this private notion of children. ‘Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility.’ We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘these are our children.’ So part of it is to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. – Melissa Harris-Perry
What she seems to be saying is that your kids are not your own, that they are the property of the whole community, or collective. On its face, this was shocking. Here was an individual telling me that the idea that kids belong to their parents is wrong. Yet what is even more shocking is the relative ease with which this was pushed out, as though this is the next natural step in the evolution of America.
Melissa Harris-Perry’s use of the word “collective” got me to thinking about the obvious cultural reference of the word, the Borg from the sci-fi series, Star Trek. If you are not familiar with the Borg, here is a brief primer. The Borg in Star Trek world refers to an alien race who function as drones of the Collective, which is run by a queen. The Borg’s ultimate goal is to assimilate all other species into their way of thinking and doing, each giving up their individuality and beliefs in the process. The Borg generally destroy everything in their path on their way to dominating the universe. As I said at the beginning, all of us home school for different reasons. None of us want to be a part of the “collective.” Now, do we share thoughts and ideas and form co-ops and help one another? Sure we do! That is what the idea of helping one another is all about. Yet I do not abdicate the raising of my children to you, or to a group of my friends. My children are my responsibility. I encourage you today to be wary of radical ideas couched in comfortable language. Be diligent, be on the lookout, be prepared to defend your family from the “collective.”