Imprimis: Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard and host of the Beltway Boys on FOX News, has an excellent article, adapted from a speech delivered in Palm Beach, FL, on Feb. 22, 2006, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar, entitled “Is the Mainstream Media Fair and Balanced?” in the Aug., 2006 (Vol. 35, No. 8) issue of Imprimis from Hillsdale College, a very homeschool-friendly college. His answer, in a word, is no, but he provides ample evidence in the speech to back up his claim. Imprimis is a free, monthly publication of Hillsdale College containing speeches that deal with important issues related to today's culture and politics. You can subscribe by writing Hillsdale College, 33 East College St., Hillsdale, MI 49242; e-mailing email@example.com; phoning (800) 437-2268; or visiting http://www.hillsdale.edu.
World Magazine: The Aug. 26, 2006, edition has a very interesting article “Saving while studying” by Timothy Lamer which contains some good tips on finding ways for students to economize in view of the high cost of going to college. Also, a letter to the editor says, “When did it become the responsibility of our schools to instill in our children civility, kindness, gentleness, refined use of language, and a love of learning? We are homeschooling because of the problems we see in public schools, but we place the blame on parents, not teachers. Dysfunctional students reflect dysfunctional homes–a far more ominous crisis than the public-school system.” I would agree with the writer and applaud him for homeschooling, but I would add that at least public schools could promote civility, kindness, gentleness, refined use of language, and a love of learning; unfortunately, many of them do not but engender just the opposite. Another letter writer said, “The public school is the reflection of the values of the society, not the producer of them.” That is most likely true too, but it becomes a vicious circle; as the public school reflects the values of society, they then pass those values on to new students who come to them rather than trying to combat them. One other letter writer agreed with an observation of the first, saying, “Modern schoolteachers are far less effectual in shaping the values of children than are the narcissistic parents and the icons of a decadent and nihilistic pop culture.” Again, that is right; ultimately parents are responsible, and if more parents would demand better schools, things might improve, but we cannot discount the influence of left-wing teachers unions, relativistic curriculum publishers, judicial supremacists, and government bureaucrats in creating situations that even good parents who want good schools sometimes find intolerable and unfixable (is that a word?). If we want to protect our children and raise them up to be warriors against the nihilistic pop culture, homeschooling is the best answer.