The Christian Scientist Monitor reported on a remarkable story this week, bringing to life statistics that have gone virtually unnoticed in the mainstream media. Over the past ten years, the number of black children being homeschooled has doubled from 103,000 in 2003 to about 220,000 today. And according to studies, these children are scoring well above their publicly educated peers in subjects like math, reading, and English.
“The reasons black parents cite for home-schooling their children cover a wide range,” writes the CS Monitor. “Some sound similar to the homeschooling movement as a whole: religious beliefs, a desire to shelter children from an increasingly crass or materialistic society, a conviction that they are best-suited to teach their kids the values they need to live a fulfilling life.”
Which of these reasons did the paper choose to explore in depth? If you answered “none of the above,” your brilliance suggests that you might have been homeschooled yourself.
“Other parents cite incidents of racial bullying, studies showing that black students are less likely to be recommended for gifted and advanced classes, and multiple studies showing that African-American children – especially boys – are disproportionately likely to be suspended or arrested,” they write.
There it is.
It’s not even disheartening anymore to see the leftist media pull this crap. It’s entirely expected. Not only does telling the story in this way allow them to further their astoundingly-dangerous efforts to do away with discipline and order in the classroom, it gives them a chance to put a positive spin on a story that is, in reality, a refutation of everything they stand for. Black parents are waking up to the fact that our government-run educational institutions are a joke. This is proven by the results these parents have gotten by doing it themselves.
That’s not to say that these parents are lying when they say that race factored in to their decision; a culture of low expectations and lowest-common-denominator standardization – to say nothing of disparate funding – hits black students hard. So of course that’s a factor.
But it’s not the main factor by a long shot, and the media is being disingenuous by telling this story through that distorted lens. Black parents, just like white parents, see what imbecilic politicians have done to our education system, and they’ve had enough. There are solutions – real, conservative, common-sense solutions – that have been stuck in the tar of partisan politics for ages. These parents don’t have forever to wait for our country to get this under control. They have the means to do something about it (a privilege many parents do not enjoy, unfortunately), and they are doing something about it.
To reduce that down to the usual OUR COUNTRY IS SO RACIST tantrum is not unexpected, but it’s still pretty damn sad.