Attacks on homeschooling by this elitist university fell flat when people saw this glaring error

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Harvard university has an endowment of over $40 billion dollars, more than most countries.

Yet they just received $9 million in taxpayer money to continue their far-left attacks on everything from liberty to life.

And now they’re going after homeschooling. But their latest attack fell flat when people saw this glaring error.

Harvard University has long been considered one of the top 2 or 3 universities in the nation, if not the world.

Harvard is a quasi-private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,800 undergraduate students and about 14,000 postgraduate students.

It’s long history, and storied reputation have made it the place to attend college for America’s elite.

Unfortunately, it has also become one of the most liberal campuses in America.

And though they have the largest endowment of any college or university in the world, they are also famous for taking taxpayer dollars to help promote some of the most outrageous, anti-American, anti-freedom issues from gun control to abortion on demand.

Now, this June, Harvard Law School is holding an anti-homeschooling conference to warn of the dangers of homeschooling.

Officially titled, “Homeschooling Summit: Problems, Politics, and Prospects for Reform,” the event schedule makes it clear this conference is aimed at ending homeschooling in America.

As a precursor to this conference Harvard Magazine, in their current issue is running a story entitled:  “The Risks of Homeschooling,” by Erin O’Donnell.

The blatantly anti-homeschooling and anti-parent article comes as the  coronavirus has closed schools nationwide — allowing millions of Americans to experience at least partial homeschooling.

And the author and her “experts” present dire warnings against “allowing” parents to continue down the road towards actual homeschooling once schools have reopened.

O’Donnell cites Elizabeth Bartholet, a professor with Harvard Law School’s aptly misnamed “Child Advocacy Program,” to help try and make the case for a “presumptive ban” on homeschooling as an option and practice, arguing the system should be changed nationwide to one where parents must first prove that they can educate their children in a manner approved by the state, before any homeschooling can even be considered.

Bartholet makes the outrageous and elitist claim that homeschooling not only violates children’s right to a “meaningful education” and their right to be protected from potential child abuse but may keep them from contributing positively to a democratic society.

As if the article itself wasn’t bad enough, the accompanying illustration was both disgusting and hilarious all at once.

The illustration, by Robert Neubecker, shows a child imprisoned inside a home made entirely of books — one of which is, of course, a Bible. The other book titles that appear in the illustration are “Reading,” “Writing,” and “Arithmatic” [sic].

That’s right, the illustrator for this Harvard publication misspelled Arithmetic.  Harvard.   Fancy, elitist, smarter than your average American, Harvard, can’t spell math or catch the typo in proofing.

Here is a Tweet that shows the original image shortly after the article came out.

And it only got worse from there.  Even on Harvard Magazine’s own website the comments were almost unanimously critical of the article.

After reading the article, one has to wonder just how “elite” and “smart” Harvard Law professors really are. The lack of evidence and statistics used to back up the anti-homeschooling approach is laughable.

One good thing that may come out of the chaos surrounding the coronavirus pandemic is a drastic increase in the number of homeschooled children.

Another is that maybe, just maybe, Americans will start to wake up to just how criminal it is to pay $51,000 a year to send their children off to leftist re-education factories like Harvard.

Places where the leftist ideology is only challenged by the incompetence and ignorance of its professors.

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  2. I agree. Most Colleges are overpriced in force their ideas on the students. How many colleges allow speakers from both parties to speak? Very few and those that do, promote haressing the conservative speakers and the students who try to put on the program. But don’t do the same for Democratic speakers.

  3. I hope the government see this and cuts off the 9 million tax payers are paying. Not just because of the home schooling, but the 40 billion they have in reserve. I would also hope that parents would think twice about send their child to Harvard.

  4. You mean “its long history,” ignorant. “It’s” is the abbreviation for “it is.” Read your English books before you go online with ignorance.

  5. I would cringe if one of my 8 brilliant grandkids would go to Harvard. They should never get a penny from the US government. They turn out brain dead, anti-American liberal cretins. I saw a book of BS grad resumes from Harvard. They were all professionally done and made these 21 year olds to look like former CEOs even though they had accomplished nothing except getting through school. A joke on many levels.

  6. I live in a fairly conservative state (Texas) in a fairly conservative local area (Bryan/College Station) and yet, the subject matter that I am being required to teach my 6th grade son is so liberal it is sickening. Under the guise of learning about other “cultures” my son is having to learn about Hinduism. Now, if you are a Hindu, that is your choice but I think it is very telling that the schools see no problem indoctrinating our youth with its beliefs while at the same time shutting out the Christian beliefs because we must separate church and state. When this school year is over in 3 weeks I am going to send a letter to my school board and the state Department of Education and ask for some answers as to the lack of substance in the curriculum. Oh, and the fact that books have almost disappeared from school except in the library. Blessings to all the parents who are doing their best to home school their children using a curriculum that is not designed for that environment. Oh, and home school does not mean that children are trapped in their homes. It means that parents are in charge of their children’s learning. And sadly, given the state of our educational systems in this country, they need to add this task to their already burdened bodies for the sake of their children’s futures and country’s.

  7. I know people who Home school. Their kids are very bright and I believe would get into college. I have learned that there are colleges which are very liberal and only allow liberals to come and speak. I have witnessed this myself. They brainwashed kids who attended.
    The articles and cartoon posted by very liberal Harvard were ridiculous and unfounded. They try to say the kids don’t get a good education, when ,in fact, they want them in public schools at a very young age so they can brainwash them.

  8. The left isn’t going to give up or give in to their own agenda, no matter what. They are determined to grab hold of this country and change it to their ideas. Well, I think everyone by now should see what their ideas are, as they keep trying to get rid of Trump’s ideas, and his ideas seem to have been working. Their ideas to help the people are fake, because they haven’t been helping the people at all. So, what does that tell you… They won’t tell you how well homeschooling has been for kids. Kids are making high marks, so I think the parents apparently are doing a good job. These people have never cared for the people, only cared about themselves…read some history and find out for your self.

  9. Harvard University. The “left-winged” bastion of the east coast.

    Stick your comments about homeschooled children where the sun never shines.

    My guess is that you don’t like “competition”.

    You sound just like a “Federal Reserve Banker”. 😉

  10. Well of course, how are kids going to get the proper indoctrination into Communist ideology if they’re home schooled?
    And as for ‘potential’ child abuse, working to sexualize kindergarten kids by exposing them to ‘drag queens’ and teaching them how properly ‘fist’ a sexual partner is very real child abuse that too many public schools have embraced.
    The so-called professor only demonstrates how our schools and colleges are failing, when one can score a PhD with such low intelligence and no common sense.

  11. Who was responsible for adding in the Paycheck bill that Harvard and other colleges be included in the small business bill WITHOUT EVEN APPLYING FOR the $9,000,000.00! It was NOT in the original bill drafted by the Republicans in the Senate. Why did ANYONE vote for that. This is on the Congress.
    Yes we know that Mama Dementia would no LET the “men” and “women” in the House vote for the bill without her additions. She would not LET Schumer vote for the bill and he did not LET his pathetic cronies in the Senate vote for anything that Pelosi did not want.
    WE the people need the House to go back GOP and then cut the power of the speaker forever.

  12. My oldest granddaughter was home schooled through 8th grade. She then won a scholarship to a church HS. Then she won an all expense scholarship to Yale. Following graduation she won a scholarship + stipend to Princeton for her PhD. Oh yeah, she was a state champion in both spelling and forensic speaking. Her Dad is a kindergarten teacher and could not have afforded her higher education. She is a poster child for home schooling.

  13. It’s quite obvious that liberalism has taken root in every area of our society. You can’t escape it.
    Satan has done a good job, along with his bountiful useful idiot minions.
    I can’t see this country ever returning to what it once was.
    Social ism is the train, and communism is the destination.

  14. WHAT did you expect from Left Wing Liberals? . . . The FACTS and the TRUTH?!? My, aren’t YOU optimistic! I’m glad I don’t have ANYONE from Harvard STINKING up MY Space with their FAILED Left Wing Rhetoric. One Observant Patriot. team Trump and his allies 2020.

  15. Well spoken Steven.
    If Harvard is rated # 2 or 3 in the nation, maybe it’s time to look at the criteria for the rating and look at the individuals making the rating decision. Probably a bunch of lame Harvard graduates out of touch with the real world experience.

  16. ALL education should be privatized. Parents can home school or select the school of their choice. The money should go with the child to whichever for of education their parents choose. The teacher’s union is the largest in the country so as long as we do not have “Right to Work” they will be in control and be able to spread their propoganda.

  17. If Harvard is elite, then my city’s dump is a shining city on a hill. progressive viewpoints have the effect of devolving values, education and societies.

  18. Harvard should give the money back. It isn’t just Harvard where they teach left wing liberal communistic views it happens in a lot of our colleges. May be it is time to take these down and stage protests against them.They do not belong in our society.

  19. Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
    Matthew 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
    Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

  20. satan is gaining ever more of a foothold. He has the left, atheists, news media, schools, muslims and communists all on his side. But they cannot win. Jesus will rule and they will all be gone

  21. The cartoon should be the opposite. My children where outside exploring during school time. We had group gathering with other Homeschoolers at gym classes, chorus, band, field trips and oh the sacred social interaction times. Not always for education. One daughter cataloged shells and rocks the other took logic. We did music as well as science. English, math, art, reading, phonics, spelling. We also had to be checked by the school system with scope and sequences, plan and goals for the year and extensive testing at the end of the school year. We also went to a local college for duel enrollment in high school which covered things we couldn’t do at home. 99% for each wasn’t too bad every year and the GED with college credit was good as well. National Honor Society was not afraid to acknowledge the effort put in either.
    I believe Harvard should research those things as well as to look at the fact that they have brought in high scoring students that were homeschooled students that had to jump through hoops to be allowed in to there school.
    Forgive my rants, but those are the real facts they need to branded in their brains.
    Who are those that are prejudiced? My kids learned all man (woman as well) are created equal not race, religion, nor orientation, but some are all in need to find the freedom from sin and death. Oh but that is evil in the eyes of these anti-God overly educated under knowledgeable elitists.
    (Done.)

  22. The great songwriter Bob Dylan once said the colleges and old-age homes are a lot alike accept more people die in college

  23. There is one point the article made that can be a danger in homeschooling. IF a parent or parents are bent toward being abusive of their children, homeschooling makes it easier to hide it. That being said, I live in a very conservative area where, frankly, homeschooling is a way of life among many of my associates. I’ve spent the last 20 years surrounded by these parents and children, and I can tell you that the parents are more committed to and involved in their children’s education than any of the parents whose children are in public schools. Furthermore, these kids are bright, fun, well-socialized, and interested in the world around them. Far from being locked away in the house all day, these children have many more opportunities to get out and learn about subjects outside the classroom than any public-school educated child. The parents work in cooperatives to help the parents and give the children opportunities for classroom teaching in subjects the parents may be deficient in. They provide socialization and group field trips, and often have agreements with the local school system to allow the children to participate in sports through the public schools. I was educated in public schools as were my children and grandchildren, but if it were my choice today, I would seriously consider homeschooling for my children.

  24. Look what the democrats have had to sacrifice in this latest attempt to take down president Trump.
    1. More kids are being homeschooled, (less indoctrination).
    2. Less federal & state tax revenue for all their pet projects, like Planned Parenthood.
    3. Protests about the loss of freedom which could come back to bite them come election time.

  25. “Unfortunately, it has also become one of the most liberal campuses in America.”

    This is very instructive. First, Harvard is NOT liberal–they are leftists. To be liberal is to be tolerant of other ideas. Notice the title of this conference: “Homeschooling Summit: Problems, Politics, and Prospects for Reform”. There is no interest in anyone’s input. This is a statement of how they intend to indoctrinate you. They want to tell you what to think. They aren’t interested in teaching or interacting with people who know how to think.

  26. To Sandra. Ref: “IF a parent or parents are bent toward being abusive of their children, homeschooling makes it easier to hide it.”
    True, but there is FAR more abuse of our children going on in public schools. Both need to be addressed.

  27. Home schooling is necessary in some cases and, with the pandemic, is necessary for most. Unfortunately, very few people really have any training or idea how to properly do it. Many seem to think that teaching bible BS is sufficient. Sadly, when the students “graduate”, they’re unprepared to live in the real world.
    Schooling. Leave it to those trained to teach… real science, math, sociology, economics, etc.

  28. How do some places get so much money???. Little businesses are suffering for just a small amount compared to these gigantic windfalls…….. Really terrible…..

  29. The country is under a communist attack and ending home schooling is one of their goals. They need home schooling to stop in order to mold the children’s’ minds with the communist playbook. The communists will accomplish this if patriotic citizens don’t start to fight back. This includes the RNC and elected republicans. The democrat party is the home of the communist party.

  30. There have been several long term studies about home schooling. The results are not what Liberals and education experts expected.
    1. Home schooled students can read when they finish high school. Almost 70% of public school graduates are totally illiterate at graduation, so illiterate they cannot point to their own name on their high school diploma. (This percentage and comment are from the U.S. Dept. of Education.)
    2. Home school graduates read, on average, at an eleventh or twelfth grade reading level. Public school graduates read, on average, at second or third grade level.
    3. Home school graduates score about 25% higher on SAT and ACT tests than public school graduates.
    4. Home school graduates are better prepared for life academically, socially, and psychologically.
    5. Home school graduates receive academic scholarships at a much higher rate than public school graduates.
    6. Home school graduates are more likely to graduate college, and usually with a higher GPA.
    7. Home school graduates are more likely to enter a profession.
    8. Home school graduates usually advance (promotion) faster than high school graduates.
    9. Home school graduates typically earn a larger salary.
    There are more advantages to home schooling, but you get the general idea. Evidently, the people at Harvard are not aware of these studies, or they have chosen to ignore or disregard them.

  31. Bottom line, to me, is that teachers are afraid they’ll become irrelevant because homeschooling is effective and people are waking up to that fact. Home schooling is also a chance fro parents to ensure their children are smart enough to ignore the indoctrination of the left that’s going on today in public education that doesn’t happen in many private schools either. My older sister was a teacher in Florida fro many years but left the profession when she saw the garbage being spewed by the liberals in the education system.

  32. Anything these Harvard leftist come up with I’m against. Every school and university in America that takes our tax money should be required to have just as many conservatives as liberals on their administration and staffs. Part of diversity you know. AS far as I know there is no state or national Constitutional provisions that gives public or private schools the exclusive rights to educating our children. Maybe Harvard would like to take on Islamic madrassas (spelling?) and see what kind of reaction they get with that?

  33. I AM A MOTHER, WHO HOMESCHOOLED MY 3 CHILDREN, WITH MY MOTHER, WHO WAS A TEACHER FOR 40 YEARS & I HAVE A BFA & MFA, BECAUSE 1. I DIDN’T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON MY CHILDREN & 2. TO KEEP THE INSTALLATIONS OF THE WORLD’S IDEOLOGY OUT OF THEIR MINDS & REPLACE IT WITH A MORE GODLY & MORAL PYSCHE.

    EACH ONE OF THEM WANTED TO GO TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL TO GRADUATE WITH THEIR PEERS. WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THEY WERE SO ADVANCED IN 12TH GRADE, ALL THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM COULD DO WAS TO PROVIDE THE 3 OF THEM WITH COLLEGE COURSES!

    I DESPISE THE COVID-19 PROBLEM, BUT IT DOES HAVE A POSITIVE SIDE. FAMILIES NOW ARE MORE CONNECTED & TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CARE & EDUCATION OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN. THEY ARE ALSO GIVING EACH ONE OF THEIR CHILDREN THE SECURITY TO OVERCOME THE OBSTACLES OF LIFE.

    HARVARD GRADUATES ARE A JOKE WITH THEIR NEGATIVE IDEOLOGIES. THEY HAVEN’T A CLUE WHAT “REAL” LIFE IS SUPPOSE TO BE. I COULDN’T AFFORD IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS, SO I SENT MY CHILDREN TO THEM IN THE SUMMER –SCHOOLS, BROWN, HARVARD, SMITH. THEY LEARNED A LOT BUT WHEN I TALKED TO EACH ONE PERSONALLY ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES, THEY SAID, “THE PEOPLE THERE ARE SO LOST MOMMIE, THEY REALLY HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM IN A MORALLY WAY, IN SOCIETY, & THEY ONLY THINK OF BEING SUCCESSFUL & BEING RICH, WHICH IN THE FUTURE ONLY MEANS THEY WILL BE LOST”.

    MY CHILDREN NOW KNOW IN THEIR HEARTS THE POSITIVE RESULTS OF HOME SCHOOLING & ARE HOMESCHOOLING THEIR CHILDREN. I FEEL SO BLESSED FOR THAT. MY DREAM & WORK HAS PAID OFF.

    PEOPLE STATE THAT HOMESCHOOLERS HAVE NO SOCIAL LIFE, WELL THAT IS A FALLACY. MY CHILDREN WERE INVOLVED IN 4-H, WINNING STATE JEOPARDY & SPELLING BEES, SPORTS, I GOT TO TRAVEL ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH THEM, WHEN WE TAUGHT THEM ABOUT A HISTORICAL SUBJECT, WE WOULD GO TO THE PLACE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IN OUR USA. THEY HAD AN AMPLE SOCIAL LIFE, THAT A MAJORITY OF PUBLIC SCHOOLERS WOULD NEVER ACCOMPLISH!. THEY EACH PLAY 3 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, GRADUATED FROM COLLEGES–UNIVERSITY OF VA, & TWO WOMEN’S COLLEGES–MARY BALDWIN BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE, & WITH HONORS!

    I HOPE THERE WILL BE SOMEONE IN OUR GOVERNMENT WHO WILL AGREE WITH THIS ATTITUDE.

  34. As long as my children are. Still in grade school or Junior or Senior high school I would have them homeschooled. At least then I know they will be safe from liberal teachers teaching them things they have no business teaching them such as sexual conduct and liberal fanatic ways. And most of all they won’t be shot down in cold blood by some mixed up kid who has needed psychological help and never received it. I would know where my kids are and that they are safe. As far as socializing, homeschooled kids meet up with other homes hooked kids regularly. In my opinion no school is worth the money they are charging today for college tuition. We pay taxes for public schooling
    If we insure the proper taxes are paid then there should be no reason for those who want to attend school to not get a good education.

  35. Bartholet: “the system should be changed nationwide to one where parents must first prove that they can educate their children in a manner approved by the state, before any homeschooling can even be considered.”

    Excuse me, but parents don’t work for the state. The state works for them. We need to purge our institutions of people like Bartholet who think the government is the be all and end all. It’s time, folks!

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