Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Conquest's Second Law Hits Homeschooling

It's not clear that HSLDA has turned progressive, but it is easy to see how it gets there from here.

HSLDA Wrong on Race in Homeschooling
Homeschool graduate and bow-tied master’s student in philosophy Philip Pugh penned the article in order to dispel the “myths” mentioned at the outset of this Faith and Heritage article: that homeschooling is the creation of white Christians, for white Christians, and that its future existence is handcuffed to the success of its founding demographic. If that last statement sounds familiar, it’s because it is no different from the thesis underlying much of the Alt Right: that the success and survival of Western civilization depends on the success and survival of Western peoples. If you want the fruit, tend to the root.

In his article, Pugh unfortunately subscribed to that cuckservative theory of “the less white it is, the more biblical it must be” in lauding statistics that show a declining rate of participation by whites in homeschooling, and a rise in non-white participation. According to the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics the sheer numbers of homeschoolers is on the rise — from 850,000 in 1999 to 1,773,000 in 2012. Those same statistics show that the white share in homeschooling dropped from 75% in 1999 to 68% in 2012. Conversely, the Hispanic share rose from 9% in 1999 to 15% in 2012. To Pugh, this is great news, and is evidence that homeschooling is really catching on in the ‘hood and barrio. In fact, to make sure their readers didn’t miss this feel-good factoid, the magazine’s editors and graphic designer splashed Pugh’s claim across the page in huge font — next to a stock picture of a smiling non-white family, of course.
Seen at "This Week in Reaction"

Robert Conquest's law is always in effect. If an organization isn't explicitly right-wing, it will be converged. And even if you convince right-wingers that this law is correct, they will reject having explicit political rules because most believe in universalism. Failing to see that universalism is a utopian, left-wing idea on Earth.

1 comment:

  1. Conquest's Second Law does not go far enough: Not only does any organization, not explicitly right wing, eventually become left wing, but every organization whatsoever eventually becomes left wing.

    Truth be told, I have noticed, anecdotally, more Latinos and Filippinos in homeschooling of late in our Catholic homeschool circles. I don't think it's any more cause for alarm than cause to celebrate, but I doubt that these are kids who would otherwise be in hell-hole barrio schools. Homeschooling, for socially well-adjusted parents, is probably a plus for kids, independent of race, creed, or national origin.

    Homeschooling would make perhaps the biggest difference for a kid in ghetto school, if (and only if) he and his parent(s) did not fit the stereotypes associated with ghetto schools.

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