Thursday, August 21, 2008

ouch.

Pulled this from an article by Sonny Scott of EdNews.org

Young families must make the decision: Will junior go to day care and day school, or will mom stay home and raise him? The rationalizations begin. "A family just can't make it on one income." (Our parents did.) "It just costs so much to raise a child nowadays." (Yeah, if you buy brand-name clothing, pre-prepared food, join every club and activity, and spend half the cost of a house on the daughter's wedding, it does.) And so, the decision is made. We give up the bulk of our waking hours with our children, as well as the formation of their minds, philosophies, and attitudes, to strangers. We compensate by getting a boat to take them to the river, a van to carry them to Little League, a 2,800-square-foot house, an ATV, a zero-turn Cub Cadet, and a fund to finance a brand-name college education. And most significantly, we claim "our right" to pursue a career for our own "self-fulfillment."

Please don't misunderstand my agreement with Sonny as "tooting my homeschool horn", rather, I am extremely saddened by the breakdown of the American family. All of these "stranger-raised" children will soon be the adults of our society.
It's not going to be a pretty picture.

1 comment:

velvet said...

agree, agree, agree :)