The rise of homeschooling was synonymous with the divergence of the white evangelical Right from the mainstream of American life. As government-operated schools in the 1960s through 1990s increasingly rejected Christianity, it was natural for conservative, white, Christian parents to want to shield their children from the degeneracy Marxists infused into public school curricula. They removed corporate Christian prayer and Bible readings, virtually forbade all mention of Jesus Christ and Christian morals, including at Christmas and Easter, and introduced New Age ethics, Islam, homosexuality, interracial integration, Afrocentric theories of history, feminism, and strictly atheistic evolutionary dogma. Devout white evangelicals and mainline Protestants had always been distinct from their less-religious neighbors, but with the cultural revolution of the 1960s the break became irreversible and complete.
R.J. Rushdoony was at the forefront of establishing parents’ rights to educate their own children. Early homeschoolers had to fight government mandates even at the cost of child abductions by do-gooder law enforcement agencies, jail time, fines, and social ostracism. Today homeschoolers nationwide reap the harvest of their labors.
All of these facts are inconvenient for cuckservatives who today merely wish to get along with the Marxists in power and be left alone to study Latin in their homes and private schools. Ergo, they have acquiesced to most of the Left’s demands for women’s rights, black power, and socialism. The two hills they have not surrendered yet are sexual morality and abortion — and we can make arguments that these hills too are being handed over to the enemy.
Recently the Home School Legal Defense Association’s Home School Court Report magazine published a cover article on “The Changing Face of Homeschooling.” The front cover of this quarterly, hard-copy magazine featured a multiracial group of kids, of whom less than half were clearly white. To the HSLDA and the author of the article, this picture is progress.
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.
Homeschooling has been growing faster among ethnic and racial minorities.
To the contrary, the statistic merely indicates that homeschooling has kept up with the national population’s changing demographics. In other words, approximately the same percentage of whites are homeschooling now as decades ago, but the overall number of whites has shrunk over the years. The percentage of white homeschoolers has therefore shrunk relative to their non-white peers, whose overall numbers have risen over the years. The rising tide of color has raised the non-white share of the homeschooling population, just as the dwindling number of whites overall has lowered the white share of homeschoolers.
But as if on cue, Pugh invoked the “blacks are turning the corner” card by pointing to a supposedly rising number of urban geniuses utilizing the freedoms won for them by white segregationists decades ago. Pugh even went so far as to blame institutional white racism for the blacks’ flight to homeschooling.
In 2015, The Atlantic’s Jessica Huseman noted that many black families have chosen to homeschool because of the perceived prevalence of racial bullying in some majority-white school districts.
Yes, that’s right Mr. Pugh. School districts from Tuscaloosa to Sacramento are burning crosses at the football game pep rallies. Sure.
What is the point of a homeschooling education and a master’s degree in philosophy if one simply quotes The Atlantic as an authoritative source, and regurgitates Afrocentric, SJW theories of microaggressions as if they were objectively true? What philosophy is that?
Pugh correctly stated the real reason for why homeschooling is catching on across racial lines: because the freedom to cater an education to a child’s needs and talents makes sense. This is why the freedoms our American white nationalist Founding Fathers won for us have always proven beneficial to whoever actually put them into practice, and paid the price of responsibility in their use. For example, the freedom to make as much honest money as possible, and invest it or pass it on to charitable or familial use, facilitates far more productivity than a centrally-controlled economy. It is also more conducive to social harmony and peace than a scheme in which factions constantly jockey for position and power.
If there is a core belief among homeschooling families, it is that every child is different, and that one-size-fits-all approaches to education are not helpful.
In a time when a badly-stocked grocery store may still have five different brands of mustard, it is hardly surprising that a movement which thrives off a proliferation of different curricula and educational philosophies would come to be embraced by all kinds of independent-minded people.
Mr. Pugh, independent thinking, individualism, and nuclear families are not concepts that every nation or race shares in common. These are distinctly Western and Christian concepts. If you told the Chinese, Arabs, or Zulu that the government should be prohibited from telling each family what to believe and where its children should work, they would laugh at you because their concepts of family, government, and order are fundamentally different than ours. This is true even of non-whites who profess Christianity, such as our black Christian neighbors, who tend to the matriarchal and socialistic forms of family and civil government despite 400 years of Christianity. People of different nations and races are often fundamentally different, and that reality is not going away.
It is ironic that Pugh resides in Loudoun County, Virginia, which is in the buckle of the Beltway and has transformed from a Northern Virginia backwater into a Third World colony. Its non-white population will soon outnumber the white population, most of those non-whites are foreign-born Hispanics and Asians, and many of them are illegal immigrants.
The trouble with the red pill is that sometimes even when the truth is staring you in the face, you cuck out and swallow the blue pill instead. I hope that homeschoolers don’t take it en masse, for that would spell the end of the freedoms won by white segregationists like Rushdoony, and harm the white Christian children whom we are duty-bound to protect.