If high school students took charge of their education with limited supervision, would they learn? A Massachusetts school is finding out.
Crosspost: Training Up Children the Homeschool Movement Way
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." ~ Proverbs 22:6
You see that verse?
Homeschool Confidential, A Series
By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator
Part One: Leaving Generation Joshua
“Generation Joshua wants America to be a perpetual city on a hill, a beacon of biblical hope to the world around us. We seek to inspire every one of our members with faith in God and a hope of what America can become as we equip Christian citizens and leaders to impact our nation for Christ and for His glory.” …
“He who allows oppression shares the crime.” ~ Erasmus
We are an inclusive community representing a wide variety of political and religious backgrounds. Our goal is to bring awareness to religious oppression and to provide a strong, unified voice against any and every manifestation of that oppression. To this end we are working on multiple, targeted projects for specific religious communities and are developing ways to expand our focus and impact to all communities.
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Today I gave this advice to a friend who is starting to cycle to work.
Cycle in the same direction as cars. In fact, follow the rules of the road as if you were a car.
Always have a red back light and a white front light on if you cycle after dark (I like the blinking ones).
Never cycle on the sidewalk. If there is a bike lane on the sidewalk, cycle on the street.
If there are cars in the bike lane, don’t cycle in the bike lane and go around the cars. Cycle in the right lane so that you can go in a straight line (this is all about cars seeing you). Don’t cycle too close to parked cars because you don’t want to be knocked off by someone opening a door.
Don’t be scared of cycling in the middle of the lane. This is actually the safest place to cycle. Bay Area drivers will get pissed off, but they also see you, which means they won’t hit you – and they won’t try going around you in the same lane, which also means they are less likely to hit you.
When you turn, always signal (learn hand signals).
When you merge lanes or move further to one side of the lane, always look over your shoulder first. Not doing so causes accidents.
Helmets or no helmets – there is a debate on which is safer. However, in some areas you can be ticketed for not wearing a helmet.
When you are turning left on a multi-lane street: signal that you are merging left, merge left, wait for the left turn light like the cars are doing, signal you are turning left, and turn left with the cars, then merge back to the right lane.
If you’re going to be on an expressway, a reflective jacket doesn’t hurt.
Do not pass on the right. Always pass on the left, even if you are passing a car that is stopped at a light.
A bold cyclist is a safe cyclist.
In a recent online discussion, someone said that ‘children’s rights end where the sidewalk ends’. This is a variation on a common argument: children’s rights must be limited for their own protection. If we allow them to make their own decisions, they will hurt themselves.
That this argument seems prima facie true is a symptom of our cultural prejudices. It can be revealed as a prejudice through a simple allegory. Imagine an intelligent adult from a primitive tribe is visiting your area and you have been asked to show them around. You are walking down the sidewalk together, and this individual suddenly steps into the street with oncoming traffic. What do you do?
Your response wouldn’t be any different than it would be if a child did the same thing.
This isn’t because an adult from a different culture should have their rights limited for their own protection. It’s not because if we allow them to make their own decisions, they will hurt themselves. It’s because an individual unused to our world hasn’t yet gained the experience and knowledge to protect themselves from our technology.
And you wouldn’t respond by limiting this individual’s rights. You would respond by taking immediate steps to protect them (despite their being an adult) and, in the longer term, educating them on how to protect themselves from the dangers of traffic.
You wouldn’t project from the fact that the individual needed protective intervention in this instance to limiting their freedom to set their own values or make their own decisions.
To intervene to protect the life of another human being is normal, no matter what age that person is.
However – if that same adult individual makes different life choices than we think they should make, we let them do so. We try to understand and respect their differences in values. We listen to them when they express an opinion and engage them in respectful dialogue instead of silencing them. If they tell us they feel we have done something unjust to them, we take the allegation seriously and consider whether we have and if we should make amends. We don’t think we have the right to coerce them into behaving in a certain way or engaging in certain activities because we value them or think them important.
Any individual deserves that respect, regardless of their age, and regardless of the fact that we’d intervene if they stepped off the sidewalk.
I’m about to share something very radical and very close to my heart.
It’s based on a simple belief I have: All humans are created equal, regardless of age – men, women, children, and babies – all with the same inalienable rights.
For the purpose of this statement, “child” is defined as a human between birth and reaching the age of legal majority.
A better world would be based on these principles:
A child is fully human.
A child should be afforded every protection afforded to adults. Children are more vulnerable than adults, so should not be afforded less protection.
This includes protection against bodily injury, mutilaton, and assault, regardless of the agent of these crimes.
The child may seek restitution for these crimes. The state may prosecute for them.
The child has the same right to health as does an adult. Therefore, her right to medical care should not be obstructed, any more than an adult’s should be.
Obstructing a child’s access to medical care is equally a crime as obstructing an adult’s access to medical care. If his mobility is reduced to such an extent that he does not have independent access to medical care, those reducing his mobility has a responsibility to ensure that he recieves medical care when in need.
The child has the same right to choose those with whom he associates as does an adult. If a child chooses to change his place of residence, he may not be obstructed.
In the primal state, a child comes into the world with immediate access to natural resources that enable his survival. Due to legal implementation of property law, he no longer has access to these resources. Societies have an obligation to ensure that restituation for this is made to children.
In addition, those who bring a child into the world are responsible to protect and provide for him in his his period of dependence. They do not have any right to make any choices for the child as a condition of this responsibility.
I’m not sure how we can make this world a reality, but I think that when we do we will transform the world – first for children, soon after for everyone.