Today I heard a clip of HBO host Bill Maher spouting the most vile and ridiculous lies about homeschooling. I was taken aback, even though I know Maher is just a bigoted blowhard. The lies he was perpetuating about homeschooling should have died 30 years ago, but apparently they are alive and well in some ignorant circles.
In the US there are approximately 1.5-2 million homeschoolers, but some of you might be completely unfamiliar with homeschooling. Maybe you've never actually known someone who homeschooled, or maybe you know of a family who is doing it, and they do seem odd. I know I have some readers from the UK and at least one in the Ukraine. Stats I've found put the number of homeschoolers in the UK at 20,000-100,000. That's quite a range. I'd be interested to know why the real number is so elusive. The number for Ukraine is less than 100 families. Wow, we have that many in our little cooperative group in the northwest corner of Arkansas, a state with only 3 million people. If you are a citizen of another country, and homeschool outside of the US, I'd be interested to hear from you in the comments. If you are just unfamiliar with homeschooling in general, I'd be happy to answer any questions in the comments.
Ok, here is the less than brilliant Bill Maher's statement:
"... the Adam and Eve story is taken literally by half the country and it's no coincidence that the type of tree which god forbade Adam and Eve eating from was the Tree of Knowledge. Rick Santorum homeschools his children because he does not want them eating that f--king apple. He wants them locked up in the Christian madrassa that is the family living room not out in public where they could be infected by the virus of reason. If you're a kid and the only adults you've ever met are mom and dad, and then they're also the smartest adults you've met, why not keep it that way? Why mess up paradise with a lot knowledge? After all, a mind is a terrible thing to open."