The Devil is In the Details

My kids say that I manage to bring all political and governmental issue discussions back to educational policy. I suppose I do.  Interesting how that works.  Since I also have a particular bias towards homeschooling and find that others in power have biases against our home education choice, some observations of that devilish power are reflected again below.  That negative energy has been succinctly described in this manner: Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

The Illinois Review posted a Schafly article concerning the implementation and results of Title 9.  Here’s the gist of the federal Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, also known as Title IX:

 “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”

I don’t necessarily agree with Phyllis Schafly’s premise that there is or was an anti-male agenda by the proponents that pushed this legislation back in the ’70s.  I have observed some “feminists” seem to have a male hate issue going on, but not all. I think there are some people who are just plain hateful or otherwise messed up, and find a cause that suits.  I do agree with Schafly’s point about the illogic of pre-school promotion to rid our country of the fat on our children’s bones. More little ones’ institutionalization and garbage food will not help.  

I put this below in the noted IR post comments relating to my own experience and observations.  (Forgive my cut and paste from some of my Illiberal Education-Give Me the Old Timey Education post.)

Title 9 didn’t do girls any big favors either. So it goes when the government nannies over-legislate, as Dems and Repubs practice 95% of the time.
I started my freshman high school year with Title 9 enactment. Previously, we were part of a fantastic girls sports program – the private Girls Athletic Association (GAA). 
In our central Illinois farmtown, we girls had field hockey, golf, tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball, track..probably forgetting something. We did have to fight continuously for the field hockey field, as it was designated the football practice field by the football coach. He didn’t want his territory infringed on by a bunch of girls. But we wielded the sticks (literally) and had a harder play ball than those boys. Our sticks and practice shots aimed……won out.

Title 9‘s narrowing agenda lost the variety of sports offered through GAA and our extra-curricular sports activities were filtered through the government school. We lost control of the variety and power of independence. 
I’ve seen this happen again and again when people/special interests and legislators push to have programs inserted into the public schools rather than maintaining the extensive community support and effective innovativeness and most importantly- satisfaction without the bureaucracy.

The community that used to abound in a remarkable variety of girls’ athletics now gives the girls volleyball, golf, basketball, softball and track offered in the lllinois High School Association stranglehold. Boys have soccer (which is ‘co-ed’ in the high school), golf, basketball, baseball and track. 
The soccer program up through 8th grade is a community program separate from the schools (and governmental interventions). It’s a thriving program where our family had the opportunity to coach here and there as our kids grew up. We’re not interested in attending public school so that our kids can play soccer. So we’re done with organized sports until the kids get into college intra-murals. At their pleasure.

Another commenter talked about missed scholarship opportunities when she was in college.  I tried to make the point that if the private entity called the Girls Athletic Association had been able to persist, there were more varied opportunities for physical health in and out of schools.  Even in our rural areas that powerful fixer-uppers want to invade to keep us from being bitter and clinging to our guns (deadly BB gun we have here), our religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like us.  Yep, that’s us Illinois farm folks to a T.  That description would suit if you want to be fixing us up. It also shows that you’re not familiar with our lifestyle or close-knit communities or abilities to fix our own problems.  I think there’s a few more areas than rural communities that can and will do that.

Until the government steps in and narrow our choices.





Barnyard serving as a suitable soccer field when necessary.


The Devil is In the Details — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Susan, If you want to read about a new book that covers issues in preschool with boys and basically an over-diagnosis and over-medicating them for ADD/ADHD check out my book review that I published yesterday.

    I fear the more babies are in full time daycare and the more formal instruction given in preschool at age 2 and 3 will mean more diagnosis of issues. This is also an issue for preschool teachers and caregivers untrained in normal childhood development. It’s all discussed in the book. Wrong expectations of boys of a certain age is being misconstrued as a disorder that needs medication. There are behavior mods that can help resolve it and also giving some time to grow can help.

  2. Thanks for the heads up, Christine! I’ll check out your review and this book.
    Standardization of children is wrong, wrong, wrong. Doing this to the littlest ones is vile. Illinois has ‘early learning standards’.

    It generally revolves around “school readiness”, rather than vital approaches to children’s learning. As you and I know, the former often doesn’t associate with the latter.

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