Apparently there is a candidate in the US presidential election who is particularly well-liked by those who home-school their children.
Homeschoolers for Ron Paul is a group of concerned home-educators who believe that parents should be free to make educational choices for their children without government interference. Ron Paul is committed to protecting parental rights, including the freedom to home-educate, and he has proven this with a consistent voting record and continued recognition of homeschoolers and their achievements.
Here is a link to the group of home-schoolers who are supporting his candidacy.
I orginally thought that my decision to home-educate one of my daughters for a few years was completely separate from my views on the welfare state. But I am beginning to see some connections. For one, the state in Britain has gradually increased its control of every kind of schooling, including private schools. Home education is inherently separated from this control – at least under the current legislation in Britain which, thankfully, remains unconstraining. But I believe the British government has already looked at increasing its control and in other countries, I understand, governments have already started telling parents what they should teach and, perhaps even what they should not teach.
I assume that the home-schoolers in the US who support Ron Paul are concerned about government interference.
There is something about welfare states: those who organise them hate to see anyone or any institution making their way outside their control. Perhaps it is offensive in that anyone acting independently is implicitly saying, “I can manage without your money or your regulations and instructions. I don’t need you and, what is more, I don’t want you.”
This is crossing from analysing social policy into the psychology of politicians and government employees. It is a subject worth of study. I believe that the people at Human Givens have, perhaps among others, given it some attention.
Aspect facet of this is the way that the ideal of individual freedom has faded as a political ideal. In the French Revolution, they called for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. If they were having a revolution today, Liberty would be dropped. Again, I see a possibility that welfare states have had played a part in diminishing the ideal of liberty. But I will return to that another day.