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Owen Strachan: Harvard Goes After Homeschooling

Picture the scene: several studious young children translate Latin, discuss Shakespeare, and consider polynomials together.

Would you think you’re looking at a seedbed of white supremacy?

That’s how a recent article from Harvard Magazine, entitled “The Risks of Homeschooling,” presents religious parents who practice homeschooling. Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet argues that homeschooling evangelicals are “extreme religious ideologues.” In her view, these fearsome fathers and mothers pose some sort of major threat to national health.

This paranoid perspective is not new. For over 100 years, figures like John Dewey have argued that the state, not the family, has the fundamental right to shape children. And—for over 100 years—Christians and many other fair-minded citizens have pushed back against this view, even if they have their kids in school.

After all: The family is the first institution—not the state.

You could well label homeschooling traditional.

It certainly is not extreme.

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Dan Proft: Climate Change Protesting Is a Contact Sport


Nearly 400 years ago, Harvard, named after a Puritan minister, was founded to educate clergy. Some 65 years later Yale was founded to do the same.

Today, the two institutions share the common pursuits of denying God’s existence and decrying man’s.

That was on display during the annual gridiron meeting between the two schools recently as students from both institutions staged a climate-change sit-in at the 50-yard line delaying the game for almost an hour.

Who were they protesting? The Leftist professors who indoctrinated them? Or the wealthy donors who underwrite those Leftist professors?

And: Why, exactly, is Frankenstein pummeling his creators?

This display of conspicuous conviction at mid-field was the pursuit of social status, not of policy change. They don’t really care if you give up your private plane or SUV. And they don’t care whether the schools’ endowments divest from fossil fuel companies.

Their only demand is that you applaud them just as they applaud themselves.

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Michael Medved: Time to Choose the Green Nuclear Deal

Three liberal academics joined forces in an approach to climate change that conservatives should enthusiastically embrace. Led by best-selling author Steven Pinker of Harvard, the professors declare there’s only one way to free the world from dependence on coal-burning power plants: We need to go nuclear, as quickly as possible.

In doing so, we could follow France and Sweden, which now derive 75 percent of their electricity from nuclear after crash programs that took just 20 years. Despite fantasies of environmental absolutists, wind and solar can never support the world’s energy needs, leaving nuclear as the only clean, safe source of power. Nuclear plants would also drive down energy bills, power more electric vehicles and create literally millions of new jobs.

Instead of the radical and oppressive Green New Deal, Republicans should begin promoting a smart, practical Green Nuclear Deal, and sweep the election on that basis.

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