Benson: The Rise of Homeschooling and Classical Education

Keep them at home…

I recently saw an article on “World” by Adeline A. Allen, who is an associate professor of law at Trinity Law School. She wrote about the death of classical education in most schools today, but noted that, in some instances, it is making a comeback.

Allen noted that: “As a child growing up in the 18th century in the Caribbean and by no means wealthy, Alexander Hamilton had a number of books. One of which seems to have been Plutarch’s “Lives.” Judging from Hamilton’s writings from his youth onward, Plutarch helped form the man he became. The kind of education that would have students read Plutarch has long fallen by the wayside in mainstream American schools–but thankfully, not in all schools.”

She then observed how homeschooling has bee on the rise, and since the planned Covid pandemic it has increased to where, in the 2020-2021 academic year statistics showed that 11% of the kids in this country were being homeschooled. This is an encouraging sign. And she stated that: “And who are these parents who homeschooled their children? Millennials.If Alexander Hamilton grew up lacking in luxuries but blessed with Plutarch, millennials were raised in materially well off America but impoverished in their knowledge of Western heritage and bereft of its inheritance.” And let me say here that this is not by accident. It has been by design.The powers that be do not want our kids to be cognizant of their true history and heritage because that is something they are seeking to destroy so our kids will have no knowledge whatever of it. If our kids have knowledge of their history, heritage and culture then, when the Educrat’s and their bosses seek to take it away from them they may decide to resist that effort. And the Educrat’s can’t have that.

Allen notes that: “Thankfully, there is a renaissance of classical education happening in our country. Some of it occurs in private and charter schools. Some of it, though, takes place in the living rooms, kitchens, and children’s bedroom floors all across America–that is, in the home, with homeschooling.” And so it would seem that at least some American kids are learning in spite of the Educrat’s agenda to keep them ignorant of where they came from and who they really are. She notes also that part of the Western transition is our Christian heritage–something else the Educrat’s want us to leave behind–which we would do to our peril.

So let us continue to pursue that which the Lord has laid out for us to do and make sure our kids get a good Christian education that we may be able to resist the devil and all his works.

June 23, 2022

~ The Author ~
Al Benson Jr. is the editor and publisher of The Copperhead Chronicle, a quarterly newsletter that presents history from a pro-Southern and Christian perspective. He has written for several publications over the years. His articles have appeared in “The National Educator,” “The Free Magnolia,” and the “Southern Patriot.” I addition to that he was the editor of, and wrote for, “The Christian Educator” for several years. In addition to The Copperhead Chronicles, Al also maintains Revised History.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Confederate Society of America and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and has, in the past, been a member of the John Birch Society. He is the co-author, along with Walter D. Kennedy, of the book “Lincoln’s Marxists” and he has written for several Internet sites as well as authoring a series of booklets, with tests, dealing with the War of Northern Aggression, for home school students.

Mr. Benson is a highly respected scholar and writer and has graciously allowed Metropolis Café to publish his works. We are proud to have his involvement with this project.

He and his wife now live in northern Louisiana.