Christian activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire said Friday, with child in tow, that if you homeschool your children, “you’re going to create a millionaire” because they will be taught to fear the Lord.
“The devil has got a great game plan,” he said. “If you really love your kids — I’m just going to tell you the truth, if you really love your kids, if you were to personally educate your children, you’re going to create a millionaire because he’s going to be so much smarter than the average person he runs into. He will be a boss at 18 years old if you will homeschool him and teach him the fear and admonition of the Lord.”
You won’t be surprised to learn that Daubenmire provided no evidence that homeschooled children are more likely to be rich. Or, for that matter, that public school is the domain of the devil.
This type of blatantly false narrative isn’t exactly surprising coming from Daubenmire, considering he previously said he was worried then-President Barack Obama’s administration would arrest him for his outspoken love for Jesus, but it is still concerning. After all, studies suggest about 64 percent of parents who homeschool their children say it’s primarily because of “a desire to provide religious instruction.” And that’s what he is really trying to do: promote religious indoctrination above real education.
By circumventing public education, religious fundamentalists can teach their children anything they want… without regard to its veracity. This isn’t always the case with homeschooled children, and there are numerous secular and quality Christian homeschool programs that promote real education, but if you don’t see this as a problem, or if you see it as an advantage only because it might make you rich (somehow), that might say something about the validity of your own beliefs.
(via Right Wing Watch)