One was to illustrate the unselfconsciously totalitarian mindset underlying much that passes for secular liberalism today. "Nakedly authoritarian" was how Kevin W. Williamson described Bartholet's Arizona Law Review piece while skewering it in National Review.
"Homeschooling is based on a radical proposition," Williamson wrote – namely, the proposition that "children are not the property of the state." And that points to the second useful purpose served by Professor Bartholet's proposal in unintentionally calling attention to why many parents choose homeschooling in the first place.
These reasons, by no means mutually exclusive, include things like reinforcing parent-child bonding, attending to children with special aptitudes and needs that may not get much attention in ordinary schools, transmitting beliefs and values of a religious tradition, and shielding kids from perverse currents of thought now circulating in public education.
A new publication from the Washington-based Family Research Council calls attention to some of those latter. Authored by Cathy Ruse, director of the council's Center for Human Dignity and former chief counsel of the House of Representatives' subcommittee on the Constitution, Sex Education in Public Schools: Sexualization of Children and LGBT Indoctrination provides a slew of documented examples that make for deeply disturbing reading.
Ruse reports that the new approach commonly goes by the bland name "Comprehensive Sexuality Education." But the Sexuality Information and Education Council, a group active in this field for years, spilled the beans by calling it "Sex Ed for Social Change." Notably, too, Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, boasts that it is also the country's "single largest provider of sex education."
Summing up, Ruse wrote: "Year after year, sex ed programs push the limits on what is appropriate….In many school districts today, lessons introduce sexual concepts to very young children and promote risky sexual behavior to vulnerable teens and pre-teens."