left to the mercy of parents
April 23, 2012, 10:09 pm
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The French Renaissance essayist Montaigne had this to say about homeschooling:  to practice it is to abandon our children to foolish, indiscreet and ill conditioned parents.  Better to instruct them in the way of the law because the wellbeing of the state depends on it.

Plutarch is admirable throughout, but especially where he judges of human actions.  What fine things does he say in the comparison of Lycurgus and Numa upon the subject of our great folly in abandoning children to the care and government of their fathers?  The most of our civil governments, as Aristotle says, leave, after the manner of the Cyclops, to every one the ordering of their wives and children, according to their own foolish and indiscreet fancy; and the Lacedaemonian and Cretan are almost the only governments that have committed the education of children to the laws.  Who does not see that in a state all depends upon their nurture and bringing up?  and yet they are left to the mercy of parents, let them be as foolish and ill conditioned as they may, without any manner of discretion.

Michel de Montaigne, Of Anger