I believe it was Plato’s Republic where I first read the concept of how to take over a nation. Plato envisioned a society in which there were no family bonds. The warriors would have a mating ceremony, with the best being able to choose from the best females. Their offspring would be taken from them and placed in the care of people that would train the children in the ways of that society.
Anyone that understands the impact training has on kids should be afraid of what’s going on “behind the scenes” in America today. More and more frequently children are being placed in government controlled institutions under government controlled standards. No matter how well meaning the day care provider, this leads to a child being forced into a mold that all others are in, and is crippling said child in the abilities to think for himself and know that he has value.
Vox Day’s article today touches on this subject. He quotes a work with some thoughts on what people said about children:
Lean’s “Collectanea,” a 19th-century collection of Elizabethan proverbs, contains a maxim it ascribes to the Jesuits: “Give me a child for the first seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterwards.” In like manner, Vladimir Lenin said: “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
Knowing this, and the effect that education has on early children, parents that stay home with their kids should be encouraged and reminded of the positive effect they will have on generations to come. And yet sometimes it’s just the opposite. These parents are tired, they are made to feel like their children aren’t keeping up. The culture’s changing somewhat, but that doesn’t make it any easier on the parents.
So, if you know of someone staying home with children or homeschooling– thank them. Thank your parents if they did that for you. Encourage these families and be a help where you can. It’s that important.