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ERIC Number: ED250776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
The Cradle and the Gap.
Moore, Raymond S.
From ancient times through the early centuries of this country's history, early puberty has been considered the proper time to go to school. Now, however, educators and psychologists have brainwashed the public into thinking that public schools can outparent families. The state has taken over education and removed children from the home at too young an age. This practice has led to: (1) a poorer education, as shown by the decline in literacy since the beginning of public education; (2) the creation of a generation gap, as a result of keeping children in institutions and away from parents; and (3) peer dependency and poor self-worth attitudes, because children spend more time with peers than with parents. Research and example have proved the theses that the home is the best educational nest, that parents are the best educators, and that parents are educable. Educational factors that make home schooling successful include the importance of the singular adult example undiluted by too many peers, the need to explore widely without the inhibitions of the classroom, the need for many quality personal adult-to-child responses, and the availability of books in public libraries. The best age for school entrance is in the range of 8-12 years old, as determined by early childhood studies on socialization and readiness for learning. Twenty-eight recommendations to offset many of the myths of modern education--supported by history, research, or common sense--are listed. (DCS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: In: Marshner, Connaught, Ed. A Blueprint for Education Reform. p231-250. For the complete document, see EA 017 236.