Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Alan Schaeffer and the School Mess

It's hard to turn on the news these days without hearing something about the separation of church and state. But what about the separation of school and state? 

That's a question Alan Schaeffer asks Americans to consider.

Mr. Schaeffer majored in philosophy at Gordon College, and he now works for the Alliance for Separation of School and State. Being both a mechanic and philosopher, he has a passion to understand how things work, or don't work and why. Alan found that just selecting an educational alternative is not enough. Without understanding the causes of the school mess, people are still victims of it.

His questions led him to the first Alliance conference in 1984. He, his wife, and their five home-educated children now live in California, where he has put his passion to work by helping parents understand their vocation as parents. He has re-designed the approach the Alliance takes to help more people come to know what they can do about the school mess.

Join me tomorrow on my usual show, Leigh! for Lunch, as I talk to Mr. Schaeffer about the "school mess" and the effect of the government's role in education. 
Education... has become in most countries at the present day a national concern. The state receives, and often takes, the child from the arms of the mother to hand it over to official agents; the state undertakes to train the heart and to instruct the mind of each generation. Uniformity prevails in the courses of public instruction as in everything else; diversity as well as freedom is disappearing day by day.
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Tune in to Blog Talk Radio tomorrow (Feb. 25) at 12 noon EST to join the conversation with Leigh and Alan Schaeffer. Click here to go directly to the show.

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