Monday, March 08, 2004

More tales of "scary" homeschoolers 

A tiny four-year school in Viriginia which actively seeks "evangelical Christian home-schoolers" has done a great job putting students as interns in the White House. This of course bothers liberals.
"Mike Farris [the school's president] is trying to train young people to get on a very right-wing political agenda," said Nancy Keenan, the education policy director at People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, and a former Montana state superintendent of public education. The number of Patrick Henry interns in the White House "scares me to death," she said. "It tells us a little bit more about the White House than it does about the kids."
Mr. Farris is the founder of the Home School Legal Defense Fund, which assisted many parents at the outset of the home school movement get control over their children's education. Interestingly, 2/3 of Patrick Henry's students major in government, which is one reason they might do well in getting internships. Another is that their average SAT score is 1320. And maybe that's what scares Ms. Keenan.