Video: No, it doesn’t take a village — it takes parents
posted at 10:12 am on April 14, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
From the Daily Caller, a short but spirited rebuttal to Melissa Harris-Perry:
In the first part of an exclusive six-part interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas, William Estrada — director of federal relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association — sharply criticized Melissa Harris-Perry for her recent comments in an MSNBC promotional segment regarding children and education.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “It doesn’t take a village to raise a child; it takes parents. Loving parents, in a home to raise a child.”
“This leftist ridiculous idea that children somehow belong to the state — I thought we defeated this back with socialism, back with fascism and other entities which said: ‘Children belong to the state, they will be trained by the state to be productive members of the state.’”
It just so happens that I attended a fundraiser last night for Chesterton Academy, a private Catholic high school in the Twin Cities that provides teenagers with a broad curriculum focused on classical education and especially the arts. The school has 80 students enrolled this year, many of whom I met in Rome, oddly enough. They had planned a pilgrimage to the Eternal City before anyone knew that a papal transition would take place, and I ran into them by accident at Mass the Sunday after the conclave ended. One of the chaperones is a good friend of mine, author Susan Vigilante, and the school invited me to come along with them to Assisi later in the week. I can tell you that these teenagers were remarkably self-assured, intelligent, engaging, and impressive.
It didn’t take the public-school village to produce these impressive scholars, and in fact the opposite is true. It took parents making a commitment to their education by making a choice and a sacrifice. The commitment, by the way, is less than one would imagine, as the school tries to raise enough funds to keep tuition low. “We cannot be pro-life and pro-family,” founder Dale Ahlquist said last night, “if we put families into debt for their children’s education.”
If you agree, and you have the means, think about sending a contribution to Chesterton Academy. This quartet made this pitch at last night’s dinner, too:
Update: I forgot to note that each student is required to take 4 years of art, 4 years of choir, and study philosophy and theology, too. The entire student body sang for us last night, and they sounded like a professional chorale group. Amazing.