Divide and Conquer. Not I.

If there was ever a political climate for divide and conquer to work, it has been in the past 12 months.

And it is today.





Home education.

There has never been a more fertile soil for sowing the seeds of change by turning the people upon themselves.

So what is divide and conquer?

Also, divide and govern or rule.
Win by getting one’s opponents to fight among themselves.
For example, Divide and conquer was once a very successful policy in sub-Saharan Africa. This expression is a translation of the Latin maxim, Divide et impera (“divide and rule”), and began to appear in English about 1600.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Yesterday a home ed mum had a story come out across several media platforms about how she home educates. I am not going to talk about her actions, why she did what she did, or make commentary on her methods. Because that is not the focus of this piece.

What I am going to address is how we as home educators can make this situation better or worse for ourselves moving forward.

How you act and re-act from here on in will be just as important as whatever opinion you may have about her actions.

In fact more important.

Because you can not change the past, but you can change the future.

The one thing I will say is this.  When people fight for home ed freedom in this country, they need to be very careful that they aren’t selective about who they are fighting for. Because the minute you start to make judgement calls on whether someone should do something a particular way, you begin to tie everyone’s hands by your own values and self-imposed limitations.

Either you believe in freedom or you believe in selective freedom. And if you believe in selective freedom,  the government and media have already won.

I am a big believer in the words of Thomas Paine and this is the only way forward for us as a community as far as I am concerned.

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. “-Thomas Paine

If you want to continue in the freedom you now have as a home educator, you need to make sure you are allowing other’s the freedom to educate otherwise, even if you do not agree with their methods for your own family.

Because the next logical step here in the divide and conquer mentality is,

‘Even home educators are saying this is not how it should be done.’
‘This is the perfect time to change our expectations of the home ed community, because even they are not happy with this kind of freedom to educate otherwise.’

‘While the home ed community is fighting amongst itself about what kind of home education they approve of and want to be represented by, (i.e they are distracted), let’s also slip monitoring in, because look at the public out cry for that now.’

Be very, very careful that while you are trying so very hard to distance yourself from one home ed camp, you aren’t running into the arms of the very authorities and government bodies you have been fighting against.
I am not asking you to agree with the family in the article,  I am not asking you to like the articles or support them. I am not asking you to defend her methods.

I am asking you to look deeply into yourself and ask,’what happens when we play the divide and conquer game the media and government are currently playing with our community?’

What are the possible outcomes here?
We are all responsible here for what happens next.

I am also suggesting that you might examine how you feel about freedom. Are people really free to home educate in the way they feel is aligned with their philosophies, and if not why not? And what are the consequences of those limitations to the home education community at large?

How do those limitations you may be placing on others, come back to bite (or bind) you in the future, when someone doesn’t like your particular brand of home education?

Because …

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. “-Thomas Paine
You want to maintain your own freedoms?

Then first make sure you can handle the freedom of others.




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