The New York Times is fascinated with Patrick Henry College, which mostly enrolls evangelical Christians who’ve been homeschooled. Students are expected to be chaste! And many are interested in careers in conservative politics! The college has placed a number of students in congressional and White House internships.
“We are not home-schooling our kids just so they can read,” Mr. Farris said. “The most common thing I hear is parents telling me they want their kids to be on the Supreme Court. And if we put enough kids in the farm system, some may get to the major leagues.”
That is an alarming prospect to some on the left.
“Mike Farris 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.”
One college with 240 students scares her to death? It’s not as if no college students elsewhere are learning to advocate a left-wing agenda.
Daryl Cobranchi thinks the Times’ stats on the homeschooling movement are dubious.