Charles Wohlforth is a respected author of award-winning books on science and the environment, politics and history, and travel and biography, including The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change, and The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth, to be published in June.
In an opinion piece for the Anchorage Daily News titled Creativity, inquiry vital for human growth, Wohlforth questions the sacred cows of education and writes of politicians “deciding for my community, my family, my children, what’s important to learn in life. They care more about competing with other countries than my children’s full and autonomous development as intellectual and social beings. And they’re prepared to use the power of the state to impose their will, even at the cost of our nation’s tradition of federalism, individual freedom, and cultural diversity.”
Charles Wohlforth doesn’t mention homeschooling, but he squarely pegs some of the primary reasons for its current growth and popularity.