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Homeschooling – thoughts

We know there are several (read aLOT) of people that disagree with our thoughts on homeschooling, how it’s bad for our kids, they don’t get “the chances” that other kids do, etc. We understand where people are coming from. We know you only want “what’s best” for our kids, we know you mean well. But I have to disagree with the stance that public school is the best place for our kids. Not just because NC schools have such an abysmal educational system, not just because of instances like Columbine. There are so many other reasons…… You know I never thought I’d be “one of those people” who kept their kids out of the public school system because of the “seperation of church and state” nightmare. I mean I don’t look like one of those “moral majority” folks, do I? Dad teaching about erosion
But we actually do hold the view that public school is not a place we want our kids to be. A friend of ours posted these thoughts (it rambles a bit, but she has some good points): http://www.geeksforchrist.com/index.php?ind=blog&op=home&idu=2&singlepost=147 and I have to say that she hits a lot of it right on the head. We talked a bit about her post last night, and we came to the realization that
1) Public school started 200+ years ago to meet a specific need; to instruct children of parents who were not educated enough to do so themselves. Public school was not an institution where kids spent 8-12 hours a day. They were there for a few hours, then returned home, and received more instruction FROM THEIR PARENTS in how to behave, how to share the workload around the house, and how to play and have fun with other kids. “PE” was spent at home, running around outside having fun.
2) Public school has “evolved” into what it is today – a publicly funded babysitting service, run by the government, bringing all the issues of any government-funded program. A place where kids go during the day to give Mommy and Daddy a break from being a parent. A place to pawn off your kids that’s “safe”. A place where pedophiles are hired on too regular a basis; either to teach the kids, or be a janitor or teacher’s assistant, or some other position which allows them easy access to their prey – kids. A place where you must conform to the group or be ostracized (“you will be assimilated“). Individuality is not important, in fact it is scorned. A place where kids learn from other kids how to pick on other kids, be mean, etc. Yes “kids will be kids”; I know this will always take place. But in a group of 25-30 kids, having 1 singled out as the target is too much on a person, especially a 5-6 year old.
I think that these experiences are necessary. Unless you lock your kids up in a cave somewhere, or move to the wilds of Africa to escape all human contact; kids are going to experience this. BUT it is NOT necessary for kids to experience this stuff without parental guidance. If our kids are going to go thru this hard stuff, we as parents need to be there to explain to them how it’s wrong. We need to explain this is not the way that they should act towards other people. We need to be there to comfort them. NOT some employee of the state, who while they might love kids, they might have kids’ best interest in mind, they’re not the parent. They don’t know the kids as well as the parents (or as well as the parents should). It all boils down to:
We as parents are responsible for our children, and we can’t pawn that responsibility off to anyone else. Period. The handbook of life says it here.
I know this is going to upset people, and I apologize (I have 2 parents that work in the public school system). I just feel strongly about this, and wanted to share my feelings. What started all this is this video. Check it out. Please comment about this. It’s worth talking about. And if you’re on the fence about Homeschooling, I hope this will help you make your choice.

Until next time…..

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  1. April 22, 2007 at 4:37 am

    I don’t disagree with you on the homeschooling issue. Schools are scary. Good for you for standing up for what you believe in! They are YOUR kids, no matter what anybody else says. You get to screw them up however you want (kidding!). Stay strong.

  1. February 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm
  2. February 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

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