I’m not that old, but even in the 15 years since I was in elementary school, the landscape of our education system has changed immensely. Homeschooling has increased steadily for the past 20 years, growing from just 300,000 to over a million. Why is this?
Some (Joy Behar) would have you believe that all homeschoolers are fringe religious cultists that want to isolate themselves and/or their children from reality. The facts tell a very different story. While it’s true that many homeschool for religious reasons, many don’t. There are countless reasons to pull your children out of school. This one and this one among them. Not to mention this one.
Anyone paying attention would know that there are fundamental problems with America’s education system. Kids are not learning what they need to know, and teachers are not being given an incentive to invest in their students. Our politically correct approach to education is damaging. Teachers are so bound by the possibility of offending that they are forced to bend over backwards to accommodate every child, diluting the education experience.
Prime example of political correctness gone awry: Schools in my part of North Carolina cannot discipline children in any way. My dear friend Dana’s 5 year old son started kindergarten this year. His teacher informed her that the school policy on discipline was a “preventative” one. In other words, the teacher was supposed to determine when the child was getting angry and preempt any episode by sending the child to the “beach” to calm down… a bean bag in a beach themed corner of the room.
No, I’m not making this up. The sad part is that I don’t think it’s all that uncommon.
With policies like this in place, it’s no wonder parents are pulling their kids out of school. Having full control over what your child learns and how they are disciplined is invaluable.
As a side note, since I now fall into this category, the “pajamas media” would be prime candidates for homeschooling their kids. Why? Because we’re PAYING ATTENTION, and are concerned about the direction of mainstream education. With indoctrination beginning in elementary school, is it any wonder conservatives have lost the youth vote? Your kids are going to be the future leaders of this country. How will they do?
Education begins early. Obviously, America’s kids are getting a bad start. I think homeschooling is a perfect way to change that.