Of all the arguments public-school advocates have used to hoodwink generations of parents into condemning their own children to years of state-controlled subservience training, one of the most successful is that without public schools, children cannot be properly "socialized," and will therefore be ill-prepared for life in the "real world." [Snip] The basic premise of the argument for public schools as necessary tools of socialization is that learning to get along, or fit in, with children one´s own age is a vital life skill. Is it?
Comments: This article needs to be read more than once; I consider it to be a must read. Be sure to click on the link to the quote by early promotors of compulsory government education (about 2/3 down in the article).
Public school, even good ones, must cater to the largest block of attention & behavior at the cost or loss, of the highest creative/investigative minds which are held at the mercy of the lowest. Its the few & I mean FEW, exceptional teachers that can make it tolerable. Parents & grandparents have to be more engaged with that development than driving to t-ball practice.
Throughout my daughter´s years of public education I was probably the most hated parent in the school district. I spent years deprogramming her daily from the liberal claptrap most teacher´s dish out. I would go to parent teacher conferences carrying her textbooks with yellow sticky notes on specific chapters and would call them out on what they were teaching. It was not easy to do, or fun, but I can happily say that my daughter is an adult conservative. Parents need to remove control of their kids education from teacher´s unions and progressive rot.
FTA: ´To thwart [a child´s development] deliberately is a moral crime.´
And none more criminal than those who convince themselves that their impressionable, eager-to-please child is transgendered at age six. Six year olds can´t decide what breakfast cereal to eat and have absolutely no concept of adult sexuality yet these so-called parents not only want to consign their child to a minority within a minority but want the world - specifically the public schools - to reconstruct itself to ´comply´ with their collective delusion.
It is Munchausen syndrome of the most evil and lasting variety. It´s even worse when the schools eagerly accommodate them, thus ensuring more attention-seekers will come to the fore.
Sending normal children into this dystopia and expecting them to learn is madness itself.
I wholeheartedly support what Jonescu advocates here: - "opportunities for patient examination of naturally interesting things," and "learning how to concentrate one´s thoughts fruitfully and channel one´s feelings productively."
We used to call it, simply, "playtime." Unstructured and undirected (by adults), children acquire those important habits of mind that lead to creativity, independence, and as the author puts it, "intellectual adventurousness."
This is a point where liberals and conservatives should be able to agree. Unfortunately, too many parents in both camps have bought into the notion that the aim of schooling is to get children to achieve isolated academic skills at earlier and earlier ages. That´s why kindergartners are now taking standardized tests - on computers for easier data collection - and parents are not revolting en masse.
Mr. Jonescu should not forget that the thinking behind No Child Left Behind is one component of this madness. Untangle the anti-left message here (one battle at a time, please!) and I would send this piece to all my liberal colleagues in the play advocacy movement. Ramona (the Pest)
What a great article, thanks OP. So grateful to have homeschooled both Daughters initially, and then found a classical Christian school... cannot wait to have Grandbabies to do the same. Will never regret it, nor do they... [Also learned the hard way for one month, put Daughter #1 in 4-yr-old kindergarten where all she learned were bad words and designer clothes... then did MY homework...]
Being "home schooled" and missing out on the "benefits" of a public school education, at some point in their lives, certainly didn´t impede the development of John Paul Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, George Washington Carver, Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Irving Berlin and Andrew Wyeth, to name but a few.
FTA... "Nature´s window of opportunity for learning how to concentrate one´s thoughts fruitfully and channel one´s feelings productively is relatively short. If this opportunity is missed or ill-used, the resulting adult life will be less than it ought to have been."
The early tears of a child´s development are crucial. Children should be with their mother and father during their pre-school years, not in government schools.
´´Early tears´´ is appropriate for many children being forced to conform in public schools. One mother told me about putting her son in one door of the car in the morning to take him to school only to have him escape and go out the door on the other side.
´´Something has gone terribly wrong with the modern world, and public education is at the heart of the problem.´´ It has been a large and successful tool of the devil.
Martin Luther wrote, ´´I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.´´
I have to brag about some of my homeschooled grandchildren who played a variety of instruments and sang with some of their friends for the people in an assisted care facility yesterday. Even their younger siblings were unafraid to pass out programs and walk among the old people. Their father who had been a public school teacher for many years is amazed at the initiative the children exhibit in designing and conducting their program.
Thomas Edison was told by his public school teacher that he was too dumb to learn. His mother took over the job. We should all praise the Lord for that.
#15, it´s not just public schools--private schools are now populated with teacher who advocate the same training and theories because they were trained in the same system.
A family member has a five year old child in a catholic kindergarten class. Sixteen pages of homework a week. When the child was sick, make up work (in kindergarten mind you!)due the day he returned. Also, broker his leg on the first day back, slipping off the play equipment at school. When his parents informed the school he would do make up work because the doctor said to stay off the foot for two weeks, the school informed the parents that the child would be retained for another year in kindergarten--not allowed to advance to first grade--if he did not return to school the following day.
Our advice: You are your child´s primary teacher. Tell the school that she will return when the doctor clears her and not before. Then, if you insist on leaving her there, pull her out at the end of the year and put her in another school that cares more about the kids than the $$$.
I wonder if the practice of hiring a governess may come back into vogue? A teacher whom you screen who lives in your house to teach your children. I would bet that you could pay salary, room and board at a cost that would be similar to some goofy elite private school. And you could fire the governess if you had evidence that she was teaching ideology instead of facts.
Excellent article. How many of us were bored silly in school? How many had the innate intelligence to tell that many of the teachers and administrators were incompetent at best. #14 is absolutly right. We can´t fix this until we change the way we train (indoctrinate) teachers, which is controlled by the state and the unions. As I approached the end of one career, I considered becoming a teacher. A few quick checks of what crap I would need to learn to get "certified" put an end to that. And now they want your children even earlier and longer (mandatory kindergarten and a college degree for everyone). A few years ago my state finally forced every town to provide kindergarten and every child to attend. Most people (products of public schooling themselves) thought it was a great thing. I thought it was a tragedy.
Even if home schooling is not a viable option for you, you have a duty as a parent to find ways to "enliven your childs capacity for analytical thinking by appealing to their natural curiosity". It really works.
These insane practices are not - I repeat - are NOT coming from teacher education programs. They come from government bureaucrats and are enforced by spineless administrators who don´t care to untether their schools from federal and state funding. There isn´t a single child development specialist or early childhood expert advocating this nonsense. Teachers feel powerless - and for the most part they are - against administrative decrees. Parents have to revolt -if you cannot homeschool, keep your children home on test days and organize other parents to do the same. RtP
#3, God bless you...if only more parents cared like you do, we wouldn´t be in this mess.
I learned a LOT more from talking to my mother at home (she was a stay at home, full-time mother) then I did in school. And as far as socialization goes, I didn´t learn ANY social skills at school. Kids were either cliquish or bullies looking for shy kids to pick on. Being shy myself, I didn´t get good at dealing with people until I was OUT of public school.
I remember an incident that happened over 20yrs ago. Our son was just starting high school and came home one day with a list outlining his "rights". My wife and I hit the roof. We asked him who gave him this list. He said he counselor gave it to him. Next day, we went to the school and confronted said counselor. She was a 22yr old graduate student. We informed her that OUR son didn´t have any "right" except those that we, his mother and father, chose to grant to him. And those could be taken away at any time. That he didn´t live in a "democracy" his lived in a dictatiorship and his parents were the dictators. We then informed her that OUR son would not have any more contact with her. We then went to the principal and told her the same thing. And we got what we demanded. Yes, I lost a day of work, but it was well worth it. My son today is 37yrs old, and is a very responsible adult, I´m proud to say.
OK, I have huge problems with public school, leftist indoctrination, and what it´s doing to my kids, but let me speak for the other side of the argument.
I believe that we want people to follow moral teachings and follow customs and rituals. I believe that everyone, Christian or not, needs to celebrate Christmas because it´s a National holiday. When everyone is doing the same things, they are part of society and are less likey to lash out against society because they are lashing out against themselves and those they love.
I believe that marriage needs to be encouraged for the same reason.
These are areas where we want to "indoctrinate" people and force them to conform.
Another point is that we want children to interact so that they learn to deal with each other in many types of situations. Public school is useful that way.
When my son attended the local high school here, I went and visited a few times and found his classrooms noisy, smelly and hot. He told me they were all that way, and the kids were so obnoxious he could not concentrate; he eventually started to give up. So we looked at other avenues.
Someone needs to acknowledge the fact that my son went from a D student in the beginning of high school to an A student once he went to independent study. At 19 years old, he is in a job he started at 17 while still doing independent study. He now makes 2/3rds of what I make and drives a BMW 328i.
When I bring this up to the school they stare at me blankly.
Solution is simple...parents and/or family members need to be very involved in their child´s education, strict scrutiny of the teaching material and lectures, out publically worthless teachers to their worthless union and the community and when all else fails, seriously sue the school district and the union. It does not have to be for money, but it will create monstrous headache for both district and union.
The glory of being a grandparent is that most know the importance of time for simple play and the time foer simple exploration of nature (birds, bugs, flowers ,berries, rocks etc.) . The parents are so programmed with after school activities and homework its nice to offer down time for play and exploration at the grandparents home. I am blessed to be able to offer that oasis to my grandkids.
From #25 - Solution is simple...parents and/or family members need to be very involved in their child´s education, strict scrutiny of the teaching material and lectures...
As a public school teacher I whole heartedly agree with you. And when I do have involved parents it makes me a better teacher. However, a vast, vast majority of parents are: single parents, step parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends of the family, or foster parents. So many public school children are broken by the adults that gave them life. Then they are pawned off on reluctant "care givers" to raise.
Others have noted the fruitless atmosphere in so many schools. Under achievers, under motivated, and in some cases criminally minded children rob good teachers of opportunities to teach and inspire the capable and motivated. Yet with the myriad alphabet diagnosis that Dr. Feel Good gives to anyone who asks, we end up being wranglers in a three ring circus just to maintain control and focus.
As for teachers and their unions, I agree. The NEA is the most toxic organization in America with SEIU coming in a close second. Their agenda seeks to marginalize parents, push a socialist democracy, and influences the legal system that continues to dumb down our children. I could go on, but suffice it to say that there are many conservative teachers battling every day to make a difference, to deprogram the smut that fills our children´s minds, and encourage even the worst children to do everything within their power to change their stars.
#3, I did the same thing - deprogrammed my kids. The school put me on a textbook committee once for social studies, and I stunned them by actually reviewing the books and complaining about the liberal bias. They never asked me to be on a committee again.
I wish my kids had been taught by the L-dot teachers on this thread. I am sorry to say that several of their teachers were not very bright, although well-intentioned.
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