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Consider Alternative Schooling
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

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Posted By:Judy W., 1/6/2014 5:52:20 PM

Last week, I wrote here about zero-tolerance stupidity, suggesting that as schools grow more and more willing to punish and stigmatize kids for reasons of bureaucratic convenience, it might be parental malpractice to put your kids in public schools. But there´s another problem with public schools that goes beyond these kinds of problems: Even when they work well, public schools introduce all sorts of costs and rigidities into everyday life. That´s not surprising. Public schools were designed to be rigid. Back in the 19th century, when Massachusetts Board of Education Secretary Horace Mann toured Europe looking for models of public education

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Subhead: Don´t fear innovation. Nobody ever got shot or pregnant from online or home schooling.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross, 1/6/2014 6:22:43 PM     (No. 9682208)

The point about rigidity and conformity is well taken. Once a school sets a rule, no matter how ill conceived, how counter-productive, how harmful to the student, they will defend it to the death. Common sense and public education are like vinegar and baking soda.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: PageTurner, 1/6/2014 6:30:25 PM     (No. 9682219)

Quite a good piece. I teach catechism to little kids and always go out of my way to make it not feel like school. I don´t want to have them associate the faith with the dreariness of public education. So I let them sit on desktops, roll around on the floor, do their choice of art or word searches, have them act out rather than just read the bible for this purpose.

Interesting that the rigidity described is Prussian based. So not only do we borrow our now-failing education system from these martinets, we also borrow our failing social security system from them. It ain´t good to follow the Prussians!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Intentional, 1/6/2014 6:34:25 PM     (No. 9682223)

We´ve done public school, private school, christian school, home school and on-line school for our kids. Each student excelled in a the setting that was best for them. By far the least effective was public school.

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