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Home Education vs. Public Education
Lewrockwell.com ^ | August 2, 2002 | Jacki LeClair

Posted on 08/03/2002 8:49:44 AM PDT by Korth

My alarm clock blares loudly at 7:30 a.m. I open my bleary eyes and reach towards the offending noise. Just then, my door opens. My mother, cheery at any hour, bounds into the room. "Wake up, wake up, rise and shine," she proclaims. When I mumbled and roll over, her voice drops an octave. "Get up. It’s time to do your school work!" Who said home schoolers have it easy?

Looking back on my education, I feel privileged to have been home schooled through all my school years. Yes, that’s right – grades kindergarten through 12. Most people don’t realize this, but being home schooled was not some type of prison for young people. I didn’t gaze longingly out the window in the direction of the local public school. I did not yearn for mystery-meat lunches or early morning bus rides. For I did reap all of the benefits of school: friends, sports, lunchboxes, recess, music lessons, arts and drama, math, history, English – well, the list goes on and on. Yet when people discover my educational history, they tend to assume immediately that I was either an ignorant child who couldn’t hack it in the sophisticated world of public education, or an overachiever who studied textbooks straight into the weekend.

Since I was neither, I seem to surprise some with the statement that, yes, I am normal. It’s almost as if those who are pro-public education expect a tale of woe, but the fact is that I simply can’t recall any time that I suffered from home education.

Throughout my home-schooled years, many mothers of publicly "educated" children would approach either my mother or me, and with sincere curiosity ask about the benefits of home schooling. It didn’t take a long time to convince these concerned mothers that home schooling has many benefits over public schools; for instance, the ability to control what is being taught to your children. My mother and father are religious people and do not like some of the subjects taught in the public school systems such as evolution and sex education. They feel strongly that these topics are best left to the parents to teach their children as they see fit. But here’s the conundrum, folks – government-funded schools won’t give parents an option. Instead, they prefer to regulate what is being taught to produce a self-serving pro-government viewpoint.

As the failure of public education becomes ever-more obvious, more parents are chaffing at the restriction of free-thinking afforded our children in public schools, and by free thinking I do not mean the movements to save our salmon, hug our trees, or adopt an indigenous person. I refer to free thinkers as those who embrace individual responsibilities and ideas; those who practice time-tested rules and morals without restrictions imposed by the left-wing public school system. Hence, there is a movement afoot for parents to take more responsibility for their children’s education.

Once upon a time there was a thing called education. Defined by Webster’s Dictionary, to educate means "1: to provide with schooling 2: to develop mentally and morally." The word carries a simple definition, but one that has been clouded by a left-liberal society’s definition of the word. Somewhere between reading and ‘rithmetic, public schools replaced mental development with liberal-agenda brainwashing. As a recipient of home schooling, my educational training was never compromised by the liberal collective or spoiled by unmotivated teachers, but instead was nurtured by my mother, the one person who had no ulterior motive other than providing a quality education. I was given the opportunity to focus on true academic studies instead of being drawn into the social and political subculture of public school. I was given one-on-one attention that allowed me to fully comprehend the subject at hand. Without the distraction of a crowded classroom, I was able to ask questions about the subjects I studied, and I was able to retain and comprehend the lessons taught to me.

Scholastic education aside, what about moral education? Public schools are teaching high schoolers proper condom usage, while staying away from such alternatives as chastity. Pro-homosexuality and anti-gun sentiments are being hurrahed in schools, yet prayer is banned. School nurses tell parents that children are not required to receive permission before obtaining abortion referrals through the school. Any aspect of moral education has been wiped out and replaced with an "if it feels good, do it" mentality. As a result, the rebellious attitude and scholastic disinterest of today’s youth are fostered by a permissive and indulgent educational system.

When parents look at their child’s educational well being, on a whole, they will notice that this extends further than simple academics. Since the mid 1990s, there has been an increase in violent incidents in public schools. Throughout my years of home education, I never once feared for my safety. From the moment I opened my textbooks until the end of the day, I knew my one purpose: to learn (be it academic or moral lessons). I didn’t worry about knives in lockers or guns hidden in waistbands. I never heard threats or taunts; classmates never disrespected me. I received an environment of total and uninterrupted peace where I was allowed to focus on learning and not on whether I’d make it home from school in one piece. Going back to the basics, this should be what one encounters when receiving an education. School should be a place of learning, not a melting pot of violent, misguided youths.

While we struggle with the issue of school violence, another concern comes to light. Peer pressure has long been a negative factor of public education. I realize that peer pressure can be found in many places, not just our public school system. However, school is a place where children spend five days a week, eight hours a day with their peers, making the chances for caving to pressures such as smoking, drinking, sex, and drugs much higher. A member of my family attending public high school has smoked and drank since she was 14. Raised by morally aware but often busy parents, she turns to her friends for companionship and guidance, and often succumbs to the pressures of fitting in amongst the students with whom she spends most of her days.

In a home-school environment, the parents have the ability to be more "hands on" and reduce some of the pressure children face on a daily basis. So many people asked me while I was being home schooled, "Don’t you wish your parents were less strict," somehow equating home education with a way to exercise stifling control. I can’t count the times some well meaning individual took it upon themselves to inform my parents that I was suffering from a lack of social interaction that I could only find in a public school. These people seemed to label those who home school their children as ignorant and uninformed, though it takes a high level of intelligence and dedication to properly educate your children at home.

I look back at my teen years and acknowledge all the pressures my parents kept me from having to face until I was mature enough to make wise choices. Home education carries into more areas than just the academics. It helps the individual to grow creatively, without the worries of popularity and peer pressure. Due to this, I was able to express myself in many areas without the fear of what others would think. I developed a stronger sense of who I was and for what I stood.

For those of you with a few remaining questions, no, I did not study on Saturdays; yes, I had plenty of friends and no, I didn’t get lunch money. No, I didn’t need therapy because of it. And no, I don’t lie awake at nights dreaming of the prom I never attended, but yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question.


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1 posted on 08/03/2002 8:49:44 AM PDT by Korth
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To: Korth
This might be a good place to grouse about my latest dealings with public education, something I've not had to deal with for a long time. After looking at my job prospects during the past month since I relocated my family from Asia, I decided that I would set aside my negative attitude towards public education and apply for a teaching job in the field of ESL (English as a Second Language). There are supposedly a fast-growing number of jobs in this field around here and since I have an MA in linguistics, several years experience teaching English, was an editor for a professional ESL journal, and developed and taught a training course for people wanting to learn how to teach ESL, I thought I had a pretty open door.

WHAM! That was what it sounded like yesterday when a big door was slammed in my face. I had talked to an administrator at a nearby school district who confirmed that she was trying to fill a position for an ESL job. She admitted she was not at all satisfied with the one applicant she had and was immediately impressed with my experience. But soon after I sent her my resume, she responded that her supervisor (probably the superintendent) would not give her permission to even consider me for the job. Regulations dictate that if one person with a teaching license applies for the job, they cannot hire someone who does not have a license no matter how much experience they have.

In the past couple of weeks, I've heard from several people who complain about the stupid hiring rules the public schools operate on. They set up barriers to keep out the best and brightest and thereby make themselves all feel especially qualified because they alone can get these high-paying jobs.

My attitude was already pretty low towards the whole system after yesterday's rejection, but when my daughter came home from her first day in public school in her life yesterday (she's 14 years old, homeschooled since age 5) and said that she's supposed to sell magazine subscriptions to raise money for the school -- not for any particular function such as a band trip, but just to go into the school coffers -- I blasted the whole system and almost got sent out of the house for my tirade.

Anyone else have similar experiences with our public schools?

2 posted on 08/03/2002 9:12:01 AM PDT by Mr. Mulliner
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To: Korth
Good post.
3 posted on 08/03/2002 9:33:05 AM PDT by jimkress
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To: Korth
Excellent article. I was so impressed by my husband's intelligence (gained via homeschooling) that I decided to homeschool my eldest daughter when i began having trouble with the public school system. I'm glad I did, and I would recommend homeschooling (or private school carefully chosen) to any parent. We need to get our kids out of these socialist indoctrination factories!!!
4 posted on 08/03/2002 9:33:50 AM PDT by goodieD
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To: Singapore_Yank
Yes, I remember the numerous fund raisers and begging for simple school supplies like pencils, kleenex and notebook paper from school officials. Selling magazine subscriptions, over-priced wrapping paper and thousands of candy bars were a constant when my son attended both private and public schools. Kids (and parents) who didn't pitch-in were sent home notes by the under-paid teachers and over-paid administrators stating that so-and-so was not behaving with proper "school spirit." Though time-consuming (on top of LOADS of busy-work, er, homework) and frustrating, fund raisers were not the only reason that I finally pulled my son out of public school and began to homeschool him. (My list is long. I have already posted my reasons on many homeschool-related threads!)

My question to you is: After years of homeschooling, why has your daughter started attending a public school at the age of fourteen? Even though homeschooling has been a smashing success in my household, I am a realist and know that homeschooling is not for every child or parent. Were things not working out? Not being judgemental. Just curious.

5 posted on 08/03/2002 9:39:39 AM PDT by demnomo
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To: Singapore_Yank
I used to think home-schooling was kind of odd, but you can't argue with the results. It's another proof of the old adage, "If you want something done right, do it yourself."
6 posted on 08/03/2002 9:53:30 AM PDT by Skwidd
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To: demnomo
The main reason for the change is that we've moved from Asia to America. I think they were doing well with homeschooling, but my wife has been offered a good job there at the same school where my daughters attend. I have to admit that it's a pretty good school and my sister, who has worked there for years, attests to that. We're at least giving them a chance and so far we have pretty good expectations.

I think my tirade against the fund-rasing scheme is fueled by the fact that earlier in the day I was not even allowed consideration for a teaching job that I am supremely qualified for simply because I'm not licensed. I am willing to get provisional licensing, but can't even apply for an interim license without being hired by a school district. And that probably won't happen unless there are literally no other applicants. I'm tired of hearing about schools being short of money when they won't be open about their hiring policies.

7 posted on 08/03/2002 10:26:44 AM PDT by Mr. Mulliner
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To: 2Jedismom; homeschool mama
ping
8 posted on 08/03/2002 10:27:41 AM PDT by Mr. Mulliner
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To: Skwidd; demnomo; Korth
Here's another editorial, also from LewRockwell.com, that discusses the problem of lack of healthy incentives in public education.

Incentives and Motivation

9 posted on 08/03/2002 10:31:52 AM PDT by Mr. Mulliner
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To: Singapore_Yank
I'm tired of hearing about schools being short of money when they won't be open about their hiring policies.

I agree. I also am tired of the rising percentage of over-paid administrators who mostly push paper, (no wonder they generate so much red-tape!) eat up a lot of school funds and spend their time (when not dining out at fancy restaurants or attending yet another "Education Conference" at a resort location on the taxpayer's dime) devising insipid, unrealistic, politically correct rules and regulations that restrict rather than alleviate the precious money, time and energy that sincere teachers and students alike spend on their education. Maybe it's not like that in all public school systems, but it sure was (and still is) the case in my area. (I live in Northern California.)

I have friends who live in NC who rave about how good their public schools are. FReeper Mombonn was very satified with her children's schools in Michigan.

Of course, there are always acceptions to the rule of whether or not a parent is happy with a private or public school system. Sadly, I don't think that satisfaction with many schools is the norm...at least in today's world. Before the PC thought police and socialist indoctrinators from the Sixties came onto the scene, public schools were acceptable to most families. Hey, I went to public schools. ;) I'm happy to hear that you are satisfied with your school situation. Good luck to you and your family.

10 posted on 08/03/2002 10:48:30 AM PDT by demnomo
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To: Lizavetta; wasp69; cantfindagoodscreenname; BallandPowder; wyopa; joathome; Momto2; RipeforTruth; ..
Ping.
11 posted on 08/03/2002 11:10:03 AM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: 2Jedismom; homeschool mama; BallandPowder; ffrancone; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; WIMom; OldFriend; ...
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12 posted on 08/03/2002 11:29:32 AM PDT by TxBec
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To: goodieD
Four of our grandkids are being homeschooled. Their intelligence is simply amazing. They are way ahead of their counterparts and cousins. WAY AHEAD!!

From what we've seen, the HOMESCHOOLED children also seem emotionally stable and happy.

I would vote for homeschooling any day! And thats over our kids who are in Private schools and Charters. Most definetely over PUBLIC schools. I also really like the competition of a voucher system, that would force competitiveness in educating our kids. If you aren't good, parents can remove their child and shop elsewhere. PERIOD.
13 posted on 08/03/2002 11:47:02 AM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: Skwidd
I used to think home-schooling was kind of odd, but you can't argue with the results. It's another proof of the old adage, "If you want something done right, do it yourself."

Nice post. Well, I have been looking for a place to crow. We got Ben's first (5th grade) state mandated test results back on Thursday. He took the tests during a week in May, and evey day, he came in and said, "It was easy."

97th percentile, nationally normed.

And, also he is a good kid, kind to his little brother and blind grandfather who he walks to the senior center every day, server in church, takes piano, plays sports, hustles odd jobs, keeps his chores mostly done, treats his elders and peers with respect....

Shameless brag mode off - and the credit goes to Mrs don-o who truly lays down her life for our sons.

I got some more good news recently. My baby sister is finished with the public schools, even in a small town in eastern North Carolina. She is quitting her career (legal secretary in a big city law firm) and bringing her two home.

Yahoo!!!!

14 posted on 08/03/2002 11:57:12 AM PDT by don-o
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To: *Education News; *Homeschool_list; madfly
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15 posted on 08/03/2002 12:07:00 PM PDT by Free the USA
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To: don-o
Shameless brag mode off - and the credit goes to Mrs don-o who truly lays down her life for our sons.

It ain't braggin' if you can do it. I'm sure that your devotion will pay off in the future.

16 posted on 08/03/2002 12:10:23 PM PDT by Skwidd
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To: Singapore_Yank
SY - -
A story in a similar vein - - my daughter's best friend got her degree in education and was looking forward to teaching. She went on a job interview (she was going to do an internship before going full time) and the folks interviewing her (I think there were three in the room), didn't ask her about her teaching credentials or what she hoped to accomplish.....nope, their first question to her was to ask about her feelings about the abortion issue. She is pro-life and said so. Needless to say, they didn't have a place on the facilty for her.

She's now working as an account manager for a large insurance firm - - and, she feels, she's happier than she would be swimming upstream in the filth that is now the public school system.
18 posted on 08/03/2002 12:23:53 PM PDT by duckbutt
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To: BibChr; Aquinasfan
Check out the story in #18.

Do you have any idea if someone in that situation could sue for discrimination?

19 posted on 08/03/2002 12:42:55 PM PDT by Artist
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To: 2Jedismom; TxBec
Great article. Thanks for the ping!
20 posted on 08/03/2002 12:43:45 PM PDT by Artist
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To: 2Jedismom
If I had a dollar for everytime my homeschooled daughter and I have been asked, "What about her/your social skills?", "Wasn't she disappointed about not going to the prom?", "How does she get along with other people?", "Did she/you miss school extracurricular activities?", I would be a VERY wealthy woman.
21 posted on 08/03/2002 1:37:33 PM PDT by cowgirlcutie
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To: cowgirlcutie
When asked about little Tonto Junior's socialization, I reply with a smartaleck comment I picked up here of FR:

"Oh, socialization is not a problem. I take him into the bathroom once a week, beat him up, and take his lunch money."

After they recover from that smack in the face, I get serious, and explain that, no, I don't want to raise a weird, hermit-like kid. That's why we're involved in Cub Scouts, he's in all sorts of sports, he has many friends (homeschooled, privately educated, and public schools) with whom he plays regularly. The difference is this: In my son's case, we know where he's at, whom he's with, and have a high degree of confidence that when he's not physically with us, he's under the supervision of another adult we respect. 24 hours a day.

22 posted on 08/03/2002 1:52:10 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: TontoKowalski; 2Jedismom; homeschool mama; BallandPowder; ffrancone; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; WIMom; ...
LOL!!! I love it! :: writing that one down ::

"socialization ping"

23 posted on 08/03/2002 2:01:41 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: cowgirlcutie
And while I'm on a rant, I'm also sick of "Don't you worry about what he's missing?"

In the past 2 years, he's been on trips with me and/or my wife to Florida, Alaska, Minnesota, and California. We've taken shorter trips to Washington, DC, Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Mount Vernon, on and on. There's a chance he'll get to go with his grandparents to Ireland and England next year. We're planning a camping vacation with my wife's sister's family (yep, they're homeschoolers, too) to the Dakotas and Yellowstone. He either does schoolwork on the trip, or he works hard to get ahead and enjoy a break from normal classwork. On all of these trips, there are educational activites and just plain all-out fun.

I'll bet those extra-curricular activities stack up pretty well with whatever the local second grade class is doing.

24 posted on 08/03/2002 2:05:54 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: All
Public schools haven't got a prayer.
25 posted on 08/03/2002 2:16:04 PM PDT by crystalk
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To: TontoKowalski
Oh yes, I've gotten that question too! I would say that your son's activities so far stack up VERY well against what even some much older children in public school's have done. You know what? My daughter is now 19 year-old college student and her teachers are, so far, constantly amazed at her knowledge and grace under fire. One of the best four decisions I ever made in my life was to agree with my husband to homeschool her.
26 posted on 08/03/2002 2:18:51 PM PDT by cowgirlcutie
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To: cowgirlcutie
I appreciate your reply. I'm through with my rant. While public schools may offer opportunities that my son might not be able to enjoy (although at age 7, he's not aware of any yet), the freedom we have in determining academic content and scheduling gives us opportunities that public school children don't have.

The sword cuts both ways.

27 posted on 08/03/2002 2:28:05 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: Singapore_Yank
I hs-ed one of my daughters half the year last year. This year I plan to hs both my 1st and 2nd grader. I have so many exciting ideas and plans. Believe me, they won't be bored or socially isolated. For all the time public school wanted me to put in just to make sure they could do an average job educating my children, I quickly figured out I coud do it myself and not put up with all the other junk. Help in the classroom, at recess, lunchroom, parties, field trips, PTO, sell stuff etc... Every time I did help out I would just get frustrated seeing all the wasted time and thinking I could be using that time to make sure my own kids get a good education. Why was I wasting my time teaching some other parent's kid his colors in kindergarten when my own have known that since age 3? It seemed like nothing but a babysitting service with a little 'learning' thrown in on occasion. with hs-ing, there is little wasted time and you KNOW if your child has learned something. If they get it, move on, if not, stick with it until they do. Very simple and rewarding. Now if I could just get the naysayers off my back and be left alone to do what I know in my heart it best, everything would be great!
28 posted on 08/03/2002 2:40:28 PM PDT by usmom
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To: usmom
Now if I could just get the naysayers off my back and be left alone to do what I know in my heart it best, everything would be great!

God bless you. It will get better. Once you've made it clear that you're disinterested in the opinions of the naysayers, they'll leave you alone. I don't think it's rude at all to tell a busy-body to mind his/her own business. In time they may become your biggest supporters.

I speak from experience. My mother was incredulous when she learned that we would be homeschooling our son. I have great respect for my mother. She is a saint. But it is the responsibility of my wife and myself to raise our son. In the nicest way possible, I reminded her of this. She held her tongue; in time she saw how well this was working, and now she is a strong advocate for homeschooling. Now, she has said that she wishes my sister would homeschool her son, and I've had to remind her again, in the nicest way possible, to mind her own business.

29 posted on 08/03/2002 2:56:38 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: duckbutt; Singapore_Yank
they didn't have a place on the facilty for her.
My wife had a teaching degree but went into the adult education field . . . many years later she refurbished her credentials--took some "education" courses--to qualify for grade-school teaching. But the poor, underpaid teachers have some of the best pay around, and if you don't bring more to the table than job qualifications--why, they don't need you. Plenty of other fish in the sea, don't you know . . .

Singapore_Yank could get that ticket they say he's lacking, and might easily find himself still out in the cold.


30 posted on 08/03/2002 4:16:15 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
When you're not "PC" you don't have a place in their system.
31 posted on 08/03/2002 4:24:30 PM PDT by codder too
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To: Singapore_Yank
Thank you for the ping.

Fantastic article.

Where I live there is $9k put aside for every enrolled student...and the kiddos still have to go door to door selling wrapping paper and candy. grrrrr

32 posted on 08/03/2002 5:16:42 PM PDT by homeschool mama
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To: don-o
Good for your son! Big celebration for his success!
33 posted on 08/03/2002 5:18:24 PM PDT by homeschool mama
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To: cowgirlcutie
Is your daughter an only child? Mine is and the questions/accusations are endless. We're beginning our 7th year homeschooling and don't regret it *at all*. :o)
34 posted on 08/03/2002 5:21:32 PM PDT by homeschool mama
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To: TxBec
I'd rather have CIVILIZED children than SOCIALIZED children. :o)
35 posted on 08/03/2002 5:23:13 PM PDT by homeschool mama
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To: homeschool mama
Yes, she's our only child and the time with her went by way too fast! We started homeschooling her in 3rd grade and she started college this past spring and loves it! I was telling someone on another thread, that by the time I started college, I was burned out and hated it! For her, college is a new adventure. My dad was really upset when we started homeschooling her, and now he's so proud of the young woman that she's become, he can't tell enough people that she was homeschooled. LOL.
36 posted on 08/03/2002 5:41:50 PM PDT by cowgirlcutie
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To: TontoKowalski
You said a mouthful!!!
37 posted on 08/03/2002 6:10:03 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: TontoKowalski
Well, I sure hope my family comes around. On the 4th of July, we were told that everyone EXPECTS our children to be 'back in school' come September because they need socialization (they play with neighbor kids every day and have been to six birthday parties this summer, not to mention a myriad of lessons and activities- I think they're doing O.K. in that department). My mom was a little better- she said it would be O.K. for maybe one more year, but then they HAVE to go back to school or they will never make it in the real world! I just agree and say it's just for one more year. Little does she know one year will turn in to two and so forth. Hopefully she'll come around by then!
38 posted on 08/03/2002 6:43:02 PM PDT by usmom
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To: Korth
Good job Korth. Since you never had the "pleasure" of attending a government detention center, you may never fully appreciate the benefits of homeschooling. It's been 22 years since I graduated, and I'm still angry about they did to my head. I figure it took me about ten years to undo the damage on my own.
39 posted on 08/03/2002 6:57:00 PM PDT by Aquinasfan
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To: don-o
I got some more good news recently. My baby sister is finished with the public schools, even in a small town in eastern North Carolina. She is quitting her career (legal secretary in a big city law firm) and bringing her two home.

Viva the revolution!

40 posted on 08/03/2002 7:00:11 PM PDT by Aquinasfan
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To: Artist
Do you have any idea if someone in that situation could sue for discrimination?

No, but she should look into it.

It's reassuring to know that people for whom killing babies is their top priority are in charge of schooling children.

41 posted on 08/03/2002 7:03:18 PM PDT by Aquinasfan
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To: TontoKowalski
"Oh, socialization is not a problem. I take him into the bathroom once a week, beat him up, and take his lunch money."

P-schoolers need a sharp blow to the head to snap them out of their comas. I'm all in favor of this tactic, and my wife's dying to use this line.

42 posted on 08/03/2002 7:07:04 PM PDT by Aquinasfan
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To: usmom
...but then they HAVE to go back to school or they will never make it in the real world!

Reasonable people can debate and disagree as to the merits of a public school education. However, I find it outrageously funny that anyone could find anything in public school life that REMOTELY resembles real life.

I hope your family comes around. In the unhappy event that they don't, then that's their problem, not yours. If you make it clear that you no longer wish to discuss the matter or to open your child's upbringing for a committee decision, they'll at least shut up.

43 posted on 08/03/2002 7:48:59 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: Aquinasfan
I'm glad you like the line. As I stated, I picked it up from another poster here on FR. I'd love to give credit, but I can't remember who.

You must post the reaction to the "slappee" when your wife tosses this out the first time. In general, she can expect a cross between a dear in the headlights and a dead-fish slack-jawed gape.

44 posted on 08/03/2002 7:54:52 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: TontoKowalski
"Oh, socialization is not a problem. I take him into the bathroom once a week, beat him up, and take his lunch money."

I've simply GOT to tell Mrs. Nam Vet that when she gets back. Thanks

Nam Vet

45 posted on 08/03/2002 9:02:32 PM PDT by Nam Vet
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To: Aquinasfan; jimkress; goodieD; demnomo; 2Jedismom; TxBec; cowgirlcutie; TontoKowalski; usmom; ...

Good job Korth. Since you never had the "pleasure" of attending a government detention center, you may never fully appreciate the benefits of homeschooling.

How would you know whether or not I attended public schools?

You sound like you consider this to be an anti-homeschool article, but it is actually pro-homeschool. Based on their responses, I believe that everyone else on this thread recognized this article to be pro-, not anti-, home schooling.

It's been 22 years since I graduated, and I'm still angry about they did to my head. I figure it took me about ten years to undo the damage on my own.

FYI, I also was entirely "educated", if you can call it that, in the public schools (kindergarten thru 12th grade), and it ruined my life. I first heard of Home Schooling when I was quite young, and I begged my parents to home school me. They wouldn't do it, for all the reasons which others have already posted on this thread.

46 posted on 08/03/2002 9:34:03 PM PDT by Korth
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To: Korth
I fully agree! I hated and despised going to public school! It wasn't the schoolwork that bothered me, just everything else! I heard things from other kids that would've made my dad blush (and not much makes him blush). I can't even imagine half of what kids from decent homes, have to put up with now.
47 posted on 08/03/2002 9:46:07 PM PDT by cowgirlcutie
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To: homeschool mama
I'd rather have CIVILIZED children than SOCIALIZED children.

Can I quote you on that? I like the way you put that.

48 posted on 08/03/2002 10:07:30 PM PDT by Mr. Mulliner
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To: duckbutt; Artist
Wow; that's really textbook-case despicable.

I don't know the legal ins and outs, but she might very well. If she'd been discriminated against because she was homosexual, she sure would have.

I had a similar situation, but it was simply because I was a Christian. It was kind of surreal, too; the job was in the world of journalism, among those lofty giants of the freedoms.

Dan

49 posted on 08/04/2002 7:53:12 AM PDT by BibChr
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To: Korth
It's been 22 years since I graduated, and I'm still angry about they did to my head. I figure it took me about ten years to undo the damage on my own.

Ditto, tho it's been more like 32 years for me!

50 posted on 08/04/2002 12:22:29 PM PDT by TomSmedley
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