Has the Govt--through the Ed system--become more of a parent to children, than parents themselves? Do you guys buy the whole premise that public Ed in America is the best way to go? Does this article hold the ring of truth? Is compulsory public ed the way to go?
First we have to look at the whole picture. No we do not want Gov't to force compulsory education, on the other hand do we want kids growing up NOT knowing how to read and write? Are parents parenting? Many are not.
I am spending every Monday teaching
topics such as: empathy, bullying (how and why NOT to), kindness towards others, caring for others, conflict resolution (without fighting), etc.
Without this, these kids CANNOT learn. I have to stop the chaos in my classroom FIRST, before any learning can take place. If education was NOT required, most of these kids would grow up on the streets without ANY education at all. They would not even be able to register to vote.
50% of my students come from homes with:
being cared for by one parent, or an aunt, or a grandmother
many fathers are in prison
many fathers are unknown
have foster parents
both parents are in prison
a child is being molested by a boyfriend, girlfriend, a neighbor, or reletive
There is not enough time nor space to list what goes on in the homes of these children.
Do we save them all? No. Do we have success stories? Yes
What would happen to these kids if there was NO public education?
We have laundry facilities in our building. Our principal does laundry for many kids so they can have clean clothes. We have uniforms. We supply the uniforms to those who cannot afford them.
I have kids who don't want to go home. If we provided room and board they would stay at school ALL the time. I have had kids beg me to adopt them.
I don't know what the answers are. I leave work many days crying. I am just one person. I can't change the world. I have to constantly remind myself I can only make small changes in my small world. Multiply that by 75 teachers in my building alone all feeling this way.
Some days I want to throw in the towel.
The government is however, making my job impossible. I gets kids on a 3rd grade level and I am to prepare them for a 6th grade test in 9 months. LOL
But if I don't do the impossible - our district (which is poor to begin with) we get dinged and even more money withheld (from the gov't).
We do try to get kids to be complient. NOT for the government. To be able to follow rules to make school a better place to learn. If we did not do that, the schools would look like a huge animal house. Everyone would run amuck.
with the thought that the State can force parents to send their kids to school, and--w/homeschooling/private schools--force a State-approved curriculum on them.
Generally the state approved curriculum is reading skills, writing skills, some US and world geography, math, history (and many of the history books are inaccurate), so much "physical exercise" in phys. ed., health, and technology, and foriegn languages. If teachers felt the curriculum was not a good one there would be huge resistance.
Private schools also add religion
to their curriculum.
I teach reading and writing. I get to choose most of the materials I want to use. I teach skills like making inferences, reading between the lines, fact and opinion, etc.
Over all it isn't a bad curriculum. We are cramming too much too soon (of the math and reading skills) that many kids are shutting down. They are cognativly unable preform many of these skills. I had algebra in the 9th grade thirty years ago. We now begin teaching it in the 4th grade in Ohio.
I tell people over and over to visit their local schools. Sit in classrooms and observe. These are your
schools being funded by your
money. It is your right and your duty to keep an eye on them. If you are not welcome or turned away, then there is something VERY wrong in that particular school building.
People who do get actively involved in public education come away with a much better feeling about what is going on and are generally impressed. My favorite line is, "they don't pay you nearly enough for what you do!"