11 Reasons to Secede from Public Schools

Readers of this blog probably know that my wife and I homeschool our children. I normally don’t pay much attention to the news about what’s happening in “regular” schools, whether public or private. However, a couple of sites I often visit have pointed to a recent article titled “11 Reasons to Get Your Kids out of the Public Schools,” and I was surprised by some of the things it cited.

Here are the article’s eleven reasons:

  1. You could be arrested for something your child does.
  2. Your child could be arrested at school for “just about anything.”
  3. Your child could be bodily harmed by “security thugs.”
  4. Your child’s actions at school are put into a database somewhere.
  5. Kids aren’t learning well in public schools.
  6. Public school children must undergo compulsory vaccinations.
  7. They are exposed to rampant sexual promiscuity.
  8. Some teachers are having sex with students.
  9. Kids are having their lunches stolen . . . by school officials!
  10. Kids are being indoctrinated according to specific social and political agendas.
  11. Sometimes public school children get shot at school.

All the points have links to news stories documenting these occurrences at public schools. Go ahead and click through to see the evidence.

OK, sure, many of these are extreme examples, but others appear to be representative of the environment that has been created at many public schools over the last few decades.

This article really hit me because I was just speaking to an acquaintance at church who has made many sacrifices financially in order to get his kids (who are the same age as mine) into a private school, and recent reductions in his income are forcing him to make some very hard choices this year. I admire his determination and wish there were more parents like him around.

If you have children in the public schools now or are likely to have them there in the future, you should probably do a serious assessment of your local situation. Where are those eleven things most likely to happen: your house (homeschool), a local private school (secular or Christian), or the public school? What sort of risks are you running or allowing your children to run? I know that everyone’s situation is unique, but we all know what our priorities ought to be. Can you structure your life to act in accordance with them?

Oh, and although I encourage comments on this blog, I also know that posts like this one can easily bring out the worst in some people. So I’ll warn you in advance that whereas on-topic disagreements with me are fine, all the red herrings, ad hominem attacks, etc., will be summarily deleted. Teaching logic is one of my day jobs, and I’d rather not have to do it on this blog.

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I am an Associate Professor and head of the Department of Humanities at Faulkner University. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy.
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8 Responses to 11 Reasons to Secede from Public Schools

  1. Steven says:

    Good post. Our children are in the public school system where we are, but only because many members of the church are instructors, administrators, etc. From what I’ve seen, there’s no raunchy dancing at sporting games and no “social” dances that take place. If it was not for the facts that we live in an extremely small town (pop. 4-5K) and that faithful members of the church are active in the school system, homeschooling would be our choice too. The positive to a secular education is that my wife and I know what it being taught, and have occasionally countered the secular teaching(s) with biblical teaching. They will be exposed to it sooner or later, and as long as we’re doing our job on this front we have no worries. Education begins at home for us.

  2. Fred Jewell says:

    Alas, schools are a reflection of the homes and neighborhoods which they “serve.” All of this is another manifestation of the breakdown of the social order we used to be able to feel good about (or at least a lot better about).

  3. Cindy says:

    Having to observe interns in the public schools, all I can do is agree with this article. If parents could spend a week at their child’s school undercover they would NEVER allow that child to enter the building again. There are a very small handful that work but those are in small towns with extremely involved parents who are not afraid to stand up and force change.

  4. worldtake says:

    Having yourself benefitted from an advanced education, I am sure you did a thorough and great job home-schooling your children, but I wonder what you think of this article by Dick Cavette on the subject.

    • Dr. J says:

      Several of the comments on the article answer him pretty effectively. See here: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/106600.html

      It’s pretty obvious to anyone who has direct experience with homeschooling that Cavett is writing from an ignorance level of about 95%. Furthermore, on teaching being an art, he’s guilty of equivocation. The “art of teaching” that is taught in universities to education majors is really the art of crowd control and using technology in the classroom. No parent needs that sort of training to homeschool a child.

      And he’s not going to persuade me that homeschooling is bad because the poor kids might not be indoctrinated with the values of the Sexual Revolution.

      • AM@Mazyy says:

        What kind of bigotry against the Sex Rev makes you want to keep your children away from iconic and transformative educators like him?

        Almarcus Dewayne Thomas, 42, of Lithonia, allegedly had a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old girl beginning last March, when the two had sex in his Tucker Middle School classroom, according to arrest warrants obtained by the AJC.

        http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/cops-dekalb-teacher-had-1368941.html

        Put “teacher + sex + student” in your search and see the epidemic. It’s now so commonplace that it’s almost expected. Soon, just like so many social perversions, it won’t be condemned, then it will be tolerated, then welcomed, then encouraged. That is the pattern of our slow, but sure, descent into generalized chaos.

  5. Garret Myhan says:

    I’m taking some heat for re-posting this on my Facebook page, Jason.

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