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