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Reason 337: Because Every Child Is Unique

 

Here is an excellent article that talks about what it’s like being a homeschooling Mom:

I Don’t Owe Public Schools My Time

It starts by expanding on the title. But then she goes into one condensed point after another that addresses the advantages of homeschooling and why everyone is qualified to do it. Here are a few of those points:

When I started homeschooling, I had to write down all math problems and I even used my fingers to count sometimes.  I can now do complex mental math problems.  I learned as my kids learned.

I love this one because I have experienced it myself. You will learn with your children. And it’s fun!

You see, I am not a fountain of knowledge.  I don’t want my children to see education as something that should be spoon fed from a teacher.  I want them to see education as the process of learning.  Sometimes that learning process is messy.  Sometimes answers must be sought out.  Sometimes they ask questions that have no answers yet.

Awesome! The thing is, no one is a fountain of knowledge, not even the “certified” teacher down at the schoolhouse. “Knowledge” is a facade, and many times it’s a lie, especially when it comes to things like evolution. We know some things. We have faith in other things. And when those things in which faith is required are taught as scientific fact, it is a lie.

I celebrate uniqueness.  2nd grade for one child will look very different than 2nd grade for another child.  Each child’s abilities, interests, and learning methods are considered when I come up with our learning plans.

The whole grade level thing is a conveyor belt method. Or, as she puts it, “…I learned that grade level distinctions and learning standards are designed for the masses and not for the individual.”

But there’s much more to homeschooling than what she addresses here. Much more. You actually get to watch your children grow up. You have more control over their peers at earlier ages. You have much more time to indoctrinate them, and the schoolhouse has zero time to indoctrinate them.

 

Just as a note, I would strongly disagree with one thing this writer says:

The public school system is based on the Prussian model of education that inspires group thinking and nationalism.

This may have at one time been true, but public school is extremely anti-nationalism in our current time. (click on “nationalism” in the “categories” to the right to see more on this.)

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Reason 300: Another hecto-post bonus

Today’s post will package lots of reasons in one post. It’s about a website I discovered called Alliance For The Separation Of School And Stateand I’ll share a post from that website that takes a look at a lot of reasons to homeschool.

The post:

Is There a Problem?

And here is an excerpt:

Besides the on-going complaints about poor academic performance, grade inflation, and low expectations, there is also serious concern over such in-school issues as:

  • violence

  • physical and emotional bullying

  • cheating and lying

  • wide-spread immorality

  • drugs and alcohol

  • worldview conflicts

Each one of these points is a reason to homeschool. But there is a deeper reason that the article points to:

Of course, these problems are really symptoms of something deeper… [and] this is important, because it will lead us to the real cause of our public school problems.

The difference is that public schools are controlled by the government and subject to all the ills of government bureaucracy and power.  Private and home schools are run, in varying ways, by parents.

Private schools are dependent upon the satisfaction of parents in order to remain in business.  They do not control the children in their care. Instead, families retain their authority and “hire” the schools for certain aspects of raising their children.

I love the name of this organization because it plays off the name of a God-hating organization that is, of course, welcomed with wide open arms into the public school: “Americans For The Separation Of Church And State” (AFTSOCAS)  And this is a fairly apt name for this organization because we know that it has no problem with religion being in the schoolhouse. It’s only problem is with one religion, the one that worships in a Church.  Otherwise, we know, and so does the AFTSOCAS, that the state education institution is a religious institution.  So if we don’t want religion in the institution that educates our children, namely the established religion of America, Secular Humanism, the only way to not have it is to home educate (or according to this article, private school) and keep the state and its religion far at bay.

 

 

 

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Reason 291: Because All God’s Children Are Different

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is 1st Corinthians 12.  Paul, dealing with division in the Church speaks of the different gifts God gives to all, and how all those gifts collectively make up the Body of Christ. That chapter has had a big impact on me. The impact is not only in how I see the world but also how I see my children. They are unique individuals and not the product of some assembly line somewhere.

The state has always had one impossible problem when it came to a conveyor belt education, and now it has two. The first and enduring problem is with your child’s uniqueness. All the state can muster is a conveyor belt education which actually works for the children who fit the proper mold. For those who don’t, too bad, so sad. You expect too much.  But the recent problem is much worse and it’s based on the state’s interest. If you assume that the state really does have your child’s interest at heart, which it may have had in the beginning, it obviously doesn’t now. To make assume otherwise is one of the most hazardous and unsafe assumptions you’ll ever make, with really high stakes because the state school does not care about your child. The purpose of your child, as far as the state is concerned, is to justify the greedy money-laundering, power-grabbing, scheme we now call public school.  It exists to ensure that the next generation thinks the way the state wants it to think so that each so that each new generation may be more easily herded into the Marxist slave mentality the state needs it have.  And if the schoolhouse has had success in our day, it is in doing this.

Here is an interesting video by a young man who gets it:

I can remember many teachers humiliating me in front of the class. My 5th grade was a nightmare because I was sectioned off in one row of dumb or slow students. We always went last to everything as if to punish or humiliate us for “being slow”.  I have no idea what they thought they’d accomplish by that. (“They” because it was a husband and wife team who both adhered to each other’s policies in their perspective classes) School was not something that I graduated from per se, it was something I survived. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Sure, there are good teachers in there trying. But it’s hard, given the restraints put on those teachers by the state, for them to actually make up for the serious harm done to other students by bad, tenured teachers.

You may think that you’re not educated enough to homeschool. That’s what you’re supposed to think. But that’s just a big fat lie. Don’t sell yourself short. In many subjects my wife and I both learned with our children as we taught them.  Home schooling is exploding and the markets are meeting the new demand. There’s every imaginable kind of curriculum out there. And in these days we have You Tube, which is a virtual education in its own right. Get your children out of the state school yesterday. You will be better off. The nation will be better off. But best of all, your cildren will be better off.

 

 

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Reason 231: Because You Really Do Have The Time

Here’s a great article that helps to dispell a lot of deceptions:

How Much Time Does Homeschooling Really Take? 

Since most of us only know government schooling, we use that model as a reference point. The truth is, it should be the other way around. As we began our adventure in educating and indoctrinating our children at home, we learned through the years that the state model was extremely flawed. There’s government type certified conveyor belt education, and then there’s everything else. And it’s a mistake to measure everything else against a broken, bloated, corrupted, lost money laundering scheme, even if it does have a sign that says “schoolhouse” hanging on the fence that surrounds the compound.

This is an informative read. We’ve found it to be the case ourselves. And as we’ve academically tested our children every year, we are ever more confident that we have made the right choice, for reasons a lot more important than accademics.

 

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Reason 197: Because It’s Not More Money, Stupid

Money won’t solve the nation’s education woes, and there are many woes in need of solving, but love will. I say that knowing that I will be misunderstood by most, simply because that world, “love”, is almost always misused and has become inadequate for conveying the thought it’s supposed to convey. You see, we live in a society that has been so thoroughly steeped in Secular Humanism that it no longer understands “love”. Secular Humanism is a materialistic/naturalistic worldview. So more money actually is interpreted as more love as well as conversely. So when someone, like me for example, contends that the educational-industrial complex doesn’t need more confiscated cash in order to make itself better, we will be speaking a foreign language to the humanist.

But not only does the institution not love your children, it can’t love your children. It’s not even interested in loving your children, nor is it responsible for loving your children. The institution is made up of individuals from top to bottom that love themselves, and because they love themselves, they love the institution, because as part of the institution their fortunes are intertwined with the institution’s fortunes. But ultimately love, not money, will bring about the best fully rounded education you and your child can hope for.

So we have a story today from Western Journal:

Global Jobs Race Doesn’t Offer Participation Trophies

The title gives us a clue where the article is going. The institution expresses love by projecting onto children their own bad feelings, and then it attempts to remove those feelings by patronizing them. They do this by telling them that they deserve a trophy for just showing up. But that’s not love. It’s just a lie. Love teaches reality, and reality dictates something totally different than receiving rewards just because you’re there.

From the article, the first sentence says it all:

…the job of schools is to teach students, [and] not to provide jobs for teachers.

This is a true statement… to a point.  But it’s not true realistic. My guess is that this author, though he is able to articulate the problem well, is not able to think outside the institutionalized education box when it comes to solutions.

More:

In The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow wanted a brain, but the Wizard gave him a diploma instead, assuring him that plenty of people with diplomas have no more brains than a scarecrow.  He must have been a wizard because he perfectly predicted the 21st century American education system.

He goes on to comparing American students with a global community. And it is a very gloomy comparison. But I found this to be the most depressing and telling statistic:

We now have a Department of Education that spends about $70 billion a year, yet our students are tied for last in problem solving with the Slovak Republic.

If today’s students were taught real rather than revisionist history, they’d know the Education Department was created in 1979 by President Carter. Mark Twain, Jonas Salk, Thomas Edison, Dian Fossey and millions of other Americans — even Carter! — somehow got better educations than today’s students without any federal involvement.

But I would not say that the government is failing. In fact, I’d say that the government has been successful beyond its wildest dreams. You bear the children. You’re responsible for them when they mess up. You cloth them, feed them, house them, and then you send them to the schoolhouse to be turned into government worshipping robots. What government would call that failure?

But there is a better way for your child. Keep her home. Teach her well, and she will flourish.

 

 

 

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Reason 178: Because The Institution And Innovation Are Complete Stangers

I needed a ride the other day so I pulled out my handy cellphone, pushed a couple of buttons, and in 6 minutes my ride was sitting in front of me. She drove me to the store, waited for a few minutes, then drove me back to my hotel. I got out of the car, said thank you to the driver, and went back to my room. The whole episode made cabs look like a hansom among a street filled with A-models. Such is the evolution of the cab industry.

But things do evolve. Change is ever present. And that said, it’s interesting, given the education institution’s militant defense of evolution, that it cannot itself evolve. That’s because the institution’s priority is not the education of children. As I’ve said many times here, the institution’s number one priority is the institution. Drawing on the cab analogy again we can get some insight as to why that is. The cab companies are not free market enterprises but instead are crony capitalism enterprises. Companies and their cronies in the government work together to protect their interests by locking out competition which drives up prices. But the technology of the GPS and the smartphone have made this racket obsolete.

Homeschooling is the Uber of education. The old way is a racket between the National Education Association and the taxer-spenders. There’s no competition. You are sent the bill, and an inferior product is provided down the street from your house. You can take it or leave the product but not the bill. And, as it turns out, the whole thing works like a 13 year infomercial for college, so tenured professors can get their piece of your wallet as well.

I found this article to be a good and realistic analysis of the antiquated education model in modern times, and it’s worth reading I think:

The Future of School (Here’s What School Should Look Like Ten Years from Now)

A few excerpts:

Schools are bad and getting worse at delivering the basics, even by their own somewhat dubious definition of what counts as important. It hardly bears mentioning that K-12 schooling is virtually useless when it comes to building a valuable and diverse network, or getting specialized skills or abstract thinking. Though in fairness it makes little effort to provide these, as college is supposed to pick up at that point.

And:

The [college/university] system is bound for correction, and we see it happening all around. Just step back a moment and unbundle all the things that college is supposed to be. Graduates are walking away with little more basic skill and knowledge than they came in with. They’re more mature, but mostly because most 22 year olds are more mature than most 18 year olds. The networks developed at college tend to be primarily a smallish group of peers. Look around the typical college classroom and ask whether the people at those desks are going to be valuable connections down the road. Outside a few top Ivy League programs, it’s a crap shoot. Abstract or philosophical thinking is the exception, not the rule among graduates, and there is little time or scope to develop specialized skills outside of a few disciplines like the physical sciences. Possibly the greatest non-financial cost is four or more years spent not gaining experience working.

Yes, this article is mainly about college. But I don’t see the world through a college/public school lense. The institution, including college, is supposed to be aimed at providing an education for your children, but it ends up being a cash cow for cronies. I simply look at my child and attempt to help him into his vocation or calling, and “college” is just a tool in the toolbox, that may be necessary. I’m amazed at how much my view of education has changed since beginning this adventure. I can only say that my entire paradigm has shifted, and is alien to the model that the masses see, and especially the model that the bureaucrats see.  It’s not surprising to me that homeschool students perform so much better than their peers in general. And the business world, which must survive in this new world of illiterate “graduates”, are seeing it too. It will only get better for home education, and worse for the institution.

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Reason 166: Because Being A Homeschoolphobe Is A Real Problem

I have to admit, when we started on our adventure in education we were both more than a little daunted. There were all the stereotypes, academic fears and fears of failure, and why not, there was after all much at stake. But there was also my own memories of public school which, mixed with my love for my children, drove me forward into a land that was completely unknown and foreign to us.

Today we have a professor who has overcome his homeschoolphobia. He was open-minded enough to see things as they really are, and not as he was programmed by modern western society to see them.

The article  from the Chicago Tribune:

What Changed This Teacher’s Mind About Home Schooling

He begins by giving all the reasons he had homeschoolphobia:

… a child out of school deprives him of his essential right to a quality education, including access to tax-funded resources, highly trained teachers and specialists in each discipline, as well as intramural and extracurricular enrichment activities.

There is little oversight of home-schooled students in half of all states, including Illinois, where they never even have to take a standardized test.

I felt that the most important benefits missed by stay-at-home kids are socialization from peer group interaction, and the critical thinking and communication skills learned from small- and large-group dynamics in the classroom.

But then he encountered a homeschooled class member and all that changed. He gave three reasons why the homeschooled child performed better in his class:

First, she had escaped the collateral damage from 12 years of conventional schooling. I’m thinking of my own lost years in elementary school, as a bored-out-of-my-gourd pupil in a classroom of 48 or more students doing busywork most of the day.

So the schoolroom was still a novelty for her.

Secondly, she applied her experience of one-on-one learning to the classroom format, as though she were the only one sitting in front of me. This led to plentiful and uninhibited conversation, and other students followed suit.

Third, having been the only person to be called on for 12 years, she did not use the group’s mass as camouflage, or a barrier, but accepted every question, suggestion, lesson and instruction as her own responsibility.

Fourth, in home school she had daily conversations with one parent or the other about a myriad of subjects, whereas her texting, video-gaming, ear-bud-wearing classmates too often skated, side-stepped or escaped adult interaction much of their short lives.

As with all realities, outcomes will vary. But that raises the real question doesn’t it? What is the outcome you, dear parent, want for your child? With that in mind consider there are only three possibilities. 1) Your child will succeed in what you desire for him. 2) He will fail. 3) He will go his own way. In that regard you share the same worries and fears as the homeschooling parent. I would only ask that you hold the outcomes of homeschooling and the institution to the same standard. It seems that much of the institution’s colossal failures are not noticed, but any homeschooling failure is held up as a reason to reject it. Homeschooling is not chosen instead of the sure thing of a government education because government education has never been a sure thing.  And it’s even less of a sure thing in this present age, depending, again, on what you, the parent, expect.  For one, there are many ways your child can succeed and fail that are beyond the purview of academics. One can have academic success with great moral failure, for example.

So in the end if a child has two people who care for her, she is far better off being educated by those parents than by an institution fixated on its own perpetuation, and whatever the educational fad it has picked up and foisting on our children… like “Common Core”.

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Reason 164: Because KISS Is Better, And Complicated Is Common Core Stupid

KISS, in case you don’t know, is “Keep It Simple Stupid”. With that said, let me say that I feel I have an open mind, which simply means I’m willing to follow the evidence where it leads. And I have to admit, I’ve even seen the point that some of the common core math problems which were held up as examples of failure were trying to make.  We all develop our own personal mental gymnastic when we do mental math, but those gymnastic are performed on a solid basic understanding of math. You don’t start with some self-supposed genius’s favorite mental-math gymnastic. You start with the basics, and make it as simple as possible.

I can’t tell you how glad I am to be using Saxon Math, which is nothing at all like this video, even though it’s apparently tailored around Common Core’s goals. I feel so sorry for the poor young guinea-pigs that will grow up hating math because some clown thought his brilliant idea was the best thing ever. I’m thinking that history will not treat this kindly:

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Reason 155: No One Should Allow Their Children To Grow Up As Ignorant As The Institution Will Make Them

This video is just rich. It is of a young lady in man-on-the-street-interviews, asking questions like, who won the civil war? But she’s not on a high school campus, which would be bad enough, but on a college campus. All but one person shown doesn’t know the answer to her questions, but they do know the answer to pop culture questions. This is sad, yes, but it should also scare us.

https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/videos/1059259444167109/

Sure, anyone could highlight only the worst cases to make a point. But this is a well known college campus, Cal Polytechnic. One would think that there would be a “well rounded” education going on. I’m going to go out on a limb here also and guess that these students are just as ignorant about economics and thinks that the ever-failing socialist systems are the only way to go. Just a guess though.

 

 

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Reason 91: Because Bullies Are Bad, Even If The Bully Is An Institution

From “The Blaze”:

Top-Performing Home-Schoolers Told They Can’t Compete in Science Fair This Year, Despite Over a Decade of Participation

From the article:

Home-schooled students and their parents in New Mexico protested with signs this week that said “Let us compete!” after they were told they could not be included in a science fair competition.

According to KOAT-TV, a group of home-schooled students wished to compete in Science Olympiad as they had for the past 11 years. This year though, they were told state law prohibited them from entering the competition.

But typical of bullies, they are masters at making the victim seem unreasonable, and at fault. And this is no different. It seems that the state began to enforce old rules that required the homeschoolers to join up with local public schools. Another bit:

KOAT reported that students could join a public school team, but that could pose a problem. Some schools do not have an established team and those that do are already well into running their programs, making it potentially too late for the home-schoolers to join.

Oh, well how about that? So sorry.

Bullies, and Bully institutions alike, cannot suffer competition. So being stronger they use their strength to shove those they don’t like to the ground. And that’s what has happened here. So if you have any illusions that it’s all about the children, be illusioned no more… lest your illusions become delusions. If the institution was for children, then one would think that it would live up to its own mantra of “inclusion”. But, again, that’s just another lie promulgated by the institution. It’s not tolerant, and it’s not inclusive. It is, however, hypocritical to the extreme.

Anyone who still thinks that the institution is for anything except the institution is deceived. But science fair or no science fair, your child will fair much better by living his young life under the training of someone who loves her, and the institution doesn’t.

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