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originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: JimNasium
Why not get EVERY kid a computer and let them do their schooling "On-Line"?
Based purely upon anecdotal evidence...............that's actually starting to happen! I live in a small west Texas town; so far in this school year a total of 6 kids have been pulled out of the school because of bullying and the parents either bought computers or let the kids use a computer at work or the kids use the computers at the public library to attend
virtual schools approved by the State for online education.
Could that work in the cities? I don't know.........but I don't know why not. Yea, there's the problem, "both parents work", but there are a lot of "house wives/house husbands" I've known that are already homeschooling and not always JUST their kids. The "networks" of homeschoolers is growing pretty fast!
originally posted by: MysticPearl
If kids are spending more time than ever in schools, then why are they increasingly illiterate and can't execute simple math?
originally posted by: TonyS
So, just this morning I tripped through Zero Hedge and found this rather timely story. The author opines to the effect that a significant causation factor behind the school shootings is the tortuous conditions that have come to exist in compulsory public education. See:
One factor cited is simply the fact that kids today are required to spend so many more hours a day and so many more days a year in the schools where they face endless testing.
For young children ages six to eight, schooling increased from an average of five hours a day in 1981-82 to an average of seven hours a day in 2002-03. And for today’s teens, schooling consumes much more of their time than it did for previous generations, seeping into summertime and other historically school-free periods.
Another factor cited is that by keeping the kids in school longer, segregated from the rest of society, they don't have time to work odd jobs or otherwise participate in the wider society on a regular basis.
As Business Insider reports: “Almost 60% of teens in 1979 had a job, compared to 34% in 2015.” Spending more time in the contrived reality of forced schooling and less time in authentic, multi-age, productive communities may be taking its toll on today’s youth.
Finally, the author cites the toll the compulsory education system takes on the kids mental health as they are forced to endure for ever longer in an increasingly oppressive environment.
New findings from researchers at Vanderbilt University show a disturbing correlation between time in school and suicidal thoughts and attempts by young people, which have been increasing over the past decade. Whereas most adults see suicide spikes in July and August, most kids see suicide dips in summer. Children’s suicidal tendencies appear strongest during the school year.
I think this says it best:
Boston College psychology professor Dr. Peter Gray believes that increasingly oppressive schooling is leading to serious psychological damage in some children. He writes on his blog at Psychology Today: Children now often spend more time at school and at homework than their parents spend at their full-time jobs, and the work of schooling is often more burdensome and stress-inducing than that of a typical adult job. A century ago we came to the conclusion that full-time child labor was child abuse, so we outlawed it; but now school is the equivalent of full-time child labor. The increased time, tedium, and stress of schooling is bringing many kids to the breaking point or beyond, and more and more people are becoming aware of that. It can no longer be believed that schooling is a benign experience for children. The evidence that it induces pathology is overwhelming.”
One unintended result of the recent school shootings?
After February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Miami Heraldreported that more parents were considering the homeschooling option. And after Friday’s disturbing school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, a local ABC news affiliate in Alabama reported the increasing appeal of homeschooling.
For my part, I'd far rather see the property tax money stolen from every year to pay for the areas failing public compulsory school systems go to assisting those who want to, to pursue homeschooling. And with the broad array of Internet Schooling Curricula available online, that is becoming ever easier to do.
Maybe its time for some real change in this system. Everyone knows its one of the largest money sucking debacles in the US today.