Originally posted by AccessDenied
I 100% agree with you. Education has started snowballing down a big hill.
I have taught my kids at home for years.
I walk past a local high school at lunch hour almost daily, and the behavior of some of these kids sickens me.
How can a system be proud of churning out generations of people like that?
These kids are virtually useless as independent thinkers and leaders of society.
cool, that's good to know that you chose to homeschool!
i certainly am thinking about it, for many reasons... here are a few:
1 - i read about a man who chose to send his children to a state school... when his daughter had finished grade 1, he simply asked if they would hold
her back as she was clearly struggling with the basics of everything and was certainly NOT ready for 2nd grade!
what did they say?
we can't so it, it will be bad for her self-esteem!
i was like huh? the guy went on to say HOW is her self esteem going to improve when she cannot read basics in a class of far advanced children?
a similar thing happened to his son!
evidently, he then chose to homeschool his children!
2 - many children are bullied in school for simply doing as they are told!
i remember this happening to me when i was at school as a non-muslim girl who simply didn't want to upset the teachers not disobey her parents...
THIS is an unfortunate occurance in MOST schools today, and then as the child grows up they see obedience as a bad thing and something that causes
problems with their peers!
3 - if children who are not religious are attacked for being good, how will children from religious families be treated?
i have seen it before... children go to a secular school where they try to adhere to religious teachings (even when i would join in prayer in my
assemblies i would have people laughing, kicking, making noises etc...) they are tormented to a phenomenal level, to the extent that they grow up
feeling scared to practice their religion!
4 - the type of curriculum most schools teach is one of "you miss a lesson, you fall behind" so, like when i had whooping cough at school and was
off for 6-8weeks, i fell so far behind, was kicked out of the chelo club (LOL), and i was SO far behind it was next to impossible to catch up...
this is a bad system, and when homeschooling you can go at the childs pace, check they are improving, find out why if they aren't, keep track of
everything YOURSELF rather than having to rely on third-party information, observe your religious holidays if they are different to the country you
live in (as is the case with muslims and jews)...
the list of benefits goes on!
you don't have to seek permission for doctors appointments, skipping sport due to injury, family holidays, inform the school of a special diet your
child may have AND you have the opportunity to do stimulating activities with the children like taking to zoos, parks, playgrounds etc, rather than
them being stuck in a classroom all day!
i for one am highly for homeschooling if the parent is responsible enough, and they should be! you can put the children in group activities, clubs,
part time study if you want to teach them another language or something, and then this does NOT result in them becoming a hermit so to speak, as many
people fear when you mention homeschool to them...
at the end of the day, it is far better than placing them in an institution where they may be subject to bullying, racial, anti-religious (though
atheists won't see a problem with that...), confusing (like learning different things about creation in RE and science...) and having to rely on your
child telling you if something is wrong (which many don't or won't do) or teachers who often overlook bullying if it doesn't occur infront of
there's my 2 pennys lol!
homeschooled children are usually faster learners, better behaved, more polite, LISTEN to their parents etc... the character can be molded very
nicely, by The Will of The Almighty!
[edit on 16-9-2008 by eyescryforALLAAH07]