Before I started homeschooling my son, he came home with a handout that kept saying that Clinton was the president. Bush had been president for a
near full term.
A young man I know makes straight As in the public schools. My son is the same age. My son is always having to explain the words he uses to the
child, who honestly acts like he knows everything because he is so smart. As he is getting older, I have seen a lot of change in him - he's starting
to act like he knows EVERYTHING and yet he questions nothing.
Learning a lot of facts and doing a lot of written work ensures that you can read, write, and do basic math. There's no guarantee that it will enable
a student to be able to think well.
I took my son to a 'magician class.' He was 13, and he had a bottle of water. He was the only homeschooled student. There was nothing posted that
the kids could not have water with them - the magician said "You can't have water in class." My son said "Why not?" The magician said "You'll have
to give that to your mother." My son said "I will, but you never did tell me why not."
Then the magician did a trick and he messed up. He tried to change the topic. He talked about the magician's code and wanted all the kids to SWEAR
that they would not tell how the tricks worked. They were very simple tricks- this wasn't David Copperfield. So the kids that SWORE were to raise
My son did not. The guy (who knew his name because of the water...) told him to raise his hand. TOLD HIM to. My son said no, and he was like "Why
not?" and my son said "Because I'd be lying - I might want to show my best friend, and besides, all these tricks, including the one you just flubbed
are already on the Internet. I shouldn't have to swear to keep a secret that isn't secret in the first place."
And he said if my son would not swear he had to leave, so my son got up and walked out. He didn't care - he likes magic but at 13 decided that guy
was not someone he cared to listen to.
I was embarrassed. I was like "Oh my son was disrupting the class, he can't even take a class." Then I came home and really thought about it - and
really, I was embarrassed at me. I was so well trained that I questioned HIS questioning. I was the one who was wrong.
Anyway, 2-3 years later, I see in the paper that the guy got arrested for child molestation.
I'm saying all this because homeschooling has been so eye opening for me. Public schools really are indoctrinating our kids in many ways - and I
suspect the main one is to program them to accept the authority of the state. The state is the highest authority -they know, we don't. They are
smart, we aren't. They deserve respect, we don't. We should swear our alliance to them, they should not have to earn it. Raise your hand if you
agree. You don't agree? Raise your hand. You won't? GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT
edit on 27-9-2011 by hadriana because: (no reason