Originally posted by CALGARIAN
I learned a lot more going to a public school then my friends did home school
I dont mean math or science or history wise, I mean social skills.
Home schoolers are all taught that Public School is awful, or else, why would mom or dad spend so much time with it?
I went to advanced private schools -- and skipped grades myself. I went through 4 years of school in 1 year. I went from the most advanced enlightened
school in New York as a small kid, and then was declared slow and retarded when I came to the south. An IQ test put me in a very challenging and elite
private school where I thrived again. But I didn't know how to read until I was 10, but when I did, I was at a college level in a few weeks.
In short; I've been on both sides of the fence.
Pubic Schools were by far the best and the worst -- all depending on location, and how the community worked with the school.
I now have my kids in a Public School and its about the best elementary school in the country -- and a LOT of that has to do with community
involvement and people not totally involved with putting food on the table.
"personal experience" is a trap for some people. Sure just reading about something doesn't give you a full picture, but on the other hand, people
have one bad experience with an "ethnic group" or a school and they think that's the entire picture. From my own experience, I might believe that
all Indian's are super intelligent and ethical; because I've only met the cream of the crop.
The BEST thing about a Public School is not what you may or may not learn -- most of the important stuff in life I taught myself. Public School is a
shared experience of society. It enriches us because we can relate to each other. of course, some schools might be awful -- but that's often more a
reflection of what family life is at home. If I were in a zip code where all the funds were shrinking because all the poor stressed out parents
weren't around to raise their kids (or didn't care) -- heck, I'd go for home schooling as well.
I'm fortunate to be in a Zip Code where any school would function well. School is only a reflection of the community after all. A teacher can't make
your parents push you to do homework, and they can't put food in your tummy at breakfast. The fools gold of Private School is that they pick the good
students to enter, and pretend they made good students.
Ultimately, we are all individuals who must learn how to learn, but we also need to "toughen up" and learn to keep trying when things are difficult.
We need to bump heads with people who aren't nice, and we need support from people who always have our back. The best choice is going to depend on
where you are at and who you are as a person. There is no perfect diet or perfect solution and it's good to have ALL options for people.
Just don't take away our Public Schools or fall into this "voucher" nonsense. We need communities and that means public parks, sidewalks and yes,
public schools. Otherwise, we will be a nation of bunkers and fences. Home Schooling can be awesome unless you are prepping for Armageddon and Jesus