13 June 2009

Homeschooling? More Like World-Schooling

Twenty years ago, parents who homeschooled were pioneers, persisting despite hostile reactions from neighbors, relatives, and local school officials. Today's homeschoolers, with the Internet's vast resources, can form online support groups, read homeschooling blogs, download curricula, or subscribe to cyber-courses for their kids.

"Now a new family that begins homeschooling has a zillion options - weekly homeschool classes at church, chess teams, volleyball leagues, museums and zoos that offer homeschool programs," says Susan Richman, who, along with her husband, Howard, heads Pennsylvania Homeschoolers, a network, newsletter, and Internet bookstore. "People don't have to feel as isolated." _Philly
Conventional government schooling is more like a day-prison and concentration camp for children than a preparation for a full and satisfying life. Lock the kids up in a dungeon for several hours every day, pump their minds full of programmed bigotry, and dump the ravaged, poorly developed kids onto the street at the end of the grisly process with a worthless credential intended to make everyone involved feel better about themselves.

Enter Barak Obama and the teachers union syndicates, and the entire process gets put on steroids in perpetuity -- the institutionalised mind-death of entire generations of children, with no end in sight. Millions of parents want off this treadmill of government mis-education.

They are learning that the only way for their children to learn about the real world that they must face, is to throw away the government indoctrination and misinformation, and go directly to the source. And as more home schooled (world-schooled) children grow up to be parents, most are eager to give their own children the same advantage of bypassing the mind-stifling dungeons in favour of what is essentially "unschooling".
A brief generation ago, homeschooling surged across the country as state after state made the practice legal (in Pennsylvania, that happened in 1988; before then, permission to homeschool depended on local superintendents).

Now, the children educated in the late-'80s homeschool swell are themselves the parents of preschool and school-age kids. And many are opting to carry on the family tradition; after all, they say, they are living proof that homeschoolers can not only function in society, but thrive.

In a 2004 survey of 5,000 home-educated adults, published by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), 74 percent of those with school-age children said they had homeschooled at least one of their kids for at least one year. _Philly

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got my nerve up to go back to college, after quitting a few years ago, and I get this article. It's true, the education system is painful, and now I'm getting pessimistic again. Thanks.

Hey instead of the Barack gripe fest how about designing a better education system?

Monday, 15 June, 2009  
Blogger al fin said...

There are junk degrees and there are good degrees. Unfortunately, most are now junk. But you may have a great future working for the federal government, even with a junk degree.

As far as Brocko and his gang, as soon as the US media starts acting like responsible journalists, this blog goes back to it technological futurist roots.

There are lots of better education systems. They start by dumping the teachers unions and the other corrupt elements tied into the current government education system. After that, it's easy.

For university, you have to dump affirmative action hires, admissions, and contracts. Professors and staff should not be in the brainwashing business. They are supposed to help students learn to reason for themselves, not tell them what to think and do.

Tuesday, 16 June, 2009  
Blogger online said...

I am a public school teacher, and I completely agree with your take on school. I think more teachers would agree than you would suspect. Schools were designed to train people to work in factories, doing menial mindless tasks repeatedly for long hours. They were not designed to encourage creative thinking, which is what our economy needs now. The standards movement (which came along before Barak) has further reduced teacher's ability to teach. It specifies exactly what bits of information need to be taught, which reduces the vast funds of knowledge in our society. It's even more painful to watch from the inside. Most good teachers are leaving the profession because they can't stand it.

Wednesday, 15 June, 2011  

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