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When’s the last time you read headlines about private schools or home educators landing in the “Needs Improvement” category?  Public schools are in a constant crisis of educational reform.  Here’s an example.  If one subgroup, special education students, doesn’t perform well on the high-stakes testing, the school, and possibly the whole school district, will not make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress)…oh my!  AYP is KING!

The recent cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools bears this out.  Administrators and teachers did all they could to salvage AYP.  One teacher was caught saying her justification for cheating was that the kids are so damned dumb.  The problem is that they got caught with their hand in the standardized testing cookie jar.  Oh, make no mistake, they were not the only system cheating.  It’s more wide-spread than you might think.  Once teacher’s salaries are tied to these ridiculous tests, the Atlanta scandal will be remembered as minor.

Here are the 6 obvious reasons forced schooling sucks.

A. Students are not standardized.  I know.  This may seem to be an in-your-face fact, but the “higher-thinking”, special interest driven educrats can’t come to grips with this truth.  Well, that’s not completely fair.  They do understand that each child being victimized by the State leviathan school system is an individual – but must be brought to repentance at the altar of the temple of the cookie-cutter collective.  Schools, as an institution, were created to control the masses by sterilizing the soul and spirit of the individual.

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The individualist, self-owner, and non-conformist cause the utopian, production-line machinery of schooling envisioned by the egalitarian elites to grind to a halt.  Without the bullying force of the State, public schooling would crash in a ball of fire, allowing free-market forces to provide all manner of individualized educational opportunities for parents and children…including the poor.

B.  The State owns your children.  Parents who resist or test this notion find out the seriousness of compulsory school laws.  Some state laws are more lax than others, but the law remains the same in basic form.  Who’s your owner?

C. Forced schooling is F-O-R-C-E-D!  If a farmer wants to produce healthy bacon to take to market, he should be nice to his pigs.  Give them a little freedom to go graze in the fenced pastures, romp in the mud, and socialize with the other barnyard animals.  Farmers realize that a little freedom is all that’s needed to keep them happy and producing.  If the farmer forced all his little piggies into cages just large enough to stand and lay down,  the livestock would become very unhappy and unproductive.  They’d look for every opportunity to escape to another farm that offered more “freedom”.  So, give them just enough freedom to be useful to the owner.  Force only works when the animals believe they are not being forced into useful servitude to their owners.

I experience the myth that public education is the foundation for democracy and the only hope for western civilization.  How’s that working out for us?  Doesn’t matter.  Our owners believe it and have the force of the State to continue the fairy tale.

D. Public schools pour propaganda down the throats of pupils for 12 plus years. If a child is being raised by parents with religious or political views that differ from the State doctrines, too bad. Open up and swallow hard. It’s for your own good. There is no room for inclusion, unless it is sanctioned by the government.

E. Expert teachers know what’s best for your child. Somehow, that framed piece of paper hanging on the wall gives us teacher a monopoly on “teaching”. The term pedagogue (teacher) originally meant a slave who escorted children to school. We’re not far from the original meaning today. I do work with some wonderfully talented and creative teachers. The level of excellence in a teacher is not reflected in student’s learning in a compulsory school setting. The system does not allow excellent teaching to occur. 30 kids of all levels and backgrounds are piled into a room with one excellent teacher, and she is expected to lead all these students to great educational heights. I doesn’t happen. It’s can’t happen. It’s not suppose to happen. Mediocrity happens!

Every time I hear that a parent has withdrawn one of our students to begin home schooling, I do a little happy dance. I usually say that it’s probably best for that kid. My teaching peers roll their eyes when I suggest that the kid will get a better education at home than in school. “Have you met her parents? I taught her mom and she was dumb as a stump.” This, or a close variation, is the usual uneducated response I get from “educators” protecting their lofty status and job.

F. By it’s nature, forced schooling promotes a hatred for learning. Millions of kids have to be drugged just to get through school. The image of a brutal belt line in a sadistic frat house immediately appears in my mind. The only difference is it last for 12 plus years. Parents seem to think that this is normal. Kids are suppose to hate school. After all, they hated the same institutional system of schooling.

To illustrate, the question, “How will I use this in real life,” interrupted one of my co-teach classes the other day. The student realized his mistake and started back peddling and qualified his question before being embarrassed for asking. “No, I’m not trying to be smart or anything. Just really wondering how I will use this stuff in the real world.” To my amazement, my teaching partner paused, turned to the student, and did the best she could to calmly explain how writing a function rule and plotting a linear equation will come in handy in the real world. I watched the lo0ks on the faces of those who had managed to stay awake. They weren’t buying it. Kids, like most adults, have a sensitive B.S. meter. Most understand when it’s time to put on the hip boots to wade through the crap. As Fletcher, a character in “The Outlaw Josie Wales” said, “Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.” To the dismay of many educators, students can tell the difference between rain and urine.

I have yet to find a kid who hated learning things that they were actually interested in learning. How do home school students consistently out perform their public schooled peers? Most home school parents don’t hold a teaching degree or certification from the bogus State credential issuing authority. Some only possess high school diplomas or – “worse-case”, just a GED. Here’s the secret. Their education is individualized. They pursue their own interests at their own pace. Learning will never take place until the student wants to learn.

Given the time to pursue and discover one’s interests and aptitude, real learning will take place. Teaching rote memorization and regurgitation of facts is for standardized testing “success”. Forced schooling was never set up to foster a love for learning. Coercion and conformity is what built the cute little red school-house.

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