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Dear Public School

You can always tell when an animal is threatened.

They lash out at everyone and everything. The same could be said of you, Public School, as you lash out at homeschooling families in Kentucky and attempts to accuse them of hiding truancy, rather than educating their children.

I think what you fail to realize is this: parents care about their children and their future far more than any paid employee that you could possibly station within the walls of any of your schools. These parents also care more about their children’s future than any paid employee you could find.

Majority of teachers do not even examine the full Common Core Standards, which, to those who do not know, outlines what is to be learned over the course of the school career. The majority of teachers see only the grade level they teach and possibly the grade level before and after the one they teach, if they are a decent teacher. Public School, you know I’m telling the truth. How many of your teachers actually teach beyond the standards of their grade level? Be honest. Don’t falsity records like you claim the home schooling parents are! These standards do not create for children a springboard from which to rise, but a ceiling by which they are held down.

A homeschooling parent holds a bigger picture in his/her mind.

We are not concerned with grade levels or grades, both of which are created solely for the school system itself and are therefore irrelevant. In real life, grades do not exist, nor do grade levels and I find that such labels actually hinder growth and true education.

Public School, you have been failing children since the late 1880s. Every single year, children quit school to find “real” work. Every year graduates are given hollow diplomas because the schools have failed to truly educate them. Others are given hollow diplomas because teachers were too lazy to bother to teach in a way that suited that particular child’s learning style and therefore the teachers simply passed him or her along. Every year, children move from one grade to another thinking learning is stupid. You do this, Public School.

How is such an institution seen as the entity against which to hold me accountable?

How can such an institution point a finger at parents who are working diligently with their children to educate him/her? We do not abide by your five-days a week, seven hours a day bologna. We educate every single day. Life is education.

Why aren’t your public school children in school every day? Why do they need a break on weekends? Why are they not reading at night with their parents, curled up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn? Why are they not visiting museums and family and friends, and making a ruckus outside in the fresh air during the week? Why are they not able to identify an Oak tree, or know who the 10th President of the United States was, the real cause of the Civil War, or recognize that their grades really don’t mean anything in the great scheme of things?

What are you really doing for these children, Public School? And why should I care how you feel about my child’s education at home?

Can I let you in on a little secret, Public School?

Most parents actually send their kids to school to get away from them. It takes a dedicated and loving parent who truly cares about her child to make the choice to stay home and home educate her child. I see parents all the time, complaining on social media about their children and counting down the days until they go back to School. Why do they do this? Because they don’t know how to be with their children, because you separated them when the children were only five years old.

You did that, Public School, back in the 1880s, when you got government backing to force children to attend. Congratulations, Public School, you managed to create a crevice in the American Family.

Can I let you in on another secret, Public School?

Most of your students know nothing about politics and can’t even identify states on a map of America. Was this part of a plan? Are you purposely trying to graduate uneducated people so they are better controlled? If I recall, the only people who taught US History to me were coaches who really didn’t give a damn and certainly didn’t make it interesting. History, as I have learned as an adult, is one of the most interesting things to study! Thanks for nothing, Public School.

Hey, Public School. did you know that roughly 14% of Kentuckians today have virtually no literacy skills? Now, I’m truly confounded by this considering we have compulsory education in Kentucky and all children are required to attend until the age of 18. Can you possibly explain this to me, because I know you emphasize attendance and reading is one of the major subjects you teach. I’m pretty sure it’s mandatory. As a former teacher, yes, I’m positive it is.

So, tell me again, how concerned you are with home schooling families. Tell me again how you’re afraid our children aren’t actually learning. Tell me again how you and your great theories and ideas and standards will help us, when you can’t even help yourself.

I’m eager to listen.

I’ll even take notes.






Categories: Homeschool

A Musing Mother

Hi! My name is Theresa and I'm a wife, mom of three, and grandma to two. I am a Nature lover and a follower of Christ. I live in an old farmhouse on the river where I homeschool our daughter. Most days, I can be found reading, making nature-inspired products, & gardening. I also enjoy traveling with my family, exploring cool local places, and helping out others where I am able. On the blog, I must about life, love, and learning.

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