We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Homeschooling terrifies the Left because the Left is at its core totalitarian, seeking to bring political discipline to every aspect of life — and control of education is essential to that project. The public school is in miniature what the Left believes the world should look like: Everybody arranged in orderly rows and moving about on an orderly schedule punctuated by bells, being taught about diversity and climate change by nice union ladies who also lead them to their federally subsidized lunches. If you can say “no” to that, you can say no to any part of the Left’s vision. Homeschooling is an existential threat to the privileged position of the institutional Left. The schools are the factory in which it manufactures its future clients. [See also Kyle Smith in Saturday's New York Post: "US education model creates assembly-line workers" -- Ed]
A couple weeks ago, Glen Reynolds commented in a post that his daughter, who did high school online, had conducted an audit in 9th grade. The results of which were that only 2 1/2 hours of her school day had been spent on actual on-topic instruction. No information on what the other 5 hours were spent on.
This seems to be inline with reports on homeschooling from Penelope Trunk.
It would be interesting if more students audited the "class time" to see how much was actually on-topic, instruction.
All is not lost, at least in Canada. You suck, sir is a blog of anecdotes from a teacher. The kids aren't as gullible as we often think. There is a fair chance they see through system, at least until they are at some famous university with 24/7 cult indoctrination.
I think it was intentional. How else do you have cogs in a machine unless you mill them exactly as the template requires? I understand that Ford used that to build the Model-T, but its not the same for people.
Both my kids are bored in school - even my 7yr old son says - "its the same thing, everyday". When they notice it, its gotta be bad. Even with the New Common Core 'plan', its not helping. They even closed down the playground
Without some challenges, out-side-the -box thinking, even something different from the norm, even breathing gets stale.
We'll never get back to space with constructed\bored drones and milksops....
The U.S. public education system was not a domestic innovation, but a import from 19th century Prussia. The
hierarchical system at its lowest run was designed to create compliant, unthreatening serfs t hat could be easily manipulated by the German elite. See John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education.