I have no faith in the modern public education system.
Recently, I have decided that I would like to seriously entertain the idea of homeschooling my children. I’m not sure that I will be able to do that given our current financial situation, but man, I feel like I could do a better job than our school systems. There are a lot of terrible teachers out there who are protected because of their teachers union. These jerks should be fired. Just like in any other field, if you’re not doing your job, you should get the little pink slip. Now, let me go on record stating that there are some truly great teachers out there. I never had one, but I firmly believe they exist. My sister is a prime example. My friend, Todd, another. These people are 100% dedicated to their jobs and their job has become more to them than what my job is to me. Not only is it a career and a way to pay their bills, it’s a way to impact lives. Because of people like Sarah and Todd some children who would never have had a chance will make it through school, and as long as another teacher doesn’t screw it up, these kids will graduate and be successful. Some teachers live to teach and thoroughly enjoy the career path they have chosen. Some teachers have burned out and hate every minute they are there and those are the teachers that are systematically destroying the potential of our children.
Some people call me arrogant. I’ve been called a know-it-all on numerous occasions and being named a smart-ass is daily for me. I tell you that, because I want to let you know that I feel like I am smarter than most people I meet. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot to learn and I am by no means, well educated, but I do pride myself on trying to know a lot of information even if some of it is simply trivial. I never earned good grades in school, but in everything except math, it was due to laziness and apathy toward the instruction I was given rather than not grasping the subject matter. I did especially poorly in college, but that may be in part due to my argumentative nature and trying to pick fights with the teachers and again, laziness. I didn’t know what I wanted to be, so I had no reason to work. There was no goal in sight, so I figured “why waste the time?” There are a ton of people out there who are more educated than I am, but that doesn’t mean they’re smarter.
Now that you know my background, you’re probably asking yourself why I think I would be able to teach my children better than someone with a bachelor’s degree could. The answer, quite simply, is that I know I could because they are my kids and I would make sure that they knew anything and everything they needed to. I wouldn’t give them a passing grade just because I felt sorry for them. I wouldn’t be harder on them or show favoritism because of their popularity level. I could teach all of the subjects they needed to know with more precision and honestly than any state employed teacher in the country. I wouldn’t just lecture from a text books. There are too many things in life to experience to waste them stuck behind desks learning about the civil war when you could be out on the battlefields reading the memorial plaques and really sparking and interest in history. There are better ways of learning about our freedoms than reading them in a book. What if your science class went on field trips every week? You history class? You arts? Literature? Theater and museums are just the tip of the educational iceberg that could be discovered not being confined in concrete walls for eight hours a day.
I truly don’t feel like that any government run or church run school system can give my sons the attention they need. I don’t think that they can learn enough from 7-3, Monday through Friday. Kids should never stop learning and we, as adults and parents and teachers should never stop teaching out children about the way the world actually works and about their place in the past, present, and future of our society.