ALL MEMBERS: What Are Your Thoughts of Home Schooling?

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ALL MEMBERS: What Are Your Thoughts of Home Schooling?

Schools have many advantages; one of which is having dedicated, ‘professional’ teachers. We are able to sent our kids, have the curriculum planned and taught, and pay via taxes and other fund raising efforts. Dedicated teachers means the capacity raises dramatically and specialization per age group.

Home school places the full burden on parents. Parents need to understand the curriculum enough to teach and grade it, and with multiple aged children, need to know whatever level they are at of the same subjects.

What if there was dedicated teachers for home schooling? Parents could monitor their children, but not have to re-learn decades forgotten knowledge, or in the very different mathematics teaching, learn it again.

There would be no liberal agenda. No Marxist teaching. No racist books calling your children intrinsically bad. No permanent damaging of their self confidence.

Essentially, a hybrid virtualized home school with a standardized curriculum with dedicated teachers. These teachers could be specific parents that have the ability or trained teachers. Taken a step forward, smaller neighborhood meeting/learning spaces to duplicate the standard school environment.

We know schooling is changing. Some states have options, some do not. But we should all be able to control or have a choice to have our children indoctrinated in a dangerous cult or to have them be taught someplace else.

This may be taking place, community organizations, but probably not. We have not heard of any. Have you?

Members of ACP, SPEAK UP.

5 thoughts on “ALL MEMBERS: What Are Your Thoughts of Home Schooling?

  1. Here are some observations from my own family’s experiences involving education and home schooling:

    • It is naïve to expect that all primary, secondary, and vocational schools, private colleges and universities can provide uniform and consistently high-quality education without active parental and student involvement
    • Location, economics, and demographic makeup of the community all have a dramatic impact on educational options, quality, and cost
    • Parent(s), students, and the community working together can improve local educational opportunities and results, often times at very reasonable cost
    • Where possible, our communities should work to develop effective home schooling options, and encourage parental involvement in selecting and implementing these options
    • As an individual, and as a family, you have a responsibility to assess the shortcomings in your child’s education, and make the effort to provide an appropriate environment, supplemental materials, and patient support to overcome deficiencies

    I believe that all students and families benefit from home schooling, including part-time home schooling when children attend public or private schools, and especially if the students are taught full-time primarily at home.

    Education is more effective when community involvement encourages and respects a broad range of options, including home schooling, to provide competition, and improve educational quality.

    • Become familiar with the state and local school standards, curriculum and testing objectives (by visiting local and state websites), and work to make sure that the standards are reasonable, and achievable
    • Work with local and state government officials to implement policies to allow for home schooling, public charter schools, private non-profit academies, or open enrollment in all public schools within your state, county, or area, to foster competition, and provide options for families that live in areas with consistently poorly performing schools
    • Encourage community members to create and support a range of educational options, including home schooling groups, charter schools and private academies
    • Support home schoolers and licensed teachers in public and private schools with a cadre of part-time or volunteer instructors and tutors, whose education and professional experiences can provide competent part-time supplemental instruction in challenging subjects, based on real-life career experiences, to teach and inspire students
    • Help your children achieve appropriate educational objectives by reviewing their work, and providing focused assistance on a daily basis
    • If home schooling is not an option for your family, then use and work to improve your local public or private schools
    • Help identify poorly performing teachers, and work to improve school staff by informing the school and the community of observed and documented deficiencies
    • Use public and private communications within your community to address dangerous teachers, coaches, staff or administrators, and to encourage them to move on to another career, move away from the area, or, in extreme cases, engage knowledgeable community members to come forward to identify, help investigate, and if necessary, prosecute offending staff for theft, physical or sexual abuse, or other felonious criminal activities
    • Challenge educational assignments of questionable moral or ethical nature. Document such assignments, and use available resources to evaluate and possibly eliminate such lessons.
    • As districts close schools due to facility age, size, or falling enrollment (sometimes created by transfer of students to more successful school systems), work within your community to acquire and re-purpose these closed schools as community educational centers for home schooling groups, as public charter schools or as private academies, to utilize these facilities for continuing benefit to the community
    • Make good use of local underutilized educational resources and facilities, including churches, libraries, museums, community groups, businesses, public and private organizations, to help provide a wide range of supplemental educational experiences for all students

    The efforts of the residents of the relatively rural county in which I live in (pop. 65,000), including my family’ own actions, have successfully used each of the methods listed above, to improve educational opportunities, and maintain community oversight and involvement in our local schools, colleges and universities.

  2. Education is selective not comprehensive.

    Here’s a little encouragement for anyone considering homeschooling. Being a product of the public schooling system, aside from a strong desire to get a refund, I was fairly adamant that when the time came I would never trust my most valuable asset to a group of individuals educated themselves and likely to perpetuate a world view not in line with mine be it anti-Christianity, socialist/communist/marxist ideology, etc.

    As a single parent I left a comfortable and lucrative career to homeschool my daughter from go. Years later God blessed me with a wonderful wife who now takes care of that for our family. There were and are many resources and support groups out there everywhere in the homeschooling world. I never realized that until I journeyed down that path.

    Given that education is selective and not comprehensive, who better to select what your children learn than their parent.

  3. I think home schooling is a great option. Having some online curricula to follow might take some of the burden away from the parents, while allowing them to keep a close eye on material being taught. Matt Walsh had a great segment on the widely-reported news that many teachers are fearful that parents will have an influence over their Marxist programming now that COVID is bringing the classrooms online. I see nothing wrong with that.

    Lots of problems with our current education system. The dangerous “hero teacher” narrative, pushed and protected by treacherous teachers unions. Low SAT scores and low academic performance among public school teachers. High likelihood of public school teachers subscribing to Marxist ideologies. Just the other day I saw a tweet “Getting high after a long day. It’s the only way to deal with spending 8 hours with 45 kids every day.”

    Lots of people I grew up with are public school teachers, and I am friends with three teachers who taught me as children. All of their Facebook posts subscribe to progressive ideologies and they receive largely positive responses from their friend group. Many do not deserve to be held in the high regard that public school teachers seem to be automatically held to (hero teacher narrative).

  4. By all means, remove your children from government schools. Homeschooling is a daunting task, but there is a wealth of resources out there. There are many, many local homeschooling groups. Lesson plans, workbooks and online classes are widely available. If you join a local group, you are also put in contact with other like minded parents in your town, an extremely valuable asset. You can share information and skills, your children won’t be as ‘isolated’. (I met a gunsmith through a homeschooling group). You and your children will have a local support group. It takes effort and time, but aren’t your children worth it?

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