I posted that story before I read the comments to my last post, and now I feel like I need to respond to those. I’ll try not to multi-post every day, folks! This post is specifically about public schools, not private schools, which I have little experience with.
Public school, which I attended for 13 years (no, I didn’t flunk–I went to kindergarten! ) was actually a very good experience for me, so that wasn’t the reason we opted to homeschool. Yes, the story PS Socialization was extreme, and was intended to be funny. Evidently, it stepped on some toes– Sorry about that. Most kids don’t go through this, at least in my experience, but there are a few in every school. And worse than that, there are also a few who are on the other end, handing out the ridicule and abuse–an even worse place to be!
My point was that “socialization” is not all good–far from it. And children actually get a more healthy and rounded view of society if they interact with all kinds of people in the real world, rather than only their peers in the age-segregated school environment.
To answer Confanity, I find plenty of difficulties, differences, and ‘people I’d like to avoid but can’t’ every single day–we don’t have to go to school to find them! And I prefer to expose my children to many different worldviews in our own home, where I can help them to examine those views in light of God’s Word. They’re going to be learning someone’s biased world view–why not ours? There is no education apart from religion–it’s just a matter of which religion you choose to teach. And there IS no true morality without God.
Now, if anyone is interested, more reasons that we won’t be sending our children to public school:
- I watched more than dozen girls I knew become lesbians, thanks to a perverted gym teacher. Most of those women are now alienated from their friends and family.
- I was amazed one day as a teenager to find that my parents didn’t support abortion. We had never discussed it at home, and everything I’d ever heard was positive. My mother, as you may imagine, was appalled to discover this.
- I know at least one intelligent man whose life I believe was wrecked because he was slow to develop social skills, and the rest of us kids treated him like dirt for 13 years.
- Most of the extremely “popular” kids in my class are now living singularly unhappy lives, in my opinion, which proves (to me, at least!) my theory that school is not REAL! It is an artificial environment which often produces adults who are crippled and don’t know how to live in the real world.
Granted, my class may not be typical, but it was a nice, friendly small-town school, so I’m guessing most schools won’t score a lot better.
I’m NOT saying that a Christian can’t go to PS. What I am saying is that you can NEVER expect to completely escape the uglier elements of it.
Yes, HS has its shortcomings, too, but after evaluationg the pros and cons, that’s what we’ve chosen. And I believe that every family has the responsiblity to make their own decision.
Isn’t it interesting that all this came from simply mentioning that I read a homeschooling article?