Education ~ One of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought. ~ Bertrand Russell.
Jeanne over at A Peaceful Day linked to this article on FB this morning. I left rather a rant on her page ~ & I haven't finished yet because there is one thing in particular I really think needs to be recognized.
In order I believe:
1. It is a parents right to raise their children as they see fit. Atheists get to raise atheists, Fundamentalists get to raise fundamentalists & no~one has the right to interfere in that process. We are all accountable to God for our choices but they should be our choices.
2. Education is a privilege, not a right. Most of the world is bereft of what we would call education. They manage. People do.
3. When the schools are churning out students with 100% numeracy & literacy they might then have earnt the right to tell the rest of us how to go about doing this. Till then they should stop using homeschoolers to get attention off their inadequacies!
Here is my point: I worked the numeracy & literacy programme for 10 years. I taught remedial reading, writing & arithmetic to upper primary grades. I also tutored outside of school hours. The majority of children were entering high school inadequately prepared for it's rigours! The majority. Very few could read well enough to manage a Shakespeare text. This view has been upheld over the years by enduring the sad mangalation of Shakespearean texts by drama students. No phrasing. No decoding. No idea how to read for meaning ~ so they utter meaningless gibberish in a fast mumble hoping no~one will ask them what it all means!
Now here is the crunch. I was employed, as were 2 other ladies, in a part~time temporaryy capacity to address the problems. Wait for it. Each child was allocated just 10 minutes of my time!!!! Then returned to the classroom. Each child got 10 minutes maybe 3 times a week for 5 weeks. When the funding ran out the programme ended! Yep.
It makes me so angry. I do not blame the teachers. They are caught in the system & forced to concede to it's constraints but how dare our government bleat about falling numeracy & literacy rates when they don't fund working programmes adequately! Argh! How dare anyone, anyone at all, dump on a parent who has struggled, failed, quit when our schools are doing such a miserable job. I got told point blank one time that there will always be children who drop through the cracks; they can't focus on them. What? These are our children. How would you feel if that was your child?
The problem with the article is that it assumes something that just isn't true. It assumes schools do a good job. Some do an adequate job; they are probably a private school. There's a reason parents scrimp & save to send their kids to these places! Let's face facts: the stats for our falling numeracy & literacy rates are not coming from the homeschooling fraternity [our stats show our kids are excelling & outperforming state schooled children!]. Nope, the stats are coming from the schools, State and private! Um, maybe someone should do something about that. Seeing as most of our kids go to school 'n all.