Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A little humor for the middle of the week!

Top 10 Reasons Why Public School is better than Homeschool!

1. Most parents were educated in the under-funded public school system, therefore they are not smart enough to homeschool their children.

2. Children who receive one-on-one homeschooling will learn more than other children, giving them an unfair advantage in the marketplace. This is undemocratic.

3. Children need to learn to defend themselves by fighting off bullies on a daily basis.

4. Ridicule from other children is important to the socialization process.

5. Children need practice "Just Saying No" to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.

6. Fluorescent lighting may be found to have significant health benefits, along with limited exposure to the weather due to global warming.

7. Asking permission to use the bathroom teaches students their proper place in society.

8. The fashion industry depends on peer pressure that only public schools can generate.

9. Public schools are able to foster cultural literacy, passing on important traditions like the singing of "Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg…"

10. Homeschooled children may not learn any ever-important office career skills, like sitting still for 8 hours straight.



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Beaver said...

Your #1 reason why public school is better than homeschooling, though humorous to other hs parents (and admittedly somewhat true about the parents not being smart enough to homeschool, oy), is exactly why I choose to teach in a public school environment.

In my nearly 10 years of public school experience from the teaching side I've found that, as a general rule, public schools aren't terribly underfunded, as many communities join together to support their schools. The schools that are underfunded are in poorer areas (with less community support and poor educational leadership), and studies have shown that poverty breeds a culture that values entertainment over education (Ruby Payne). Kids can't choose their parents (whose histories determine a lot of their attitudes toward school that are passed down) or their economic circumstances. My job is to do for them what their parents can't or won't. What you can and do.

God bless the children that are lucky enough to have parents like you that care enough to open your hearts and minds to teach them everything they need to know, spiritually, ethically, socially, morally, and academically--even with only a public school education to work with. :) Haha.

This is my ministry; this is where my gifts are put to use. I could go into detail about the lapse in parenting in this "I deserve" generation that spawns the need for the children learning their place in society by asking permission to use the restroom (or to leave their seats, to sharpen their pencils, to throw things away, to get hand sanitizer, to blow their noses, to excuse themselves to pass gas), but I'll spare you the sad reality. I choose this. It's not always pretty, but teaching children is rewarding whether it's in the home or in the school. And I know you'll agree there's a need for both. I just wish more parents were willing to invest in their children.

So, as a fellow teacher, thank you! Keep up the good work on the homefront. Congratulations on 90 days! I hope the remaining days to summer vacation fly by for you all!

Anonymous said...

I also disagree with #1. American public schools are way over-funded compared to most countries. It's not a lack of money, it's waste and inefficiency. Imagine what our homeschool could accomplish with that $7K per student...