1. Philosophy of learning/education.
Belief/experience that learning is only relevant when chosen/consented to by the learner, and best acomplished via hands on, real life methods. Conviction that it doesn't matter if a child is 3 or 13 when they begin to read/do math/operate a computer/etc, but it matters a great deal if they are forced before they are ready. Knowledge that one on one, personalized attention/education is far superior to mass, institutionalized education.
Too much shallowness, comercialization, bullying, cliques, teasing, conformity, etc. Too many suicides and murders and traumas and exposure to b.s. like sex at 13 or drugs at 7.
A conviction that socializing with a wide range of ages and situations results in a maturity far beyond being segregated with only those of one's age and general neighborhood.(Gee, who better to model for our children than others with their same level of experience and skill
NOT!!! They need others, of all ages, younger to nurture, older to guide, other than those paid to tend them. They need to spend most of their time with others who are with them out of love/honest interest, not obligation. And who have something to offer in terms of their real life interests/occupation.
3. Our family schedule/lifestyle.
School was nothing but a huge hassle for us. Son late sev. times a wk, life built around school schedule and activities, too little time for real life adventures/togetherness/family transitions, etc. (sorry, we can't go to the beach this week; it conflicts with school
4. A rejection of the whole idea that the government/state has the right to compel citizens to submit themselves and their children to a standard, approved education/brainwashing for 12 yrs. I think acceptance of such a system holds great potential for abuse/danger. (not to mention mediocrity
Remember, the Germans were the first to establish compulsory, public education, and this was one of the first things they took over when invading a nation, instituting their propaganda as the standard curriculum. IMO, too much about PS is about indoctrination and control, and too little about true learning.
5. A refusal to subject my children to the risks and abuses so common in the system today.
Strip searches, locker checks, metal detectors, random drug tests, censorship of their press/speech/religious freedoms, see through back-packs, and "panty inspections"(can someone please tell me why lifting the skirts of girls at the prom, in the presence of male classmates, to make sure they were not wearing thong panties is a "safety issue", as was claimed by the principle in question? A local story.)
I fail to see how "students" subjected to such gross violations of their rights and responsibilities as granted by the Constitution and Bill of Rights can be expected to mature into "citizens" who know and value those rights/resp. IMO, they won't. They will accept what they have learned to be acceptable. I have REAL issues with that!
And the schools cannot, despite such police state measures, ensure the safety of the children in their care. It is extremely foolhardy, imo, to have all our children collected together in institutions as opposed to spread out within their respective families/communities. Too many shootings/bombings/stabbings/infections/possibility of terrorist attacks, etc.
(Not to mention, tho’ I will, the crass comercialization so common; ads, channel one, vending machines, junk food franchises, “nutritional education” provided by the meat, dairy and sugar industries, etc.
6. I actually enjoy the company of my children.
I know, I must be nuts
but I do. I missed my son dreadfully when he was in school that yr, and I was working ft. (no, I was not sitting home pining away, but busy all day with a job I enjoyed. Still...) When I did see him(a few hrs a night) I felt as if I didn't know him anymore; he had changed so much for the worse. Tired, cranky, putting on a demeanor of cool, self-conscious, commercialized, adverse to "learning",etc. Like a different child.
They are young for so brief a time, even compared to the brief lifespan we all enjoy. Why rush to "grow them up"/get rid of them/ prepare them for the so-called real world??(brings to mind the question of if the real world is as it is mainly because of the preparation for it
Hold them, protect them, love them, exercise your infulence over them, and be with them as long as possible, imo. Poo-poo to those who would guilt you into turning them over to the gov/corporations asap. for manipulation by those who do not know them/care one whit about them compared to their parents. They will go when they are ready, and be better prepared to live as authentic Human Beings. JMO
I know that I learned most of what I know on my own, not in school. I hated school from the 6th grade on, and left it at 16. I later got my GED(at 18, with no studying/problem, with very high scores)and went to college, where I kept up a 4.0 GPA.
I saw a good idea recently; make a list of all you know/could teach someone else. Then note how much of it you actually learned in school. My list is almost all out of school stuff.
As I watch my kids grow, I become more and more assured that they will thrive without schooling. My 10 yr old already knows more on every "subject" than most adults I meet. (from reading, talking, tv. etc) By the time he reaches 18, he will be better "educated", in a far more well-rounded manner, than most coming out of the system. And anything he lacks, he can learn as needed(as I did; never touched a computer until I was in college, and later worked for a dot.com company. IMO, the mentality that we have to start them out at age 2 is idiotic; I also never learned to drive 'till I was 35, and needed to for the first time. No biggie. No need to take drivers ed in preschool
8. As someone mentioned, the food in schools is abysmal. And my son is a vegetarian(which meant that 2 days out of the wk he could get something he could eat, the rest, we had to send something. All this talk about "choices of food" , ususally meaning junk food, and it's too hard to offer a veggie option out of the two options a day? I guess so.
Those are the ones that spring to mind. Probably more
Kimberly, mom to Forest, 10 and Lily, 2;.5