Men's Monday Meme - Are Public Schools Really the Way to Go?
Topic: Men's Monday Meme
I was thinking about this yesterday as I was combing through the links for a new weekly freebie thing I am doing on homeschooling. The first week's theme was about whether or not Christians should send their kids to public schools or not. There some interesting information that The Old Schoolhouse magazine is offering for free. You can find that post by clicking here.
I have mixed emotions about public schools. I grew up in one in a small town and it seemed fine. It's been thirty years since I graduated, however. Things have changed. My oldest went to public school through third grad and he was fine. Of course, we live in another small town and a lot of the teachers were Christians. He really didn't seem to have a problem.
Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the norm in some school districts these days. You hear so many stories of violence, corruption, religious discrimination, and dumbed down, revised textbooks that we wonder how kids really know anything when they graduate. John Allen, our oldest, didn't experience anything like this. We pulled him out, not because of the school, but because of our schedule as full time missionaries and because we wanted a little more control of our child's education.
Still, I don't think that we will ever send him back. I like being the one that chooses what curriculum we will use. I like being able to teach him from textbooks that don't try to revise God our of our history. I like challenging him with subjects that aren't dumbed down so that test scores will look good. I like being with my children.
I know all of the talk about socialization. That really isn't what this post is about, although it will come into play. Here's my quick view on that. First of all, my children get a lot of socialization. Remember, we run a mission. There are kids here all of the time. Not many folks run a ministry like we do, I understand that, but if you get your kids involved in church, homeschool groups, sports, etc. they will have plenty of socialization. And, since when did the main objective of school become socialization? I thought school was for learning.
I realize that not all parents have the luxury of being able to homeschool their kids. Although there are creative ways of doing it ~ homeschooling at night, etc. ~ it still isn't possible for some folks. Here is the question(s) of the week, though:
What do you all think? Have some (perhaps most) public schools become to corrupt ~ socially and educationally ~ for Christian children to go to? Should we go back to the way of our founding fathers and teach our children at home? What about Christina schools?
I guess I've really loaded this weeks question. There's much to talk about. Maybe too much. Just pick an area from the questions above that you want to talk about. Have fun!
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Here's the rules:
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