More Praying, More Learning … Really?

Home SchoolI have expressed my concerns for home schooling earlier on this site (see). In that treatment I was concerned about the reasons for home schooling, which often revolved around religious practices, and the lack of what I feel is the most important skill learned in grammar school: socialization. My post was triggered by the news of the death of an abused child that was being home schooled; the sadistic parents were able to conceal the abuse which would probably been noticed by the school administration if only the child want to school.

Of course I heard many responses about how that was an isolated aberration and how home schooling was far superior to public education. I saw lots of evidence that this was true and casually wondered why it seemed so.

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Indoctrination 101

I often debate with myself (and others) about the place of education in this country. I include myself on both sides of this debate because I see myself as being horribly inconsistent, if not terminally conflicted. Here are a few of the more confusing things I have expressed in the past on this subject:

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Easing the pressure, periodically

I starting jotting down my thoughts when they spurted in the channels of my little gray cells. These are some of the politically oriented entries from my tattered old theme book that seemed to be recent enough as to pass the freshness test:

Repeal Citizens United:  Corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Republican Party:  Is it possible that the infighting between the sorry Republican candidates for President might alienate so many people that the Party may implode?

Trans-vaginal probe:  Virginia backed down when faced with spontaneous backlash (and legal definition of rape) but still made pre-abortion tests a requirement.

The Republican Party:  I read that the Republican’s have nothing left but fear, hatred and lying.

Republican Accomplishments:  Sad but when a list of government accomplishments, advances in the wealth and quality of life of all Americans, there was a slight imbalance with the Republicans scoring zero.

Republican Victory:  Can the Republican Party successfully run a presidential campaign against a fictional character and win?

Home Schooling:  Parents are quick to announce the success of their efforts but do the failures ever get recognized?

Entitlements:  Why do the Republicans rant about entitlements like Social Security creating a budget crisis when we pay for these up front and they are not a part of the budget or the debt?

Democrats vs. Republicans:  A recent study suggests Democrats are more concerned for caring and fairness but the Republicans much less so.

Our future:  Democrats want to make the country better; Republicans want to make the rich richer. Republicans want you to fear Democrats; Democrats want Republicans to tell the truth once in awhile.

No Candidates in 2040:  The Onion points out that because of embarrassing entries on Facebook, there will be no candidates qualified to run for political office by the year 2040

I feel better now even if nothing changed.