Education

Public Schools Are the Best Advertisements for Homeschooling

Abusive teachers’ unions and floundering bureaucrats make do-it-yourself education pretty attractive.

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Homeschooling was supposed to be a temporary pandemic-era expedient and many students will, undoubtedly, return to traditional classrooms once COVID-19 is a memory. But growing familiarity with do-it-yourself education, the continuing slow-motion disaster engulfing government-run schools, and long-term changes in the way we live and work are likely to permanently transform learning. Homeschooling in all its myriad forms is here to stay.

Part of the issue is that public school bureaucrats and teachers unions seem dedicated to testing families' patience.

"At the beginning of the school year we had a good amount of folks calling, but it hasn't really let up at all," Spencer Mason of North Carolinians for Home Education recently told The North State Journal. "Now it's people who are frustrated with the way that public schools have been going."

Across the country, public schools struggle with their pandemic responses. Teachers unions battle school officials and have even gone on strikes and sick-outs to prevent in-person education. Wrestling matches between unions that don't want their members to have to show up for their paychecks and government officials often under their thumbs leave many parents uncertain as to when children might return to a classroom.

"Biden has pledged to reopen most schools for in-person instruction by May, but some experts fear the revised guidance published by his administration could make it harder for some schools to do so – even by next fall," CNN noted February 28. "In some places, school authorities face strong opposition from powerful teachers' unions," the report added.

Disruption of the public school could have been tolerable if they'd adapted to the new environment and offered good-quality remote education through online platforms. It's certainly possible—many charter schools and private educators mastered this approach years ago. But that wasn't the case as government schools fumbled teaching students, or even making sure they show up for lessons. 

"[T]he cumulative learning loss could be substantial, especially in mathematics—with students on average likely to lose five to nine months of learning by the end of this school year," concluded a December 2020 report by McKinsey & Company.

Education bureaucrats compounded the problem by, apparently, deciding that a health crisis was a great time to jettison anything that might attract parents and students to their institutions. Boston Public Schools, for example, suspended enrollment in gifted programs in part because participants don't precisely reflect the demographic makeup of the city's population. 

"There's been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address," Superintendent Brenda Cassellius told WGBH of the decision. "There's a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education."

Illinois, for its part, just mandated that teacher training programs adopt instruction on ideologically charged concepts including "implicit bias," "historical inequities," and "systems of oppression."

"Critics are rightly concerned that the overhaul embeds politics into teacher training," the Chicago Tribune editorialized in mid-February.

These fiascos can only encourage the ongoing exodus from government schools to the competition. In the fall, NPR found "enrollment declines in dozens of school districts across 20 states."

In Massachusetts, "some 13,166 students from public schools have transferred into private schools this fall, compared with 7,299 transfers the previous year," the Boston Globe reported in November. "Many families are also giving home schooling a try this year, with 7,188 students withdrawing from public schools to receive instruction led and chosen by their parents or another adult, compared to 802 the previous year." 

"During an unusual school year, Illinois public schools saw student enrollment drop in greater numbers than expected, according to recent projections by the state board of education," according to a February story in Chalkbeat Chicago. "Board members said they suspected students were lost to homeschooling, private schools, or public school districts in other states."

Families have been forced to improvise by the failures of public schools, which were once the default education choice, by the abandonment of programs, and by the accelerated politicization of classrooms. They've enrolled their kids in private schools when budgets allowed, taught their children at home, reinvented homeschooling co-ops as pandemic pods, and tried out competent remote-learning options. Many discover that previously daunting choices are pretty enticing once they're familiar.

"[P]arents' dissatisfaction with the public education system and a newfound preference for working from home could lead to a permanent increase in the popularity of homeschooling," writes Anne Dennon, who covers higher education trends, policy, and student issues for BestColleges. "Many academics who study homeschooling say the pandemic's boost to the homeschool movement will last."

Permanent growth in homeschooling is in the works, Christopher Lubienski, a professor of education policy at Indiana University, advised Education Week, "partly because people who haven't really thought about it before suddenly saw themselves forced into [home schooling], and then realizing that it's something they can see themselves doing."

"I had no desire to homeschool. I actually did not want to homeschool," Kristin Kanipe told North Carolina's WUNC of her pre-pandemic reaction to the idea. "And now I love it."

Easing the transition is not just the collapse of the public schools, but also changing habits. Both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and McKinsey predict big growth in people working from home after the pandemic ends, up to 25 percent of the workforce. Experts interviewed by Pew Research also foresee a more tech-driven life for both better and worse. On the positive side will be expansion in "a robust marketplace of education choices that allow students to create personalized schooling menus."

Parents working from home are better able to homeschool their children, or enroll them in a virtual program of their choice, than are those who have to go to an office every day. They're also more likely to have the Internet connections and devices needed to take advantage of such opportunities. And, importantly, they're inherently more comfortable with family-based options that were thrust upon them but which, in many cases, have become very welcome.

Americans didn't plan on a national experiment in homeschooling and other education innovations. But floundering public schools are a great inducement to take the plunge.

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  1. Having to spend all day every day with children is the best advertisement for having someone else teach them.

    However, all kidding aside the headline is flat wrong in assuming “homeschooling” when most parents are fucking retards and completely incapable.

    Public Schools are actually the best advertisements for private, professional schools with real accountability to parents. Not homeschooling. That’s dumb.

    1. You mean not everyone has a mythical job that pays deep into the 6 figures that they can do with a laptop sitting on the couch for a couple hours a day?

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      2. I have to agree. While some professionals do have this ability, even the majority of office jobs require being on site part or all the time. You can’t manage a factory remotely (not well at least). Anything that requires human contact or physical manipulation of anything needs to be in person.

        Outside of accounting, web development, and bureaucracy, one of the relatively few jobs you can do completely remotely is journalism, which seems to be greatly prejudicing the reporting of this subject.

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        2. And increasingly some areas of medical practice. Also a lot of clerical jobs like call center, HR, or IT.

          1. That’s what I meant by bureaucracy. However, I must disagree with one of your examples.

            IT cannot be done well remotely. I’ve been on both ends of that, and every now and then, you must physically hold a device.

            1. IT at the enterprise level can be done remotely; the nuts-and-bolts, site-level support stuff isn’t value-add and is often shifted to contractors anyway. Which is to say, bureaucracy again.

              There’s certainly a blue-collar/white-collar split in IT. There’s a huge difference between being an ops/security analyst or senior sys admin and doing desktop support or monkeying around in a data center.

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            2. The company I work for does it and we are 24/7. Almost the entire company is remote. If there is a problem they just hop on my workstation. If it is mechanical there is a contract with Dell and they send someone out. If it can’t be fixed they just send me a new one.

              My wife worked remote last year. It was the same thing.

        3. Most of book publishing can be done remotely (especially e-book). The only thing that needs people physically on-site is running the printing press and warehouse. But editing, layout, etc… can all be done remotely. (Some of them might require expensive computers with specialized hardware, which might make an on-site office desirable, but not *necessary*).

          A lot of legal jobs can be done remotely just fine. Especially corporate law tasks outside of courtrooms (example: contracting).

          Corporate sales jobs probably don’t require corporate office space. They may still need to make business trips to meet with prospective clients, but otherwise they can work from home.

          Now, none of these people have the time to take hours out of the day to teach their children, per se, but i think we overestimate how much teaching happens in school vs. ‘use this time to complete this assignment’.

    2. Homeschooling is an option. For some it is an excellent option. Private schooling is another.The author misses the real conclusion.

      It is all an argument for ending public education.

      1. That is where my head is as well. The delivery of educational content has changed forever. The shitty behavior of the teachers unions have guaranteed everlasting enmity from parents.

        1. Hey, you live in Jersey, too, right? Isn’t it great having the NJEA tell us taxpayers how greedy and selfish we are? I can’t get enough!

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      2. Except for those who can’t afford it.

        Ending public education will create a permanent underclass of people with no education and no means of getting an education. Some families would manage, and there might be the occasional serf who will climb the social ladder, but if you want a pit of social poverty, end public education.

        Only a truly ignorant member of the upper class would consider such a move.

        1. You can probably end the public administration of education without suffering most of the ill effects. But society and government assume and require a certain degree of numeracy/literacy among citizens, so there’s some expectation that it will be provided to them – without it, participatory democracy and responsive government will no longer be realistic goals.

          1. Government isn’t responsive anyway, unless it benefits them. And participatory democracy? I thought participatory democracy was the problem; participatory democracy means: “ As long as 51%, or 50%+1, or even 35%, as long as the next biggest chunk is 34%, vote for something they get to do it, no matter if it’s their business or not. The Constitution? That was written by old, dead white guys!”

        2. If private school was universal it would be cheap. Also with no public school no need for property taxes which could be used to pay for private school.

        3. Except of course, the internet, where one of my learned Korean and another enough music theory to write credible songs.
          There is more information available to anyone with a connection than a grad student had in the 80s.
          You have to go get it instead of having it inserted into you. But to the authoritarians that is the problem.

        4. The government didn’t create public school. I’m sure a similar mechanism would arise if the government got the hell out of the way. If you haven’t figured it out yet, everything they touch turns to shit.

        5. Public education HAS created a permanent underclass of people with no education and no means of getting an education.

          1. Evidently Ben wasn’t paying attention during his school days.

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    5. “when most parents are fucking retards and completely incapable.”

      So are most teachers.

    6. I accidentally flagged this post. I don’t see anyway to say “oops” and UNflag it.

      “. . .most parents are fucking retards and completely incapable.”

      In some states, in order for parents to homeschool, at least one of them must take exams given to public school teachers. If they don’t pass, the kids must be sent to a school.

      Professional teachers who fail those exams must take them again the following year. If they fail again, they get ANOTHER chance, a year later.

      Thus, it is possible for incapable retards to be PAID to teach for several years before they finally run out of chances to pass the exams that every homeschooler in those states HAS passed.

    7. Yeah homeschool parents are so retarded their children outperform public schools every year! And we do it at a fraction of the cost it takes to educate a public school kid!

    8. Location, location, location. I attended Chicago Public Schools during busing. I learned nothing of note except how to defend myself.
      My children attend school in a small town. The school provides an excellent education that is a fraction of the cost of Chicago’s “tard mill”.

      1. tard mill; i’m gonna have to add that to my list of adjectives for my kids shitty public school

  2. If the public school teachers insist they’re not essential workers, who am I to argue otherwise?

  3. once COVID-19 is a memory.
    LOL. Ain’t gonna happen. The hope is all the variants will drag this out forever.

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  4. This is the thing that puzzles me about the stubbornness of the teacher’s unions: even parents who would prefer to put their children in public schools will start seeking alternatives out of sheer frustration. That seems bad for public schooling in the long run, unless the unions’ next move is going to be a demand that alternatives be outlawed.

    1. They give no fcks about the long run. *Their* jobs are guaranteed. Fewer students means less work.

    2. Public sector unions are unfamiliar with market forces.

      Usually they just have temper-tantrums and make increasingly unhinged demands until the bureaucrats decide it would be better to capitulate.

    3. That’s not a “next move”. From charters to homeschooling to private schools, unions in some states are opposed to all of them.

      1. ^ This.

      2. They have already condemned this unwelcome “indoctrination.”

        Because it’s only OK when they do it

    4. Leftist ideology is dialectical. Society is understood as forces in opposition. The forces leftists perceive as (or pretend to be) less powerful the ones leftists seek to empower. The teacher’s unions and parents are opposing forces; leftists see the teacher’s unions as embattled by pandemic dangers, systemic racism, etc. The parents are the oppressive force subjecting the teachers to racism, exposing them to infection risk, etc. (It doesn’t make sense, but this is what leftists believe.) Leftist ideology doesn’t want compromises in which all parties concerned get some of what they want; leftist ideology demands that the groups they’ve designated as marginalized and disempowered get everything they want and everyone else get nothing, or ideally less than nothing, because they should “give up” their supposed power to the disempowered factions. The teacher’s unions are obviously powerful, and it’s clearly the parents who are relatively disempowered in many cases, but that’s where the narrative comes in to portray the teachers as brave crusaders for change (even though they simply don’t want to do their jobs) and parents as agents of systemic injustice (even though many of these parents belong to exactly the groups that in other context leftists would pretend to champion). I don’t think leftists care where this leads. They don’t view that as their problem, and if things get worse, that’s the fault of the groups they designate as powerful.

      1. *less powerful are the ones…
        *other contexts

  5. As public education becomes more annoying than commercial air travel, alternatives like homeschooling will be embraced as less bad–much like the IT bike in the South Park episode became popular, despite having to steer it with a phallus up the riders anus.

    1. To be fair, it turns out that was only optional.

    2. The phallus wasn’t for steering. It served no purpose other than making Mr. Garrison happy and put the rider in pain, like the airlines.

  6. I am lucky to be in a school district that considers private schools and home schooling as a viable option that requires the district to be responsive to the needs of parents and students.

    Home schooling isn’t just for religious nutjobs anymore.

    1. We can all thank those religious nutjobs for a thriving homeschooling culture.

      1. As well as the general concept and availability of education for all.

  7. Never underestimate the government’s ability to regulate private school and homeschool out of existence if they perceive the threat to be too great. Government does not take kindly to too much competition.

    1. Our government is bad but they know the American people won’t tolerate it going “full shithole”.

  8. A taste of what your kids are getting in government schools:

    https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1365029422127005698

  9. Homeschooling and private schools are fine but I’d really like to see compulsory education abolished along with other relics of the Progressive Era.

    1. I’d really like to see compulsory education abolished along with other relics of the Progressive Era.

      blahblahblah. blahblahblah. blahblahblahblah.

      Massachusetts School Act of 1647

      That every Township in this Jurisdiction, after the Lord hath increased them to the number of fifty Householders, shall then forthwith appoint one within their town to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write and read, whose wages shall be paid either by the Parents or Masters of such children, or by the Inhabitants in general, by way of supply, as the major part of those that order the prudentials of the Town shall appoint. Provided that those which send their children be not oppressed by paying much more then they can have them taught for in other towns.
      And it is further ordered, that where any town shall increase to the number of one hundred Families or Householders, they shall set up a Grammar-School, the Masters thereof being able to instruct youth so far as they may be fitted for the University. And if any town neglect the performance hereof above one year then every such town shall pay five pounds per annum to the next such School, till they shall perform this Order.

      A second law the following year – that’s 1648 apparently the beginning of the Progressive Era – reinforced the mandatory elements.

      Now maybe your grandpappy was the illiterate piece of entitled trash you pride yourself in being. Nothing wrong with that I guess but it’s never been a goal of anyone who wants their kid to rise to something other than town drunk.

      1. Puritans, progressives, tomayto, tomahto…

        1. ranting, Republican?

          1. For someone who has “free” as part of his screen name, you certainly dislike the idea a whole lot. BTW, have you read Bastiat? It doesn’t show much, if you did.

      2. Compulsory school attendance laws were first passed in Massachusetts in 1852 and invariably spread to other sections of the country. By 1900, thirty-two states had passed compulsory education laws and by 1930 all the states had some form of this law in place.

        INSTITUTIONALIZING COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE:
        THE BUREAUCRATIC PHASE: 1900-1930
        Between 1900 and 1930, compulsory schooling laws were transformed in many states from symbolic dead letters into reasonably effective statutes.

        Whatever the history, there is NO ” libertarian case for compulsory education”.

        1. I didn’t say there was a ‘libertarian case for public education’. Except that making a case AGAINST a particular thing within a political philosophy is really about including it in the public sphere but taking a particular side of the issue. And of course there is even less of a libertarian case for handing over free money to people to spend on ‘private schools’. So unless this issue becomes as irrelevant and odd as say the ‘libertarian case for eating veggies’, then not sure libertarian philosophy is much good here.

          Oh – and mandatory attendance was part of that 1648 MA law – and an earlier 1642 law (that allowed the state to take custody of children not being taught) – not an 1852 MA law. The reason 1852 is chosen, incorrectly and deliberately incorrectly, is because that links it directly to Horace Mann and the state creating ‘normal schools’ (teacher training colleges). Once you accept state involvement in training and credentialing teachers, then you accept detailed state involvement in curriculum and you can then link it to Prussia or industrial model for assembly-line teaching, delink it from Puritans, or other social control mechanisms etc.

          A very common abuse of history – by everyone including me at times. Pick a starting point and you get to define how the story is told.

          1. So an English law?

            1. Was passed by the Massachusetts legislature during the English Civil War in years when the English parliament didn’t actually meet. And when Massachusetts Bay Colony was de facto independent because their original charter had only local residents on their board (colonial charters derive more from corporate/church governance than English government) and was not answerable to Parliament anyway. Only to the King – who was beheaded in 1649 – by Puritans – and not because he had helped Puritans set up a Puritan school system.

              So no.

      3. That law requires that local towns provide community schooling.

        It does not require that individual students attend – it still allows for flexibility and choice. Not compulsory.

      4. This law only required a “school”, which was entirely locally controlled. It did not create an agency to specify the curriculum or approve the school books. It did not license the teachers or require a specific teaching degree. It was not required to be free to parents, but only not oppressively expensive. In the text Jfree cited, it did not require attendance, nor did it require that parents pay for the school even if they chose to send their kids to a different school.

        It was no more like the present government-monopoly school system than a horse and buggy was like the car sitting in my driveway.

  10. Public Schools Are the Best Advertisements for Homeschooling

    Nowhere in this article is reform mentioned. There’s a real value in having ‘exit’ as an option. But giving up on civic responsibility and consent of the governed is essentially encouraging corruption. Because it is absolutely true that those who want to corrupt the system are exactly the ones who will not exit themselves and will encourage others to exit.

    That sort of fatalism may be necessary for anarchist hipsters and veto of everything by the most annoying – but it is snarky adolescent petulance that is tiresome beyond some freshman college philosophy/polisci class and is destructive of actual liberty.

    If teachers unions are the obstruction, then fucking fight them. If school governance has been abdicated to the district centralizers and remoter levels of government, then fucking TAKE IT BACK.

    It was not that long ago – literally our grandparents – who were easily able to manage government institutions like schools – with others in the neighborhood – mostly parents OF those kids – on a mostly volunteer basis – with only a couple people in each school (like the principal) who were held accountable for the management of operations. WTF people. Why have we become so fucking lazy and stupid?

    1. Many school boards aren’t even elected. For those that are, many are at the county level. Effecting change might mean winning multiple seats in 500k-1M person district, possible over a few election cycles.

      For a parent to make a difference in how their child’s school system is governed means starting a political movement – one that has to compete with an entrenched and well-funded opponent in the teacher’s unions, abetted by their allies in the school bureaucracy.

      Is it any wonder that most people find it easier to exit?

      And exit IS a means of fighting – it builds a constituency for alternatives to government school. More people outside of the system means less funding for the beast, more support for things like vouchers, less restrictive homeschooling laws, teacher union reform. It’s a snowball effect.

      1. Many school boards aren’t even elected. For those that are, many are at the county level. Effecting change might mean winning multiple seats in 500k-1M person district, possible over a few election cycles.

        I agree the effect of consolidating school districts was to eliminate accountability. Managing elementary and high schools together reduces parents personal interest/knowledge. I don’t think that was really the design but consolidating districts WAS a very conscious effort and it mostly occurred in the 1950’s so not that long ago. From AASAAccording to the National Center for Education Statistics, 117,108 school districts provided elementary and secondary education in 1939-40. By 2006-07, the number of districts had dropped to 13,862, a decline of 88 percent.. Pre-WW2, ‘school district’ tended to equal ‘individual school’. That was the governing entity that had elections, hired teachers/principals, set a tax base, decided curriculum/resources, etc. 117,000 of those entities.

        I also agree that reversing what happened involves some element of politically organizing the plan to reverse it. But that’s less effort than homeschooling or even evaluating an existing private school and holding it accountable. And you can get much of the way there simply by making people realize that consolidating districts actually HAPPENED. It wasn’t just ‘it’s always been this way’. Which means it’s possible to learn. Presumably a nice prerequisite for actually creating – school choices.

        1. Consolidating may have started in the 50s, but it likely accelerated in the 70s and later, as the federal government inserted itself deeper and deeper into the workings of local school districts, with all the attendant paperwork that entails. Paying for the bureaucracy to handle that paperwork required large school systems that could absorb the cost.

          1. No it was pretty much complete by the mid-60’s – down to maybe 18,000 entities by then. The ‘spur’ was really the boomers as babies. Big geographic shifts and a peeps boom meant lots of new schools had to be built. Which meant bond issues and back then that meant consolidating districts into entities that would guarantee the bond repayments. Along with the economy of scale stuff – some of which is legitimate but no longer requires actual centralization of control.

            Consolidation has certainly resulted in a ton of non-teachers hired in schools. Bureaucrats, administrators and such. But that occurred after consolidation and didn’t really create more of it. Just created bigger budgets and probably eliminated much of the economies of scale that were part of the initial rationale for consolidation.

    2. Defund public schools.

      1. Then you teach your own children. I am so grateful that I retired a few months before the Covid pandemic hit. Having to listen to whiney self absorbed parents who do nothing for their kids (such as reading to them) just endlessly complain proves to me I made the right move leaving when I did. I moved to Northern Florida where life is just about delightful and I know I will never have to listen to some idiotic talking head going on and on vilifying teachers. Good riddance.

        1. I read to my kids. Well, I used to until they grew older and learned to read themselves and developed their own preferences. But what does that have to do with anything. Stop being a self righteous ass.

        2. I would also like to point out that no one is advocating banning teachers or some nonsense. Just getting government out of the education business, since they’re so absolutely horrible at it. Maybe you would have been more effective in that setting…

          1. Funny isn’t it how ending public education is inferred to eliminate all forms of education.

            That this is a ‘former educator’s certainly helps explain why those public schools are failing.

  11. Homeschooling only appeals to people with school age children.

    The current state of public schooling is an argument for defunding public education.

    That should appeal to many more than just those with kids.

    1. I don’t have kids.

      Homeschooling makes more sense to me than union schooling.

      I think that the best education is sending kids to public school, then adding an hour or two of homeschooling in the afternoon. One of my neighbors did that, and his girls were all advanced a grade when they went from elementary to junior high, then again in high school — which they finished early.

  12. Yet another case of people believing they can’t do something for themselves and then realizing that, not only can they, but they do a better job than the government.

  13. Our schools teach White students that they are immoral and contemptible if they don’t support the White Genocide that’s being carried out by massive third-world immigration and FORCED assimilation i.e diversity in EVERY White country and ONLY White countries.

    Their teachers never tell them, “White self-hatred is SICK!!!“

    Those teachers claim to be anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

    1. If I had kids, I would homeschool them for this reason alone, even if there was no coronavirus hysteria to deal with.

  14. I’ve always been struck by the content of this speech…I urge folks to read this in its entirety!

    https://www.ishmael.org/daniel-quinn/essays/schooling-the-hidden-agenda/

    Daniel Quinn is an unorthodox thinker and novelist (“Ishmael”), but often his thoughts resonate…

    Our children were being prepared in school to step boldly into the only fully human life that had ever existed on this planet. The skills they were acquiring in school would bring them not only success but deep personal fulfillment on every level. What did it matter if they never did more than work in some mind-numbing factory job? They could parse a sentence! They could explain to you the difference between a Petrarchan sonnet and a Shakespearean sonnet! They could extract a square root! They could show you why the square of the two sides of a right triangle were equal to the square of the hypotenuse! They could analyze a poem! They could explain to you how a bill passes congress! They could very possibly trace for you the economic causes of the Civil War. They had read Melville and Shakespeare, so why would they not now read Dostoevsky and Racine, Joyce and Beckett, Faulkner and O’Neill? But above all else, of course, the citizen’s education–grades K to twelve–prepared children to be fully-functioning participants in this great civilization of ours. The day after their graduation exercises, they were ready to stride confidently toward any goal they might set themselves.

    Of course, then, as now, everyone knew that the citizen’s education was doing no such thing. It was perceived then–as now–that there was something strangely wrong with the schools. They were failing–and failing miserably–at delivering on these enticing promises. Ah well, teachers weren’t being paid enough, so what could you expect? We raised teachers’ salaries–again and again and again–and still the schools failed. Well, what could you expect? The schools were physically decrepit, lightless, and uninspiring. We built new ones–tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of them–and still the schools failed. Well, what could you expect? The curriculum was antiquated and irrelevant. We modernized the curriculum, did our damnedest to make it relevant–and still the schools failed. Every week–then as now–you could read about some bright new idea that would surely “fix” whatever was wrong with our schools: the open classroom, team teaching, back to basics, more homework, less homework, no homework–I couldn’t begin to enumerate them all. Hundreds of these bright ideas were implemented–thousands of them were implemented–and still the schools failed.

    Suppose the schools aren’t failing? Suppose they’re doing exactly what we really want them to do–but don’t wish to examine and acknowledge?

  15. A great way! Some points too!
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  16. daily celebrations of the closing of the Conformity Factories! those union bitches weren’t teaching anyone anything anyway.

  17. My mom is a special education teacher. All her union asked for was that teachers be vaccinated before returning to the classroom. Mom got her shot two weeks ago and has returned to a caseload that’s 80% smaller than before the pandemic. It is the parents that are refusing to send their children back due to the fact that they are a medically fragile group. Mom now teaches two wheel chair bound students and the remainder of her caseload from the classroom via Zoom. To anyone out there who says teachers don’t want to do their jobs I say fuck you liars.

    1. Many, if not most unions are <a href="https://reason.com/2021/01/26/schools-might-not-reopen-for-maybe-another-year-says-n-j-teachers-union/"asking for much more. They’ve also been known to put the goalpost on rails, shifting from teacher vaccination to student vaccination at a moment’s notice.

      Maybe it’s just a naked show of power:

      Unions may utilize the rhetoric of safety, but the determinative factor in school closures is their own power. As Reason Foundation Director of School Choice Corey DeAngelis has documented, the biggest correlating factor in all-remote learning is not the level of community infection, nor the quality of ventilation systems, but rather the comparative political strength of the relevant teachers union.

      1. Link: https://reason.com/2021/01/26/schools-might-not-reopen-for-maybe-another-year-says-n-j-teachers-union/

        The teacher’s are right that they should have been prioritized for vaccination – but only if they’re actually going back to the office. Unfortunately, throughout this entire episode the teachers have tried to have it both ways: holding themselves out as essential while simultaneously pulling every string to avoid acting like it.

    2. Because there’s this anecdote, see. And that’s proof

    3. Here, I’ll say it; A LOT OF TEACHERS DON’T WANT TO DO THEIR JOBS. Did I hurt your FEELZ?

    4. There’s always one. If you think there are not assloads of teachers and their union reps who are not trying to milk this for everything they can, you’re being intentionally obtuse or simply living in denial.

      Certainly, that is not to say that there are not some excellent teachers just trying to do their best for their students and have been champing at the bit to get back to work, or in your mama’s case has an exceptionally risky group of students.

      teachers union refusing to work

      That phrase turns up 63,000,000 results, top headlines point to Chicago, LA, D.C., etc.

      Newsweek: “The Teachers Union Has Become a Public Menace”
      The Hill: “Teacher unions are holding America’s students hostage”
      Baltimore Sun: “With Maryland schools planning to reopen, teacher unions say classrooms aren’t safe enough yet from coronavirus”
      USA Today: “Biden wants to reopen schools, but teachers unions resist”
      NJ.com: “N.J. district plans to sue teachers union over refusal to return to school, union says”

      Philadelphia Inquirer: “Philly teachers union president tells members not to go to school Monday, setting up a showdown”

      That last one is a hoot: “There is absolutely no reason, other than sheer cruelty, to bring members into unsafe buildings,” the union president said.

      Notice not a word about *students*.

  18. This is old news for anyone who paid attention.
    “In all countries, in all centuries, the primary reason for government to set up schools is to undermine the politically weak by convincing their children that the leaders are good and their policies are wise.” ~ Marshall Fritz
    “And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps.” ~ H.L. Mencken
    “Governments have ever been known to hold a high hand over the education of the people. They know, better than anyone else, that their power is based almost entirely on the school. Hence, they monopolize it more and more.” ~ Francisco Ferrer
    “Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

  19. I don’t have kids, but one homeschooler responds to rude parents whose kids are in public school with the following:

    “We homeschool because, someday, one of my kids may be competing for a job against one of YOUR kids, and I want mine to have every advantage!”

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  21. I home school my children because I love my kids more than public school teachers could ever love them. My love for them transcends any pedagogy.

  22. We need a separation of school and state.

    We don’t need to be taxed for “education” and then have to pay again for a private school. Try vouchers. They worked after World War II (The GI Bill).

  23. Way to go! Every parent and freedom lover take serious note about government schooling: “Critics are rightly concerned that the overhaul embeds politics into teacher training,” the Chicago Tribune editorialized …” Wake up — teacher training has been heavily political and philosophical for 100 years but just now a larger percent of people are seeing it and admitting it. All forms of education — government/public schooling, private schooling, and homeschooling — teach, train, and indoctrinated children. Who do you want doing it? Leftists, statists, Marxists, socialists, LGBTQIA-ists, and power-mongers in state schools (which is where state schools naturally go), or yourself (home education), or a group with whom you choose to associate? Freedom says one of the two latter, and absolutely not the former. When you place your child in state/government school, you implicitly tell him/her that statism, the forced re-distribution of wealth, and others controlling your values and beliefs is a good thing. See peer-reviewed research on homeschooling at https://www.nheri.org/homeschooling-research-studies-and-scholarship/

  24. Quite true statistics for me.
    If at the beginning of the pandemic most children were against homeschooling, now the situation has changed dramatically. Firstly the school curriculum is now fully adapted to new challenges. Secondly, most children are prepared and have all the necessary resources. Thirdly, there are many remote services that provide support in any case: from writing to reading. And now I mean not only writing services on the site https://writemyessays-for-money.com/, but also a number of other resources that help organize the educational process. I want to return to “normal mode”, but it’s good that distance education has really become familiar to us.

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