Public schools: It’s past time to get out

Matt Walsh has written a great piece today over at The Blaze entitled “Christian parents, your kids are not equipped to be public school missionaries.”

It’s a must-read, particularly if you have school-aged children.

In his post, Walsh uses the example of a middle school newspaper story on transgenderism. The bulk of the article is intended to educate indoctrinate MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN on what it means to identify as transgender, bigender, demigender, genderfluid, and genderflux, among others.

Like Walsh, I didn’t know many of the terms used going in – and wish I still didn’t.

As a product of public schooling and a 12-year veteran of working in secondary education, I am well aware of the benefits of which the public education system is capable – when it sticks to education. I am also well aware of the pitfalls that have plagued our system for decades – particularly the push to raise lower achievers up at the cost of holding back (or at least ignoring) higher achievers.

Despite what many public educators will tell you, excellence is not on the agenda. In fact it never really was. Our public education indoctrination system was designed specifically to mass-produce workers who possessed basic reading, writing, and math skills, along with at least a modicum of understanding of civic and governmental institutions.

But somewhere along the way, those basics took a back seat to political correctness. It wasn’t enough to send the best and brightest to college; everybody had to go to college. It was that mindset that brought us mixed-ability classes, differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, and group projects.

With that new focus on getting all students to achieve at least at a basic level came programs like Georgia’s Hope Scholarship and No Child Left Behind.

The results of those programs were the tremendous devaluation of high school diplomas and college degrees – results which have brought us a terribly high rate of college grads who are either unemployable or cannot find work in their chosen field of study without obtaining a Master’s Degree.

This is no fault of the majority of educators or administrators who fight the good fight every day, in a mostly vain attempt to overcome the obstacles placed in front of them by both a failed system and a severely deteriorated family unit. That anyone can find success via our system is a testament to the tenacity and caring of those people – and to the few parents who still expect their children to work hard and don’t blame educators for their kids’ failures.

But despite those educators’ best efforts, the system is still a failure. And to that failure is now being added a complete rewriting of basic philosophy, faith, logic, and biology. Ideas like absolute truth, debate, intellect, and the scientific method are being sacrificed on the altar of varying agendas – the most vocal being LBGT, or LGBTQIA, or whatever we’re up to now; it is a moniker which becomes more fluid and less understandable by the day.

All these troubles present real concerns for both Christians and intellectuals. But more so for the Christian intellectual – and no, despite what the media will tell you, that is not a contradiction in terms.

For the Christian intellectual, the day when your children should have been removed from public schools has passed. The only question remaining is, what is keeping you from doing it today?

There are many challenges for those choosing to do so, and for single parents in particular it is likely impossible to do without some kind of help. But if you can find a way, you must.

The bottom line is that every parent must ask themselves one question: Is there anything in your life so important to you that you won’t give it up for your children?

Career? Status? Newer car? Bigger home? More expensive vacation? Stronger retirement plan?

Which of these can’t you do without for the benefit of your children?

Our family made the decision very early on to educate our children at home. It has been a process fraught with difficulty, frustration, confusion, and doubt. But it has yielded results that would be the envy of any public school in the nation.

With two amazing college graduates and two children still studying at home, the results we’ve seen have been worth the gray hairs, the 20-plus years of living paycheck to paycheck, driving cars until they literally fall apart, and shopping at thrift stores. Not once have we been called to bail our children out of jail. Not once have they been placed on academic – or legal – probation. And not once have they come home from school wanting to know what it means to be demigender.

It’s not been easy, but we’ve done it. We’re still doing it.

You can do it too.

P.S. – None of our children are lacking in social skills, by the way. In fact they’re far better at socializing than their dad, who is notoriously introverted.

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