Quoting Quiverfull: Public Schooling is Always Mediocre?

Quoting Quiverfull: Public Schooling is Always Mediocre? September 9, 2013

by Carma from her blog Winging It and Ladies Against Feminism – Put Your Own Mask on First in response to an article at Salon – Private school vs. public school: If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person

The gist of Ms. Benedikt’s article is the point she intends to make, which is:

But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.

So, let’s follow this argument logically: We should force every child to attend public school where they all will, according to Ms. Benedikt, receive a mediocre education. They will grow up with this mediocre education. With this mediocre education they will in their turn become the teachers and policymakers of the future. Then, armed solely with the strength of that mediocre education, they will somehow … make education better.

I don’t know about you, but I smell the burning synapses of a cognitive disconnect there.

Anyone who has ever flown on a plane knows the truth about this claim. Just in case you forgot what your friendly flight attendant told you last time:

Put Your Own Mask on First!

When the oxygen is being sucked out of the plane, you don’t struggle to get a mask on your hysterical toddler. He could possibly fight until you both pass out, and then neither of you gets any oxygen. But if you get your own mask on first, you’ve got what you need to take care of him, even if he does end up passing out for a moment. Once that is done, you can look around the plane and see who else needs help with a mask.

The best outcome Ms. Benedikt can envision is a generation or three spiraling downward in an educational freefall, at which point …

(¨*•.¸.¸.•*¨) sparkly magic happens (¨*•.¸.¸.•*¨)

… and we pull out of it with a better educational system at the end.

How about instead, if your child is struggling in school in some way – due to bullying, or behavioral problems, or poor grades, or really miserably hating it, or even brilliant and being held back – you get the oxygen mask on your own family first. Get him into private school or homeschool. Fix her problem and you are a step closer to fixing the school’s problem.

Healthy, well-adjusted kids grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults who will be able to help others. Self-educated kids raised outside the system will grow into self-motivated adults who think outside the system and will come up with new, creative, better ways to help their communities.

I don’t know about private school vs. public school, but it’s already been demonstrated clearly that adults who were homeschooled are more involved in community service than their public school peers: 71% participate in an ongoing community service activity compared to 37% of U.S. adults of similar ages.

Compare that to Ms. Benedikt’s idea of forcing everyone into a mandatory dumbed-down government education. I don’t know about you, but I’m unfamiliar with many downward spirals that end in large, overall improvements.


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