At the Register: Fear-Based Schooling

At the Register: Fear-Based Schooling October 24, 2013

I’m agin it.  And yes, this makes me just like Hitler.

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  • Wonderful article, Simcha. I wonder if Matt Walsh has actually met and talked to very many (or any) public school teachers. The ones teaching my boys are caring, wonderfully dedicated, and not at all trying to destroy the boys’ relationships with me or God.

    When I was growing up, teaching was seen as a noble profession, important and shamefully underpaid and just plain good for the world. I’m astounded at how the entire profession is now vilified by some people.

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      I was so hesitant to tell my family I wanted to be a teacher, because the prevailing attitude was, “Those who can’t do, teach.” Teaching was, for them, where people who weren’t smart enough for other “Real” jobs went. I enjoyed my time teaching, mostly, and I worked with some fantastic people. I resigned when I grew fed up with parents who saw me as an overpaid babysitter (instead of the person trying to teach them adequate, if not good, writing skills), and administrators who didn’t want any discipline–because that would be negative–but no discipline problems either. There was no respect for the teachers from either direction, and we cut our family income in half so I could get out of an increasingly toxic environment.

      I homeschool now. In our area, the only options are public or home, and the bullying at the public school is rampant. Every family I know has at least one child who deals with a regular bully or group of bullies. Some of the homeschool families here would fit the fearful profile described, but some started in the public schools and took their children out because of negativity and harassment.
      I admit, I find it amusing when the biggest argument people have against the public schools is, “They teach evolution.” Even if you don’t agree with evolution, you should know what the theory actually teaches so you can argue against it intelligently. No one is going to listen to you if your opening statement is, “We didn’t come from monkeys!”

      • And isn’t that life? There are good, mediocre, and bad public schools; good, mediocre, and bad Catholic schools; good, mediocre, and bad homeschoolers. And then there are kids with different learning styles, different abilities and disabilities, different personalities, different needs. And parents with different abilities, skills, and financial situations. So why do people insist on making sweeping generalizations? How hard is it to understand that there is more than one way to be a good parent?

        • Jordan

          Pretty hard apparently, until God gives someone like that a kid that forces them to adapt and use a different approach.

        • Rebecca Fuentes

          I hope you don’t think I was trying to make sweeping generalizations. I wasn’t–just speaking of my experiences. A public school doesn’t have to be part of a vast conspiracy to be bad, it just has to have adults who don’t put educating the children first. Same with a private school, parochial school or a home school. On the flip side, some public schools are very good because they have good people adhering to good curriculum & policies.

          • Not at all! You made a decision based on the specifics of your family, experiences, and location; I didn’t mean to imply otherwise.

  • Christina Poynter

    Hitler? Surely not. A doublt Hitler for sure!

  • Sarah Webber

    Thanks for this, Simcha. My children are both autistic so I am dependent upon the public schools, but I have built relationships with wonderful teachers, aides, therapists and case managers and I couldn’t survive without them. And I am more concerned with my children bullying others than being bullied themselves; somehow the combination of their personalities and the autism makes them much more likely to be the instigator of trouble.

  • RestWeary

    This is so sad but very common. I had tremendous amount of guilt when I was trying to decide whether or not to put my children in school because of the fear mongers.