Pulling out of Public School?

When is it time to pull the plug on public education? Or is the process of improving education, holding public servants accountable, and teaching kids to problem-solve all worthy enough goals to withstand the vices of standardized learning? School-Sign-compressed1

The debate is a good one, with intelligent reasons on both sides. Florida mom and former teacher  Lynne Rigby has written an expose on her blog, launching thousands of comments about the state of public education and the Common Core in the USA.

I welcome your perspectives, either pro or con. We can all learn from each other.

As far as my children’s education is concerned, I am not pro-public school, pro-Christian school, pro-private school, or pro-home school. I am pro-education that fits my children and inspires them to become the person God intended them to become. No parent should be criticized for wanting that or for doing anything to make it happen. Parents who  take education that seriously are the ones raising the citizens we all want for our neighbors, employers, and congressmen. Creative, diligent, respectful, and worshipful individuals with good self-esteem and compassionate tolerance for others. These people are crafted with intentionality by active, involved adult role models. They are never created by an institution.

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  • Why I’m pulling my kids out of public school
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/why-im-pulling-my-kids-out-of-public-school/2183493
    Editor’s note: More than 150,000 people have read a posting by Lynne Rigby, a 40-year-old Seminole County mother of five children, on her website, lynnerigby.com. Rigby, a former teacher, addressed it to Gov, Rick Scott and Seminole school officials. The following is a condensed version.
    Some insightful comments from my facebook appear below.
  • Billie Jo Darden When Ann Tyler was at Mary Munford for kindergarten and first grade, they went on a field trip everyday during testing. They wanted the younger kids out of the building so they didn’t distract the older kids taking SOLs. They also went on a lot of field trips the last 2 weeks of school.
  • Betsy Maddux I don’t care what subjects are taught but teachers have a responsibility to create a ‘love of learning.’ It lasts a lifetime. This didn’t happen for me until high school when I was sent to private school and had teachers who developed inquisitive thinking skills. I’m not saying it can’t be done in public schools but …teachers are so burdened with agenda .
  • Sharon Middleton But as a public school teacher…don’t just pull your kids out! Talk to your school and help make change happen not just for your kids, but for ALL kids who deserve a great education, regardless of their parents’ financial situation. We are not allowedSee More

 

2 thoughts on “Pulling out of Public School?

  1. vpallo

    One of my favorite (albeit a bit fiery) books on this subject is John Taylor Gatto’s Dumbing Us Down. I know there are awesome teachers out there, and I meet so many public ed teachers that are heartbroken about where education is going. In fact, I just had a conversation with a 9th/10th English teacher at an RVA public school the other day, and he echoed many of the same concerns the person who wrote this article does. On the flip side, I work with many “products” of public ed, the college students who come full of ambitions but who in so many cases, simply do not know how to think on their own. I’m sorry–that sounds so arrogant–but it’s painfully true. Students who spend a lot of time learning “material” for a test just don’t have the skills required for real critical thinking. I really don’t fault the educators, and I’m sure there are still plenty of good schools and programs out there. But having worked with college students for the last 13 years, I can tell you that the issue is getting worse, not better. And that is pretty darn discouraging as someone who values education not just for our country, but for my own kids.

  2. vpallo

    One of my favorite (albeit a bit fiery) books on this subject is John Taylor Gatto’s . I know there are awesome teachers out there, and I meet so many public ed teachers that are heartbroken about where education is going. In fact, I just had a conversation with a 9th/10th English teacher at an RVA public school the other day, and he echoed many of the same concerns the person who wrote this article does. On the flip side, I work with many “products” of public ed, the college students who come full of ambitions but who in so many cases, simply do not know how to think on their own. I’m sorry–that sounds so arrogant–but it’s painfully true. Students who spend a lot of time learning “material” for a test just don’t have the skills required for real critical thinking. I really don’t fault the educators, and I’m sure there are still plenty of good schools and programs out there. But having worked with college students for the last 13 years, I can tell you that the issue is getting worse, not better. And that is pretty darn discouraging as someone who values education not just for our country, but for my own kids.

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