I saw where some liberals took issue with my article yesterday about a sex poster on display in a Kansas middle school. I scratch my head at statements such as, … children ought to be raised with the necessary background to fit into a diverse society if they plan on remaining in the greater American Community.
I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer so … what the hell does that mean?
…Right Wingers appear to tend toward a little “Separatist Elitism” when they blow off about the advantages of private schooling and home schooling …
Now folks I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re a fool than open it and remove all doubts.
About 40% of representatives in the House and over 40% of U.S. Senators send their kids to private schools, compared to about 11% of regular Americans. Not to mention Mr. Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Bill and Hillary Clinton sent Chelsea to private school. So, I’m not convinced that “Right Wingers” are the only ones feeling a little “separatist elitism”.
Oh, just a side note here for liberals who spout off the nonsense of … “Right-Wingers” are those who prefer to have their children educated in an isolated bubble much the same as the one they themselves choose to live in … (the “isolated bubbles” of home and/or private schooling) …
… public school teachers are about twice as likely as non-teachers to send their own children to private schools.
About 11% of all parents — nationwide, rural and urban — send their children to private schools. The numbers are much higher in urban areas. One study found that in Philadelphia a staggering 44% of public school teachers send their own kids to private schools.
In Cincinnati and Chicago, 41% and 39% of public school teachers pay for a private school education for their children. In Rochester, N.Y., it’s 38%, in Baltimore 35%, in San Francisco 34% and in New York-northeastern New Jersey 33%.
In Los Angeles nearly 25% of public school teachers send their kids to private school versus 16% of Angelenos who do so.
Okay, instead of presenting just “one side” of the story like my accusers tend to claim, the following is the argument for public school education being superior to home-schooling …
Advantages of Public Schools Compared to Homeschools
- Public schools generally have a range of children from the whole gamut of socioeconomic classes and a wide variety of backgrounds. This is the type of community that most people occupy as adults, and public school is an opportunity to meet it and learn to negotiate with other points of view an understand people with diverse backgrounds and values.
- Public schools generally have students with a range of abilities and disabilities. As with ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, the diversity introduces students to the communication issues and interpersonal issues that rubbing elbows with people who are different from oneself provides.
- The number of students in a public school classroom provides opportunities that don’t exist in most homeschools, from large-cale projects to team sports.
- The number of students and funding allows public schools to have facilities (such as a skating rink or pool) and/or purchase equipment, such as laboratory equipment and technology that would be prohibitive for most homesechool families.
- The number of students and funding often allows public schools, particularly at the high school level, to offer an array of advanced classes in the arts, technology studies, and the sciences, any and all of which might be difficult to conduct for homeschooling parents who do not happen to have specialized training.
- Public schools expose students to a variety of teachers: even in situations with one main classroom teacher, students may have additional instructors for foreign language, home economics, shop, physical education, drama, music, art, etc. This gives them an opportunity to learn with diverse pedagogies.
- Public schools often offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from intramural sports to a range of clubs and other opportunities.
And now the arguments for public school education being superior to private schooling …
Advantages of Public Schools Compared to Private Schools
- Public schools don’t charge tuition, while private schools do. Even scholarships an other aid may not cover the difference.
- Public schools usually provide transportation for students who live more than a few blocks away, whereas private schools usually do not.
- With ninety percent of all American children in public school, public education is a uniting element and can be seen as an important factor in our democratic way of life.
- Because public school education now includes magnet schools and charter schools, as well as traditional public schools, there are – right within the public education system – choices that have many of the features of education that used only to be attainable in private schools.
- As a result of receiving Federal funds, public schools must follow strict teacher certification rules, which do not apply in many private schools. As a result, public school teachers may, in some cases, be better qualified than private school teachers.
- Researchers at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana found, when examining data from a standardized math exam taken by fourth and eighth graders, that if they excluded the influence of family background and socioeconomic factors, public school students did slightly better than private school students.
- Public schools often have more robust services than generalist private schools (i.e., those that are not focused on a specialty population with a particular disability) for assisting students with disabilities, both in terms of staff and funding.
- Pay for public school teachers is overall better than pay for private school teachers, though this differs by school.
Okay my conclusion in the comparison between public schools and private and/or homeschooling … public schools are great for those who want to “rub elbows” with kids of differing personalities; those who are interested in team sports, skating rinks and swimming pools and/or extracurricular activities. As far as actually getting educated, as far as having an environment supportive of learning something besides “how to express your sexual feelings“, The public school system has been reduced into a social club and a place where the innocence of our kids is stolen from them by “empowering young adolescents” to explore their sexual fantasies. The vast majority of public school kids can’t hold a candle to your typical homeschooled kid for an opportunity of success.
Next to even suggest that public schools compare at all to private schools in the quality of the education is ludicrous. If that’s true why the above facts regarding politicians and even teachers preferring a private education for their children?
Now lets do an actual comparison of the success of Homeschooling vs. public schooling …
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