TVNZ now has a teaching channel every day, because schools have reopened, and we accept locally that there will be contact. You can’t run a school without social contact. If you do you will damage: yet the numpties in the USA are recommending this.
This is the biggest Diabolical Narcissism cultivation operation ever conceived. Convince all children that other human beings are dangerous poison in se.
Remember, this is over a COLD. There is no pandemic. It’s incredibly important to keep reminding oneself and others of this.
I drove past my boys old high school on Friday — moving from one place of work to another. Not a single one of those rules were kept. The lads were playing pick up games of soccer during lunch. The reasoning here is that kids don’t suffer from the virus, but we need the parents back at work, and since most parents raise their kids solo (thank you no fault divorce) we need the schools open. In hard lockdown, we had them closed — and essential workers — including nurses with children at home who were solo — had to go to work.
I would note my boys learned more facts from the Horrible History series than they did in high school.
The only other thing you need to teach your kids before they leave home is literacy: how to read, and how to write. They are the easiest things in the world to teach, as long as you yourself are even slightly literate. (If not, see “tutor” above.) Literacy is not only the sine qua non of a successful life, but illiteracy spells absolute doom in a civilized society.
The secret of all children is simple: they have an innate desire to learn about the world about them. They are, quite simply, sponges and the learning not only occurs naturally, it accelerates as they get older. The only reasons it won’t accelerate are distraction (videogames etc.), and boredom (e.g. a high-school classroom).
That said, there is one small problem that we as a society are unwilling to admit: some children — and adults, actually — are incapable of learning. Quite simply, their learning takes place up to a point, and then stops completely, usually at about sixth-grade level. And here’s the inescapable fact related to this problem: these people are not suited for college — they are not even suited for a proper high school, for that matter — and their futures depend on fostering other skills. (TV Chef Jamie Oliver is an example: he’s severely dyslexic, even today, so he made a career in a field in which reading was not critical. His example is but one of hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions.)
The only other prerequisite for education is quite simple: discipline. It’s the discipline of knowing that some things must be learned (e.g. simple multiplication- or division tables, or the alphabet), and that there are consequences for not learning them. The joy of homeschooling, by the way, is being in charge of deciding what those things are, for each child (because each will be different), and what the consequences of failure are.
And I would suggest that such discipline is created far more easily at home — as it has been for literally centuries — than at a public education facility. Furthermore (and this is the difficult bit), the discipline has to start with the teacher (i.e. the parents).
We all know that children require structure in their lives — it’s such a truism I’m not even going to bother to defend it — so any homeschooling requires planning, and a great deal of it. Educators need to establish clear goals for their children, but that doesn’t mean timetables. If you plan on your kids being able to read and understand Silas Marner , Lord Of The Flies or Catch-22 by age sixteen, for example, know up front that they may accomplish that before that time, or after. It doesn’t matter. (Educational goals are like a budget: they’re an advisory plan, not a rigid timetable.)
All the evidence is there: as a group, homeschooled kids are better prepared for college, have lower dropout rates and achieve higher grades than their state-educated peers. It’s not even close.
If, however, you’re too lazy or too fearful or too busy or feel too inadequate to do this for your children, by all means send them back to public school, where their futures will be decided by government-decided regulation and curricula, and shaped by indifferent civil servants who owe their tenure more to union influence than their own abilities.
As Professor Glenn Reynolds has put it (and I paraphrase): sending your children to public schools could quite justifiably be termed child abuse.
Kim Du Toit
I could read early, as could my boys. Most school was endured: the lessons were learned on the playground. This is a not that unusual example — educational fallacies aside, most kids can learn to read.
And schools indoctrinate.
I grew up in church and learned to read from the Bible before I ever started school. To me school was incarceration. I cannot tell you one thing I learned in school that I wouldn’t have learned on my own. The other reason the .edu is panicking is that they’re losing a chance to politically indoctrinate another generation. Never mind the fact that public schools are state subsidized daycare for many parents
So why do we send out kids thus? Fear: Threefold fear.
Firstly, we are afraid that if we don’t send our kids to school we will have them taken off us. Our kids will be accounted as truant, and socail workers will uplift them. (We know the same social workers will organize contraception, abortion and gender reassignment without talking to us). This is less of a problem in some countries, but it is an issue where I live.
Secondly, our mortgage is too high. We need two salaries. There is a cure for this. Leave. You do not need to live in a high status area. You do need to minimize debt. The only issue should be the commute time for the breadwinner.
Thirdly, you are convinced you can’t do it. There are ways around this. If Dad can do math and Mum can’t, then Dad teaches Mum at night or Dad tutors the kids directly. We have had to do that recently: teaching estimation of volume and area for one of ours who is doing trade theory. You may have to learn new things: I now can grade wood and read building plans, and that might come in useful.
But our institutions have been hollowed out for profit.