More Reasons Why I HomeSchool

Published Friday, April 24, 2009 11:06 AM

I read not one, but two appalling stories today in the news about children and the public school system. I could not have decided to homeschool at a better time.

Not sure what area this story is from, but two fifth-graders were recently arrested for selling marijuana at their elementary school. My oldest daughter will be in 5th grade next year and I can’t imagine having her come home to tell me about this. I am not ignorant of the fact that this happens in schools. My husband and I have had discussions with both of our young daughters about the bad effects of illegal drugs and more importantly, about how they might be approached by other kids their age who want them to think that it is ok to take the drugs. Part of my outrage with this is that someone taught these young boys how to start their “career” in selling drugs before they had a real chance to get a good education and set their goals on a promising career. While it is true that not everyone gets that chance, don’t waste those early years on such nonsense!

Then, there was an elementary school teacher who decided to send feces home with one of her 5-year old students to teach him a lesson. Whether or not the child was responsible for the classroom accident is not yet known, but this is insane. According to the media, the incident is being “investigated.” In other words, the woman is still in the classroom at this point and I can’t imagine how the parents of this child must feel at this point. Although the child is too old to not be trained, there could be several valid reasons for why the accident happened. If it was not an accident, it still could have been handled differently. This is not the type of lesson that the child went to school to learn.

by parker
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