What if grocery stores were run like K-12 schools?
The government would assign you to a local grocery store. Groceries would be “free.” You’d pay for them through your taxes. You wouldn’t have as many options. Seems absurd, but that is how schools are run.
Don Boudreaux, an economics professor, wrote an article on April 24th, 2011 called “Grocery School.”
The gist of Mr. Boudreaux’s article called Grocery School, is that even if you thought the grocery store your family was assigned to by the government was bad, and you decided to pay out of pocket for a private grocer, you’d still have to pay for the bad local grocery store out of your property taxes. Huge chunks of that tax money would be spent by government by operating and running supermarkets. Each family would get its weekly allotment of groceries for “free.” And the Department of Supermarket officials would determine the amounts and kinds of groceries each family are entitled to receive.
And nicer grocery stores would be located in richer neighborhoods. And tax payers who are thinkers and believe in separation of supermarket and state would be criticized by most everyone as being delusional, and misanthropic devils who are indifferent to malnutrition and starvation that would sweep the country if grocery stores were privatized and made not to be compulsory.
This is how our schools are run. And the worse schools are, almost always they complain they need more money, and they get it!! This would never happen in a free market. Chilling isn’t it. Does anyone still think this is a good idea?
Parents should be the sole deciders on how and where they want to have their children learn. Homeschooling and private schools, or a combination of both, is better for everyone. Summer camps, other camps, museums, private clubs like 4-H, the Scouts, church groups, field trips with homeschooling groups, and family traveling and so on and so on are much better options.
A totalitarian state will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.
~ Adolf Hitler
One parent told me she homeschools her children because she is a creationist, and doesn’t want her child to get exposed to the concept of evolution in high school biology. She was very adamant about that.
Other families I know homeschool because they just want to mix religion with school, so they homeschool, even if they do believe in evolution.
I’ve met parents who homeschool because they think government schools are a waste of their family’s time. They think school can’t teach their kids as well as they can.
Another homeschool Mom said, “No one can love my children the way I can.” Thus she wants them to learn at home because she likes being with her kids.
Some kids are learning at home due to health reasons. I know of one girl whose parents really didn’t want to homeschool, but had no choice due to their high school age daughter’s illness.
Some homeschool I know due to being mercilessly bullied at school. And learning at home was the only way they could be free of being bullied.
There are many reasons why parents let their kids learn at home.
I don’t judge parents for choosing to place their children in institutional schooling. It’s a family choice and that freedom must be protected.
I personally would never choose institutional schooling for my children again though. For my family, learning at home has been very empowering. My children are happy and thriving.
Parents give up their rights when they drop the children off at public school.
~ Melinda Harmon, U.S. Federal Judge, 1996
I’m a former secondary education teacher. I’m not sure I would have had the courage to begin thinking about homeschooling my children if I hadn’t known the k-12 education system from the inside out the way I do. Although I think anyone whose been through twelve years of institutional schooling is an expert too. Twelve years is a long time. All us products of this industrialized system know how to raise our hands, ask to get permission to go to the bathroom, sit through boring out-of-context lectures, and all the other mindless robotic shuffling and waiting, always waiting for instructions from school staff. Every minute you are told what to do in school. You don’t think for yourself and learn to manage your own time. Children’s time is every bit as precious as a grown ups. We all only have so much time in our lives.
Being a former teacher has nothing to do with my being qualified to homeschool my children. If anything, it sometimes hinders homeschooling. Its my children who put my mind at ease. They are natural learners. My anxieties about worrying if they are learning everything they should know by so and so age, melts away like snowflakes on a hot car hood when I walk into a room and one of them is composing music with an online program designed just for music composing (which he uploaded onto his computer himself and got for free online!). Or when my youngest gets out the box of science experiment stuff and has her nose buried in our thick science experiment book. I take a deep breath and relax, grateful they don’t have to get permission from anyone to go to the bathroom. I remember seeing many times teachers in schools not allowing kids to go to the bathroom for various reasons. I was a witnees to their sad, confused expressions when those kids wondered why they couldn’t go to the bathroom. I still do think that is wrong. Its more important to learn to replace the toilet paper when it runs out, than it is to learn whose boss, who says when and if you can have control over something important as emptying your bladder.
I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
~ Albert Einstein
I get excited when I think of getting learning material for my children’s education. I went to a garage sale a couple of weekends ago. And I found Kate Dicamillo’s book, “The Tale of Despereaux” like brand new for only 75 cents. I read it at night, just before we put the kids to bed. We all loved it. I often frequent thrift stores, garage sales, and clearance for learning treasures. Although we did save up for a scientific microscope on sale at amazon.com. And we bought about $300.00 of dvds from the teaching company a while back.
I work part time so I can homeschool the kids, and so we are on a tight budget. We plan our car trips. We plan everything and get the kids involved in it. We read books on frugality and saving. I recently picked up a book on the Amish and how they live and how because of their frugality they have money. We use the library to save money. We have a TV, but don’t have cable, and don’t get any channels since it all went from analog to digital television. Funny that, we were supposed to get more channels after it changed. But our digital television still doesn’t pick anything up. Oh well. I think we are better off without television. We have more time for reading and hobbies and time together that way. We do have internet, so we get netflix and watch hulu sometimes and everything else online.
Sometimes I worry about my future retirement, but then I remember what not homeschooling my oldest child did to him, and nothing else matters except that I let my younger children learn at home. I will blog about my oldest’s educational experience in another post another time.
It is a sacrifice to homeschool your children. But it never feels like a sacrifice to me. Its always felt like the natural, wouldn’t have it anyother way kind of thing. Like going to the movies, or out to dinner, or how while on a family vacation with the kids feels kind of natural. I wouldn’t dream of not taking the kids on a family vacation, most of us wouldn’t. And thus I would not dream of sending my children off to a government school any longer. Its no longer natural to us, the idea of sending them to school under the government for twelve years during their most informative years. Once we started homeschooling, suddenly everything is a family affair. Suddenly all the power over our children is in our hands, my wife’s and I, and sometimes trusted family and friends. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. We are not perfect, no parent is, but homeschooling to us is better than the alternative.
A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues … is on the way to totalitarianism and death.
~ Robert M. Hutchins
Hello, I’m Jesse Light
I’ve started this blog as a place where anyone concerned about k12 edcuation alternatives can discuss and share ideas about what other options there are for young people to learn rather than leaving children’s education up to institutional schooling. I’m a homeschooling parent. I believe all parents are homeschooling parents to differing degrees. Some of us just choose to do it full time. There are many opportunites where ever you live to involve your children in learning.
For example, tomorrow, Friday, at the local university the Astronomy Club will be hosting a FREE star party for families interested about learning about the stars. These are the kinds of alternative learning opportunities our family takes advantage of and actively seeks out.
Earlier this summer my family took a trip to an Old Time Fiddle Camp. We met wonderful interesting people of all different ages and from all over including Canada, the U.S., and Scotland. And we all learned a lot about music and because people were from all over, geography and history. Just by talking to people. And there wasn’t one brutal memorization anxiety causing test there.
I hope a lot of people visit, share, and comment on this blog.
You will not reap the fruit of individuality in your children if you clone their education.
~ Marilyn Howshall