I nearly missed an email note from a reader (because he didn’t use the contact form) which had a semi-jocular solution to mass shooting attacks on schools.
“Our solution to the school shooter crisis is Universal Mandatory Home Schooling!”
Okay. I guess if your child is being home-schooled, then she isn’t going to be in the school where the madman attacks.
Of course not every family is in a position to school their children well. “Well”, being the key.
On the other hand, this does bring a few questions to the fore.
Have we gotten to the point where we rely on the State for far too much? Where is self-reliance, personal responsibility? It can be argued that, for example, state schools free us up to do other things and provide a minimum level of education. However, it also seems to me that huge damage has been done to the entire nation through a decades long systematic bending of young minds with liberal and atheist agendas.
Just compare the exams (expectations) of grade school students in this decade with those of yesteryear. Take a look at a story about an 8th grade exam from 1912. HERE and HERE They didn’t have fancy gizmos then. They had simple books, chalk, and a board… and expectations.
So, where’s the benefit from the big State-run schools these days? Students can learn about 57 different self-defined genders, but not much about history… of anything. And we know what happens when history is unknown or ignored.
Are there ways in which we can be more self-reliant, especially in the education of children? I have in mind in particular religious education. Parents are the first educators of their children. Every other resource has to be an aid to parents, not a substitution.
I’m sure that many of you who have raised offspring have some view on this.