Friday, September 16, 2005

Why Public School is Better Than Homeschool

10. Most parents were educated in the underfunded public school system, and so are not smart enough to homeschool their own children.

9. Children who receive one-on-one homeschooling will learn more than others, giving them an unfair advantage in the marketplace. This is undemocratic.

8. How can children learn to defend themselves unless they have to fight off bullies on a daily basis?

7. Ridicule from other children is important to the socialization process.

6. Children in public schools can get more practice 'Just Saying No' to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.

5. Fluorescent lighting may have significant health benefits.

4. Publicly asking permission to go to the bathroom teaches young people their place in society.

3. The fashion industry depends upon the peer pressure that only public schools can generate.

2. Public schools foster cultural literacy, passing on important traditions like the singing of 'Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg...'

1. Homeschooled children may not learn important office career skills, like how to sit still for six hours straight.

Isn't that hilarious? I got this and just had to share it with you too.

But, really. The scarey thing is that people really believe it!

I've had people tell me that kids learn how to deal with people from the teasing and bullying they get in school.

Uh-huh. Right. If you believe that, then you might as well let your child run out in the street to get hit by a car so he will know how to deal with pain.

Laura Bankston

P.S. Don't worry about the selfish foolishness of people who criticize your choice to homeschool. Continue to love your children, teach them, spend time with them, cook with them - it's just the right thing to do.

Laura Bankston is author of Cooking with Kids Curriculum: Homeschool Cooking with Kids System in a Box and the Homeschool Cookbook. She currently home schools her three children, maintains home school support websites, and manages their family-owned service business. For information on her curriculum and free home school support services, please visit http://www.homeschoolcookbook.com

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