Homeschooling and the clueless Miss Marple
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Nevertheless, perhaps we can all agree with Miss Marple in one respect. West Virginia does need more regulation of education. Consequently, as a public service, here is my modest proposal for reforming West Virginia’s public schools: Homeschooling parents should regulate Miss Marple and the West Virginia government school system until the students in the government schools for which she is responsible outperform homeschooled children academically.
Unfortunately, this recommendation is not likely to be accepted, which means that most state superintendents of education around the country will continue to be able to tell parents upset about the job their local schools are doing, “Well, at least we’re not West Virginia.” In the meantime, as far as homeschooling is concerned, Miss Marple needs to get a clue.
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Or are we?
Let me muse on that using my usual three tine fork.
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Is it moral for that criminal gang in Trenton or DC to “regulate” or “operate” Gooferment Skrules?
First, during the Cold War, we decried the Soviet and Chinese schools as “propaganda factories” that “brainwashed” the youth and political prisoners. We see North Korea as the ultimate of a brainwashed society where all good comes from the “great leader”. How is the current system of public education any different than that. Isn’t the Gooferment Skrules “brainwashing future voters?
Second, freedom of religion? Don’t parents get to educate their children in the religion o their choice? No, Gooferment Skrules teach “Secular Progressive” values and “Earth Worship”. Whole generations have lost their religions by the operation of “public education”.
Third, isn’t it immoral to force some people to pay for the education of other people’s children? I don’t have any input into the decision to have these children; I don’t feed them or clothe them. But I get to pay to educate them. The Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee with its property taxes literally forces old people from their homes by virtue of the property tax.
Four, Gooferment Skrules have “Teachers’ Unions”. There’s a corrupt circle. Those unions work for the election of politicians. Those politicians appoint the bureaucrats. The bureaucrats “negotiate” contracts with the unions. How’s that for a feedback loop for corruption.
Five, Gooferment Skrules have an infrastructure of pigs that feed at the trough of Gooferment Skrules. Those pigs give money to politicians and bureaucrats to ensure that the trough is full. They also vote for the politicians to continue it. In any school budget election, you can count on all the teachers and the pigs to vote to spend more.
Six, “it’s for the children”, what greater fraud is perpetrated on the children than to pretend what is being done to them is “education”. Have you ever talked to the output of the Gooferment Skrules? Permanently damaged goods. Any the statistics are “managed”; just dig into any number and you’ll find just how badly they are inflated.
Just look at the Gooferment’s own reports, Gooferment Skrules are a failure at education. Look at that high school exam from the turn of the century, I’m not sure I could pass it.
By any measure the costs far exceed either private, parochial, or home schooling.
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Long ago, I proposed a 40 year plan to get out of this particular hole.
The first half, 20 years, was a gradual extraction of the Gooferment from the operation of Gooferment Skrules. All parents would get a voucher for the cost of a year’s education. 5% a year were freed to seek education elsewhere. At the end of 20 years or so, then all education would be done in private schools.
The second half, another 20 years, the amount of the voucher would be reduced 5% per year. All parents would begin to pay the cost of educating the children they decided to have. At the end of of 20 years or so, parents would be paying for the education of their children.
The Gooferment would be out of the education business.
And, we’ll all be better off.
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