Man, I live for these blog posts from you. It's like the Church of Sarah. And I am sitting in the pews saying: Amen!

Posted by CaliValleyGirl at July 20, 2007 11:01 AM

You make excellent points. The problem is not, however (and I'm speaking as a former teacher and homeschooling mom now) that there is not enough time to teach everything - it's that schools too often go over and over the same things every single year. And they don't cover it very well no matter when they do it.

I faced that problem when I was in the classroom - and I've always used a reading heavy curriculum for history, English, and Science. My homework for the students was to read good historical fiction that went along with whatever we were studying. That brought it alive for them and they retained it.

I managed to cover William Wilberforce AND Winston Churchill very nicely, thank you very much. And I continue that with my kids at home.

Further, it used to be the domain of school to teach kids the facts and for parents to add in the cultural activities that round us all out and make us intelligent individuals capable of rational thought. The tables have been turned now, though. Schools are supposed to hold Chinese New Year celebrations, Cinco de Mayo parties, and Kwanzaa. All that takes away from actual LEARNING.

I take my kids to those things on my own, thank you very much. I don't need the school to catch my back with it. Nor does anyone else. Schools should not be in the business of parenting... except in totalitarian societies.

//sorry for the rant

Posted by airforcewife at July 20, 2007 11:10 AM

Holy crap. I am definitely home-schooling my kids when (if) they come along. That's beyond ridiculous, that's freakin scary.
I fixed my boo-boo... you're now linked on my blog. 'Cause I read you so often. And my computer is now dead, along with all the bookmarks I had, which made it easy for me to not link people.
And stuff.

Posted by Green at July 21, 2007 01:31 AM