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  • Not an April Fool’s Joke: “School-Homing” Education Ideas

    “According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home,” The Onion “reports” today.

    “School-homing,” as the satirical source dubs the fictional trend, would be a witty April Fool’s fib if it didn’t sound so much like the liberal education ideas we’ve heard in the last few decades.

    The Clinton administration, for example, popularized the idea of “one-stop shopping” for social services at public schools. They also heavily promoted school-based clinics, which offer services including reproductive health counseling and contraceptives to minors.

    The Obama administration is following suit. The new health care law massively increases funding for school-based clinics–$250 million over the next five years.  Meanwhile, Secretary Duncan described his “Department’s cradle-to-career education strategy” in testimony before the House Budget Committee last month.

    He went on to explain that the Obama administration’s Department of Education budget request includes:

    $210 million to fund school reform and comprehensive social services for children in distressed communities from birth through college and career. A restructured Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students program would provide $410 million to – for the first time – systematically measure school climates, which we know can affect student learning.

    “School-homing” doesn’t sound far from the mark.

    At the classroom level, such policies put demands on teachers that they can’t fulfill. Most teachers and administrators will readily admit they can’t make up for the fundamental role of the family and don’t want to.

    At the same time, it’s frustrating for teachers if some parents don’t engage adequately in their children’s education because of challenges in their own personal lives. But the answer isn’t to push more government interventions into family life via public schools. It’s to start restraining government to its constitutional role, limiting public schools to their basic educational purpose, looking to civil society to restore family and community life, and empowering parents with real authority over and resources to direct their children’s education and upbringing.

    As Virginia Walden Ford, who’s organized thousands of parents in the District of Columbia on behalf of school choice, will attest, the difference that decision-making authority can make is powerful. She’s seen adults’ and families’ lives transformed as a result.

    On the other hand, if policies encourage “school-homing, they’ll reap what they sow, sadly. As The Onion sardonically concludes, “increasingly overburdened public schools have recently led to a steady upswing in the number of students being prison-homed.”

    If we believe the slogan that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers, then we need education policies that testify to its truth.

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    14 Responses to Not an April Fool’s Joke: “School-Homing” Education Ideas

    1. Pingback: Instapundit » Blog Archive » “SCHOOL-HOMING:” Alas, not an April Fool’s joke….

    2. Diggs, Colorado Spri says:

      School-homing sounds perfect for those that have chosen the welfare-careering way of life.

    3. Pingback: The Enlightened Redneck » Why We Home-School, Lesson #28

    4. Ralph Gizzip, Flyove says:

      This is exactly why private school kids do so much better than public school kids. Since their parents made the decision to spend the money to send them to private school the parents have a financial stake in making sure they get a good return on their investment.

      Since public education is "free" you get what you pay for.

    5. Steve G says:

      We don't need violence, and we don't even need loud, in-your-face type of tactics…we simply need to educate ourselves and motivate our neighbors and friends to help us "throw the bums out" in November. This country has been too blessed, and has stood for too great of ideals and values to let it be sold down the river by progressives.

      The two people who have expressed this the best are Dennis Prager and this young conservative writer out of Chicago: http://rjmoeller.com/2010/04/november-2010-countr

    6. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      I thank God for my education in Parochial schools, I am also glad I choose the same school for my kids. If I had children of school age today, I would not send them to public schools, they are not learning, only constantly preparing for these multiple test,

    7. 3125mom Spokane, Was says:

      This tongue-in-cheek article would be more funny if it wasn't so true. Too many parents do expect others to raise their children for them.

      Look at the tragedies of Phoebe Prince and other children who have completed suicide because of bullying. I've been listening to reports of this all morning and not once, with all the demands for accoutability, have I heard anything about the parents of the bullies, or of the bullied children.

      A lot of the bullying was done with technology through Facebook and the phone. When was this done? During school? Do students have access to Facebook during school? They shouldn't. Were they sending cruel messages over their phones during school? Why did they have their phones at school?

      Most likely, most of it was outside of school hours. Who gave them the computers and phones? Their parents. Who pays for them? Their parents. Who is responsible for how they are used? Their parents.

      The school staff absolutely had a role of responsibility in this, but the parents of the bullies had the greater responsibility. Their children's behavior is their responsibility, even when they are in school.

      Some of the bullying was done on the way home from school. I understand they were throwing things at her. Once children leave school grounds or the school bus, they are no longer the responsibility of the school. They are the responsibility of their parents or whomever their parents arrange to care for them.

      The little boy in Texas who went home and shot himself–where did he get access to a gun at his home? Not from the school. It was his parents' responsibility to secure the gun from children.

      The bullying of Phoebe was done over three months and her mother contacted the school two times? That's less than once a month. Why didn't she think it was important enough to contact them more than that?

      If any child is being bullied, there should be a meeting with the bully/bullies, the victim(s) and all the parents/guardians of all the children. It can happen at school or outside of school. Parents don't have to wait for the school to take action. Did anyone file a police report? I doubt it. Suspending a child from school for bullying is unlikely to do any good unless the parents are involved, and that's really all the power a school has. Parents should be using their power to stop it, and not wait for the school to do something.

      Many students are reluctant to say anything because they don't want to be perceived as a snitch or tattler. That is why we teach our students the difference between tattling and responsible reporting. If adults witness a crime or an assault, we make a report. That's what responsible people do. If someone is in danger or potential danger, we report it. That's what responsible people do.

      From the reports I've seen, many students, parents, and school staff knew about the torment these children suffered. What did they do? Apparently they waited too long for someone else to do something. Next time don't wait. Report. And keep reporting until something is done to stop the problem.

      I am a teacher in a public school, and we do have a serious responsibility to keep all students and staff safe, and take action if anyone is in jeopardy. But parents must be the ones to take responsibility for their children no matter where they are. "In loco parentis" does not mean we will raise your children for you, and too many seem to expect that we will.

    8. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      Don't depend on the police, with the experiance3 I've had and my family has had with police, it's usually passed off as "it's a civil matter" then try ad get charges pressed, no one wants to be bothered until there is a death. My great grandaughter was assulted by another family matter, his nephew is a cop in another district, local police refused to arrest hi as the nephew talked to them, amazing is the call is not on rexccord?? This is what we are up against, magistrates who won't swear out warrents, cops won't arrest people because of the "Blue Wall" fraternity, and even judges who don't listen to the facts and decide cases before all evidence is presented, even the commonwealth atty's are not doing their jobs, discussing cases in the hallways. Justice is not only blind, she is daf and dumb also. Let's get this countr turned around quickly, Nov. 2010, vote and go back to true justice.

    9. John Clancy, Wyandot says:

      To make education effective the government at the federal level should defer to the states as the founding fathers envisioned and as the principle of subsidiarity would require.

      The state government should do all it can to serve the diversity of the students–bright, slow, disadvantaged, gifted, etc.–by providing tax credits to the parents so they can chose what is best for their child.

      As great thinkers like DeTocqueville would point out, we are a nation that depends on a transcendent power; otherwise the state takes over our lives. Our approach to education must recognize and engender this reality for a free people.

    10. Leon, Durango, CO says:

      Amazing to see this Pleadean Model finally work out in modern America. Increasingly institutions are substituting for parenting. I don't like the crazy notion that put kids on Ritalin (crack, meth) for imaginary illnesses, but this is a symptom of the same thing. God designed the family, but these damned Democrats can't leave it alone.

      Now every time the Democrats touch anything, they ruin it. The more they work on education the worse it gets. "Oh no! Schools are for socialization!" And it seems education has nothing to do with it. So it isn't a school, it is a clearing house for socialization, indeed socialism.

    11. Richard, Indiana (ne says:

      We have been home schooling for over 25 years. Our children have tested out at the 12th grade level on California Achievement Tests in the 8th grade! Two of our children are dean's list students at a state university with academic scholarships.

      Our children know how to communicate with people of all ages, they were not educated in a stratified environment where children only deal with their peers. They also were rewarded for academic achievement, and took up various hobbies including hunting, taxidermy, tying flies for fishing, small engine repair, bee keeping and plant experimentation among other things.

      It is not the government's job to educate anyone's children. It is the parent's job. Home schooling brings parents and children close together in heart and mind. Yes, you can do it! They grow up fast and you can't recoup the time.

    12. 3125mom Spokane, Was says:

      If the police won't get involved, then it's time to change the law so they will. Schools do not have much authority over students. That was effectively removed by parents and lawyers. Parents are responsible for the actions of their children until they are legal adults. They should be monitoring their computer and phone use. They should know where they are at all times. And, yes, I am a parent.

      As for school choice–you think there aren't bullies in other schools? Most children now use Facebook and other sites to send messages, and some of those messages are cruel. Again, it's up to the parents to know what their minor aged children are doing. And, as an aside, just because someone has the money it would take to go to public school does not mean it will cover private school tuition. Charter and private schools can tell students to leave; public schools can't. And no school–public, private, or charter– has to accept a child outside of school boundaries; that is at the school's discretion, not the parents'.

      As for the person complaining about Ritalin use, the parents take the child to the doctor and get the prescription, not the school. ADD and ADHD are medical diagnoses which the doctors make, not the schools. This also has nothing to do with Democrats. To say that is to say that only the children of Democrats take medications for health impairments. I'm a special education teacher, and I can tell you that many parents try to get their children with a diagnosis so they can qualify for SSI, and get very irate when we refuse to sign any statements that we see any behaviors in a child we have not witnessed ourselves.

      Society, which includes parents and politicians who have abdicated their responsibility to children and schools are the ones who have forced schools to become social service agencies. Every time someone has a complaint about a societal ill, everyone says "the schools must do something"! Yes, God's will is for the family to be responsible for children, but too many are happy to leave that to the schools, and there are plenty of laws which bear that out.

    13. Michael R. Shearer, says:

      Some types of adults or parents who have bought the utopian vision of what the movement wants it to be who were classroom educated never experienced life without peers. They assumed having peers around in a highly social environment meant nothing to thier lives. The enormous lack of peer social interaction on a daily basis with the same peers means these childfren miss out on a tremendous amount of enjoyment most children have going to classroom schools or normal schools.

      They also miss out on a tremendous lack in development of social skills and develpment of peer relationships with a loss in both the important negative and positive experiences that prepare them for adulthood and the work place.

      The only person who can see they have retarded social skills are the victims of home school. The parents insist on doing as they please and incorrectly think they can observe their children and every one of them know their children's social skills are just fine when they have absolutely no evidence. I have worked with Oregon government for 19 years and they refuse to believe HS deprives children of half the education from the development of important social learning.

      Home school exists today as something that shortchanges the lives of the victims abused by parents who refuse to accept the fact cutting half their education out of their childhood should be a crime with prison time for imprisoning their children.

      I was home schooled in probably the best possible home school in the huniverse for eight horrible, stupid, idiot years with absolutely no reason for doing it.

      Michael R. Shearer, mrs-777@live.com

    14. Michael R. Shearer, says:

      I am a professional writer. I've written about 30,000 pages since 1990. I don't want a fromer home school kid who wants home school to look good just because he doesn't want people looking down on him.

      I don't want some editor going through my comments who does care about the horrible life I had and wants to smooth it out so HS people won't object.

      I know what I'm talking about. I have been active for 29 years and I lobbied the Oregon legislature in 1991.

      The big newspaper let me write something and some idiot editor change things that were true to false statements without checking it before publication. You offerred this opportunity to me. Now don't screw it up.

      Michael R. Sheaerer

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