We have a battle going on in the educational system right now. Battle, gee, I don't know about you, but I am so sick of a group of people getting together and deciding what is best for me and my family. So today I ask: You people who seek to take away my right to home-school my child, and to those who seek to force me to give my child the same test your public school child takes: How would you like it if I got a group of people together, got a big corporation to back me, and we forced you to home-school, shut down the public school system, or have your public school child take one of my child's tests? (I bet you wouldn't like that, but you feel safe because you are the majority, and as we know, right now, in America, the bully wins).
I dare guess that your child will fail our Science test, our Italian test, and some may even fail our Language Arts test. If your child isn't taking Italian, of course they will fail, why? They aren't learning it. And if they aren't learning the Science I am teaching my child, of course your child will fail it, but what about the Language Arts test, surely they could pass that. And hopefully they will, after all, it is simply to find a book that sparks their imagination, to read it on their own, then tell me about it as we walk.
I would never infringe upon your right to send your child to strangers who teach your child what they deem the child needs to learn, so why do you insist on taking away my rights? Right now the educational system is teaching our children to be good little ants and serve the queen, right now the educational system is teaching our children what it means to be a good citizen. Right now our educational system is teaching new math systems. Well guess what: I am teaching my child how to be an entrepreneur, to run for office, and an old-old math system...actually 3 different math systems...oops...you know what, I am even teaching her a 4th system: Common Core Math. Why am I teaching her common core math, because we find it amusing.
Now I don't want to compare my child with yours. I think each child is unique and offers up a unique take on the world. What you don't understand is that these people pushing the One-Size-fits all method, don't really care about your child as a child, they think of your child as human capital. They think your child is a cog, and they want that cog to know exactly what the other cogs know so that they can compete globally, and if this is the goal of education, and you like this goal: So Be IT. But please, let each parent decide what is best for their child. I won't lobby to shut down public schools, if you stop lobbying to take away home-schooling and to force parents to take your tests. Remember, tests don't really show aptitude, they show that the child studied what you told them to and can spit it back out.
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