You missed a “hot topic post” from me, didn’t you? Well, here it comes. Some time ago I was reading one of “Level A” blogs in my reader Our Worldwide Classroom, a blog that I usually enjoy, especially since it is written by a secular mom like myself. Kylie was sharing (without going into too much detail) why she decided to take her child out of public school, and she posted this quote on her blog.
So now let me go on my own personal rant here. I am so tired of this kind of generalized disrespect towards public schools and people who work there. I am sure that people are trying to justify their decisions to keep their children at home. I can even see the wisdom of that choice in certain situations. All I want is to see some respect for the teachers who go to the classroom every day of the school year, rain or shine, and teach not just one child but 20+. I want to see some respect for your friends (including your blog friends) and family members who are making choices different from your own.
I am not sending my daughter to the thought-policing fascist government monopoly. I am trusting her to people who chose the life of service and, yes, to those who perhaps cannot afford to quit and teach just their own kids like some of the bloggers in the blogosphere. I also want to believe that through being part of a public school system our family can contribute more to the community we live in. I am actually pretty excited about the fact that my daughter will become a kindergartener pretty soon, and the whole wide world of “a real school” will be open to her. For more of our decisions on why not to homeschool, read this post.