Monday, April 2, 2018

Yet Another Case for Private or Home Schooling

4/2/18 CNN:
(CNN)Oklahoma and Kentucky teachers are walking off the job Monday and holding rallies in their state capitols to pressure lawmakers.
Inspired by the West Virginia strike in which teachers demanded and got a pay raise from state leaders, a wave of other states, including Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona, are taking similar action.
Educators are organizing and publicly pressuring state lawmakers over issues such as education funding, teacher salaries and pension reform.
While I am sympathetic about teacher pay, which reflects both oversupply of teachers and general disrespect for formal education, this is a reminder that public schools may stop operating pretty easily.  Private schools do not generally have this problem for several reasons:

1. A lot of private schools are faith-based and teachers are there for many reasons other than money.

2. Seldom unionized, so hard to organize a walkout even as large as one school, much less on a city or county basis.

For parents who rely on there being places to drop the kids while at work, these walkouts can be a serious inconvenience.  If you have already made the decision to homeschool, then this is not such an inconvenience.  Unless you are poorly educated yourself, you can homeschool.  I am seeing some very effective results even from homes where the parents are not well-educated.


BFR said...

The fact that several entire generations have willing sent their children to the government for schooling (there is no "public school entity", it is all government controlled and operated schooling) is the reason that our culture has devolved.

Conservatives and Christians have been actively in the forefront of support for the government school system. Imagine what would happen to the government school system if every nominal Christian removed their children tomorrow.

StormCchaser said...

Sadly, a lot of the oversupply is because those who can't do well in other subjects in college often choose teaching. This doesn't apply to all teachers, but does apply to plenty of them.