One of our own, Ron Kemp, at RonKempMusic, writes a very inspiring, powerful post about the death of thirteen year old boy, Paul Hauan, due to bullying. I wanted to follow up on his post by sharing my thoughts on this increasing problem in our public school system and what we can do about it.
Many parents are struggling financially now and cannot afford to send their children to a private school, as the public school system is no longer necessarily a viable option. We’ve seen increasing problems with violent bullying and child suicide due to the bullying. School shootings are becoming more and more common place, making public school anything but a safe place to learn.
What can today’s parents do now to address these problems when the school system won’t? Having a thirteen year old daughter, whom I love more than anything but God Himself, I’ve had to think on this matter in depth. I’ve come to a conclusion on this thing that has finally allowed me to be at peace.
My child has come home from school too many times upset, stressed out, and bitterly unhappy due to cruel peers who pick on her for a variety of ridiculous reasons. I’ve counseled her and we’ve handled it up to now, in that it has not become what I would call a severe problem thus far, yet. I say “yet” because I recognize that there may come a time when it will become a serious issue.
Thankfully, I’ve done the research and have discovered that there is a “homeschooling” option that allows any parent to homeschool their children on the computer at their leisure and no one can do anything about it, should they disapprove. As long as one is legitimately schooling their child through a home schooling program via the computer, textbooks, hand-outs, etc., no one can legally take away this option from us.
Of course, there are those who would love to see parents forced to stop home schooling their children. I think these perspectives lie on the more liberal side of the political aisle, unfortunately, but they are not making much headway in doing away with our homeschooling options so far, and I thank God for that. I think it’s the more anti-theist, anti-religious points of view that pushe this notion because in the past it has often been Christian parents who opt to home school; there are those who dislike Christians exposing their children to their faith. Strangely enough though, because of the violence and bullying going on in so many public schools, even secularist parents are beginning to consider the home school option and well they should!
If your child is seriously stressed to the breaking point due to the public school curriculum, serious bullying and mistreatment, or the threat of another school shooting, don’t wait until something terrible happens. Don’t wait for the child to kill himself or become another school shooting statistic. Take him out of the public school system, and educate him and prepare him for college at home via the computer or one of the many good home school programs available.
I know I’m going to do this very thing if things don’t improve for my child in our public school system. I am not going to wait until my child has killed herself or someone has assaulted her before I act in her best interest. There is nothing more important than my child’s life, well-being, and happiness. Parents today have to recognize the reality of the violent, radical world we now live in.
We can’t wait until state or federal law changes and something happens to change what’s going on out here in our public schools. We have to have other options open to us now and homeschooling is sincerely a good one, in my opinion.
- Do Parents Have a Right to Homeschool? (education.com)
- Homeschooling When Both Parent and Child Have ADHD (everydayhealth.com)
- Barely Literate? How Christian Fundamentalist Homeschooling Hurts Kids (alternet.org)
- Hints for Home Schoolers – Socialization? (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- School days are over (traditionalchristianity.wordpress.com)
- Excellent Home School Curriculum, Substantial Participation Suggest Private or Supplemental Education Not Anomaly – National Trend (prweb.com)
- Am I A Home School Fool? (thespohrsaremultiplying.com)