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    Filed at 7:49 am under by dcobranchi

    This Op/Ed is one of the saddest pieces I think I’ve ever read. Sad as in disgusting, maddening, infuriating. Marlene Poggiali Greil spends most of her column inches just trashing the g-schools, and then makes the logical leap:

    Practically every day I wonder why I don’t just home-school my kids so they won’t be exposed to public education. I would home-school them so that they could actually learn in a quiet and caring environment. They could wear whatever clothes I deem appropriate, with their input of course, since I believe in the Bill of Rights. They wouldn’t have to worry about FCAT, just about content. They could move at a faster or slower pace depending on the subject and not be ruled by a clock. They wouldn’t have to tell teachers when words were misspelled on memos or when modifiers were misplaced.

    Hey! Very cool. A pro-homeschooling Op/Ed.

    Not quite.

    So why don’t I home-school my children? I want them to have a social life, and I want them to learn that not everything in life is sane or done with their best interests in mind. Some people in schools have motives other than educating. Some people want better jobs. Some people enjoy power and control. And, yes, some people actually love kids and teaching them. Those are the people I wholeheartedly support and want my kids to know.

    I don’t pray much in life — except for every August. Then I pray that my children get those dedicated few teachers who don’t really care what kids look like, how they dress or whether their shirts are tucked in. I pray that they get teachers who have ideas and who want to spark more ideas. I pray that they find themselves in a school where freedom and the Bill of Rights mean something.

    I pray that she comes to her senses.

    2 Responses to “BECAUSE I HATE MY KIDS”

    Comment by
    August 27th, 2004
    at 9:29 am

    Too bad Daryl’s gone for the day… Skip, can you fix this?

    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    August 27th, 2004
    at 10:26 am

    I fixed it, Meep.