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    Filed at 1:11 pm under by dcobranchi

    Jill passed along an anti-home ed Op/Ed by, of course, an educrat. Some choice quotes:

    seems pretty straightforward until one notices some interesting items. Firstly of all, the age of compulsory attendance starts at six. This means that kindergarten is not mandatory. However, the vast majority of people understand how important early education is and eagerly send their children to kindergarten…

    I do have more of a problem with a parent who chooses to home school. My problem has more to do with my own personal observations as a school principal than what may be contained in the research. In very rare situations I have had one or two parents decide to home school their child. In each of these situations I noticed one important factor.These parents found it very difficult to separate from their children. They literally cried when they dropped their child off at school in the morning. I spent countless hours counseling these parents on how important it was to have their child exposed to other adults and other children; The parents just couldn’t separate. Even after they took their children out of school, the neighborhood witnessed that these parents and children were never apart. Not very healthy, and the lack of any oversight really concerns me in the home school alternative.

    There are alternatives to public education. For the majority of us, though, our public schools still earn the best value for the dollar, earn our trust, and meet both the academic and value standards of the majority of our citizens.

    Considering that the denominator in the value equation for the g-schools is “zero”, that’s really not saying much.

    8 Responses to “LOST ME AT “FIRSTLY OF ALL””

    Comment by
    April 21st, 2007
    at 1:28 pm

    Wow. School principal? Really?

    How did that man get through college with those writing skills?

    Comment by
    April 21st, 2007
    at 4:05 pm

    I was too distracted by his lack of thinking skills to notice his writing. 🙂

    Comment by
    April 21st, 2007
    at 5:18 pm

    Honestly these people act like we stay with our kids 24/7. Which I know in my case isn’t true.

    In fact I am HOME ALONE (unless you count the two kittens we adopted).

    Comment by
    April 21st, 2007
    at 11:23 pm

    “our public schools still earn the best value for the dollar, earn our trust, and meet both the academic and value standards of the majority of our citizens”
    Bwahahahah. Thanks Daryl, I needed the laugh.

    Comment by
    April 21st, 2007
    at 11:50 pm

    …these parents and children were never apart. Not very healthy,…

    Really? Being with your child — wanting to be with your child — is not healthy?

    Well, let me just go toss my son into public school because gosh, golly gee this guy must know what he’s talking about. Firstly of all, he’s a principal.

    Yeah, I’m so sure. *rolleyes*

    Comment by
    April 21st, 2007
    at 11:52 pm

    Sorry about that… anonymous up there was me.

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    April 22nd, 2007
    at 10:34 am

    I’m wondering if the parents were crying at the idea of leaving their children in the hands of Firstly. I would . . .


    Comment by
    April 22nd, 2007
    at 4:07 pm

    Wierd. I have NEVER once seen lack of ability to separate to be the case in any of the homeschool families I have seen, which as a homeschool support group leader, I dare say is more than this principal has seen. But then what do I know? I have no education degree.—