Copyright May 20, 2015

Schools need to stop teaching so much about sex and sex education; gender differentiation; political correctness; worrying over the offensiveness of prayer, religion, our Pledge of Allegiance, our American flag and our American History and trying to remove said items from the schools; talking about politics to our children – who’s running for office what they stand for and why it’s a good thing or not, making sure our children get registered to vote when they turn eighteen if they’re still in school, advising them where they should go to vote and the proper way to fill out a ballot; how their parents are abusing them if either one or both parents do so much as correct them if they’re doing wrong or the child won’t do what they’re told (such as help around the house, it sure didn’t kill me to do it, it won’t kill them!), or for not doing what is right, or worse yet if a parent refuses or restricts their child’s the use of something or the going to somewhere, which might be considered in the eyes of the public forum, a basic right of any child.

Schools need to get back to the basics of teaching reading writing arithmetic work related (like auto shop, science club, etc.) courses, music and arts; and home life survival skills. A few examples from when I was growing up: work weeks where the student goes to a place of business and job shadows someone for a period of an hour or two each day for a month or a full semester; teaching the students how to cook, balance a checkbook, make a budget and stick to it for an entire school year; teach them to iron & sew; how to do minor repairs or maintenance on a car starting with the one many students drive to school once they hit the proper age for such; this is important – the proper way to jump start a car (I run into so many people who don’t know how to do this); how to build something with wood or steel and give the thing internal working parts with a radio control so it will move; encourage experimenting with design and invention. Wow that list is endless.

Schools should keep their noses out of the homes of the children they are teaching unless there is a need for intervention because there is obvious neglect or abuse; and they need to keep their teaching of our children to the knowledge the children need to graduate, not how to take the test to pass it. If the schools would get back to the basics – we would have smarter, better balanced, less brain-washed children who aren’t going to come out believing everyone owes them something, the children would have an improving discernment of wisdom, and the ability to make sound and healthier choices for their lives, on their own, without other people thinking it all through for them, gee now that’s a novel concept, it would be a shocker, wouldn’t it?

Schools, and many parents too, as it stands now, do all the thinking for the children, or create work which is too easy for them – so little Susie and Bill don’t get their little itty bitty feelings hurt if they get a red mark on their paper because they got the answer wrong; and heaven forbid they fail a test, because then it looks bad on the school! So instead of teaching them the materials and skills to study, let’s allow the schools to teach them contents of the test. In fact let’s go one better and give them a “sample test” which has twenty questions on it, eighteen of which will be on the actual test they take – that makes it okay and easier to swallow, right? NOT! We’ll forget any real or meaningful homework, and we should also forego making study hall a requirement after a student fails a test, because it might interfere with the children’s absolute right and need to socialize or play their mindless electronic games after school; or worse yet that assigned homework or study hall after school could inconvenience the parents’ schedule and what they might have planned that evening. My goodness we couldn’t have that now, could we?!

Oh, and you hadn’t better let me get me started about a parent not being allowed to spank their child (not beat them, spank them – there is a difference!) or the child can go to school and tell their teacher, then parent can get into trouble for abuse; or the fact that the schools are handing out sex education and free birth control to the children without parental consent; or that children can go to a clinic or a doctor without their parent for such items or even to have a surgical procedure done – again without parental consent; or the fact that parents are told they can’t search little Susie or Bill’s room, backpack, car, purse, etc. because it’s considered a breach of their own children’s privacy. Wow, the list of how a parent or guardian can infringe on a child’s basic rights just gets longer every day, doesn’t it?

Schools should stop spending so much of their allocated teaching funds their time and their staffing efforts on the responsibilities which are those of the parents to teach in the home. Doing so would more than likely improve their school budgets exponentially. Perhaps then they would be able to keep or bring back the curriculum and programs they’ve cancelled because, “they just can’t afford to have it in their curriculum anymore!”

Okay, I’m done ranting now. I will get down off of my soap box.