Just a quick note to all of you who may at times forget, or perhaps question why it is that you do what you do.
It's obvious that in those moments, you can always simply glance at your children for confirmation of the rightness of homeschooling (except maybe when the little darlings are working your last nerve!)
But here's a quick snippet out of todays' News and Examiner guaranteed to have y'all nodding your heads sagely.
According to the administration of the "President of the known Universe", "fixer of all things that need fixing", a fulsome 82% of all public schools could fall short of Federal standards this year.
And according to the N&E report, lawmakers have known about this massive deficiency for some time.
Now, instead of "No Child Left Behind", the Federal Government is being forced to consider a "No School Left Behind" policy.
What does it mean?
In a nutshell, it means that public school children are not being educated sufficiently. Surprised?
Okay, not really, but still.....82%?
So now, our ever busy, (messing things up!) Government will have to become even more involved in public education and will most probably begin to lower the standards of what is considered to be a "quality" education in this country so that the increasingly poor statistical data can be skewed to make it seem like public school kids are actually getting the type of instruction that they need to be able to compete in today's ever more competitive world.
I think that it has been clear since the inception of "public school" in this country that the powers that be were more interested in producing "workers" than they were ,"thinkers", and I don't believe that it has changed much.
The problem is, the world is becoming more and more technology based, which means that the average "worker" will need to be more "specifically" educated in order to be able to land a job in the work place.
A "general" curriculum, especially one that is already inherently deficient simply will not provide the type of skills and training necessary to ensure a successful career path for most of the nations' children.
Meanwhile, other countries, who are far more forward thinking (and what ever happened to good old American ingenuity?), are shipping workers with the necessary skills over here in droves, further exacerbating a continually growing unemployment problem. (Oh, thats right, Mr. Fixit says things are getting better....Hooray!)
I have tremendous respect for my sister and for all of you out there who are committed to the idea of educating your children in subject, substance and self and I can foresee a time very soon when homeschooled children will begin moving from the ranks of "unsocialized" to the forefront of "most desired".
Keep up the good work!