God at Home, or Sex at School…Let the Judge Decide – Guest Post
March 17, 2009 by admncc
Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they would like to complain about. Neo Con Don submitted the below-Guest Post. His complaint is home schooling. His second complaint is a judge’s recent ruling regarding a home schooling situation. My child’s education is always on my mind, so I found this post interesting. Without further adieu, here’s Don…
I’m not a huge fan of home schooling. There are several reasons for that. First, my wife is a public school teacher, and when she gets new students that were home schooled, there is usually a significant learning curve. It’s not always specifically a learning curve based on knowledge or intelligence; it can be a process curve that affects the new student’s learning. For example, the new student may be a great speller, understands how to write complex sentences, and has a great vocabulary but doesn’t know how to dissect a sentence at the same level of her class. They are also not used to the strict time schedule. So, when a home schooled student enters an organized classroom, it’s a challenge to both the student and the classroom.
As I said, I am not a fan of it, but I am not at all against home schooling. If a parent does not trust their public school district, and cannot afford to send their children to an acceptable private school, home schooling is a wonderful alternative. However, it is extremely important that the students are regularly tested to make sure they are keeping up with their public school counterparts, and the home school “teachers” are assessed and engaging in continuing education. This is what’s most important: As long as the students are at or above the required level of their public school counterparts, and the parent has demonstrated their grasp on the required curriculum, a parent has every right to home school their children.
So I became extremely concerned when I read this article about a North Carolina woman.
Her soon to be ex-husband has expressed concern with her teaching (because she teaches her children about God), and a judge has ordered the children be put into public school. Excuse me? This Judge does not have the authority to force these children into public school because he has a problem with them learning about God. Well God per se, but he felt they needed to be given a more mainstream education in science. Well that’s very interesting seeing as there are only two instances where God and science have some friction: Darwin’s Theory and the Big Bang Theory. Everything else in science is pretty straight forward and doesn’t try to counteract the God issue. I would imagine that when this mother gets to the Darwin chapter, she’ll simply say “now this is one theory. It’s very important that you learn this for the test, and you’ll likely never need to deal with it again…we call that a ‘temporary suspension of disbelief.’ Now let’s move on to literature class where we’re going to read a classic poem entitled The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, where the main lesson from an interpretive standpoint is a ‘temporary suspension of disbelief.'”
These children are reportedly testing two grade levels ahead. This mother is clearly doing a fantastic job teaching her children. They are meeting and exceeding the standards required by the state. What would public school be like for these children? Will it be too easy? Will they be placed a grade or two higher and not with other children their own age and physical development level?
How far will this type of gov’t invasion go? If this judge can get away with this, there is no telling where we will end up. I will never stop my pursuit of what’s right until this agenda of hate and meanness ends.
There are all kinds of problems here, but the most problematic is a judge making a decision about a responsible parent’s decision to home school. The oldest child is 12 years old, and if I were a betting man, I’d bet that child knows more about the Constitution and the First Amendment than EVERYONE in her public school including her new teachers. Probably more than this judge for that matter.