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If your child goes to public school, chances are...


Jared Williams

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I wish to preface this, I am by no means against public schools! I taught at public schools for years. They do a LOT of good. At the same time, I think people should be aware of some of the things going on in public schools. These are not universal, but they are trends. Please be warned. I truly do believe any child can successfully navigate public school, but without parental guidance, it is becoming much more difficult to do so while keeping a biblical mindset. 

 

If you child goes to public school, chances are... 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they will have some great teachers, but...

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be taught that they cannot pray, even privately, in school.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be told they cannot talk about their faith while at school.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be taught that they can choose to be a boy or a girl as early as Pre-K

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be taught sex-education (with detailed images) as early as 7th grade. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they will be almost expected to be sexually active by the time they have finished their first year of high school. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they will have at least one or two teachers who fit under "those who can't, teach." 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not teach how to write in cursive. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not to teach spelling.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not to use the dictionary anymore.

 

if your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged to have students learn words through context and drawing pictures.

 

if your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not to have students memorize times tables.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged to allow students to use calculators for everything.

 

if your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged not to have students memorize historical dates or events. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are their teachers will be encouraged to grade on a curve. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are their teacher will be encouraged to pass everyone, regardless.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are that school is considering going to pass/fail for all its classes.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are that school is considering banning homework.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are that school focuses on statistical perception over intimate need. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they have been told they are "no good" at a subject by at least one teacher.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they have reported bullying at least once and nothing came of it. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are they know/heard someone who was offered, is offering, or has used drugs to/as a students. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum highlights the "bad" history of America.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum revises/hides America's "Christian" history/heritage. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum teaches the origin of life through the lens of Evolution.

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum forbids teaching of any form of Creationism or Intelligent Design. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum will include books with sexually explicit sections. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum will include all other religions, except perhaps Christianity. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are the curriculum will change within every two-six years. 

 

If your child goes to public school, chances are the school is more focused upon perception than education. 

 

These have all been real-life examples from when I have been a teacher. I've taught at many different schools, urban, suburban, rural, diverse, low-income, high-income, high school, middle school - all over the state of Kansas, from Topeka to Liberal and places in-between. Not all of them have been implemented in the schools that I taught, but there was high talk of it and the general consensus of where education was going was heading in that direction. A lot of these are patterns from "pattern-setting states" such as California and New York - in the realm of education. 

 

Examples of personal stories that relate - I had a principal come in to my classroom one day, angry after some of my students failed a test, and informed me, verbatim - "You are teaching middle school math, not elementary math. If they do not know how to multiply and divide by now, they aren't going to. Give them calculators!" 

 

I once taught in a severe autism room, and I worked with a mute child on the alphabet. Within two weeks, I had him making 20 different sounds of the alphabet where before he could only grunt, cry, and scream. I learned that the doctors had long ago told his family he would never learn to speak, so no one had tried. I was told that since he was a 6th grader, he was too old to learn how to speak and I couldn't work with him on it any more. 

 

At one school I was told to ignore the official policy for loud/belligerent students, not to send them to the office and not to write them up because it looked bad for the school in the eyes of the district. I then was told I was the problem, not the students, and that I needed to fix things. 
 

Every year, almost every class, I have had at least one student come up to me and tell me that another teacher, either that year, but mostly years ago, had told him/her that he/she was "stupid", "slow" or "no good and never will be" in a certain subject (usually math).

 

Likewise, every year, almost every class, I had at least one student come to me about a bullying issue and tell me he/she did not trust the administration because nothing had been done about bullying in the past. 

 

When I was in school for education, a teacher asked our class why we wanted to be teachers, almost half of the soon-to-be-teachers answered something akin to - "nothing better to do." 

 

A few years back, I read an article praising a district in California who, it was for elementary school, informed their teachers they would be grading upon social abilities over cognitive abilities. So if Suzy and Joe worked together and said that 2+2=7, they could not be docked as wrong, as long as they got along well together. 

 

Please don't take this wrong, there are a great number of amazing teachers in our public school system! In fact, I would say 99.9% of them are great. I always had great coworkers working with me. I also had great administrators who truly care for the students (though that was sometimes hit and miss for me...). There are a great number of great students with amazingly smart heads on their shoulders coming out of our public school system. This is more of a warning, a "beware!" this is out there, and I'm afraid it's a growing trend.   

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