A response to John Oliver’s segment on public schools

John Oliver did a good segment on public schools, however it doesn’t address a fundamental underlying issue and that is that public schools should be ended. Make parents be responsible for their own kids education and increase competition, it would guarantee you’d see a change in US education.

Listen to “Episode 96. John Oliver And Public Schools” on Spreaker.

Study says homework doesn’t help students score better grades – Times of India

schoolhomeworkI have always wondered if this was the case. But this shows that it is true. I mean getting stuck in a building for eight hours at a time should count for something. Atleast in college you generally only take 2-3 classes at a time with a 15 minute break between each one. However where home work does seem to help is with standardized testing and with SOLS and the new Common Core system I doubt that home work will be going away.

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(guest post) Homeschooling can go at an unhurried pace

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One of the many issues that parents run into with homeschooling is that they base their curriculum on how they were schooled. So instead of it being home schooled it is schooling at home. The beauty of children is that they are little sponges that love to learn and pay attention to new things. This means there isnt a massive push or rush to start education very early because they are learning so many things. They did just learn to walk and talk without having sat in a classroom. Here is a good article on the frustrations of feeling rushed as a parent.

Children can go at an unhurried pace

Tom Woods Show: The Origins of State Education: Myth and Reality

Alot of people may wonder why school is mandated and where it originated from. Here is a good break down of the history of the modern day public schools.

How Private Schools Are Educating the Poor (Tom Woods Show)

This is a video on how the poor are getting educated around and how their schools are comparable to publicly funded. The guest is a man who like most of us started never doubting that public education was the only way to get people educated until he started looking at schools around the world. It has changed his mind. This is for any one who has ever wondered how people would get educated if it wasn’t publicly funded or any one else who has been to school.

Url: http://youtu.be/_clbaCG7eWc?list=UUsgWR55UyAiFarZYl1u1l9Q

Palmer Lucky a home schooling success story

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Palmer luckey is the inventor of one of the first virtual reality helmets that was affordable. what’s really amazing is that he was homeschooled.

Palmer Lucky on Wikipedia

Wired magazine on Virtual reality set

The Oculus Rift website

Independence for your children

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One of the things I recall from growing up was that I spent almost every waking minute outside. If I was not in school or in bed I was outside. I rode my bike very where and ran around with the other little boys doing the kinds of things that gave my parents grey hair. I haven’t told them every thing I did wither. If they knew at the time I may not be here today. This lifestyle is in contrast to many parents today who do not allow their children out or heavily supervise all activities.

 

While I understand wanting to watch your children and making sure they don’t get into trouble or hurt. Hovering over children is the part I don’t entirely get. In a recent parenting article I read it stated that various schools have remedial classes for children who are entering kindergarten. This is because some of the kids have not fully developed motor skills. Also there are kids that are still in diapers entire kindergarten. This is shocking to read. What causes these types of issues?

 

In being a parent myself, I have to walk a line between being protective and using common sense. My children are allowed to anything they wish unless it is blatantly going to end up in disaster. They can climb things, hop in the ocean, run around outside and most likely they will be fine. They also learn very quickly if they ever get hurt to not do that again. This freedom will quickly teach them what they can and cannot do.

 

 

50 Things Kids Don’t Learn in School (Guest post) – Grass Fed Anarchist

Why is it so generally accepted that school is necessary to prepare you for the work force? This notion assumes that someone other than the individual knows exactly what line of work he will want to go into. In fact, I’d argue that school does more to deter an independent, creative, entrepreneur’s mind than it does to prepare a child for the real world. It creates a mind that is reliant on the system, and couldn’t survive without it.

Take a look at this list that I put together with help from my lovely Facebook friends and supporters. Can you honestly tell me that learning to memorize and regurgitate facts sounds like a better use of anyone’s time than learning the following the skills?

1 – How to change a tire
2 – How to buy a house
3 – How to give good customer service
4 – How to manage money without relying on debt
5 – How to maintain a healthy relationship
6 – How to break off an unhealthy relationship
7 – How to talk to someone who is depressed or suicidal
8 – How to give advice and know when advice is solicited
9 – How to know when simply listening and validating is more appropriate
10 – How to grow your own food
11 – How to prepare and preserve that food
12 – How to change your oil
13 – How to use jumper cables
14 – How to do CPR
15 – How to learn independently
16 – How to teach independence
17 – How to raise fish/animals for food
18 – How to make change
19 –  How to spot “spin” and bias
20 – How to detect logical fallacies
21 – How to question authority
22 – How to identify and forage for wild edibles
23 – How to set up a simple trap
24 – How to interpret statistics
25 – How to assist someone giving birth
26 – How to know whom to trust, and whom not to trust
27 – How to balance a check book
28 – How to tie a knot
29 – How to manage finances
30 – How to defend yourself with force if necessary
31 – How to question everything
32 – How a bank account works
33 – How to write a will
34 – How to plan a funeral
35 – How to start a business
36 – How to do your taxes
37 – How to decide which charities are legitimate
38 – How to patent an invention
39 – How the stock market works
40 – How to correctly interpret scientific data
41 – How to kill a chicken
42 – How to dis/assemble and clean a rifle, pistol, and revolver
43 – How to start a fire
44 – How to utilize charting to know when a woman is ovulating
45 – How to put family before the institution
46 – How to market a brand
47 – How to sell something and recognize when something is being sold to you
48 – How to communicate with people from different generations
49 – How to tip and split a bill
50 – How to be free

So if by “unjob”, “unpaycheck”, and “ungroceries” you mean “self-employed”, “self-reliant”, and “home-grown”, then yes. I guess so.

(P.s., if you’re thinking: “those things are all important to know, but they’re NOT things I want a government funded school system teaching my kids”, GOOD FOR YOU. I like the way you think. But aren’t these things that could and SHOULD be taught if only kids weren’t in school busy having their precious time wasted on stuff like “how to fill in a standardized test bubble”? You’re too smart not to homeschool, my friend.)

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Grass Fed Anarachist: http://www.grassfedanarchist.com

Homeschooling is not for you: https://libertariandad.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/homeschooling-is-not-for-you/