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Friday, November 20, 2009

Bad Day for Public School

I used to quip that I could write faster than I could read. And it was almost true.

I've been a fairly good typist ever since I taught myself by attempting to write a mystery novel at age 10 or so. I got to 83 pages of single-spaced text. That's when I went back to read what I had written. Horrified by my pathetic prose, I abandoned the project.

But reading blogs has forced me to learn how to skim. So my reading speed has much improved. I hope the same is true of my writing. That said...

While burning through hundreds of posts in my RSS reader this week, I saw a recurring theme: Major problems within public schools. Things like poor mental math ability, Hollywood in the classroom, and the lack of acceptance of those who are different [NB: that last post has mild profanity]. Stories like these cause me to pause. 'What's changed in the last few years? Was it like that when I was a kid?'

I am not a proponent of a "the world's getting perpetually worse" mentality. I think such a perspective ignores human history. But there are certainly shifts in culture. What is acceptable and proper ebbs and flows. So it is entirely possible that this is a low point--or a shift downward--for our nation's public schools.

If you find your students in similarly less-than-ideal educational environments, perhaps it's time to consider a home education. Yes?

Absolutely. Yes.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Surrogate Father

P.S. I am going on vacation next week. I won't be back until a few days into December; at which time I will need to skim quickly to try to catch up with the thousands of posts I'll have missed. Have a wonderful time of thanksgiving! And I'll see you next month.

6 comments:

se7en said...

Have a great time off, you guys sure need the break. Hope you and your girls find the time to make memories.

Raisingarrows said...

Enjoy your vacation!

I've written for as long as I can remember and see a budding writer in my 8 year old as well. I am so thankful she lives outside the box called public school!

Blessings,
Amy

Heather the Mama Duk said...

Have a great vacation!

Most of the complainers about public school, when homeschooling is suggested, insist they "could never do that." Too bad they don't realize that quite a lot of them really could. Most of the complainers are the ones who are very involved in what their kids are doing at school already. Homeschooling is different... but it's so worth it.

Luke said...

Se7en, we did some pretty cool stuff. The girls discovered they loved the ocean. And they both got comfortable in the pool. So some good growth and fun times. ...also, some not so fun times <smile>. But that's life...

Amy, writing is such a wonderful thing, isn't it? <smile>

I think you're probably right about that, Heather. Of course, it could be that those who are not involved don't care enough to even consider homeschooling in the first place... Perhaps? Just a thought. And, yes: They should seriously consider homeschooling <smile>.

~Luke

sanjeet said...

Hope you and your girls find the time to make memories.

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Luke said...

Sanjeet, we were able to make some memories. Overall, a good trip <smile>.

~Luke


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