And this is why I'm a homeschool dad
Homeschooling isn’t for everyone. It’s not exactly simple and I constantly worry that I’m not doing everything I can to prepare my daughter for the real world. There are times I wonder if putting her back in school might not be the best option.
Then I see a tweet like this from the National Education Association, which sounds like it’s about education, but it’s really all about benefiting teachers.
That awfully presumptuous, don’t you think?
See, I’m old enough to remember when teachers were saying the problem was that parents weren’t involved in their children’s education. They blamed the poor performance in testing scores on the fact that parents weren’t more hands-on.
Now, parents are hands-on and it’s a problem.
In fairness, it’s not the kind of hands-on involvement teachers wanted but blame the pandemic.
Parents and students were suddenly forced to work in the same spaces during the same time periods. It meant a lot of parents started seeing what their kids were being taught, and it was a huge issue.
Couple that with the fact that we have teachers on TikTok bragging about how they’re going to indoctrinate kids into being socialists or communists or whatever coupled with some of the other nonsense supposed educators are pushing and bragging about on that same platform and you’ve got an issue.
We can’t trust our educators to actually have our children’s best interests in mind.
What’s more, the NEA isn’t doing a whole lot to change that, either. About all they have is this:
And honestly, Betsy DeVos, the former Secretary of Education, seems to be more in touch with the majority of folks than the NEA.
Of course, NEA has also restricted commenting on the previous tweet, then offer this nonsense as a rebuttal to DeVos, but they haven’t actually admitted they were wrong.
That’s kind of the problem.
See, they want parents involved, but only to the degree the NEA wants them to be. They don’t see this as a partnership or that these are our children and our wishes should be considered.
They want us to serve them.
It’s the only possible explanation that reconciles the two tweets.
And it makes me so glad we started homeschooling.
Granted, we started because of the pandemic. When it became clear that I could homeschool our daughter—a situation I doubted before COVID forced me to find out otherwise—and schools weren’t going to start back up that fall, we made a decision. After all, if I was going to teach her, I was going to have the choice of just what she would learn and how she’d do it.
And this from the NEA isn’t exactly making me feel bad about my decision.
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