What Schools Have Come To – Moose Pooh

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Oh my.  Oh, no.  I really don’t know what to say.  The Huffington Post (poor people, having to discuss such horrors) published yet another truly repulsive story about a school administrator, teacher, a psycho parent, and a class of kids that should be shipped off to Mars.  Folks, really, after yesterdays article (the sunburns…), this is, well, even more repulsive.  Don’t read it if you have a weak stomach.  This is the link to the story.  Just read it if you must, then we’ll talk.

(This is me, waiting for you to read it.  Okay, you’ve read it?  Let’s move on.)

Well.  Umm.  You couldnt make it up, right.  Umm, moose droppings.  Wonder what that administrator, that teacher, that parent thought they were teaching the class, or the poor kid that, umm, well, I just can’t write it.


I guess the answer is all too obvious.

Once again, people entrusted to care for kids while they are in our schools didn’t only fail, but they clearly abused a child.  Their punishment?  What, censure?  Very hard to fire a teacher, teacher unions and all, right.  Maybe they could be forced to dine on, umm, a similar waste product, say for a couple of years while staring at the view behind bars?  Seems about right to me.  Oh, it’s all so disappointing.  These are human beings?  Really?  They’re not, oh, I don’t know, slime that came to life in the bottom of some sewer somewhere and took the form of human beings, intending in their insidious manner to undermine our species?

There are times I truly come close to giving up on the human race.  But this is, of course, one of the best and most compelling arguments to make sure kids get a real education, and grow up to be nothing like these, um, people.  It is yet another fine argument, in other words, for homeschooling.  After all, after reading this, would you send your kids to a school?  Really?  This is socialization, the big word people like to attack homeschoolers with?  You know, that thing we homeschoolers, um, don’t do very well, according to, um…people like in this news story.  You know, “professional educators”, the supposed “experts”.  They are the “experts” in good, positive social behavior?  And this is yet another example of their expertise?

Moose droppings.  Yeah, there’s some high class socialization going on in them there parts.

Wow.  Right about now, I’m thinking that my kids don’t really need to be “socialized.”  It’s okay.  And I’m thinking THANK GOD I HOMESCHOOLED MY KIDS!!!

As you probably know, I am an advocate for homeschooling. It’s my belief that homeschooling potentially provides a student with a vastly superior education than schooling in any form. This is backed up by a lot of numbers and research. I’ve taught for public and private schools, at the University level, as a private instructor in thousands of workshops, and as a homeschool dad running a homeschool group. Homeschooling by far works best for most students- and most families.

But I understand that many parents do not believe they can effectively homeschool. They’ve been told that they “don’t have degrees,” and that they “aren’t qualified.” This is all nonsense, of course. You’re legally not required to have any kind of a degree to homeschool your kids anywhere in the U.S. A lot of people who have degrees and who call themselves “professional teachers” are simply awful, and even destructive at what they do. A lot of parents…hundreds that I know of…have homeschooled their kids right into universities and careers.

In a serious effort to make homeschooling easier to do, and more commonly successful in terms of education received, I’ve authored my own curriculum. It took some 15,000 hours to write, over more than a decade of work, and is intended to replace the need for schooling a student from age 5-Adult Continuing Education. The curriculum is called Steps (or “CTT”). It has been used by over 20,000 students worldwide over the past 10 years. Hundreds of “success stories” attest to how well CTT works.

CTT courses are written in a way that gradually allows the student to take over his own education. Each course itself largely does the teaching, relieving mom and dad of that duty unless they wish to use our daily lesson plans in various subjects as springboards for family discussion and discovery – as many families do, every day. The parent has the job of making certain the student is working and has what they need to study. (And you’ll need to find a good math program for homeschooling as we don’t provide one. There are many.)

Below are links to our site discussing each level of curriculum, and every subject at that level that we offer. (You can start any level at any time. We don’t have “semesters” that start at a certain time, and each course stands alone well.) You’ll find free videos describing how every subject and each level works. You’ll discover free samples of every course we offer. Our site offers many other services and surprises, including numerous free courses you can download and try out.

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17 comments on “What Schools Have Come To – Moose Pooh”

  1. Gary Baird says:

    Are you seriously going to use an aberration like this to ridicule all teachers and public education? I love the idea of homeschooling as it is a better fit for some students, and I am a public school teacher. Options are important, and we have that with the ability of parents to choose to homeschool their children. I have been working diligently for 18 years to educate children from poverty, and I challenge your assertion (from other posts) that homeschooling could work for even a majority of students, much less all students. Many of our students only experience structure of any kind at school; giving the educational reins to high school dropout parents is hardly the answer. Public schooling is far from perfect, but to pillory all public educators using unique incidents is unproductive and fallacious.


    Gary Baird
    English teacher

  2. Hi Gary,

    Nope, I’m not going to use JUST this one ridiculous, disgusting, repulsive incident to ridicule and pillory teachers. And I never ridicule ALL teachers, as I recognize there are a few decent ones out there. Gary, You may even be one of them. Maybe. But Gary, I’ve written HUNDREDS of articles covering teacher abuses, and BOOKS about it, because there are so many abuses committed by teachers, administrators and staff in public schools every single year that we’ve all lost count. I suggest strongly you read a few more of the posts on this site before making a comment like that.

    I’m glad you love the idea of homeschooling. It’s a better fit for just about everyone, in one form or another (and there are many forms of homeschooling and of privatized education), certainly than the wasteland we call public education. The stats prove it. Homeschooling = better student test scores as a group, and strangely enough, a higher level of socialization! Exactly what we want for our kids! Many colleges now hold a preference for homeschoolers, it’s a rapidly growing trend. Wonder why.

    And the much discussed “structure” of schooling. Yes, that. We’ve heard the whole “structure” thing before, Gary. Structure? Like, what, teachers sexually abusing the students and using their position with teacher unions to protect their jobs once caught, IF caught? The Dept of Ed 2004 report stated that between 6-10% of ALL students would be sexually abused by a teacher or public school staff member during their time in school. That structure, Gary? You talking about the metal detector at the front of most schools? That structure? The over 40% of 2000 students who were surveyed in 2011, who stated that they’d been harassed while in school by other students THAT SAME YEAR, and who received no back up or protection from staff? That structure? The massive drop-out rate that makes a joke out of the idea of “universal public education”, and that sends millions…MILLIONS of American children looking for the worst jobs imaginable upon the end of their “schooling” because that’s all that their education prepared them for? That structure? Right.

    You can keep your structure, Gary. We won’t be needing it any longer.

    You mentioned High school drop out parents? Wow, that’s pretty harsh, which is probably why I’m riding you as hard as I am – you asked for it. Drop-out parents? Oh, yeah – teachers and schools created THAT problem, too. Thanks for the reminder! Right! This problem extends back for generations, Gary, you are absolutely correct about that one! And there’s proof in the declining functional literacy rate amongst adults, and all that. (But you’d know all about our nation’s declining literacy, wouldn’t you, Gary? After all, you’re an English teacher…Good work on that one!) Yet, I personally know “high school drop-out parents” whose kids homeschooled, went to college, or who now work in great jobs. They, well, um, got an actual education. From their high school drop out parents, Gary. Amazing, is it not?

    But what are you implying? That “trained teachers” WHO CAUSED AND WHO CAUSE DAILY ALL THESE DISASTERS are more “qualified” to teach children than their “high school drop out” parents? Even though teachers as a group score lower in adult testing for employment purposes than almost any other group? Lower in I.Q. as a group, too. You sure you really want to make that argument, Gary? I wouldn’t go there if I were you.

    Well, you’re a teacher, so I guess that you just HAVE to make these arguments. You teachers very often make those same, tired arguments, here at this blog. In the end, it’s about jobs, isn’t it. Teacher jobs. And the way teachers generally don’t do those jobs, it is certainly (using your own big words, intended to attack me and the article above) UNPRODUCTIVE to hire and pay teachers(550 BILLION a year in the U.S.), and FALLACIOUS to pretend that they serve a purpose as a group other than the degradation of our children and of society in general.

    You “challenge my assertion” that homeschooling can work for most students? (I never said it would work for ALL students – hence, the need for private schools, tutoring centers – but not our disastrous public schools, they’re the only ones I want to see go away, Gary.) Well, I’ve taught at the University level, in public school, private schools, and privately for 40 years this year. I homeschooled for six of those years, and have worked with homeschoolers for the past ten years. Homeschooling works, Gary, period. It sure works way better than public schooling, and in every possible regard. Test scores and brilliant children back me up. You, as a public school teacher, are in no position to challenge anyone when it comes to education. Check out that mote in your own eye, Gary, then we’ll talk.

    Thanks for writing!

  3. I am stunned. Completely. I was even more amazed that this happened very close to where we live. I am appalled. I would also be interested on what kind of sick parent tricks a teen into eating moose poop. Horrible, all around.

  4. Hi Jessica,

    My own reaction was not any different from yours, I’m afraid. It is horrible all the way around. I’m curious how they will all make “restitution” to the child? And how the law will punish these people? We shall see.

  5. Love, love, love your response to “Gary” (English teacher)! You are one feisty guy!

  6. Thanks, Karla. It’s easy to get “feisty” when it comes to our children and their well-being. That’s what this is all about.

  7. btw, that principal got a ‘lateral transfer’ and is now VP at another school. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/questions-asked-about-principals-transfer-164727786.html

  8. Thanks, Marg. So the teacher union did its “job” again? Should anyone be surprised? When do these people go to jail, instead of go to another assignment, another school? Never, so long as their unions protect criminals. It is disgusting, and the needs and well-being of children clearly do not enter into the decision-making process, here.

  9. This is not the first time I’ve heard of this particular kind of practical joke, it’s just the first time I’ve heard of it making news… When I was a child in Oregon, during my years in public school, I heard of this happening to a classmate the prior year. No one ever got in trouble for it. I’m not kidding.

  10. So as long as the teachers aren’t molesting other kids, then its ok. They get a pat on the back, a new job, and the slate wiped clean. I am so glad I homeschool. I can’t say that enough. Even with all my failings, the fact I don’t feel good on many occasions and can only give half of who I am to my kids — still, its better than these teachers 100%. It really is just so sad. I have nieces and nephews in the public school system. They act like I’m weird. But my kids are safe, happy, love each other, and good kids. I’m not a perfect parent. I have my failings big time. But I do believe homeschool has made my kids good people and I keep praying that this carries with them into adulthood, because Lord knows I’ve messed up plenty in the parenting department, but at least I didn’t feed my kids animal crap.

  11. Hi Michelle,

    Well done on homeschooling! Whatever you’ve done, it was doubtless better and will come to a better result t5han public schooling your kids would have done. And yup, teachers who abuse students are most often “handled” as you describe. Horrible for our kids, isn’t it!

  12. While I love your articles, I am usually hesitant to share them. There are a fair amount of us (homeschoolers) who do not want to be viewed as homeschool Nazis. I wholeheartedly believe homeschooling is the most normal and natural thing and agree that the system is dangerous. I also believe that you get more flies with honey than vinegar. We will never help others to understand if they are “turned off” by what they see and hear from us. Bashing their way of doing things doesn’t create listening ears and open minds but rather offends and puts them on the defensive. It makes them more unwilling to see the truth. It is better to find common ground.

    I disagree that there are a “few decent” teachers. I have so many friends who are teachers. Most of them homeschool their own. They too disagree with the system. One teacher expresses his discontent regularly at http://realmrfitz.blogspot.com/ and by writing letters to those in control. As well, his readership seems to be discontent teachers as well. I have a friend, a teacher, who absolutely hates the system for which she works. Another, unschools her children and uses those same methods in the school in which she teaches, unbeknownst to administration. She does not “teach to the test”.

    There are many teachers unhappy with how the public school system operates. Not just a few.

  13. Hi T.C.,

    I do understand your view about catching flies, and normally, I might agree with you. But I do not, I’m afraid. Nor do I think there are lots of good teachers. Any teacher taking a paycheck who is willing to work inside and with the system that we have, the system absolutely doing in so many kids and their families, is neither a good teacher or a particularly good person, no matter the extent that they despise the system. They may despise it – but they accept its money.

    I believe at this time in history, given the many decades-long spiral downward in education, anyone working in the system is beyond being suspect, they are culpable. I taught in the system for a single year and quit once I understood what it was really doing. Others have done the same. Those who leave the public schools then often work very hard, as I have done, to find other and better ways to educate, ways outside the public school morass. I believe that is the ethical and useful stance, and that any support of schools is supporting the use of a poisoned well.

    You said that the system is dangerous. So it is, as I argue (using lots of statistics, reports, and apocryphal accounts) throughout my articles and books. It has been dangerous for a very long time. It is not improving and is, in fact, degrading every year further away from some educative ideal. MANY people have tried the honey approach. Nothing changed, and it won’t so long as unions and politicians and bad teachers form a mutually protective society enforcing the present system. It really is past the point of honey, of accommodation, I’m afraid that it’s all been tried. And they (teachers, “professional educators”) will ALWAYS be on the defensive, even outside of articles and attacks of the feeble nature I generate. They MUST be on the defensive because they are daily doing terrible things and being very well paid for them, and they often know it. They will be on the defensive until their position is impregnable (it almost is that now, it seems), or until their jobs dry up and the public schools are closed. You know which of these resolutions I believe in.

    Unhappiness with a system one works with and accepts pay from is not an index of usefulness or value. It is not an index of the “goodness” of a person. It is, however, a measure of hypocrisy. To take from someone with one hand while cursing with the other, this a low sort of person. And in the end, it is our children who really pay. They pay with blighted futures and ruined ambitions, with heartbreak and a life of undereducated drudgery.

    I appreciate your view, I do, and all I can say is that I’ve considered long and hard before taking the route I’ve chosen. I appreciate your writing, thanks!

  14. I see your points. I cannot speak for all, but the teachers I know…these homeschooling moms…truly believe they can change the system from within the system. I disagree. But I k ow these women an their hearts are in the right place, their motives pure.

  15. Hi again, T.C.

    We’ll need to agree to disagree. Taking money and delivering terrible results for that pay, year after year, decade after decade…watching the disintegration of educational standards and actually delivering those deteriorated standards…and knowing that it’s our children and our national future that are being harmed, this simply does not add up to pure motives. Their hearts are in their bank accounts, with few exceptions.

  16. I’m a big advocate of home schooling, but I do think there is a place and time for public school. Some students thrive in a public school, and there are some excellent ones. My hats off to the many hard working teachers, and wonderful facilities.

    But I think all students (and parents) should have a choice, a free choice of home schooling. Home schooling should also be free of obtrusive – testing, harassment by school authorities too. When I home schooled my children, we did portfolios, and all kinds of stuff, to satisfy the authorities. The purpose of homeschooling is not to duplicate the school system at home! It to break away from that paradigm completely and enter a different kind of world, stress free, adventure in learning without tests, pressure, for the sheer joy of learning. To say that home schooling is always perfect, and that abuse doesn’t happen there too – is probably naive.

  17. Hi Clifford,

    Teacher unions and the government tend to discourage educational options they do not control. Accordingly, this is something that needs to be fought for. Just last month, the AG of the United States claimed that homeschooling is not a constitutionally protected right, and that the government could take it away any time they please. You want free choice? Start fighting for it, don’t be so bloody reasonable. You want an example of naivete? Start in the mirror.

    As to excellent teachers and abuses, the number of abuses in public schools is ASTONISHING. The Dept of Ed put out a report in 2004 that stated that 6-10% of all public school kids would be SEXUALLY abused by teachers or staff during the student’s time in school. No one claims that there will never be abusive homeschool families, of course there are some and will be some. But the number of abusive parents is FAR FAR FAR smaller than abusive teachers…you know, the people we pay to educate and keep our kids safe during school hours? NO ONE says homeschooling is always perfect, so where do you get off claiming someone did? Stop putting words in my mouth and get honest about what’s happening.

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