Of School Rules & MoronsMonday, June 25th, 2012
A friend, Mary H., sent me this article found at the Huffington Post. I read it and just sighed with weariness. It tells the pathetic story of some truly moronic teacher or teachers following moronic state laws, as they directly contravene the sacred trust we place in schools – their supposed first order of business, to keep our children safe and well while in the school’s care. The story in brief – teachers (“allegedly”) watch while children become severely sunburned because…it’s the rule? Yes, that’s the story. You’re asking, “to allow children to be injured while the adult in charge stands around and watches is the rule?” Have a read. Use this link.
This is very far from the first such story I’ve read, it is now well into the hundreds during the past year and few months that I’ve been authoring this blog. Abuses of many sorts by public schools are rampant, and this one, in the vast scheme of things, may appear relatively minor when compared to other abuses. As Mary said, it’s “sad”. It IS sad. But it’s something else, too. It’s sort of evil.
What caring adult would “follow the rules” while watching children be hurt in such a manner? The answer – no caring adult would tolerate it. We would nearly all of us act, and damn whatever silly rules had been put in place to stop us. At the least, some common sense might have prevailed. These children, and any others being so injured, might have been, oh, I don’t know – placed back on the bus with windows rolled down and a lot of water? Perhaps they could have been placed somewhere in the shade and out of the sun? The field trip could have been cut short, as needed? (After all, children being injured really aren’t learning very much…) Parents could have been phoned to pick up children at risk, at the very least?
You see, there were options that a reasonable or concerned adult had at their disposal to make certain the injury to these children, once even suspected, could have been minimized. Ask yourself, “what would I have done?” I’ll make a bet, and if you are at all human I’ll win it, that your answer is not “I would have done nothing. Let the kids burn.”
But the adult or adults in charge did nothing. What excuse could they have had? There’s the ever-popular Nazi excuse – “I was just following orders.” Perhaps they simply weren’t watching the kids, and were unaware? But really? If you’re a teacher taking children on a field trip, who else is there to protect the children? Would it not clearly be up to that adult in charge to be aware of the students and their needs or concerns? Would that adult not be responsible for the children’s well-being and safety?
The answer is all too obvious. I wonder what punitive actions will be taken, here? Public school teachers are almost never fired, their teacher unions see to that, regardless of the infraction committed. Shall we try the eye-for-an-eye method? Stick the teacher outdoors without hat or protection and allow exposure to take its course? Oh, I’m sure there are rules against that! I know there are laws against it, such punishment might even be regarded by the law as torture. However it’s okay to commit such torture when state or school rules say its okay, so long as only children are hurt? That, the law says “great, do it?” Hmmm. If so, it’s not just teachers and administrators who need to go, but more than a few lawmakers.
I do have one piece of advice for the mom of these children, and I can sum it up in a single word – homeschool. (Don’t sue. The teacher unions have very deep pockets and major lawyers. They’ll just claim that the sun was responsible. No one has yet successfully sued the sun.) And to the parents of other children in the school, perhaps children who better tolerate too much sun, my advice – homeschool. Your child is not safe at that school, and you have seen proof of this. Next time, it may not just be the sun going after your sons and daughters, and you have a fair idea of what the teachers in the school will do about it. They will do nothing. They will follow the “rules”.
In the end, the parent is ultimately responsible for the child’s well-being, their safety, and even their education. You now know what that public school is about, how well they will protect your children. It may be a burden, and I understand. But could homeschooling be worse of a burden than watching your children come home in an injured condition, and discovering that those in charge did nothing to protect or care for them? I really doubt it. There are many reasons to pull kids from public schools, and to homeschool. A child’s safety would certainly qualify as one such reason.
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.
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