Sunday, February 18, 2018

Public High School is a Misery Factory

I know. I know. Somebody just read that and rolled their eyes so hard it gave them a headache but let's be honest about this. You have a thousand kids trapped in a prison-like building with kids who are mean and crazy and teachers who either frequently sadistic, useless, burned out or just trying to survive the day until their retirement--I have several teachers in my family and both my father and mother in law taught in suburban Virginia schools. They all had stories that would curl your hair. Why is there so much misery at school? Well, it's cruelly designed system. Education is not the main point of high school or even elementary school for that matter. Babysitting and molding children to whatever society says is cool right now is the point.

 Talk to ten people who object to home schooling, private school or the hiring of professional teachers to come to your home and teach your child and they will all huff and sputter about "socialization."  What's socialization? Mostly it seems to be about crushing kids until they are like everybody else. If  your kid is a square peg in a round hole he will be picked at  and drugged if need be until he fits in that square peg or at least sits there quietly and doesn't get on the teacher's nerves. If your kid doesn't spout propaganda about the goodness of abortion  and the superiority of homosexuals then he will be harassed until he complies. This has nothing to do with education.

Ask ten people what they remember fondly about school and they'll mention the prom, being on the sports team, watching the football or basketball game, the homecoming parade or band or drama class. None of that aforementioned stuff has anything to do with academics. Highly ritualized and controlled social life is also part of the  molding process  and it functions like that of a hyena pack. Once your child gets "assigned" his place in the hierarchy of the pack that's it. Forever. If your child is an alpha or one of the cool kids in the core of the pack or even the Lone Wolf-but-we-like-him kid then things will be okay. If the cool kids decide that your child is  the one who all members of the pack may vent their hostility on that's it. Forever. In Disney movies the cool kids learn to like the outcast but it doesn't happen like that in real life. You can go to school and beg the teachers to watch your child and the threat of expulsion can be used to force the other's to leave their victim in peace but that's the best you can do. As I said before, I've heard a lot of teacher's candid stories. This will shock you but it's not uncommon for teachers to look a child who has been rejected by the pack the same way a farmer does who finds a piglet or lamb that has been rejected by it's mother. The farmer must decide if it's worth it to intervene or let nature take it's course.

In order to get your kid out of a bad situation you have to leave the school district. Most parents either can't or won't pack up and move abruptly so the misery goes on and since it's a rite of passage  that most of us went through, and turned out just fine (?), many parents unconsciously feel that they survived and their child is going to be a misfit if they aren't tough enough to survive it too. Why do we do this and how did it get this inhuman?


Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

How did it get this inhuman? That was the intent for at least 75 years or so. On college, I minored in secondary education. We learned that John Dewey was the "father of modern education". Indeed he was. He was also a signer of the first Humanist Manifesto. You can read it on their site. I think it's America What you see there is being promulgated in public education.

Mrs. H. said...

Just a few of the reasons my grandchildren are educated at home. For "socialization" they have music lessons. dance, art, pottery, woodworking, etc. Most of these classes are offered free of charge by our Community Arts Federation or the public library. The majority of the children and teens who participate in these classes are homeschooled. Why? Because it is not football, I guess. Although at our local Catholic High School homeschooled children are invited to play on the school's sports teams and several do.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Wow! This is totally on target. My sister and sister-in-law both pulled children out of public school because their kids were being totally picked on. They both home schooled through high school. These mega-schools are horrible. The administrators can't possibly know 1,000 kids by name. Our little local paper had an article this week about how totally out of control things are on the bus. Can you imagine the poor driver trying to drive and exercise crowd control at the same time.

We live in a time when many are barbarians. Common courtesy and civility have disappeared from social life. There's a saying that courtesy is the grease that makes the gears of society run smoothly. Well, the gears are grating and in some cases locked. The only answer is a return to the golden rule, but with the Obama administration, that went totally out the window. The golden rule was exchanged for the rule of hate: hate for white privilege, hate for Christians who all must be bigots, hate for men who are all rapists, hate for anyone who has a few more bucks than you do, etc. That's the liberal strategy for getting votes and destabalizing a culture so the cultural Marxists can take over. And it's destroying America. This is not the country I grew up in and I'm glad most of my grandchildren are either being home schooled or are in Catholic schools that are really Catholic.

May God protect us! I stay close to my guardian angel and send him often to pray over my children and their families with their angels.

M. Prodigal said...

I have a 2 year old granddaughter and am VERY concerned for her. Her mother is a pagan and goes along with mostly of society says is okay. My son does not seem to be able to fight her on much. If I am able to, I would pay for a Catholic school for her but even that must be thoroughly investigated first. Already the little one can maneuver an ipad. How long before she has a cell phone? And in the public school will she wonder at age 5 if she is really a boy trapped in a girl's body or some other such lie? Scary stuff as the minds of our children are made deformed and depraved at early ages in their formative years. And you can bet they will not even blink at euthanasia as we older ones become of less use to the state or 'too expensive' to treat.

Mar said...

I like reading your your posts, Dymphna.