There are several reasons why my children will not go to public school. One of the major ones is simple: I don’t want the government educating them. No matter how well intentioned individual teachers are, or how well intentioned politicians are, the fact remains that schools teach what they think is best to create little citizens. Many consider this the whole point of schools, to create good citizens. This requires children being taught what makes a good citizen. Here is my contention. What does make a good citizen? If you look at our current public education system, a good citizens obeys the laws, doesn’t do drugs (except maybe alcohol, when they have reached a government-approved age), recycles, votes, and is tolerant of any and all different lifestyles and cultures. Here is an example:
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) told CNSNews.com at a “Sustainability Education Summit” hosted by the U.S. Education Department on Tuesday that environmental education in schools can “promote the agenda” of climate change and population growth through the influence it has on children.
“Like I keep saying over and over again, if you get young people invested in those ideas early on, that will result in those kinds of positive policy developments,” Sarbanes told CNSNews.com. “So, whether it’s climate change, whether it’s population growth, whether it’s all these factors that impact the health of our world, raising that awareness early among young people is only going to promote the agenda.”
This particular member of government believes that for children to be good citizens they must believe that the world will overheat unless we take action, and that population of the earth will increase dangerously unless we take action. He openly wants to instill these beliefs while they are young, in order to promote the agenda.
I hope it is now clear why I dislike public education, at least for my own children. They are being taught whatever the government in power thinks is necessary to make good little citizens. This is NOT education. In my view education should be giving children basic skills to then determine how best to live their own lives. If they then decide they want to smoke pot, break laws, never vote, litter, produce excessive CO2, and overpopulate the planet, so be it. At least they came to these decisions by their own critical thinking skills, and not because our government told them what to believe.