Why my children won't go to public school

23 Sep

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:

Congressman Calls For Schools To ‘Promote The Agenda’ Of Climate Change, Population Limitation

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) told 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 “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.



Posted by on September 23, 2010 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Why my children won't go to public school

  1. Donna Laframboise

    September 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    If one buys into the argument that the green agenda is now the equivalent of a religious philosophy – not to be examined closely, but simply taken on faith – it seems to me introducing young minds to that philosophy in schools flies in the face of separation of church and state.

    Having just read Matt Ridley’s Rational Optimist I’m strongly pre-disposed to the argument that specialization benefits everyone and that, when communities embrace self-sufficiency, our collective intelligence is deprived of their contribution. I haven’t thought enough about home-schooling in such a context, but I now have some new ideas to ponder… 🙂

  2. Sam

    September 28, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Sounds like an interesting book. While self-sufficiency may deprive the collective of some intelligence, it is difficult to argue how it harms those who are self-sufficient. I didn’t mention home-schooling but I do approve of it. I was homeschooled most of my life. I can’t speak to how poorly the public schools operate from first-hand experience, but I can read stories such as these and listen to parents who have children in the system. Is Canada’s public school system very different from the US?

  3. Cassaundra Binsfeld

    August 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm


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