Convince me that letting your kid go to public school isn't implicit or explicit abuse. Convince me that there are still arguments in favor of public education still being allowed to exist. Convince me that "socialization" is more important than building a foundation of knowledge and understanding for a later development of critical thinking.
Today, the neighbor's grandkid hustled up at 8:30 a.m. to see if my kids could go out to play. When I asked him if he was aware of what day of the week it was, he got an utterly blank look cross his face, and he stuttered, "but...but...Thanksgiving Break!"
My kids are in private school because of shit like this: the kid gets half days every fucking Friday, and full days off three or four times a month. There's no emphasis on spelling or on math. The kid doesn't know history, and barely started learning science my pixie learned last year (in 2nd grade, and this kid's in 4th or 5th grade). So. What are they learning? Just...social justice and brainwashing. I don't think he reads on a 2nd grade level, either.
And...he's not stupid. He's actually pretty damn bright and creative. BUT.
That school system is geared below what I consider the minimum (my own education--he's behind where I was in the same grade in an utterly shit rural district). I'd blame Common Core, but Joplin schools were already bad. Common Core has simply exacerbated an already existing problem.
And the area "good district?"
Clearly, the middle school has been used as a pedophile grooming station for a while. At the very least, this school year. Someone was reported as having inappropriate sexual contact with their middle school students. One--only one, but there's likely more--came forward. The event happened last Tuesday. The district called him into the office on Friday to allow the city police to arrest him.
Not Tuesday, the day it was reported. Not the next day after surveillance camera footage was reviewed.
When socialization in public school districts starts Lord of the Flies style and devolves from there (and it does), when kids are warehoused rather than actually educated, when they're groomed for sexual exploitation...you cannot convince me that letting your kid attend public school is any less than negligence.
And, anymore, the case can easily be made for outright abuse.
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