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  •  It's Not Just Crippling (1+ / 0-)
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    it's all about destroying public education, period.

    if states/federal gov't continue on the low jobs growth path, obv that means a huge loss of revenue-- revenue needed to operate schools and pay teachers.

    couple that with billions in unpaid state worker benefits some states like IL have-- and guess what? something has to give... and that something is going to be public education.

    Home schooling that some are clamoring for-- that may be coming alot sooner than you think.

    "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

    by Superpole on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 05:17:49 AM PDT

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    •  Home schooling takes A LOT of effort (0+ / 0-)

      I know some "seculars" who home-schooled for a couple of years, and while they were for the most part academically  successful, they ended up feeling they weren't giving a full enough educational experience to their two children. Both of their kids are doing well in Public school now, but their biggest hurdle was socialization the first couple of years.

      Learning to "work and play with others" is vastly under-rated.

      The so-called "rising tide" is lifting only yachts.

      by Egalitare on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:17:48 AM PDT

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      •  i never learned it (0+ / 0-)

        and now i hide behind a computer screen all day, snarking on the internet.

        •  I am similarly "afflicted"... (0+ / 0-)

          ...and recognizing that one shouldn't "inflict one's socially-challenged nature" on others means you actually have some degree of empathy for others.

          You're more "socially competent" than you want to admit ;-)

          The so-called "rising tide" is lifting only yachts.

          by Egalitare on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 07:35:34 AM PDT

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      •  Won't work for most (1+ / 0-)
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        Most parents are working. Friends of mine homeschooled their two boys for a couple of years because one was having trouble focusing in a regular classroom (it wasn't a religious issue). But the homeschooling was done by a grandmother — a retired teacher who lived just a few miles from the family in rural Pennsylvania and had plenty of time on her hands plus it gave her a chance to bond with her grandsons without having them on her hands 24/7. So they had an ideal situation. Most families don't. (Plus this as only for a couple of years in grade school – the boys eventually went back to public high school).

        Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

        by anastasia p on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:06:23 AM PDT

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