On the National Education Association site, Dave Arnold tells parents to leave education to the professionals.
There’s nothing like having the right person with the right experience, skills and tools to accomplish a specific task. Certain jobs are best left to the pros, such as, formal education.
. . . why would some parents assume they know enough about every academic subject to home-school their children? You would think that they might leave this — the shaping of their children’s minds, careers, and futures — to trained professionals. That is, to those who have worked steadily at their profession for 10, 20, 30 years! Teachers!
Arnold, a member of the Illinois Education Association, is “head custodian at Brownstown Elementary School in Southern Illinois.”
Parents, don’t try to clean up your own home. Leave it to the professionals!
Update: Natalie posts a sarcastic letter to Arnold and his clueless response. Dominick Cancilla writes:
You’re completely spot on about religion in schools, too. Parents should be fighting to get their schools more in line with proper religious beliefs instead of denying their child a real education. And you’re also right about the stupidity of retreating from a fight. Who ever won a battle by boycotting? Gandhi? Now there’s a man who didn’t spend enough time on the school yard!
Missing the sarcasm, Arnold replies with thanks for the “fantastic comments and compliments.”
I’m acquainted with a couple that have adopted two very cute and fairly inelleligent little boys, but they are turning them into social misfits by not allowing them to attend public school. The only friends they have are home schooled as well and social misfits also. They spend the great majority of their lives within the confines of their own home being home schooled so their lives won’t be corrupted by the evils of this world. Perhaps their lives won’t be corrupted, but it is primarily because these poor children aren’t being allowed to have a life.
When I was letters editor of the San Jose Mercury News, I learned that many readers will miss the most blatant sarcasm. A San Jose cop risked his life to save people taken hostage in a doughnut shop; a letter writer wrote that it just proves cops are lazy slobs who will do anything for a doughnut. I thought it was crystal clear that the letter writer was knocking people for knocking the police, but numerous readers wrote in to ask, “Is he joking?” They didn’t stop to think the answer was “yes.” I declared a sarcasm ban in the letters section.