Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Homeschooled kids deprived...

JackLewis blogged Homeschooled kids deprived...

  1. Of opportunities to be molested
    Victoria blogged Even I was shocked when I realized that over the past few weeks, the city of New York reported 5 incidences of inappropriate sexual behavior between teachers and students. See some of the stories from the New York Daily News here, here and from the New York Post here. (By the way,could stories like these help to explain why public school teachers are loathe to teach about abstinence? Hmmmm, I wonder...) But it got even worse. The mayor of New York, Mayor Bloomberg, admitted that such occurrences happen regularly only the press does not always find out about it. But wait, the stories get even worse. Once the offending teacher is exposed, he or she typically gets a slap on the hand and is sent right back into the classroom. Think it can not get any worse than that? Guess again. The teacher's unions refuse to add any teeth to the disciplinary action to punish sexual offender teachers because of the chance that a student might just make up a story to hurt a teacher. They do not want any teachers being wrongfully disciplined
  2. Of valuable lesson in making illegal drugs
    Michelle Malkin blogged In the name of fighting the drug war, one public high school is teaching kids how to cook meth. Caught on videotape, a deputy stirs up a pot and tells the students: "Then you'll have a little bit down at the bottom, the white stuff, and that's your meth." Your tax dollars at work.

    Kheldar blogged My wife and I are planning on home-schooling our children (ok, my wife will be doing most of the work...but that's not the issue). We have a very low opinion of the current state of public schools (and private schools are going downhill, as well).We don't like the lowered expectations that the schools have of the students' test scores. We don't like the sex education meme of "kids are going to have sex anyways". We don't like the political-correctness that is invading even kindergarten (see this). And [this is] yet another thing to help lower our opinion. KEVIN adds: Kim du Toit home-schools his kids and has a long rant on the subject. I believe he and his wife have started a business for home-schooling.

    PunditGuy blogged Back when I was in school, there was no class being videotaped, so this is a new thing to me. How often are classes recorded? Is there some kind of mandated video archiving going on or is it the choice of the school? If you know, let me know.
    The McCutcheons say it's one thing to learn about the dangers of meth and how to spot a meth lab. It is another thing to show kids how it's made.
    No kidding.
    "I think it's a good thing to be educated about it, but it's bad if they're teaching you how to do it," said high school freshman Christene McCutcheon.

    We showed the same video to Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott. He says it's the same demonstration the drug task force has been putting on for several years, but they'll review it.
    Oh great - for years they've been doing this and the little kiddies have been diligently learning their craft.
    "We talk about how methamphetamine is manufactured. I think there's a big difference between 'how' it is manufactured and 'how to' manufacture it," Scott said.
    Yeah, one word. Big difference.
    Christene is asked, "So you think you learned how to make methamphetamines because of this demonstration?" Christene answered, "Yes. I just don't know how to mix it all together."

    Scott says, "We'll look at this, but we stand pretty firm in that this is an educational tool. The schools have been very receptive to it in years passed."
    In other words, even though you've complained Ms. McCutheon, we're going to continue teaching this crap. That's why people homeschool, so they can control the type of education their children receive.

    Pierre Legrand blogged Making meth at home, fun things we learned in class today! From the police no less! I wonder if my wife and I should teach this stuff to our children in home-school? After all if the police are teaching this stuff at a high-school it must be ok eh? I'm gonna buy the stuff on the way home from work. Heck I wonder if those sheriff's will share some of their ingredients? Wouldn't do at all to fake it right?

    Bruce blogged What in gods name ever happened to "common sense"? I suppose the philosophy is that if we teach kids how to make meth they won't be so intrigued with it so they won't be so inclined to use it? Or if we teach kids how to make meth they will be able to spot a meth lab in some garage and can report it?

    Here is one for those parents that would be inclined to press charges against the school for child endangerment. From what I have heard from the MSM and read about in books and papers, cooking meth is an extremely volatile undertaking, any slight problem could result in an explosion. Aren't the fumes from cooking meth toxic? Here we have law enforcement cooking meth in a public school classroom in close proximity to many children. What happens if Mr. sheriff makes a mistake and blows the classroom up?

    The Blue Site blogged I cannot fathom how they thought this would be a good idea in any way, shape, or form...but it's not surprising. American public schools- teaching kids that homosexuality is just fine and gay families are equal to yours...teaching you how to masturbate, how to put a condom on veggies (condom races!), how to perform oral sex, and now- how to make meth! Beware tho, don't dare use the word "god" while doing ANY of this!

    Phil C blogged I don't know much about the subject, not being a biologist by training, but Wikipedia informs me that meth is highly psychologically addictive and, in large enough doses, can lead to clinical depression and massive liver and kidney damage. That's apart from the dangers inherent to the manufacturing process that the police deputy apparently demonstrated. I can speak from some experience on the matter of showing this to teenagers, though, having only recently stopped being one. Possibly the easiest way to get a teenager to do something is to tell them not to do it. Rebellion is pretty much hardcoded into the average teen. Now we should be counselling teens against getting involved with hard drugs, but actually showing them a procedure that they could easily replicate themselves? Why was this considered to be a good idea at all?
And most homeschooled kids get a better education than they could in public school.

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