by Bob Doman
Are the schools going to be open this fall?
Will our kids wear masks?
Will school be five days a week or three or two?
Are they going to find enough teachers willing to be in the classrooms?
Or is it going to be more distance “learning?”
Most families who experienced this at the end of the last school year know that this is a bad choice. It is mostly kids getting busy work, sitting for hour after hour facing a computer screen, when we all know that kids need to get away from their screens. Children learning to love learning? It is hardly that.
Let’s look at how well our children have been educated to gain a bit of perspective. According to FactsMaps, the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment), which tests kids from 78 countries, in 2018 the United States placed at a very unimpressive 37th in math, 18th in science, and 13th in reading. The U.S. has a literacy rate of 86% and ranks 125thout of 197 countries. Wow, isn’t that great! Wouldn’t want to miss that, would we?
So much for what we might be missing. In subsequent articles and videos, I will talk more about the benefits of home-based education. For many parents it’s time for a paradigm shift, a new perspective as to what defines an education for our children, and a new perspective on potential.
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