COVID-19 is making parents take a step back to reassess their children’s education. As classes move online, some are discovering that the history they were taught as kids isn’t the history taught in schools today. Others are rightly skeptical about the effectiveness of virtual teaching in the first place. No matter what your doubts, don’t let others shame you into thinking you have to stay in the public school system. Maybe public schools are the right choice for some, but you deserve to make informed choices for your child. As you consider your options, here’s a short list of public school problems that might be worth considering:
1. Public schools don’t like to talk about it, but many of them pummel young children with nosey questionnaires about your family life. Most of us don’t think it’s the government’s business to ask children if they like their parents, if they feel less loved than their siblings, or if they’ve ever engaged in sexual activity. If you don’t want your child to be asked all kinds of nosey questions like this, maybe you should consider another option.
2. Public schools are also notorious for subjecting students to mental health screenings without the permission of parents. Some groups want to make it a universal requirement for students to go through mental health screenings before graduation, even though these tests can be wildly inaccurate when used on children. In large part, this is a gimmick by the pharmaceutical industry to sell more drugs to children who don’t need it.
3. No list of public school problems would be complete without a mention of the downright lies taught in the classroom. From history to politics to science to health to English, many public schools quietly insert a liberal agenda into every subject.
Every parent is responsible for making the educational choices for his children. It’s not the job of the teacher, principal, superintendent, or school board to make sure your child grows up to be a responsible citizen. If COVID-19 has you wondering what might be best for your child, now is the time to act.