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10 Ways Which Public School May Harm Your Child’s Future (Final Installment)

#10: Public Schools Are Factories

In the mid-1800’s, a massive change began sweeping North America and Europe, one in which industry began replacing farming as the main source of work for countries capable of building factories to satisfy the growing demand for cheap, mass-produced goods.

Demand for more and more cheap goods led to the demand for more and more workers to produce those goods. The reality that a factory worker was a different kind of worker than the kind of worker our nation had always raised—one who lived by what his land produced or by his craft—was a concept not lost on those who viewed the future through a lens of education, of how the nation’s future workers should be prepared to fit into this New World.

America had already been rising in prominence among the world’s nations and, in order to maintain her ascendancy in this fast-approaching Industrial Age, America’s educational Prophets determined that a new kind of educational system must be created to prepare a new generation of employable young people. They looked for a model that would produce this new kind of worker. They found it in, of all places, Prussia.

Historians call it the Prussian Experiment (Google this, if interested). The Prussian goal was to create an educational system that would wean its youth from the influences of home and church which had, for generations, fostered a spirit of independent thinking. American educators saw that the Prussians, through their system of requiring children to leave home and attend “gymnasia” (government run schools) for 12 years, by grouping children in rooms by age, by using rote methods to learn only the government’s “common” curricula, succeeded in creating, in only one generation, a populace capable of following whatever directions their superiors required. America’s educators flocked to Prussia to learn this system.

Back in America, it was not easy to get laws passed requiring everyone’s children to leave their homes to attend government schools. America was already the most literate nation in the world because Americans prized education and, having just gone through a war of independence, parents raised their children on the belief that family, church, and independence were an individual’s highest values. But, it was these very values which forward-thinking educators saw as hindrances to the future of the nation’s ongoing industrial development and they relentlessly evangelized their state legislators until, one by one, these legislators “saw the light” and passed their state’s Compulsory Attendance Laws. Children were now required, by law, to spend most of their days somewhere other than at home. At that moment, America’s education began a steady decline. [Note: These Compulsory Attendance Laws caused homeschooling, in its inception, to be regarded as illegal because it was illegal to not send one’s children to a government-approved school. This is still the case as most states have tucked homeschooling under its umbrella along with private school, Christian school, and certain religious schools, which still must, in various ways, be approved by the State, a State which will never relinquish its oversight of the education of children].

America’s public schools are the great-great grandchildren of the Prussian Experiment. In contemporary America, schools turn out Employees and the only independence allowed a student is to decide which factory (occupation) he or she wants to be prepared to work for.

Why is it that wealthy families and many politicians do not send their children to public school? It is because thinking adults understand what public schools, with their rote instruction of common curricula, do not educate students into being capable of independent or entrepreneurial thinking. These parents turn their backs on “common schools” because they want their children to at least have the opportunity to become something other than factory workers.

Go to my website Chris Davis Recommends where you can get a free copy of Chapter One of my new book and see what I recommend for homeschoolers.

If you have ever considered taking your family to tour biblical Israel, go to my other website: Experiencing Israel to check out our awesome Israel Experiences.

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My oldest son, Seth, freed from a desk, reading on his favorite pony.

10 Ways Which Public School May Harm Your Child’s Future

#9: Public Schools Prioritize Testing Over Learning

Students are not the only ones being graded in public school. Today’s teachers may be given bonuses or they may be terminated depending upon how their students score on year-end standardized tests. Because of the pressure to maintain job security, teachers cannot afford for their students to do poorly on tests and, therefore, teachers must faithfully follow the state approved Teacher’s Text (from which the test questions are derived) even if the teacher believes he or she has a better idea of what students really need to know than does the Teacher’s Text. Priorities have changed from students learning what a teacher deems important to teachers trying their best to prepare students for tests and, thereby, remain employed.

Next post: #10

Go to my website Chris Davis Recommends where you can get a free copy of Chapter One of my new book and see what I recommend for homeschoolers.

If you have ever considered taking your family to tour biblical Israel, go to my other website: Experiencing Israel to check out our awesome Israel Experiences.

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