Posted by: chrisdavis | March 28, 2015

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

#8: Public Schools Foster Early Sexuality

As a current substitute teacher in high school, I am amazed at how much sexual interaction occurs among students in public schools.

Today, virtually all humor among students is sexual humor. Girls speak openly of their sexuality, speak openly about their bodies and bodily functions, and openly poke fun at boys who don’t understand their sexual innuendos.

Boys talk about things once heard only in locker rooms while girls listen and laugh at the boys’ raunchiness. Everyone knows the vocabulary; everyone knows the gestures; many use both. It would be fair to say that public schooled students expect one another to be sexually aware if not sexually experienced.

Because parents grew up in a different time, they don’t realize how much pressure their children face to be part of the sexual culture that is today’s public schools.

Next post: #9

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.

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Posted by: chrisdavis | March 22, 2015

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

#7: Public School Wastes Too Much of Your Child’s Life

The most astute public schooled students intuitively understand that much of what they are required to learn is information they will forget after they take the test, information they will never use, and/or information they could easily learn if (and when) they will actually need to know it.

Students are not allowed to ask the all-important question, “Why do I have to learn this stuff?” because too many teachers know they are forcing their students to learn what the Teacher’s Syllabus dictates must be taught even though the teacher knows the majority of their students will grow up not needing what they are being required to learn.

There are only so many hours in a day and young people are being required to spend those hours on subjects and projects that are less important than what interests the student and which do not actually prepare the student to take the specific path he will ultimately take as an adult.

Homeschooling parents could help their students dramatically if they only gave consideration to the subjects they, themselves, were forced to learn but which they knew then—and know now—were a waste of their time and refuse to require their own students to take those subjects. Homeschooling parents ask the questions, “Is this curriculum a good one for me to use with my children?” or, “Will my child actually like using this curriculum?”

What homeschooling parents need to ask is, “Is this subject important enough that my students needs to master it?” If it is not important enough to master, have your students learn subjects that are and stop wasting their time!

Next post: #8

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 tours.

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Posted by: chrisdavis | March 18, 2015

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

#6: Public Schools Punish Collaboration

In all sorts of ways, public schooled students are taught that helping one another succeed is against the rules. They even give it a name: cheating. Students learn early on that their personal success or failure is strictly an individual effort. However, in real life, we do not succeed without having learned the value of—and the best ways to go about—collaborating with others. Today’s world has become so interconnected, learning the value of mutual give-and-take is a skill public schools actually punish rather than reward.

Next post: #7

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 tours.

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Posted by: chrisdavis | March 15, 2015

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

#5: Public Schools Teach Students to Fear Failure

Today’s public schooled students will do almost anything to avoid failing and this includes copying homework and cheating on quizzes and tests. I have actually been told by public school’s “better” students that cheating is the necessary cost of keeping a high grade point average as they look toward future college entrance.

The main problem with public schools putting pressure on students to avoid failure is that children grow up believing that failure is something bad, something to be avoided at all cost. After 12 years of avoiding failure in school, young people enter adulthood making decisions based on whether or not that decision will put them into a “safe” place. Adults who only make “safe” decisions will look for employment that carries no risks.

Adults who see failure as something bad do not become entrepreneurs because it is possible to fail as an entrepreneur. However, in truth, most successful entrepreneurs readily admit they have already failed, perhaps several times, but that their failures ended up being their greatest teachers.

Homeschooled students never have to fail so they do not face the same kind of pressures they would face in public school. Once parents decide something is important enough for their child to learn, the child simply continues with that subject until mastery is achieved. No failure and no fear of failure. A lack of the fear of failure is one reason it is so easy for homeschooled children to grow up and become entrepreneurs.

Next post: #6

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 tours.

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Posted by: chrisdavis | March 12, 2015

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

#4: In Public School, the EOC Rules Supreme

In the next few weeks, millions of public schooled students will take their EOC’s (End of Course exams).

On the wall of most public school classrooms is a chart listing what your State’s School Board has decided students must be taught during the semester in order to be prepared to take their upcoming EOC’s. Even though your student’s teachers are supposed to be experts in the subjects they teach—and even though your student’s teachers have spent years learning how to teach their subjects—your student’s teachers have no choice but to work through The Chart in order for their students to be prepared to do well on the only truly important test they will take all year. Teachers are not told the kind of questions their students will face on the EOC even though the questions were written last year (before the school year began).

At the beginning of each school year, teachers are handed a Teacher’s Textbook which may or may not contain information adequate to prepare their students for the questions they will face on the EOC. In every class, some students will fall behind during the year due to vacations, illness, or simply because the student did not grasp one of the concepts on The Chart. When this happens, it is difficult for the student to catch up as The Chart must be worked through by the time of the EOC.

Most important to the teacher is their annual evaluation which is based mainly on how well, or how poorly, their students do on the EOC. Teacher evaluations are meant to weed out poorly performing teachers. What they also do is put the best teachers at risk of losing their jobs, or of being punished, should they believe they know better what students should learn than what The Chart tells them to teach.

Next post: #5

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 tours..

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Posted by: chrisdavis | March 9, 2015

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

#3: In Public School, Peers Will Raise Your Children

An old saying goes, “Children become like the people with whom they spend most of their time.” Is it any wonder, then, that children are acculturated by their peers rather than by those who actually have life experiences (adults)? Many of the issues young people face today—from the most basic decisions of right and wrong to issues about sex—are answered for them by those who have the least amount of life experiences—their classmates.

Next post: #4

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 tours..

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Posted by: chrisdavis | March 6, 2015

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

#2: In Public School, Your Child Is Never Unique

Parents already know their child is not like any other individual on the planet. Every person is unique. However, the cost of educating a child (around $10,000 per student per year) forces public schools to operate efficiently. Efficiency requires standardization. Standardization requires rigid routines, a fixed curriculum for all children in the same age/grade, rigid rules of conduct, and an inflexible criterion for judging the placement of children in relation to their classmates (called testing). In other words, in public school, children are treated as “generic” human beings and ranked according to how they arrange themselves academically and behaviorally among their same-age mates. Of course, this denies the existence of individual uniqueness, but public schools simply cannot afford to foster individuality. In fact, because individuality often expresses itself in inappropriate ways (i.e. questioning authority), it is not unusual for the more creative child to be treated with contempt.

Next post #3

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 tours..

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Posted by: chrisdavis | March 5, 2015

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

#1: Public Schools Kill Creativity

Children are enormously creative. Whether in dance, music, art, science, or any other field, when a child’s individual creativity is fostered, the child flourishes. Public schools slowly drain away a child’s inborn creativity through mind-numbing routines and by forcing him or her to plod endlessly through 12 years of mostly irrelevant data. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch Sir Ken Robinson in the most viewed TED talk ever given entitled, Do Schools Kill Creativity? Serious parents pay attention.

Next post: #2

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 tours..

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Posted by: chrisdavis | February 15, 2015

Get Serious About Entrepreneurship

We do our children a great disservice when we assume their only future lies in the realm of employment.

What are we thinking!

The New Entrepreneurial worldview has three common threads:

  • We must see business as a collaboration, not a competition. Benefiting others benefits everyone.
  • In God, there is no such thing as scarcity. There really is enough to go around.
  • In this connected world, there are so many potential customers, one can’t possibly reach them all.

On my site Chris Davis Recommends I have added a new book in the Entrepreneurship Section of the High School menu. The book is called The New Entrepreneurz. Read it in paperback or listen to the audio (which is very well done, I might add). Written by two, young Israeli entrepreneurs, this book presents a refreshing look at the new world of entrepreneurial thinking.

If you go to my site, Chris Davis Recommends, you can also enter your email address for a free copy of Chapter One of my new book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally.

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Posted by: chrisdavis | December 30, 2014

I Never Would Have Thought!

WordPress has just informed me that, this year, 8,400 people from 61 different countries saw this blog. I never knew so many people followed my educational ramblings!

I am humbled. And I am excited.

In 2014 I turned 70 and realized I have been involved in this thing called homeschooling for over 30 years. My overriding passion all these years has been to motivate parents not to replicate the public school in their homes.

How have I been doing? Have I been too nice? Maybe it’s time to take off the gloves and “tell it like it is” (?). How about if we all decide to take the advice of former New York State Teacher-of-the-Year, John Taylor Gatto, who encourages us to, “Find out what the public school does and do something else.

Are you willing to begin thinking outside the box? Or, maybe you already are. Are you willing to get outside the box? Are you willing to allow your kids to do the same?

Speaking of thinking outside the box, here is a fun video for you to watch. [Warning: This is not a Christian video, and I don’t endorse everything in it; but it definitely demonstrates “outside the box” thinking!].

Next year will be The Year of the Entrepreneur: giving your kids an alternative to preparing them for employment. Times they are a-changing and we need to be aware of how to prepare our students for a changing world. More about this in coming posts.

Now, go buy my new book. Yes, now…Get it here.

Go here to see my personal recommendations for homeschoolers.

Happy New Year to all of you around the world. Let me hear from you. Write something, below. In other words, leave a comment–please.

I am available to speak at conferences. Just sayin’…

070514_2349_HarvardUnde1.jpg

Older Posts »

Categories

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 605 other followers

%d bloggers like this: