With the most recent school shooting in Florida, all the “gun-control” arguments will be rehashed on the news and by celebrities and politicians. Maybe some proposed laws will be put forth. Lots of crocodile-teary-eyed liberals yelling about republicans, especially Trump, and the NRA having “blood on their hands!” Lots of exaggerating about the problem and prevalence of “gun violence” and “school shootings” in our country. (See this article for a debunking of some of the claims: No, there have not been 18 school shootings so far in 2018)
Sigh. Here we go again.
It is a tragedy that kids were killed. What the shooter did was horrible and evil. The grieving families deserve our prayers. But how can anyone be genuinely surprised? Or honestly, even feel much of anything? The constant tragic, compassion-triggering news cycle has had the effect of making me un-shockable and compassion-numb. Before anyone starts wondering if I’m secretly a psychopath, let me assure you that in real life I often truly feel for people I know and care about, even people I don’t know sometimes. Their pain causes me pain. I cry with them and for them. But people I don’t know? Not so much. My ability to feel compassion over distant events and people has been exhausted by mainstream media manipulation and selective reporting and twisting of events to serve their narrative. If you can’t trust the story-teller, you can’t trust the story.
While “gun-control” will be the focus of the day (or week, or month), with well-deserved side-notes about mental illness and psychotropic drugs, and maybe even a mention or two about “problems in our culture,” no one will point out the surest way to stop all school shootings. All sensible and honest people know that even if you made all guns illegal, it wouldn’t prevent crazy and/or evil people from acquiring them and shooting up schools. Murder is already illegal. Schools are already “gun-free zones.” The shooter at the Florida school had already been expelled and banned from campus. Laws don’t discourage or prevent people from committing crimes as much as we wish they did.
President Trump seems to get that and appears to be referencing all those predictable attempts to “fix” the problem with gun laws. From a statement he gave following the Florida Shooting (my emphasis):
Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference.
Since out-lawing guns won’t do it, what is the surest way to stop all school shootings? Abolish schools. It would be more effective than “common-sense gun laws.” That might sound insane to people who think the public school system is necessary and good, but it makes a lot of sense if you understand that the public school system is NOT necessary or good, and is probably impossible to “fix” (just look at the decades of legal attempts and massive amounts of money dumped into the schools with no positive effect). It is ineffective at truly educating students. It is out-dated and doesn’t train them to succeed in the current world or job market. It is often just a tool of indoctrination for the liberal agenda. And it’s a damned dangerous place to send your kids, even if they’re never victims of a school shooting.
As Vox Day so aptly puts it: Homeschool or Die. After quoting a victim’s mother who blames Trump for the shooting, he has this to say:
While one has to make allowances for a distraught mother (assuming she is not a crisis actor, which is far from a certain assumption), the idea that the President of the USA can do anything to prevent people from shooting up schools is absurd. Why not simply have him ban poverty, drugs, and teenage pregnancy while he’s at it? It’s not like there is a law against murder or anything, right?
The truth is that there is only one solution to the problem of school shootings: homeschool.
Although not putting boys on psychotropic medications would probably help.
The way schools handle boys and frequently put them on medications (like Ritalin and an assortment of anti-depressants and anti-pyschotics) has been suggested as a possible factor leading up to school shootings. But schools are bad for all children and cause plenty of problems that are less obvious than the “going off the deep end” school shooter type (which most likely have multiple contributing factors). Unfortunately, so many parents still don’t understand this.
I was recently horrified to witness a conversation between several Christian parents. It went something like this:
Parent 1: Look at this example in the news about a teacher being beaten up by a student. This terrible student behavior, disrespect for adults and lack of Christian morals in schools and in our culture is part of the reason we choose to homeschool our kids.
Parent 2: Oh, that’s just a rare extreme example given to stir things up. Those sorts of things don’t happen here. My kids are in the public school system and have great teachers! They’re doing really well and growing up to be good Christian kids. They have plenty of nice friends. I’m sure they’re not being exposed to anything bad. I’ve never heard anything from the kids about anything bad here [continues defending the public schools for some time & several other parents chime in with similar arguments].
My mental response: Ha! yeah… even if your kids end up with good teachers (and counting on that is like playing russian roulette), you have no idea what the other students are exposing your kids to and the teachers will never know. And your kids might never tell you either. Or they will, but it will be too late.
Just because you think your kids are having a good experience doesn’t mean that school isn’t a physically and morally dangerous place for kids to be. I know a few things about the particular school system in which Parent 2 is placing so much trust. Yes, it’s ok compared to some places and probably not as SJW infested as many, but I personally know several people working in the elementary schools whom I would not trust with my children, people who are gay, gender-confused, leading immoral lives and/or very supportive of these sorts of lifestyles. I do not have children in this school system, and I know these things. Why does no one else notice? Or care?
Need another example of why you should take your kids out? Jonathon van Maren writes for Lifesite News:
If the progressive Left can claim one cultural victory that is nearly total, it is their infiltration and conquest of the public education system. Public schools across the Western world—especially Canada, the United States, and Great Britain—now serve as purveyors of post-modern ideology, replete with “social justice” classes and sex education that is designed to mainstream a wide variety of alternative lifestyles. The latest news on this front is out of the UK…
“Announcing an ‘LGBT-inclusive’ update to all of its products, education giant Pearson has launched a guide to pushing ‘social justice’ activism in every part of the school curriculum…
Organised by subject, the guide lists suggestions to ensure LGBT visibility across the curriculum, for example recommending teachers set questions which reference homosexual relationships in maths and science, and introduce terminology specific to the lifestyles of sexual minorities in foreign language lessons. One example given is to begin a question with: ‘Two women would like to have a baby together, and the doctor recommends they use In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)’ …
In history lessons, pupils should “study the links between different social justice movements”, while art teachers are urged to “explore the way that art has been, and is being, used to effect social and political change, including LGBT equality, race equality and tackling climate change”…
There has been some backlash, of course—not that it will be heeded: UKIP education spokesman David Kurten stated that… “Maths should be about maths, it should not be about sexualizing children,” he told Breitbart London, warning the new textbooks will make it significantly more difficult for parents “to protect their children from the malign influence of left-wing identity politics.”
We can all expect the curriculums of public schools to change and evolve as fast as the LGBT Alphabet Soup is—and we can all expect parental protestations to be ignored.
If you don’t want your children to be indoctrinated, take them out of the public school system. It’s the only choice you’ve got.
An increasing number of parents are making that choice, and turning to homeschooling, perhaps for many of them for these reasons. According to the National Home Education Research Institute:
There are about 2.3 million home-educated students in the United States (as of spring 2016). This is up from one estimate that there were about 2 million children (in grades K to 12) home educated during the spring of 2010 in the United States (Ray, 2011). It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years).
Homeschooling – that is, parent-led home-based education; home education – is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and “alternative” but is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. Home-based education has also been growing around the world in many other nations (e.g., Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom).
There are many things over which the government shouldn’t have so much control or influence. Education is one of them. Choosing to homeschool could mean saving your child’s soul, and possibly life.