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Camino De Santiago

Along with a group very special friends, my brother Tim, and two Priests, we will be walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain beginning in August. Please friend me "Deacon Pat Kearns" on Facebook to follow the journey. I realize with limited internet, Facebook will be the easiest way to share the journey. I will share more on the blog when I return. I am also looking forward to using the experience in the current novel I am work on "Climbing Out of the Darkness."

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Increasing Number Of Parents Opting To Have Children "School-Homed"

Parents of school-homed children say they relish the extra time they are able to spend away from their kids.

As many of you know, we home-school our children for the mere fact that after trying to use a more traditional educational method (i.e. Schools) we found that not only were our children being poorly educated, but in some instances, being brainwashed and receiving propaganda in direct opposition to our beliefs and wishes.  We found that the schools really didn't care what we wanted for our children, they saw themselves as the experts and knew best what was appropriate for our children. Although there are many people who have similar experiences and have chosen to rescue their children by homeschooling, many in society have released their children to the bureaucracy of "Schools." In many ways, they have transferred the responsibility of raising their children to the organization rather than assuming that responsibility themselves. The sad aspect of this situation is that many parents have little desire to raise their children, in fact, often forgo time with them to pursue their own personal interests and goals. I recently heard someone say "If I put God first, my spouse second, my children third, then there is no time left for me, where is the me time."  This might seem a little ridiculous, surly self-centered, but it is far more common than you might realize in our current society. People will say that they love their children, will be the first defend their children, and state that they would do anything for them, but in reality, their actions speak in direct contrast to their profession. As we all know, Actions speak louder than words.

Here is an article (Below) taken from The Onion that I assume was written as a spoof, but there is a great deal of truth contained in the writing that will surly make you think about the ideals of so many.

WASHINGTON—According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home.

Deputy Education Secretary Anthony W. Miller said that many parents who school-home find U.S. households to be frightening, overwhelming environments for their children, and feel that they are just not conducive to producing well-rounded members of society.

Thousands of mothers and fathers polled in the study also believe that those running American homes cannot be trusted to keep their kids safe.

"Every year more parents are finding that their homes are not equipped to instill the right values in their children," Miller said. "When it comes to important life skills such as proper nutrition, safe sex, and even basic socialization, a growing number of mothers and fathers think it's better to rely on educators to guide and nurture their kids."

"And really, who can blame them?" Miller continued. "American homes have let down our nation's youth time and again in almost every imaginable respect."

According to the report, children raised at home were less likely to receive individual adult attention, and were often subjected to ineffective and wildly inconsistent disciplinary measures. The study also found that many parents expressed concerns that, when at home, their children were being teased and bullied by those older than themselves.

In addition to providing better supervision and overall direction, school-homing has become popular among mothers and fathers who just want to be less involved in the day-to-day lives of their children.

"Parents are finding creative ways to make this increasingly common child-rearing track work," Miller said. "Whether it's over-relying on after-school programs and extracurricular activities, or simply gross neglect,† school-homing is becoming a widely accepted method of bringing children up."

Despite the trend's growing popularity, Miller said that school programs are often jeopardized or terminated because shortsighted individuals vote against tax increases intended to boost educational spending.
"The terrifying reality we're facing is that the worst-equipped people you could possibly imagine may actually be forced to take care of their children," Miller said.

Parents who have decided to school-home their children have echoed many of Miller's concerns. Most said that an alarming number of legal guardians such as themselves lack the most basic common sense required to give children the type of instruction they need during crucial developmental years.

"It's really a matter of who has more experience in dealing with my child," Cincinnati- resident Kevin Dufrense said of his decision to have his 10-year-old son Jake, who suffers from ADHD and dyslexia, school-homed. "These teachers are dealing with upwards of 40 students in their classrooms at a time, so obviously they know a lot more about children than someone like me, who only has one son and doesn't know where he is half the time anyway."

"Simply put, it's not the job of parents to raise these kids," Dufrense added.

Though school-homing has proven to be an ideal solution for millions of uninvolved parents, increasingly overburdened public schools have recently led to a steady upswing in the number of students being prison-homed.

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