Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Homeschooling Is Looking Better And Better...

I'm irritable.
This will not be a heartwarming post.
We got the school newsletter today and guess what? More proposed budget cuts! What a fan-freaking-tastic idea!
Yes! PLEASE make the class sizes bigger! One teacher to 30+ students is a great idea...very conducive to a learning environment.
Next, lets reduce the teachers' pay! What a great idea. That ought to lower the teachers' drive to succeed and patience for the kids, to a point where I fear for my children's education (MORE)...and lives.
After that (and my personal favorite), cutting funds for school supplies. Really? Do we even have a budget for school supplies? As it stands, I, the parent, already supply antibacterial wipes, paper towels, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, crayons, scissors, colored pencils, notebooks, pencils and the thousands of things needed during the school year for projects. I'm waiting for the note to be sent home, saying that we need to start supplying the toilet paper, too!
Lastly, no more field trips. Even if our local PTA pays for the entire trip...no trip. That wouldn't be fair to schools that don't have a supportive PTA. We definitely don't want to encourage learning outside the classroom...what a bad idea.
Alright, so in case you haven't paid attention...here is the generation we are currently raising in this country...economy sucks, so more and more parents are out of work, thus creating a stressful environment at home. Economy sucks, so school will consist of too many kids in an already overcrowded classroom, with a pissed off and stressed out teacher, no supplies to do their work and no hope of learning outside those four walls. Economy sucks and when this generation reaches higher learning, the costs will be so outrageous (much like now) and chances of scholarships/grants so low, that many won't obtain a degree. Economy sucks, so even the children that find a way to go through school and graduate with a degree (and $50,000+ in student loans)...they STILL won't be able to get a job.
Except..."Would you like fries with that?"

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

No kidding--I have postgraduate work, and all I could find for a job was being a CNA at a nursing home. (Which is actually how I found your blog, but that is another story.)

Working 40 hours per week still puts me $200 under being able to pay basic bills, never mind student loans and any extras like retirement or health insurance. I think my biggest surprise in working there was how many other people have college degrees and education as well, when a CNA in my state is 96 hours of training you can take while you are still in high school. It is ridiculous. I thought it was just me, but I had/have many friends in similar situations--one of my friends scored high enough
to be a National Merit Scholar as a sophomore in high school and it still took him a year to find a job. It's already here and has been here! This job crunch for new, college educated workers started several years ago.

Laura said...

oops, made a typo in my comment. I meant to say graduate work or post-bachelor's degree work, not post graduate work. Don't want to inflate myself more than what I am. Sorry 'bout that.

(I also hit the anonymous button somehow, too. . .)

Laura said...

oh, and I couldn't even find a job at McDonald's because I am overqualified for anything. Even the nursing home didn't want to hire me because I have too much education for my job.

I was completely out of work for over a year and I looked EVERYWHERE--jobs that I was qualified for, over qualified for, and under qualified for.

Sorry for the multiple comments. This is definitely a hot button issue for me, in case you couldn't tell! :D

Steph said...

AMEN!!! We homeschool for some of these VERY reasons and LOVE it! We go on field trips when we want (or when I know somewhere that will go along with what we're learning). We provide any extra supplies and I know what she's learning and can add extras based on her interests!

Mom said...

I feel for the younger generation (my children) bringing up families and the school system sucks!!!! I think it would be an awesome idea for you to do homeschooling but remember that that can get expensive too. Check into it before you decide. I give you all the best wishes and luck I can give. You would make an awesome teacher for your kids.

Stacy said...

I agree! My mother in law is a teacher in our school district. she said next year they are proposing a 4 day school week - can you imagine first graders after a 10 hour day at school!

suebug said...

I hear you, I want to scream and cry and rant with you..but sadly if I've learned ANYTHING from our school system, it is this...the parents HAS NO SAY. We are to line up with our check books, pay for all that our own government and state will not cover (which let's be honest, that's just about everything...unless you happen to be a minority...sorry but that's true) and then shut the heck up. Because they don't want a parent to whine, your just supposed to be thankful your child is in a sup-par classroom, with sup-par teaching going on, while bullying, cruelty, and meanness (not just from the students...but now from underappreciated and underpaid teachers) us rampant. Wow, makes me SO thankful to have a public education system, that does nothing but perpetuate a problem, rather than teach our kids to be "problem solvers."

Kelly said...

Can I just say...I love you! I am a teacher in a struggling school district and I am fighting this battle right now. Thank you for understanding how important school is and how cutting it's funding is a tragic loss!

bequi said...

If you really consider home schooling and you want lots of opinions and info, I can have my sister email you the pros and cons She's come across. She has 4 kids and the oldest is 13. They've all been strictly homeschooled and won't do any public school until 9th grade when they'll go every other day for electives like choir.

Not only are budgets ridiculous, but schools are no longer safe, full of pregnant teenagers, and a breeding ground of bad language and disrespect. I'm thinking and praying about homeschool, too.

Robbie and Mindy said...

I read the same newsletter and had the same reaction. Homeschooling has been a topic of conversation in my family.

Anonymous said...

Reading your post makes me angry. I understand it is your opinion however you make it seem as if the teachers are the bad guys. I am a teacher in TCSD and let me tell you, we are not! You complain about how much you have to supply well I can promise you nothing is required. If you don't want to send all those extras then don't. I am sure you chose to send those things so in my opinion stop complaining. Would you like me to add up all the money I spend on "extras" that I buy for my classroom, for your children. If you knew I hope you would realize that the $2 roll of paper towels is not a big deal! It is people like you that I wish would home school their children because it would make our class sizes that much smaller. Also, no matter the budget cuts and the stress it puts on me I will always do my job, as will most teachers I work with at the school your children attend! I love my job and will never risk a child's education just because of something that is out of my control. Lastly, if you don't agree with budget cuts let your congressmen know!

Cara said...

Hmmm.... It sounds as though Anonymous really needs to work on reading with comprehension and understanding. These are skills that my 4th grader has down pat thanks to the assistance of some wonderful public school teachers.

Leeann your post in no way indicated that teachers are the bad guys. I believe that instead the post expressed the frustration of a parent worried about the quality of her child's education due to budget cuts.

As a side note.... As a fellow parent I often wonder why the our elected officials believe it is OK to stop investing in our children's futures. Do they not realize without an adequate education our children will NOT be able to compete into today's and tomorrow's global market.

Shellie said...

The house of cards was wobbly, but now it's crumbling. Not only do we have less supplies, our high school keeps the lights and HEAT off! I personally feel like if everything was run more efficiently, there would be enough funding for the important things. Public school is definitely a game of russian roulette. I feel so sorry for the underpaid dynamite wonderful teachers who are giving so much, but wish we could get rid of all the apathetic, undereducated teachers who can't seem to find a job doing something they truly enjoy.