Ted Vollers wrote:
I have been watching the deliberate degradation of the quality of our school systems for decades as has Tom. That is why his children were home schooled and mine almost were. We both read and think highly of the book by the home schooling guru: http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/
Once persons educated themselves by borrowing and reading any book that they could find. This is not a myth. Abraham Lincoln reading by the light of a fire was not a fantasy but a reality of life at one time. The youth of America is being led astray and education is being deliberately destroyed for them. The few who take this treatment of them in our schools as an insult can self educate. It is a matter of will and not being deluded by the fantasies of contemporary society.
A spade is a spade. If it waddles and quacks it is a duck. Self education is necessary as you will never learn all that you need to learn in schools and colleges of no matter what caliber. Certainly you will not learn all that is worth while knowing there.
I have to agree with you here. There have been a number of polls among young people, and the results were pretty sad. The number of young people that couldn't even name the capital city of the state they lived in was incredible. Having attended public school myself, and the City University of New York, I must say that, (in Bette's defense) there are opportunities in public school to learn if one is properly motivated. Having said that, I must also say that the school system (in my experience) only prepared me to begin my REAL education after I left school. I was fortunate enough to have a couple of teachers who gave me valuable "note taking" and "research" skills that served me well for years to come. And most of my learning was accomplished by doing my own research and "fieldwork". Collecting data seems (to me) to be a lifelong search. There is so much to learn, So much to investigate. And so little time.