Reasons I Won't Send My Future Kids to Public School

Reasons I Won't Send My Future Kids to Public School

There is too much wrong for me to feel comfortable sending my kids there.

If you've paid attention to the news in the last year or so, or if you've been through public schooling yourself in the past ten years, you know that America's public schools are a mess. Kids are put through the ringer emotionally, physically, and mentally. As a graduate of public schools myself, home-schooling and private schools are looking better and better with each passing day. Here're just a few reasons why I won't be sending my future kids to public school.

1. The bullying has gotten out of hand

With technology the way it is, bullying happens so much more often than parents know these days. I was bullied in school, yes, but verbally. Cell phones and texting were becoming increasingly common as I went through school. And kids don't cope with bullying well.

2. Kids aren't going to feel safe

We have a President right now who has never sent either of his kids to public school. He doesn't how what it's like. And with passing legislation that any kid should able to use any bathroom they want, you're going to get kids who don't feel safe--in an already high-pressure environment.

3. The pressure is strong

There's pressure to do well in classes so you get into college, pressure to make friends, pressure to figure out who you are. Kids can only take so much pressure before they crack. We hear about the teen suicide rates going up and I blame the state of America's public schools for part of that rate.

4. The peer pressure problem is out of hand

Along with the pressure to make friends comes the pressure to do what your "friends" tell you to do. This is why the problem with drugs and smoking is so prevalent in the public schools.

5. The discipline needs reform

Yelling at kids and just handing out detentions is not going to help the situation or make the kids realize what they did wrong--especially if they're a regular in detentions. Kids don't care. Not all kids, but a lot of them. Kids these days are not afraid to talk back to their elders. So yelling and handing out detentions isn't going to work.

6. The student-teacher ratio is out of proportion

Yes, there're small public schools and small districts across the nation, but many public schools are big schools. And the larger the school, the more out of sync the ratio is, which means the teachers don't have the control of the class they need nor can they give as much specialized attention to the necessary kids.

7. The conditions of the schools are in the hands of the voters

With budget votes and school board votes, too much of the lives of kids are left in the hand of the voters.

8. There're no morals in public schools

This is another thing we hear of in the news these days. The relationships between teachers and students are more often getting inappropriate. And if that's not the case, teachers are too often trying to become students' best friends instead of being a teacher and a mentor. Last I checked, becoming best friends with students wasn't in a teacher's job description.

With all of these problems in America's public schools, I know I wouldn't be comfortable sending my kids there. Not when I know they can get just as good of an education at a private school or through home-schooling. And I have known enough kids in my day that have gone to private school or been home schooled to know that either of these education are possible without running the risk of them being sheltered. I just feel that if my kinds would be safer and happier, why not send them to private school or home school them?

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Stop posting on facebook, and call your senators.

150,000. 150,000 students have been involved in a shooting on campus since the Columbine shooting happened 19 years ago. 150,000 thousand kids went to school with the expectation that it would be another normal day. 150,000 kids never expected someone to open fire on their campus. 150,000 kids live with the fact they were involved in a school shooting.

Now I am not going to try and share my political opinion because that has been done enough from both sides of the party line. I am just going to provide the facts. We currently have 150,000 kids that live with the memory of a shooter coming on to their campus and taking the lives of their friends.

The one thing we can agree on is the fact something needs to change. I have my personal beliefs, but ultimately the only ones who can act on this change are those we have elected to be our representatives. So at this time, instead of getting into Facebook arguments with your family and friends, call your representatives. Voice your opinion. We are the only ones who can fight for change.

Ever since Sandy Hook the amount of school shootings has been rising rapidly. It seems as if once every few weeks we see a new shooting on the news. We must stop putting these events to the side and start taking action with what is happening. It is to the point where one law about guns won't just do it. We must take action regarding mental health as well.

We have all been given a voice. We all have the right to speak out. We all have the duty to voice our opinions and protect our fellow Americans.

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The Aftermath of The Deadliest School Shooting of 2018

How many more people have to die before things change?

A 19-year-old gunman opened fire at his former high school in Florida killing 17 people on Valentine's Day.

The president tweeted, "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."

18 hours later, he tweeted, "While the Republicans and Democrats in Congress are working hard to come up with a solution to DACA, they should be strongly considering a system of Merit-Based Immigration so that we will have the people ready, willing, and able to help all of those companies moving into the USA!"

I am quite removed from this tragedy but I am deeply offended by the president's lack of focus. We are only seven weeks into 2018 and there have already been 8 shootings at US schools, although none so deadly as this most recent one. We ended 2017 with the memory of the October 1st mass shooting at the Las Vegas music festival which claimed 58 lives and became the deadliest mass shooting in the US. WE HAVE YET TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT GUN LAWS.

There never seems to be an appropriate time to talk about gun laws in this country. Once a tragedy like this Florida mass shooting happens, immediately people demand to start the conversation on gun laws. The brilliant voices and minds of the right like Tomi Lauren will reprimand us saying that we should allow those affected to grieve before pushing our political agenda. Then the media moves on to the next story and the discussion of gun laws has never really happened. Hopefully, this time around, a proper conversation about the leniency of American gun laws will actually occur because the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the citizens of their community are demanding for this conversation to take place. They, like the parents of the children Sandy Hook and the families of those who attended the Las Vegas music festival, are directly affected by this country's gun laws. I believe that if they are demanding a change, THERE SHOULD BE A CHANGE.

There is a tendency to attribute the many mass shootings of white men to mental illness and the few shootings of others to terrorism. This is a dangerous pattern because it perpetuates the stigma surrounding mental illness and distracts us from the conversation about gun laws. While there is an association between mental illness and violence, this association is too weak to blame mental illness for the repeated mass shootings that occur in this country. There are many people diagnosed with mental illnesses but very few of them become mass shooters. Yes, noticing warning signs in individuals with violent tendencies would benefit the individual and others, but this issue of escalated acts of violence is more easily addressed by restricting the access to weaponry. At the end of the day, it should not be so easy for civilians to obtain semi-automatic rifles in this country.

Instead of perpetuating the falsehood that mental illness and troubled childhoods cause school shootings, we need to address the actual problem here. The problem is the NRA's control of the government and the accessibility of automatic and semi-automatic weaponry to a wide range of individuals. Until we address this problem, more people will die, more tears will be shed, and more lives will be destroyed. Let's stand with the survivors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and demand a change. Let's break the cycle.

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