Okay, it's time for me to piss off a few friends. In the past couple of months, I've noticed that quite a few people get really touchy when you bring up a certain subject: schools. After quite a bit of prayer and thought, I've figured out why.
The overwhelming majority of parents, in the US today, are selfish fucking brats. Read that sentence one more time, and realize that I know exactly what I just said. Now, at this point, you must also realize that the odds are, I just described YOU. How do you know if I was talking about you? Real simple. You have a child in a school, public OR private. That's right. Putting your child in a school means you are a selfish fucking brat.
When I see people, of all political persuasions, complaining about the state of schools today, I can't help but wonder "Then why do you trust your child to them?". Liberals think schools don't spend enough money, and conservatives think schools are teaching the children to be idiots. The truth is, they're both right, and both wrong. The public schools, and private schools, since they are set up, for the most part, along public school organisation, ARE turning your children into idiots....just like they were supposed to do. AND, the schools don't have nearly enough money to do it properly. So, when the schools finally get enough money, they'll be able to churn out properly indoctrinated idiots, just like they were designed to do.
Don't believe me? Just take a look at the Ninth Circuit Court's most recent publicallly idiotic ruling. In case you missed it, the Ninth Circus ruled that you, as a parent, have NO rights to determine what is or isn't taught to your child, and have NO rights to know what your child is even being taught! So, when your third grade child is given a checklist of sexual activities to try (as was the case in the Ninth Circus ruling), you, as a parent, have no say in it, and don't even have the right to complain about it. Now, as revolting as that may be, to me, I hate to say it, but, the Ninth Circus is right. You don't have any rights to determine what your child is taught in a public school, nor do you have the right to complain about what is taught in those public schools. Why?
Because you sent your child there. YOU did. The gubmint didn't come and take your child by gunpoint to the school. (although, that's in the works...) YOU delegated YOUR parental responsibility, to instruct your child, to another. After you did that, you lost your right to bitch and moan about what that other taught them. All because you can't give up your toys.
That's right. Your toys. Your fucking toys are more important to you than your child. And I can prove it, very easily.
Would you give up your car to save your child? No, you wouldn't. How do I know this? Because YOU.HAVEN'T. Almost every person I have talked to about this says they can't afford to have one parent stay home and teach the children. The facts, though, are quite different.
The average car payment, in the US, is approximately $385 a month. The average American pays $100 a month in interest on consumer debt. That's almost $500 a month you could be saving by not buying your toys. Read those numbers again. Those are just the AVERAGES! If you, as a parent, just eliminated just your car payment and consumer debt, you'd have an additionaly $500 a month to keep your child at home. Add into that the daycare that a lot of you are paying for, so both of you can scurry around at work, pretending you are doing the best for your child, and that's almost another $400 a month saved (that number is off the top of my head....I have a feeling daycare is much more expensive than that). Add those numbers up, and do them for the year, and that's almost $11,000 a year, just to not be home with your children.
That number is even more shocking when you compare it to the average household (NOT individual...household...) income in the US: ~$45,000 per year. That means ONE QUARTER of the average American's income is going to pay for the parents to be out of the home! ONE QUARTER! Add into that the odds that the you own a house that is WAY out of your price range, and it gets even worse. Off the top of my head, without researching it at all, I'd be willing to bet that most of you have a house payment that is close to 40% of your take home pay. Now, we're up to 65% of your income, sucked up by a too expensive house, a too expensive car (or multiple cars) and way too much consumer debt.
I'm not even going to get into how horrid the numbers get, when you add in all the added expenses of having both parents out of the home. I'll just list some of them, and you tell me how much worse it gets. Extra fuel for vehicles, eating out more often, extra insurance on a second vehicle, a second vehicle....
Now, after looking at all those numbers, exactly WHY is it worth it to have both parents out of the home? Hm? I'm waiting....
Now, the reason for all of this number crunching is to show you that you CAN afford to have one parent at home. And if one parent is at home, one parent can be teaching the children while at home.
I've heard one person tell me that they don't know enough to teach their children. Like that's a problem?! Trust me. I know quite a few teachers, and you know just about as much about the subject as they do. They aren't teachers because they are successful in their field of study. They're teachers because they supposedly know how to teach. Think about THAT one.
In addition to that, there is a veritable smorgasborg of home schooling curriculum out there. One of them WILL match what you want to teach your child, and it will be within the amount of money you want to spend. I garauntee it. Sam's Club and Wal-Mart have homeschool curriculum, for goodness' sake! WALMART AND SAMS CLUB! Home schooling curriculum are available in stores! So, there goes that idiotic arguement against homeschooling.
Face it, the ONLY reason you don't want to teach your own children what you think they need to know is that you like your toys. It's a child, damn it. It's a life style change, not an accessory. Given the choice between a nice car, and my child's life (and education WILL affect their life in the future), it's a no brainer to me. I'll walk to work, if I have to.
Too bad most of you can't say the same thing. Sorry.