File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 205

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 17:21:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Puptcrit] 2 cents on education

> WOW!  So are you saying the public school system did so well, that 9 
out of 
> 10 parents that attended the public school system do not have the 
smarts to 
> teach their own children or make enough money to buy the resources.  
I guess 
> the public school system has done a great job. 
    At many of my jobs, I have gotten stuck training new employees.  My favorite was a girl who was attending NYU (a tough school to get into, by most standards).  The same girl could not handle basic instructions (ie. pick up the metal pitcher.  the one in front of you.  Pick It Up!!!!!) without getting flustered.  I cannot conceive of such a person teaching their own children, well educated or not.  
    Oh yeah, lets not forget that most teachers are specifically trained, at college level, to teach.  That's not quite the same thing as a parent who has simply 'made it through the public school system'.  My sister homeschools her daughters and does a wonderful job (my nieces are definitely getting a better education than we did).  However, it's not for everyone, and many families do not have the resourcesto get by without both parents working full time (the cost of college has gone up drastically, as well as healthcare, etc. and it's only getting worse).

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