Today’s horrendous act (the elementary school shooting in Connecticut) will surely have every American reeling, demanding that “something be done” to prevent this from ever occurring again.
My own initial gut reaction is that this must, must have been someone delta programmed to kill, for I just can’t conceive of someone capable of gunning down little children in this fashion without being in a dissociated mental state. If that’s true, then there was an agenda to this massacre, and I can only think it must have been to get Americans wanting GUN CONTROL and more school security.
May I suggest, though, a different response than the one that surely will be promoted on every television news channel? May I suggest that Americans en masse pull their children out of the schools and begin to homeschool their children? Can we not turn the tables on those who, perhaps, planned this and do something they weren’t expecting us to do?
Now, homeschooling surely will be an option that will occur to EVERY parent that hears the news of this event. But, they will probably think that it’s not possible, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps both parents work, or perhaps there is a single parent working, or perhaps there is a parent at home who could homeschool but they feel inadequate for the task. Let me suggest some easy and very quick ways to skirt around these difficulties so that concerned parents can do the proper response and pull their children out of school.
First, get the Robinson Curriculum (www.robinsoncurriculum.com) and use that, since it doesn’t require much of anything, just a computer and a printer, and it is an autodidactic course, meaning that the parent doesn’t have to teach anything, the kids just learn on their own, teaching themselves. Use that initially, since it can be started immediately, and then if you want to use some other curriculum, you can, but the Robinson Curriculum will get you started without having to wait for anything. That takes care of the how and what to teach.
Second, for those families that do not have a parent at home to school their children, let me suggest gathering your extended family around and finding one person, or several adult family members, who are currently staying at home, and then recruiting them as the “extended family teacher.” Drop your kids off at that family member’s house to do the Robinson Curriculum or whatever curriculum you choose.
If you cannot find an extended family member who stays at home, such as a grandparent, retired person, disabled person, stay-at-home mom, unemployed person, etc., or if you do not have any extended family that you can rely upon, perhaps you can rely upon a trusted neighbor or friend who has an adult that stays at home, and use them as your children’s “teacher.” (I put teacher in quotes because the RC has no teacher, since the children teach themselves. But an adult to supervise is required.)
It is my hope that this despicable act will turn into a catalyst that causes Americans to reconsider homeschooling their children and perhaps some kind of organized movement will begin that will show Americans just how easy and quickly it is to pull their children out of school without hurting their education one bit.
If you find this suggestion practical and want to pass it on, please send this information far and wide, via email, Facebook, Twitter, 2-cent stamped snail mail, or whatever, adding whatever other additional information you think would be helpful.
On a more prophetic note, should Americans actually start pulling their children out of the schools en masse, that may signify the beginning of tribal formations among them.