re: Dismatle public education
After looking at the "Dismantling Public Education" video I can see that the video supports a thesis that the reason our schools are failing is because the public school
system is designed to support the expansion of government
(empire building) and further the teacher's union’s input and the union’s own agenda hinders the educational process (more empire building). Additionally those who benefit most from the trend of consumerism (government and the rich) control the educational agenda (even more empire building). Further schools are in general dumbed down to the common denominator (I guess I agree in some cases) not allowing a good percentage of children to reach their potential.
I think the conspiracy theory found in this video is a little over the top and distracting. I have worked in government
and I do know that governments do tend to build themselves likely as the combined will of self preservation of departments, individual workers and individual elected officials come together...but any system like a government is not conscious per se and the individual will of the PEOPLE is much stronger IMHO. That is why we DO have options (cruising being one of them) and there are other options for schooling when individuals take ownership
and LEADERSHIP for there own families. (This is very much what cruisers have to do on a day to day basis as a matter of survival.)
district has thankfully supported the development of different public school programs in our community that give many choices to the parents; we are in British Columbia
are enrolled in a multiage program that stresses participation, positive support, with very little class room grading or judging. My kids
LOVE school and learning
as a result of this approach. All the kids in this program are extremely motivated to learn. This type of school (which is public) is the antidote that the “Dismantle Public Education” video suggests… so I guess I would say that parents do have choices… if we want mainstream we can have it…if we want something else we can make that happen…like cruising or pushing for a different school in our own land based back yards.
Our school is 100% in alignment with our family values of attachment parenting and other important family values; for example, one of this year’s schools projects was to take over a parking spot downtown and setup a booth that explained the effects of the current
design of our urban landscape to accommodate cars!! They brought in plants and little statues of animals
and filled a parking spot up and explained to people passing by how the animals
where displaced by the paving over over natural habitat! This is definitely NOT an example of supporting the consumerist agenda!!!!
Our school has a mandatory one day a week homeschooling component. Parents are STRONGLY encouraged to be part of the class too. My wife and I spend roughly (between us) 5 hours a week in the classroom...being part of the class and helping.
I have spoken to my kid's teacher about our cruising plans and she supports us 100%. We will be in communication with the class on a regular basis, reporting on our travels and projects we do while underway! This will provide a learning
opportunity for the other kids in the class and keep our kids connected to the class while we are underway.
Leaving the class and our community is hard to do when we have this type of alignment between our values and our educational (and community) environment
. But we are still choosing to go! for the vary reason that cruising will allow us as a family to further leverage the connection and values that we have created as a result of our choices so far in our land based life.