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After COVID Exposed Public School Corruption, Parents and Children Are Fleeing

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Over a year ago, in May of 2020, school superintendents from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles convened for an event hosted by Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project.

With management gurus at the Harvard Business School offering their wisdom two months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the stage was set. This was the chance to design an Apollo Program-like movement to revolutionize public education.

Surely, the leaders of the three largest school districts in the country rolled up their sleeves and innovated America’s schools out of the problem, right?

You probably hadn’t heard about this gathering. But you know what really happened.

They bragged about increasing “the frequency of communication with unions.” They highlighted distributing millions of meals and electronic tablets to students. And that was about it.

A full year of mostly empty classrooms later, not much changed. That is about all that any public schools came up with.

Even though kids immediately began to fall behind academically and America experienced a surge of youth suicides. Even though less than 1 percent of COVID-positive Americans 24 years old or younger were admitted to an ICU and less than 0.01 percent died. Even though that’s a significantly lower mortality rate than the common flu.

Public schools may have failed to innovate but parents certainly did not. Over the past year, almost all parents found ways to creatively balance their children’s long hours and short attention spans with their own disrupted work schedules.

Some parents enrolled in “micro schools” or formed “pandemic pods” to get their kids back with their peers and learning together. Some even recruited teachers to lead a small group for a year for over $100,000.

Many others simply stepped into the breach and started homeschooling. The number of households who officially decided to homeschool doubled during the pandemic.

For years, only about 3 percent of families homeschooled their kids. Now, rates are up across the country and across demographic groups.

This includes households in progressive bastions hit especially hard by school closures like Massachusetts. There, the homeschooling rate skyrocketed from less than 2 percent to over 12 percent.

Many other parents turned to the traditional competitors of public schools—private and parochial schools, only five percent of which went completely virtual, a stunning contrast to the failures of public schools nationwide. Just how much of an exodus from public schools will occur remains to be seen, but for now the trend is clear.

Consider Jennifer Clayton and her family. A small-town restaurant worker and the wife of a retired Marine, she had never even considered private school for her six-year old son. But last year, she had a “slight nervous breakdown” when she learned that her local schools would go completely virtual and she would have to stop working so she could watch her son.

After calling “every single Catholic school in the area,” she found an opening and jumped ship from the floundering public school.

The decisions of these families might just stick, and amount to a revolution in Americans’ approach to education, and perhaps even give rise to a groundswell of parents demanding school choice.

One private school recruiter explained that now that parents have looked “under the hood” of public schools, they “are more aware than ever that they have educational options.”

Public school districts are wondering: will kids come back?

That’s the wrong question. The more important question is: will public schools come back?

Of course, everyone expects a complete return to in-person learning. But there are other factors in play.

Some parents are fleeing the left-wing indoctrination and critical race theory infecting so many public schools across America.

And some parents, especially in big metro areas, started homeschooling their kids for another reason entirely. It wasn’t to save them from virtual learning but to save them from cities themselves—from “the rioting, the rowdiness, the random acts of violence happening.” So much for ‘safe spaces’ in schools.

Despite the failures of the government-run institutions, parents did what Americans have always done when faced with a crisis. They innovated. They solved problems, and they showed once again that in America the future is not built by government, but by the people themselves.

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Claim Proclaim
2 months ago

If you are concerned about this “pitting” of one group vs. “another” in our nation, watch this video put out by the Catholic Church. If you have a bias against the Catholics, still watch it because they are exposing what they see to be an error in their own midst relative to embracing Alinsky tactics.

A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing, Saul Alinsky And The Church, EWTN
It’s on Vimeo.

Claim Proclaim
2 months ago

Writing you opinions here is not enough. You must be pro-active in the PTA meetings in your school and even start after-school classes to help do what teachers (in fear of losing their jobs) may not be allowed to do: allow for unfettered discussion that is not in sync with a “set” and agenda-driven curriculum.

Claim Proclaim
2 months ago

On the matter of CRT, parents need to get into the driver’s seat and not allow schools NOT to discuss subjugation history in its entirety.

Most certainly where any state’s less-than-wholistic version of CRT is pushed, synagogues, mosques, & other private entities should invite parents & students to sessions about Subjugation History as a whole that looks at how slavery was/is present in many civilizations (& was rationalized in all), how we in the West supported slavery this past year by wearing cotton face masks made by Uyghers (unlike those in the abolitionist movement who refused to use sugar) how each person (w/all people being at least 50th cousins) carry both the genes of oppressors and the oppressed in their beings, and how each nation has been carved out of the very real losses of others.

(The Plantagent line, emanating from Charlemagne, has over a billion descendants that include many North Americans, including Barack Obama(from Edward Longhanks, Meghan Markle (from Edward III, and myself! Yikes, we have oppressor DNA in us! as do all).

There are fossils, too, of people being in North American before Clovis man came from Siberia. Also Clovis man on this continent enslaved others from other tribes.

Several good texts to read and discuss to go further than the CRT agenda will are:

Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
(Many of the woke, liberal elite in the U.S. have this history and don’t know it.)

Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters (not simply a white man’s issue…human nature?)

The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archeology’s Greatest Mystery.

Also to be discussed – Genghis Khan, (another of the world’s “common ancestors”)

“The greatest happiness is to scatter your enemy, to drive him before you, to see his cities reduced to ashes, to see those who love him shrouded in tears, and to gather into your bosom his wives and daughters.”
– Genghis Khan

I likely also would take the discussion to the next level if a teacher (via Socratic Seminar) and ask that this questions be explored:

1. Where would you flee that is a pure society?
Parents, YOU are the first teachers. Turn off the computers and I-phone and facilitate over dinner discussions. That’s where I learned to think.

Denny
2 months ago
Reply to  Claim Proclaim

Great tidbits of intellectual insight.Thank You ~

Carolinatarheel
2 months ago

Parents should challenge instructors and School Board Members who are brainwashing their children!

Will bi-racial children be taught to hate one of their parents and half of themselves?

America First!

Rich
2 months ago

It is amazing when people actually find out what their children are being taught, the actions that they are willing to take. I no longer have children in school but my heart is heavy for the parents in today’s world. When we look at what is being taught and now what the teachers union is pushing on America’s kids, it is frightening. It’s time to cancel the cancel and woke culture and get back to sanity in education.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Thank you Rich, I’m in the same situation as well… Currently America is stuck with the most powerful teachers union, i.e. the now infamous NEA teacher’s union & they are PRO CRT & trying their level best to force this down member teacher’s throats in all ( 50 ) states!
I am sick & tired of these NWO Socialist Democrat racist ideologies being forced upon all of us which now includes our most precious commodity, our children…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Claim Proclaim
2 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Still show up at your local PTA and bring up questions that somehow expose vs. merely attack. I find that rhetorical questions sometimes invite doubts more than a direct assault.

Johnny Bad
2 months ago

School teachers have been on a mission to destroy the American Way of life. Although they probably didn’t realize that they were being used by politicians. The word POLITICIAN means, THE DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES. So, infact, a polictian’s only duty is to distribute what is given to them by their constituents. Now, you see, they really control OUR DESTINY. umm?

Dave
2 months ago

It is time to re-evaluate local property taxes which pay for the teachers salaries, and the closed classrooms!

Dick
2 months ago

Are public school teachers still getting paid for doing nothing? How can we stop paying school taxes? This seems, to me, the way to stop their pay.

Bob Ewalt
2 months ago
Reply to  Dick

It may be that school boards take strikes by the teachers unions, to reduce teaching force as student population falls. How many boards want to do this?

Daniel Yungk
2 months ago

This is one the reason the teachers union wants to ban private schools

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago

A powerful well written article by Amac Newsline… If nothing else as a direct result of the quote, ” plandemic ” parents of all backgrounds, colors, etc. have indeed got an inside look into their children’s classrooms & they got a clear shot view of what is going on & has been going on for a very long time…There is now a rallying cry for home schooling, private charter schools & religious based schools. In light of what is occurring before our very eyes with school unions, the NEA in particular, I’m mortified!
I foresee the day in the not to distant future, a substantial amount of public schools along with the EVIL teachers unions shutting down altogether. People are waking up & this gives me a sense of hope!
Thanks for putting this out there AMAC…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Gina
2 months ago

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Gina
2 months ago

I didn’t put question marks…I put hands clapping. Not sure why it posted wrong. Anyways, great article and I applaud you

Rita Canady
2 months ago

I’m a certified K-6 Regular Ed and K-12 Special Ed Teacher at a charter school in NC. I am considering leaving the traditional classroom and offering my services to homeschooling parents or associations. I’m wondering how much of a demand there might be, and how many other teachers might be willing to do the same?

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Rita Canady

Rita… After you do some research into it, I believe you will be pleasantly surprised by what you will find…Just listening to people on the street concerning what is going on in this nation & now the instruction of CRT to our young people is most disturbing & people are indeed tuned into this evil indoctrination happening with lightning speed across the nation…
I wish you well on your new journey…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Rita
2 months ago

Thank you, that’s what I’m thinking too.

Bob Ewalt
2 months ago

And you (Rita) can pocket the Union dues the school board takes out of your paycheck!

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Rita Canady

There is plenty of demand out there for honest, proper education. I think you’ll find that you have more potential kids to teach than time in the day. Just price yourself competitively and you’ll do fine.

Rita
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Thanks!

Glee
2 months ago
Reply to  Rita Canady

My friend is a Special Ed teacher. She left the public school system about ten years ago and has done private tutoring since, specializing in autism. She has not made as much money, but has made enough to live on (and in a very nice house) even as a single woman with no additional income. Moreover, she is far, FAR happier with her job now than she was with public school. Hers is a narrow niche, but your K-6 regular Ed gives you a broader market.

Rita
2 months ago
Reply to  Glee

Thanks for your input!

Claim Proclaim
2 months ago
Reply to  Rita Canady

I retired from a very far-left hs. No one believed me 17 years ago when I told than what was going on regarding deconstruction of their children. Then I went to a Catholic school and felt as if I died and went to heaven. However, those who are the most clueless about what is going on in the broader society are parents with children in parochial schools.

Yes, go to a private school or band together with others and start a network.
Those who do not rescue their children will lose their children and perhaps will not have grandchildren. We are coming to a point where it is not unfathomable for the state to appoint a guardian to help a student go through gender-reassignment surgery when the parent is against it.

One of the ironies of ironies of the present moment in history is that Putin protects children better in the CIS than Biden does in the U.S.

Jocie Taylor
2 months ago

They forget that as parents we will find a way to make sure that our children are taught what they need to be taught and if the public schools want to have the unions and teach corrupt things well then we’ll just take them out and they can try to figure out how to get their money elsewhere

Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Jocie Taylor

Couldn’t agree more Jocie! Great post and great parenting ????

Pat
2 months ago

Huge shout out to those who are able to homeschool and to the others who are fighting to stop CRT being taught!! Keep strong America!! Marxism CAN be DEFEATED!!

chuck
2 months ago

It would be interesting to see statistics about the ” family make up ” of those students and parents. Sad to say, I think we all know the answer to that.

T Sansoni
2 months ago
Reply to  chuck

Hey Chuck
Great point. Would you venture to make an educated guess on “ a family make up per centage?

Glee
2 months ago
Reply to  chuck

I suppose you think only wealthy families can homeschool or send their kids to private schools. Let me educate you. My daughter homeschooled her two kids through high school. She had only one year of college. She never worked except odd jobs. Her husband never made more than $30k a year, but she could stretch a dollar to Kansas and back. She learned to cut their hair. She used coupons like a pro. When her children became teens, they got neighborhood jobs to earn their own spending money. Their academic progress won them both scholarships to college. Both kids worked part-time through college and graduated on time, with honors, and without debt for their BS degrees. They were not oppressed. They were not overworked. They had lots of fun activities and excursions. They were and are still just responsible young adults. Homeschooling is a big network with all kinds of group activities. As my granddaughter would tell people, “I was homeschooled, not educated in a closet.” The magic ingredient isn’t money, it’s willingness to chart a different path that requires more sacrifice. It’s about discipline. If they will plug into a homeschool association (where there will be support and progress will be tested), even single parents can homeschool elementary kids—especially if they can work remotely.

LadyLadnek
2 months ago
Reply to  Glee

PRIORATIZING

Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Glee

Glee, amen! As Christians we made the decision to homeschool our four girls, as the Public Schools are “easily” indoctrinating our children because we allow them to spend around “1080 HOURS” a year teaching them Darwin’s bizarre and immoral false theory of evolution. Atheism through Marxism, Darwinism and Secular Humanism is what every parent should be attacking or the result of the battle will be lacking. Homeschoolers now traditionally do better on SAT/ACT tests even though they had added the subjective essay part of the SAT Test not too long ago. I assume they still have it today.

Please, consider homeschooling as there is much support all over and though it is work, it is worth the effort even if it is only for character building, a Biblical God-fearing foundation, etc. I would add that it would be beneficial that both parents support the decision.

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