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2013-03-08 11:26:18 AM  
12 votes:

PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*


I know!  Seriously pisses me off when people berate homeschooling!

I see that you went the "self-study" approach to your education, which is great and will probably work for you.  But as someone who has a Harvard PhD in developmental studies, I feel as though I taught my children better than any formal school every could have - private, charter, public, you name it.  I don't believe in the STAR test model, but I'm sure my children would set the bar if I offered it to them as an enrichment exercise.

My DS Ricky is an accomplished violinist whom I'm sending to Greece in the summer to study the cultural effects of economic austerity measures.  He is a wonderful boy, though neighborhood kids still pick on him, accusing him of the silliest things, like masturbating his penis to the passing school bus.  Kids are just absurd.

My DD Rebbecca just started menstruating again, so we're all very proud of her and her weight gains.  She made the choice to stop eating and take all of her nutrition from staring at the sun - a silly phase for a twenty-three year old!  She's working hard on becoming an unlicensed neurosurgeon so she can repair the brains of third world children.  She seems to take great delight in collecting roadkill at night and performing her experiments on them.  Success story?  I'd say (twinkle in my eye).

My youngest, Richie, is twenty-four months and already has the vocabulary of a grown man.  He told me this morning that he wanted to be an anesthesiologist.  I told him to aim higher than the simple medical sciences!  He loves hiding under the bed, though we have to drag him out every so often so he doesn't drink his urine.  More silly kid behavior!

All in all, we're the perfect family.  I hope that you and I, being geniuses, can bring our families together and form some sort of super group of singing, brain repairing, clean freaks who show the world that we're better than everyone else!  And don't worry - we'll tutor your little darlings up so they won't feel inadequate.  And you too!

Please contact me so we can schedule a home science fair or inter-capta geography rodeo with group massage.
2013-03-08 10:43:07 AM  
7 votes:
Wat dA Fuk u diz NYC scools foR?? I cn ReD FiNe! U tink U so fUkin smrt N sHiat, BicH! InnA FukU UP MUThafrkkaS!!
2013-03-08 10:54:18 AM  
6 votes:
tenletter.files.wordpress.com

Never before has Mr. Derek Zoolander been more needed.
2013-03-08 10:48:24 AM  
4 votes:
s22.postimage.org
2013-03-08 10:57:10 AM  
2 votes:
I bet they can read Spanish just fine!
2013-03-08 10:52:52 AM  
2 votes:
Thanks a lot, sequester.
2013-03-08 02:12:15 PM  
1 votes:
80% of the children in NYC public schools are fresh off the boat. Big shock they arent doing so well on exams when this is the first time they've seen electricity and indoor plumbing.
2013-03-08 11:48:54 AM  
1 votes:
and they keep voting Demokrat...


thestrangestbrew.com
2013-03-08 11:21:30 AM  
1 votes:
Neither can 80% of the posters on Fark.com.
2013-03-08 11:17:02 AM  
1 votes:

namegoeshere: Wat dA Fuk u diz NYC scools foR?? I cn ReD FiNe! U tink U so fUkin smrt N sHiat, BicH! InnA FukU UP MUThafrkkaS!!


repsot dis if u cry evry time.

/i luv u FIVE-evah.
2013-03-08 11:15:43 AM  
1 votes:

AgentBang: This is one of the primary reasons why I doubt we'll continue to raise our child here once she starts going to school. Unless I hit it big and can afford a public school.

NYC schools, damn you scary.


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2013-03-08 11:15:03 AM  
1 votes:

AgentBang: This is one of the primary reasons why I doubt we'll continue to raise our child here once she starts going to school. Unless I hit it big and can afford a public school.

NYC schools, damn you scary.


I don't understand. Public schools are free here in NY state. If they're charging you, that's farked up.

It's really a cultural thing, and a part of a bigger problem. Because its seen as "free" and "obligatory", people of all classes and creeds are taking it for granted. For the rich, since its "free" it's too crappy for their snowflakes, so they'll spend $20k/semester to send then to Andover or something, write off that expense, complain that they still have to pay property taxes for schools their kids dont go to, and try to defund the crap out of it. For the elderly, yeah they went to those schools and got an education and were made the better for it, but now they have a fixed income, and "times are different"*, so they'll vote against every tax measure to sustain it. For the young and their parents, "them teachers" never treated them right and didn't see how amazing they were, and kept insisting they do homework and read and learn maths and stuff that's just stupid because you don't need to know that shiat if you work in the mill or hustle or whatever. Teachers just be all up in their faces and whatever, because I rent an apartment, so I don't have to pay for this... But if there's a snow day and I gotta call my aunt to watch the kids so I can get to my shift at the salon/temp agency/McD's, oh hell no.

Education is not free, or obligatory. It's a valuable investment in society and an opportunity for their members. This is where we build our community's foundations and our futures. If you want to fix our country, start looking at our schools. The more people with a proper education we have, the better things will work across the board. When we get around to remembering that, maybe this will be fixed.

*I've learned that this is a catch-all phrase old people use as an excuse to justify their hypocrisy: "Yeah, I was always against war, but things have changed." "Yeah, I worked in a Union, retired at 55 and I'm living on a pension, but things have changed and everyone else who wants one is lazy." "I supported equal rights, but things have changed and..."

It works interchangeably with "Things were different then..."
2013-03-08 11:10:07 AM  
1 votes:
Yeah... suddenly all those English majors aren't looking so stupid, are they? They'll have a near-monopoly on clear, efficient communication.

Good luck being replaced by Rahul, STEM majors.
2013-03-08 11:09:53 AM  
1 votes:
funny.ph
2013-03-08 11:05:39 AM  
1 votes:

Giltric: I guess their teachers weren't getting paid enough.

right guys?


Well, obviously.  If you pay them more they do a better job.
2013-03-08 11:04:54 AM  
1 votes:
My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*
2013-03-08 11:03:30 AM  
1 votes:
looks like failmitter can't read either.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University's community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.

its 80% of a certain subset of students that go to colleges where all you need to get in is a pulse (not even an SAT score or Regents diploma, a score of 50 on the PSAT will do). and its not that they can't read, that figure also includes math (that's probably a huge portion of that). and its that they can't perform at a college level, not that they can't do it at all.
2013-03-08 11:00:39 AM  
1 votes:
"English, motherfarker!  Can you speak read it?!"
2013-03-08 10:59:11 AM  
1 votes:
Officials: Most NYC High School Grads Need Remedial Help Before Entering CUNY

sploosh
2013-03-08 10:58:04 AM  
1 votes:
They are all going to be on some kind of government subsidized disability or unemployment anyway.  You just watch daytime court tv for those lawyers.  That is really all you need to know in Imerrika these days anyhow.  The lawyer will read you the list of symptoms from webmd to fill out on your form with the in house doc.  The rest of us can just keep on rabbiting away...
I forgot the other option which is to cross streets with your headphones on until some schmuck has the gall to hit you.  Basically any kind of tort will do.  Cash it all in at JG Wentworth and marry your highschool sweetslut and take "cur" of her kids until she leaves and takes half so ya blow the rest on bath salts on the way to Maury.
 
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