Monday, August 19, 2013

Homeschool so your boys don't suffer in the public schools

I enjoyed Christina Hoff Sommers article - School Has Become Too Hostile to Boys.

She starts with:

As school begins in the coming weeks, parents of boys should ask themselves a question: Is my son really welcome? A flurry of incidents last spring suggests that the answer is no. In May, Christopher Marshall, age 7, was suspended from his Virginia school for picking up a pencil and using it to “shoot” a “bad guy” — his friend, who was also suspended. A few months earlier, Josh Welch, also 7, was sent home from his Maryland school for nibbling off the corners of a strawberry Pop-Tart to shape it into a gun. At about the same time, Colorado’s Alex Evans, age 7, was suspended for throwing an imaginary hand grenade at “bad guys” in order to “save the world.

In all these cases, school officials found the children to be in violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policies for firearms, which is clearly a ludicrous application of the rule. But common sense isn’t the only thing at stake here. In the name of zero tolerance, our schools are becoming hostile environments for young boys.

Christina makes several good points.

It was interesting how many people wrote in the comments attacking the article.  Several feel that public schools are warm supportive places for boys and girls.  I am sure there are some schools where that may be still true, but all the research I've seen indicates that public schools are becoming more and more hostile to boys.

I am so glad we can homeschool our soon.

Hat tip:  Instapundit.


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