The United States of America is one of the greatest nations that has ever existed. It affords you the freedom to choose who you want to be and what you want to do in life. You also have the freedom to worship God the way you want to. But, while the United States is a very prosperous nation, and offers freedom unlike any other country, It still has a lot of serious problems, obviously. And one of those problems that I have become more and more aware of, is our public/private school systems.
Now, don’t get me wrong, public/private school’s are a great place to learn and get an education. You discover more about the world you live in, how things work, and the logic behind it. But for everything they are, there is so much more that is lacking. The deficit is described briefly in the following hypothetical example.
Kelly attends Northern Middle School, and is in the 6th grade. She has nice teachers, and is very intelligent. But, as most 11 year olds are, she isn’t quite confident in herself yet. She’s a little insecure, and wants to “fit in” like the rest of the “cool” kids. So, what does she do? She starts hanging out with the “cool” kids. Unfortunately, for her efforts, they tell her that she dresses like a 4 year old, and if she wants to hang with them she would have to get a cooler wardrobe (ya know like those low rise super skinny jeans. Basically, they tell her to dress immodestly). So, Kelly starts wearing tighter clothes…a little make up.
Briefly, all is well. She looks the part and seems happy but then notices all of her cool friends are smoking and cursing. And so the downward spiral takes off. Her focus becomes more and more about pleasing others and less about her character and education.
4 years pass, Kelly is now 15 years old. She’s sexually active, smokes a little weed, inhales something from a canister on a regular basis, gets mostly D’s, and more insecure than ever. BUT hey, she fits in, and rarely gets harassed by her fellow peers. Isn’t that all what matters? (HINT: SARCASM)
I personally have observed this cycle repeat itself over and OVER again. It never ends! Its like a bad loop. “Why is this happening?” The question begs an answer. After much research, I think I may have it. I suggest the following:
Have you ever noticed that this pressure is pretty much a “non issue” for college students? Note* pretty much. The focus mysteriously shifts from trying to fit in, to that of a good education. Now, some of you may be thinking, “Well, that’s because those who attend college pay tuition, and therefore must be serious about their education.” Wrong! If this were the case, young teens who attend Private schools during their adolescent years would not suffer from the peer pressure cycle. Truth be told, they are just as affected as those in public schools. The only difference is that the curriculum is modified so that it isn’t as secular and they wear uniforms.
Here are my suggestions to solve the public/private school dilemma.
1. Treat public/private schools like college. Public Without the tuition, Private schools with the tuition.
That means, no “roll call”, no “break time” no play grounds You show up when you show up. If you’re not there, they start without you. Truancy is a thing of the past. The teacher or principal doesn’t contact you to ask where you were. You are responsible for your own education.
2. The government will not pay for dances, proms, etc.
Again, we are treating this like college. But, however, if the students want to raise money for a dance event and have the school host it, that is acceptable. Otherwise, our tax money shouldn’t go towards a dance event that will only distract the students from their primary goal: building character and a good education.
3. Stop treating the students like children.
You see, the problem with public/private schools is this: they treat everybody like children. If you treat teens like children, they will behave like children. They will rise to whatever high standard you set or don’t set for that matter.
4. Give the students a choice when it comes to what type of education they want to learn.
Right now, public schools lean heavily on the theory of evolution. But, ironically, it states in the First Amendment that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Wait a second, evolution isn’t a religion, right? Why am I calling it one? Well, truth be told, evolution is basically the belief that there is “no god”. There you have it. It is a belief, and the government is endorsing it; teaching it to students across the nation.
Now, I’m not saying that all of the public schools curriculum should be Christian based. No, that would be wrong too, since the government is forcing all students to take that curriculum. Rather, I suggest that the government gives the students a few options to choose from. They can select a Evolutionary based textbook, or a Christian based textbook.
So, there you have it. I truly feel these changes will go a long way in this epidemic of social pressure among school aged children. Making it legal to not attend government or non government ran schools, automatically gets rid of all those nasty people who have nothing better to do then to bully others. Formula: Treat schools like college and automatically everybody gets more serious about their education.
Makes sense to me. What are your thoughts? Inquiring minds wanna know.
My goal is to start a petition of signatures. If I can get enough people to agree with me on this concept, I will take it to the next level.