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On August 30, I wrote of my decision to dive into the public school system of Oklahoma – and it’s been quite an experience. This coming Monday, many Oklahoma public school students will be returning to school on the first day of the second semester.
I won’t. I won’t be returning to the government schooling system. Why? Because I’m a failure. I’ve fallen short of the bar, and I’m nothing short of a disappointment to society.
I’ve fallen short by failing to adopt the art of vulgar language in common speech. I’m assuming this falls under the subject of socialization, tolerance and multiculturalism, but I’ve failed to make the grade in this subject.
I’ve failed to accept the worldview of apathy. Although this is a philosophy that is widely accepted by my peers, brainwashing on the part of my parents has ingrained in me a sense of optimism. That optimism is what has helped make me a failure.
I guess I’m just anti-social, but I’ve failed to accept the social experience of getting drunk, the buzz of smoking marijuana or getting high from cold medicine, and I am fruitless in the social event of impregnating teenage girls.
I’ve failed to accept the idolization of sports. For some strange reason, I have looked at sports as an entertaining hobby, but I’ve failed to fall in line with the norm at my school by refusing to worship the institution of athletics with my time.
I’ve failed to accept the common practice of relinquishing the responsibility of my education over to the school. I’ve committed the evil practice of not trusting incompetent teachers and faculty members with my future.
I’ve refused to agree with sex education and other “health day” instructions on the part of education bureaucrats. It must be ridiculous for me to find the entire sex-education idea completely unnecessary.
I have not succeeded in denying the existence of reality, and I have been unable to live in the high-school dream world. This is the biggest failure of all: falling short of rejecting reality – the real world of outcomes, investment and planning.
I have stopped short of accepting the rampant immoral behavior in which too many willingly indulge. I have refused to take part any longer in the way government schools wallow in mediocrity, and I have returned to an educational option that suits me best.
The bottom line is, probably as a result of the many years of homeschooling, I am a failure in public schools. I don’t live up to their standards of socialization, responsibility, education and culture.
I fervently hope that you, the readers, will forgive me of my failures, and I surely hope my parents will still love me, despite my falling short of my peers. I’m what everyone hopes to avoid, I’m what countless ad campaigns hope to stop, and I’m what numerous organizations work to prevent – I’m a high-school dropout.
Most of my kind doesn’t have much of a future, since it’s hard to find a decent job without a high-school diploma. However, I will be returning to schooling at home, despite its well-known failures.
Expounding on the shortcomings of homeschooling, the National Education Association passed a resolution in its 2000-2001 conference that states, “[We believe] that homeschooling programs cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience.”
I experienced the comprehensive education of public schools, and I couldn’t keep up. Still, I have hope for a good future ahead of me. Since homeschoolers are routinely 30 to 35 percent more competent and tend to accept the idea of moral absolutes and reality, I believe there is a great possibility of rehabilitation.