Public schools were introduced in North America during the 19th century because governments wanted to train young people to be obedient industrial workers. The problem with public education today is that it hasn’t changed much. The goal of public education is to train students to crank out good standardized test results and obediently follow every instruction that the teachers issue. But what if a student does not want to work in a factory when she grows up? If a student wants to learn how to be a painter, why can’t he focus on that and work towards that goal? The answer to both questions is that public education is a one-size-fits-all approach for students, and if a student does not fit into the system, then he or she is out of luck.
A public school student must struggle to keep up with the other students in the class if she does not want to risk being held back and ridiculed, despite having difficulties grasping the material. A public school student must be careful not to rock the boat and show signs of being bored in class, lest the teacher get angry. Public school students who are academically gifted are forced to sit in class feeling frustrated that they have to wait for the rest of the class to catch up. Public schools are not designed to properly assist students on an individual basis. Public schools are designed to instruct as many students as possible at once, but that does not always work well. Public schools are often filled to the brim with overcrowded classrooms and stressed-out teachers, making it difficult for students to get the one-on-one attention that would help them to better understand the classroom material.
Public schools depend on public funding in order to operate. Families that want their children to attend public schools must send their children to the public schools in their local areas. If the local public school is attended by a lot of children who have violent personalities and bullying tactics, any child who attends that school is vulnerable to being targeted by bullies. Bullying has been a problem in public schools for decades, but there has been increased media coverage about the effects of bullying at schools. Some boys and girls have committed or attempted to commit suicide to escape emotional pain caused from being bullied. Other students who have been bullied have taken different approaches to dealing with bullies. They released their rage over being bullied and retaliated by physically attacking innocent bystanders at the school.
Teachers are outnumbered by the students in their classrooms, making it challenging for them to address and stop bullying. No child deserves to be bullied, and no child deserves to have their educational and emotional needs ignored. Students spend five days per week at school and they deserve to be in safe environments where they can learn in peace and at their own individual paces. Public schools fail to provide the individualized education in safe environments that many children need to help them learn. Private schools and homeschooling are other options that families can consider if they prefer not to support public education.