Send My Child to School to be Shot by some Wack-a-do? There is an answer!
By Corine Gatti-Santillo, a (TLB) Contributor
Do you think a mass shooting would occur in a North Korean school or institution? Or that a teen would dare walk into Vladimir Putin’s Russia to murder students? Not plausible, and while I cherish the democracy we exist in, we are in peril– experiencing bloodshed. I would never advocate sacrificing our freedoms for the “security” of totalitarianism, but I’m at a point where I feel I must take back control for the safety of my child from the U.S. government, specifically our schools.
There were 22 school shootings in which people were killed or injured in 2018. The rampage of Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at Santa Fe High School in Texas brought us back to the discussion table, and all I hear is talk – or, worse yet, arguing – from both sides of the ideological aisle. And again, there was another shooting, I am not surprised. Another fatal shooting happened at Butler High in North Carolina Monday and was the result of a bullying incident, resulting in a teen fatality.
Unfortunately, we will be having the same conversations again, and frankly, I am sick of it.
Unless we militarize our schools or become a communist country, parents need to step in. President Donald Trump won’t help, blaming the liberals is exhausting, revising gun laws is a losing battle and having town hall meetings about the subject is clearly more for the press and public figures. All I see is brokenness from the victims’ families, and if I (an “out and proud” Christian) hear “We will pray for you,” without any actions from our leaders one more time, I am going to scream at one more sound bite.
Nothing will improve. But I can.
So, I’ve made the decision to not jeopardize my child’s life by waiting for Washington to take action. I decided that when my toddler is of school age that she will be homeschooled.
Before you decide I’m a nut case or too extreme, I am fully aware children can’t be protected from everything, nor do I believe they need to be locked in their rooms until they’re 40. Since we have little control over the sickos and mentally disturbed kids roaming many of our school halls, I am simply taking the reins and refuse to be politically correct.
I was not a fan of homeschooling until now. I am a career-oriented person, have worried I don’t have the patience to homeschool and have feared it will make my child socially awkward. I also considered that we live in a degenerate world that punishes children for praying at football games, roasts them for believing in God and expels them for taking a Bible to class. And after the Sandy Hook massacre and every year following it, homeschooling is not too far-fetched.
This gal is jumping ship from conventional schooling.
I am not the only one — Christian or not.
Homeschooling is the fastest-developing method of education in the U.S. According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), there were an estimated 2.3 million home-educated students in the United States as of 2016. “It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow at an estimated two percent to eight percent per annum over the past few years,” the president of the NHERI Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. writes. He adds home-schooling provides a “Safer environment for children and youth, because of physical violence, drugs and alcohol, psychological abuse, racism, and improper and unhealthy sexuality associated with institutional schools.”
Homeschooling is not just a safer option: It’s the give-your-kids-the-best-education option as they enter higher education. Michael Cogan, the director of institutional research and analysis at the University of St. Thomas of Minnesota, found that homeschooled kids achieved “higher ACT scores, grade-point averages and graduation rates compared with other college students.” He also found that homeschooled freshmen earned a higher-grade-point average (3.37) than those who were not homeschooled (3.08). Homeschooled students also graduated from college at a higher rate at 66.7 percent compared to their peers (57.5 percent).
You might be thinking, “Well, not everyone has the luxury of homeschooling.” Legitimate point, but what are your priorities? If luxury bags and keeping up with the Joneses is your world, maybe it’s time to downsize, forego the new car lease and Starbuck’s addiction and decide instead to homeschool (I am just as guilty!). The bottom line is you don’t need to be a professor or wear a red cape to homeschool as computer software, online curriculums and a myriad of reliable blogs are readily available.
For those who need financial support through the journey to purchase curriculums, there are grants such as the First Fruits Scholarship through Rainbow Resources. This online curriculum store offers a scholarship for struggling families. Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool helps families homeschool who lack finances or who are intimidated by homeschooling. There are many more resources out there for parents. All you need is to do the legwork and make the commitment.
If not, and if you’re waiting for politicians to get mass shootings under control, keep waiting and hope that the next election helps. Policies for change will only rot under corruption and compromise. Meanwhile, our children are suffering. And dying.
Parents, it’s up to us to take control back. From the government, from society and from the would-be killers who want to snuff out all life. When we don’t act, that alone is an action. Homeschooling may be the most important move that you ever make as a parent yet.
About TLB Contributor Corine Gatti-Santillo. (MOM on THE RIGHT)
Corine’s tool belt holds two decades as an editor, investigative reporter, and web content strategist. This has given her the fuel to provide encouraging and aspirational insights on news of the day and cultural trends. She is a journalist and analyst extraordinaire …
Corine’s experience as a senior editor for Belifenet.com was an opportunity that positioned her well, including having an interview of hers picked up by the Washington Post.
In an era of “fake news” and pundits, those delivering information through ideological lenses, Corine offers fresh, lively, bias-free coverage and commentary. It’s truth that’s truly inspirational. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University and is a gifted writer and editor, savvy interviewer, poised and diplomatic correspondent, effective team leader and production controller, and skilled in marketing and reader-viewer-ship building initiatives.
She also offers articulate, authoritative broadcast analysis – with wit and whimsy – as a sole guest or as a roundtable panelist. Corine and her husband, Rocky, live in Virginia with their daughter, Aria Brooklyn and pup Maggie.
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