Reasons Why I Homeschool: School Lockdowns

Yeah, Yeah, I know, I know, it doesn’t happen very often. But it does happen. Wait, it does happen often, it happens so much that we hardly think about it past the day it does.

Today there is a school on lockdown right now. They just sent a message out to the parents via their school webiste…

“Good morning parents of Bristol Central students, I am calling to inform you that our school is currently in a lockdown. The police are investigating a situation. Your students are in locked classrooms with faculty and staff supervising and are safe. Please do not come to the school to pick up your child. We will update you by phone and on our website as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.”

Um, what?!? What do you mean “Please do not come to school to pick up your child?!?”

OK, I understand, if there is a hostage situation, guns swinging, bullets flying, I shouldn’t be there. Why is that even a possibility at a place of learning?

Sorry, but I will just keep my children home instead. At least if I end up in a gun slinging hostage situation, I will know where my kids are and exactly what is going on. And since most of my days are spent at home teaching my children, I think we are about as safe as we can be. Never mind my extreme clumsyness and my ability to get hurt standing still.

Situations like this highlight how (some) schools are loosing control of the children they are put in charge with caring for and educating. Yes, I said CARING for. School is not only about learning just what you need to know to pass the standardized testing, everyone needs to get over that concept. School is about life lessons, teaching right from wrong, it is about actually paying attention when there is a student being bullied right in front of you, it is about NOT turning your back on a child because their parent is an addict, or seeing through a situation and realizing that parent you though was a flake is struggling to do the best in a bad situation. Being a teacher and being a school faculty member is about shaping our children and getting the most out of them that they have to offer, even in imperfect situations.

Forget about blaming lack of funding or budget cuts, because if the school is there for the community the community will be there for the school. There is no trying to go Above & Beyond, because there is no limit on teaching our children, there is no cap on how much a child can be cared for or taught. Saying “we are going the best we can” is not enough for our children who have to grow up in some seriously hard times. If a school is on lockdown for any reason, they are just not doing the best they can.

When schools realize this, lockdowns will not be a such common place in our schools.

And of course I know that there are perfectly awesome schools out there with no troubles and are doing a great job nurturing their students. Let’s not forget that, but let’s realize there is much more that happens within those walls and in the community that help them to get them that way.

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3 Responses to Reasons Why I Homeschool: School Lockdowns

  1. Emily on December 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I love it and amen to that! I like all your other homeschool entries as well. We’re probably going to give homeschooling a shot with our little guys.

    It’s been so long since I stopped by here but my mom keeps me up to date now and again. SO GLAD to hear about Owain’s surgery! Hope the fundraising the other month was successful.

    So sorry to hear about your dad. (Hope you don’t mind me saying that here.)

    Best wishes to all the nuts.

  2. Susan Evans on November 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I homeschool my kids now, but back when I was a teacher, a policeman came to my classroom and arrested one of my 5th grade students. I’m not kidding.

    • Hazel Nut on November 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      OMG Susan, that is crazy!! Although, my oldest is in 5th grade now & if he was in public school, I wouldn’t have been surprised if that happened to one of his classmates by this year or next. Some of them were really hard to be around & I could see the teachers and the school turning their backs on them. I really do feel safer knowing that my kids are home with me.

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