My heart hurts for kids whose potential will not be realized due to the fact that they attend school. A deeper pain is felt for those who will have psychological damage, some of which lasts years or a lifetime, due to attending school.
Please read this article. Do not skim it. Read it carefully and ponder it.
I wonder if as you read it, you will have the same questions raised in your mind about how hard it is to try to have effectiveness with institutional schooling, of the challenges trying to administer learning to a group of kids (you try to imagine setting up a school system if you had to start from scratch or try to imagine running a classroom).
I have come to the conclusion that schooling, that is, teaching large numbers of children as a group, and giving them an individualized education that meets the unique needs of each child and helps them become all that they truly can be is impossible. Just impossible.
I am glad that so far my children have escaped being part of the American public education system. If the day comes when my children must attend school, if I could afford it I'd send them to the best private school that matched their needs and abilities. If that was not possible I'd have to use public school (government school).
If that day ever comes, if my children enroll into a public school, despite how dedicated I have been to parenting and home educating my children I think to save my sanity I would have to disconnect myself completely from the school sytem, that is, not get on the PTA and to have minimal contact with the school teachers and school administrators. If I tried to 'stay on top of' my children's public school education I would be the staff's worst nightmare as I'd try to hold them to a higher standard than they set for themselves. I would still want individualized education but in reality I know the public schools cannot provide that so it.
Here is the article I'd like you to read:
Is it a Cheetah?