Every time I see public schools in the headlines, I wonder why folks continue to use them if they have any choice in the matter.

I mean, the public schools were rough back when I went through them. I was in the inner city of a big city, and there were murders, prostitution, gang violence, a girl gave birth in the auditorium because she didn’t want to miss school that day. You think I’m exaggerating? The one day none of the FOUR campus police officers could be on campus, the principle came on the loudspeaker just before school let out and said the school would not be held responsible for anything that happened to students or teachers after 4 PM.

I’m glad I did my time in public school back then and not today. At least I got half an education.

In the news: 0% pass rate for minimum standards in Baltimore. EVERY student failed to show minimum proficiency in Math or English. What happened there? Gangster students? Terrible teachers? Diversity not quite right?

It’s not like it’s going to matter much longer. Sometimes I hear objections about homeschooling on the basis that parents don’t have expert certifications to teach therefore they shouldn’t be teaching their own kids. But check out these headlines:

New York to eliminate literacy test for teachers in order to be more diverse.”

It’s official: New York’s prospective teachers will no longer have to pass controversial literacy exam.”

So now the teachers don’t even need to be proficient in order to teach. What’s that expert certification worth now? Apparently, certain math and English questions can only be answered correctly if your skin is a certain color, therefore those proficiency exams are totally racist. Now you can be a teacher just by paying the time and money to jump through credentialing hoops, regardless of whether you can even pass the material you’re supposed to be teaching.

Folks have long been leaning on the opinions of “experts” to tell us how to live our lives. Increasingly, these experts merely jumped through licensing hoops and just follow administrative policies. In the medical field for example, more and more doctors I meet seem to only know what the policy says for what treatments they must give someone with your symptoms and what drugs to prescribe. Ask them what’s causing your illness and you’ll get a deer-in-the-headlights look or a BS answer meant to blow smoke up yours.

Now, I understand there are some good schools and teachers still out there in some places. I also understand that some folks need to put their kids in public school because they don’t have options, or maybe they have some very good reasons. I get it, because that’s the hole the previous “empowered” generations dug for us. Not many couples have the choice anymore for one parent to stay home and raise the kids. I understand.

But for anyone who can, if you want the government out of your life, there’s no better place to start than taking your child’s education into your own hands. Do you want them to get into a “good” liberal college so they can earn a junk degree? Or do you want to teach them what they need to know to get a good job and find a good spouse? After all, no one cares more about your kids than you do.