Polk County unfairly blames home schooling

Posted 12/2/18

To The Editor:Home-schooling families should be deeply troubled by the recent statement regarding home schooling in Polk County. Is it all about the money? Millions of dollars have been thrown at …

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Polk County unfairly blames home schooling

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To The Editor:

Home-schooling families should be deeply troubled by the recent statement regarding home schooling in Polk County.

Is it all about the money? Millions of dollars have been thrown at education, and the system continues to have major issues.

Testing issues on the state level have plagued Tennessee schools! How is that the fault of those who home school? It isn't, and the state legislators and government in Nashville made those bad decisions and hired the wrong company!

Common Core is a disaster and many home schooling families want a biblical worldview curriculum, and is that the sub-culture of home schooling that is hated?

Home-schooling families pay taxes also and pay for all expense of home schooling. A fair system would discount the taxes of those that home school so they could cover those expenses! 

Don't home-schooling families have rights to educate and train their children the way they desire without being singled out as the cause of problems in an entire county school system?

Maybe legislators and local government should consider that many home-schooling families are very concerned that the Tennessee legislators didn't care enough about privacy of the school bathrooms to pass a bathroom bill! Just maybe, those parents don't want their daughters faced with the possibility of being in the bathroom, shower or locker room with someone that identifies only as a girl, but was born a boy! And just maybe, home-schooling parents may not want their children exposed to Islamic indoctrination that has been in many school books in Tennessee!

There are many more concerns that home-schooling families have a right to express, and should express. Home-schooling families shouldn't have to sit back and shoulder the blame when it is stated that they are the reason that the "bottom is falling out of public education." This is placing the blame on innocent hard-working families.

How can Polk County place this blame on the respected institution of home schooling which is being tarred and feathered as the reason that the "bottom is falling out of public education?"

The bad and the ugly of public education are why so many families are home schooling today and this statement is further part of the "ugly" of public education, when innocent families are unfairly blamed! 

Thank God for home-schooling families!                            

— Pastor Dale Walker

President, Tennessee Pastors Network

Sparta

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