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“If I remove my child from WCSD schools, is there a good program I can set up for them at home that covers all the things I want them to learn?”

Here’s a GREAT Comprehensive Program, Not Just a Good One!

WHAT DO YOU TEACH THEM?

Academic Content & Time:

  • Direct-teach your child yourself, or tap into any one of countless, excellent online curricula that cover all subjects.
  • 150 minutes a day (2.5 hours) of focused, uninterrupted study is plenty for most kids and MUCH more than they receive at WCSD.

Education Crusade logoMoral Content:

Do a 10-minutes/day study of a Bible story that emphasizes moral/spiritual values. If you want your kids to have strong moral/spiritual values, you have to teach them consistently, just like you would with any subject. We like the easy-to-use, non-denominational “Bible Morals for Children – A Parent’s Guide.” https://biblemoralsforchildren.com/

Civics Content:

Take 10 minutes every day to acquaint your child with political documents and writings by a wide variety of authors whose ideas formed and maintain the foundation of America’s principles and values. Here are some examples of materials to read AND discuss :

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Preamble to the Constitution
  • Bill of Rights
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Gettysburg Address
  • “I Have a Dream” speech (MLK),
  • “Speaking About the Struggle and Sacrifice” (Chavez)
  • “The Self-made Man” (Douglass)
  • “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction…” (Reagan)
  • “Ask not what your country can do for you…” (JFK)
  • And more!

Current Events Content:

Take 10 minutes every day to read and discuss a rotation of local/state/national/international news stories. Always discuss BOTH sides of the issues, and encourage your child to take well-informed positions … and defend them.

EXERCISE!

Give your child a minimum of 30 minutes per day of a hard work out such as running, biking, lifting weights, calisthenics, team sports, etc.)Our kids (and adults) are the most overweight and obese people of any nation on earth. 80% of chronic diseases and premature deaths could be prevented with a lifestyle change. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28523941/

WEEKLY PAID EMPLOYMENT and SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

  • Starting no later than 11 or 12 years old, get your child doing some kind of weekly paid employment.
  • Kids who work 10-to-12 hours per week do better in school than those who don’t work, or those who work more hours than that (during the school year).
  • Children 14 and older can easily get into the formal work force. Under-14’s can find informal work in your neighborhood. All ages should also have the experience of selling their own products or services and starting their own businesses. The amount they make doesn’t matter. The important thing is that they’re learning a work ethic.
  • As soon as they start making any money, set them up with saving a certain percentage in their own savings accounts, and make sure they’re learning to always donate some of their earnings to help others.

WORKING AT WEEKLY INTERNSHIPS

While your child’s paid employment is teaching them how to grind-it-out and develop a work ethic, internships (usually voluntary) give them a chance to learn about jobs that have career potential. 2-3 hours per day, 2-3 days per week is plenty to give them an up-close look at careers that sound good to them. Do a variety of internships; switch them up every few months.

WEEKLY COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS

An extremely valuable life lesson is teaching your child that doing things for others needs to be as regular a part of their life as doing things for themselves. Volunteering 1 day per week for 1-3 hours changes children’s lives and protects them from the life-destroying “Selfishness virus.” Opportunities are unlimited: visiting senior homes, adopting a local park, walking dogs at a dog shelter, and so on.

GET YOUR CHILD OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL ASAP – PREFERABLY NOT LATER THAN THE END OF 10th GRADE!

  • 4 years of high school makes NO sense for anyone. It stunts your child’s personal growth and maturity.
  • American students rank behind approximately 30 other developed countries, because of the way we have turned our high schools into teen-age daycare centers, and turned our almost-young-adult teens into immature babies.
  • Many of the problems parents have with their teens are the result of their children spending 4 years in an immature, socially dangerous, drug-saturated, and morally broken environment that IS the majority of our high schools, rather than being pushed to start taking more responsibilities and building their futures.

Starting College by 10th Grade or Before

Whether you’re homeschooling or not, have your child take the entrance exam for community college; you can take it any time and as often as you want. If your child scores no lower than 1-2 classes below college freshman level Math and English, they should take ALL their classes at community college. There are no age restrictions. A good test to practice on is the “Accuplacer” online test that provides free sample questions.

You typically do not want to combine community college with attending WCSD schools. Instead, you want to move your child completely OUT of them. Public schools only promote this half-and-half approach to keep getting paid for your child’s enrollment with them, even though they’re not teaching them full-time.

For too many reasons to explain here, AP classes are not a good idea, and the same is true for Gifted and Talented programs in lower grades. The qualification “bar” for both programs has been significantly lowered, and the programs have been heavily oversold by school districts for ulterior motives they do not share with parents.

If your child can get “4’s or 5’s” on the AP end-of-class exams, then they’re smart enough to have left high school years ago, enrolled in community college full-time, and to take all of their classes at the college with instructors who are more academically qualified. All of your child’s classes will then count toward an AA degree instead of a completely worthless WCSD diploma.

Another great benefit of doing this is that the community college environment is much safer, more respectful to teachers, and campuses are less drug-saturated than our high schools.

What’s the bottom line? EVERY child should minimally be earning their AA degree by age 18. Students who are more academically advanced should earn their AA degrees years before that.

A Final Note on Finances

  • If your family can afford community college, it’s money well spent.
  • If your family can NOT afford it, then your child can easily qualify for a grant for: free tuition, free books, and $500 per month or more “living expenses” for 6 years! It’s NOT too good to be true – it IS true. So what are you waiting for?

Students in WCSD schools are PROVABLY

  • Not LEARNING • Not SAFE • Not in a MORAL ENVIRONMENT

What possible reason does ANY parent have for entrusting THEIR children to this dysfunctional, dangerous, and decadent system?

Many of Education Crusade’s briefs are also published in NevadaSignal.com

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(The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Nevada Signal.)