Steven David Horwich

My 2013 New Year’s Wishes For You

Written by Steven David Horwich on Tuesday, 01 January 2013. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

This New Year, let's resolve to work and hope for meaningful improvement in our education practices, namely, that more families begin homeschooling their children.

My 2013 New Year’s Wishes For You

Happy New Year, everyone!

May this be a stellar year for you and yours.

A Brief Comment About The Conn. School Shooting

Written by Steven David Horwich on Tuesday, 18 December 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

Public schools are often unsafe in a variety of ways, not just when they are the scene of a mass shooting. Keeping kids safe, and improving educational outcomes, means rethinking how we teach in America.

A Brief Comment About The Conn. School Shooting

Hi, folks.

I’ve thought about writing about this tragedy, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. The whole thing is utterly depressing and enraging to me. What you’ll read here is the most and best I can do.

Lies About Public Education (Part Five) – Caring Teachers Will Change Things!

Written by Steven David Horwich on Tuesday, 20 November 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

Yes, the “good teachers” proudly hold their heads up to let me know that they KNOW. They AGREE. The system is garbage. But, they announce, they are going to change the system. From within.

Lies About Public Education (Part Five) – Caring Teachers Will Change Things!

Folks, it might surprise you to know that I get a lot of letters from teachers who work in public schools.

Lies About Public Education (Part Four) – Teachers LOVE Their Students!

Written by Steven David Horwich on Friday, 16 November 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

One problem we have here is that the monsters look just like all the other teachers. The law, the psychologists who are supposed to keep monsters out of the educational system, have no idea how to accomplish their task. Witness the results.

Lies About Public Education (Part Four) – Teachers LOVE Their Students!

Who would purposefully hurt a child?

What sort of an adult would go out of his or her way to harm a child, particularly a child placed in their protective care?

Lies About Public Education (Part Three) – You Can Trust Teacher

Written by Steven David Horwich on Friday, 02 November 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

The constant drumbeat is that we need to spend more on public education for more teachers, more schools, more curricular materials. The fact is that public education is a failure and more of the same won't help.

Lies About Public Education (Part Three) – You Can Trust Teacher

Folks, I choose not to take up politics when it comes to education and our children. I make that choice because I feel that both parties and nearly every politician have failed our families in regards to education. They support and adhere to a “business as usual” approach.

Lies About Public Education (Part Two) – We’ll Keep Your Kid Safe

Written by Steven David Horwich on Thursday, 18 October 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

An average midwest school, situated in the heart of a community that looks very much like the Norman Rockwell version of an ideal hometown has suffered a rash of student and teacher suicides over a three-year period. Why?

Lies About Public Education (Part Two) – We’ll Keep Your Kid Safe

There is another High School, named Kaukauna. It’s found in Wisconsin, you know, part of the Great Lakes region. Low minimum wage in Wisconsin. Around 7.5 unemployment rate, lower than the national average, but a lot of people not making a lot of money – that low minimum wage I mentioned? Cold, snowy winters, great for winter sports. Can drop to 40 below in the winter! You know Wisconsin, the “cheese head state”?

Lies About Public Education (Part One) – The Fruits of “Socialization”

Written by Steven David Horwich on Friday, 28 September 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

When a child commits suicide, it is a tragedy of immense proportions. When the suicide occurs in school, it is a tragedy that tells a great deal about the status of our so-called "education" system.

Lies About Public Education (Part One) – The Fruits of “Socialization”

Yesterday was “Super Hero Dress-Up Day” at Stillwater Junior High School, in Oklahoma. What is the educative value of “Super Hero Dress-Up Day,” other than to get kids to read more comic books, or more likely shell out more cash to see more movies? Perhaps we’re encouraging a sort of vigilante machismo in our schools today, to go with the emphasis on math and science? The school claimed that they held “Super Hero Dress-Up Day” in an effort to bring the plague of cancer to the attention of the kids and neighborhood. Seems a bizarre stretch to me. I really couldn’t say, but the inexplicable rationale behind this quaint celebration of values is not what we’re going to discuss today.

Chicago Teachers WIN! Everyone Else Loses…

Written by Steven David Horwich on Tuesday, 25 September 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

The Chicago teachers' strike has ended with a victory, not for children who badly need constructive changes to the way education is managed in America, but for coddled teachers who won for themselves more money and more perks.

Chicago Teachers WIN! Everyone Else Loses…

Folks, unless you are a public school teacher, you are probably in the wrong business. 

I get that this is an election year, and that the teacher lobby is huge, incredibly well-funded, and that public school teachers vote. But really, looking at how the strike resolved, one can only assume that children, families, even America just does not rate with public school teachers or the Chicago government. What matters to them? Only the satisfaction of an extraordinarily overpaid, under-productive, destructive subset we call “public school teachers” matters. 

New Teachers — Same Old Problems

Written by Steven David Horwich on Thursday, 13 September 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

Another new plan to fix education is the same as many previous plans: hire more teachers. But isn't doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results an indication of insanity?

New Teachers — Same Old Problems

I know. I’m sorry.

There have been a lot of stories over the past two months about teacher abuses of students. I haven’t written about them. I’ve received more horror stories from some of you, my friends, and I apologize, but I did not write about them. You see, there are always lots of stories about teacher abuses. There are always stories about schools miserably failing students. There are always tales of students abused by other students while in school, hundreds if not thousands of such stories every day. I have not written about them the past few months because frankly, the abuses seem endless and it gets depressing to write about them. 

The Real Reason Chicago's Teachers Are On Strike

Written by Steven David Horwich on Wednesday, 12 September 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

Chicago's teachers claim their strike is "for the children." The real reason they are on strike is because they are themselves pampered, spoiled children. Disagree? Read on....

The Real Reason Chicago's Teachers Are On Strike

For the second day, 350,000 public school students in Chicago are all dressed up with no place to go. They are ready for school, but their schools aren’t ready for them. And why is that? The teachers are on strike, all 30,000 of them, in the third largest school district in the country.

What Schools Have Come To — Moose Pooh

Written by Steven David Horwich on Friday, 29 June 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

Mere citizens are supposed to look up to, even prostrate themselves before, licensed "professionals." Yet these same professionals fail time after time, and even engage in abusive behavior, as another case of child abuse in schools illustrates.

What Schools Have Come To — Moose Pooh

Oh my. Oh, no. I really don’t know what to say. The Huffington Post (poor people, having to discuss such horrors) published yet another truly repulsive story about a school administrator, teacher, a psycho parent, and a class of kids that should be shipped off to Mars. Folks, really, after yesterday's article (the sunburns…), this is, well, even more repulsive. Don’t read it if you have a weak stomach. This is the link to the story. Just read it if you must, then we’ll talk.

Of School Rules & Morons

Written by Steven David Horwich on Thursday, 28 June 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

There are many reasons to pull kids from public schools, and to homeschool. A child’s safety would certainly qualify as one such reason.

Of School Rules & Morons

A friend, Mary H., sent me this article found at the Huffington Post. I read it and just sighed with weariness. It tells the pathetic story of some truly moronic teacher or teachers following moronic state laws, as they directly contravene the sacred trust we place in schools — their supposed first order of business, to keep our children safe and well while in the school’s care. The story in brief — teachers (“allegedly”) watch while children become severely sunburned because…it’s the rule?  Yes, that’s the story. You’re asking, “to allow children to be injured while the adult in charge stands around and watches is the rule?” Have a read. Use this link.

Children’s Bill Of Rights — The Right Not To Participate In War or Conflict

Written by Steven David Horwich on Wednesday, 20 June 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

It's axiomatic that children should not be forced to be soldiers, yet this crime occurs every day in some areas of the world. No society, no civilization, should ever force its children to fight.

Children’s Bill Of Rights — The Right Not To Participate In War or Conflict

Not to participate in war or conflict

Every child has the right to refuse to participate in military service. Every child has the right to refuse to support any military action or effort that they disagree with. Every child has the right to walk away from any fight or battle and not “lose face” from having done so.

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Children’s Bill Of Rights — The Right to Vote

Written by Steven David Horwich on Friday, 01 June 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

It is a voter’s patriotic duty to render an informed decision. Any citizen who can do that should be able to vote. Age should not be the determining factor.

Children’s Bill Of Rights — The Right to Vote

Every child of a reasonable age should have the right to vote, and to participate in the politics of their nation as those politics most certainly will change the child’s life. Every child has the right to self-determined political opinion and suffrage, not to be limited or shaped by family or others. The right to vote should start when the child understands the issues, regardless of age.

The Right Not to be Exposed or Trained into Prejudice

Written by Steven David Horwich on Friday, 18 May 2012. Posted in Opinion, Steven David Horwich

It should be one of the first and most important jobs of a parent or educator to protect young, impressionable people from biases — even their own adult biases.

The Right Not to be Exposed or Trained into Prejudice

Every child has the right to refuse to be exposed to forms of bigotry, prejudice, or hate of others by family, through education, or by any other means.

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