So yes, there is much to recommend homeschooling as a superior form of education, especially for boys. Yet I, as a middle-aged Gen Xer, am looking at the homeschool vs private school question from a distance of over two decades. If public school was going downhill back then, what was it for Millennials and what is it now for the generation currently working its way through the gauntlet? This article at MRA London.org [HT: Andy at AV4M] gives us a clue:
My early school years were great, my education was great, I had maximum grades at that point; I played for my school football team and used to do some boxing. My dad and his dad were both boxers, it was great bonding time for me and my dad in the gym. Life couldn't have better, as I got towards the end of my primary school years, I did start to notice an odd trend though, my family seemed to be the minority that were like this, when I'd stay over at friends houses, it'd almost always be divorced mothers or just simply single mothers looking after my friends. I never paid it much attention however as I was just 6-11 years old at the time but I always wondered, "where's your dad?"about my friends.
Anyway, moving on to my transition into secondary school, this is where things changed, for the worse. Secondary school is 11-16 in England, not sure what it is in other countries.
Immediately it began, we were taught, at such a young age, all of the atrocities western men had committed against everyone else, we were literally, I'm not exaggerating here, taught to be ashamed of ourselves and of our gender culture, girls were taught how great the suffragettes were and that without them they'd still be under the tyranny of evil men, I remember a particular class about this in history before, the female teachers and female students were all laughing at the stupidity of boys and men, I remember the female teacher pointing out "all the men had to fight wars, while women didn't, but it was always men that started the wars!" while the girls all laughed, I remember looking around at all the boys in my class just sitting there, quietly, blank stares on their faces, saying nothing. Then it hit me like a silver bullet, I was doing the same as them: nothing.
However after having years of political correctness and self-shame pumped into me by this so called education system, I had no knowledge of how to even discredit them, everything they said seemed true, if it wasn't for my father teaching me about the great men of our past at a young age, I actually think I'd be another sad fool indoctrinated into feminist ideology.
[A]fter all this, I noticed something change in me, I became apathetic, lazy, unmotivated and my grades went from the top 5% in my country at age 11, to pretty much, rock bottom. I remember at age 11 I was predicted straight A* and As for my GCSEs. Well, I didn't leave that school with a single GCSE, not one. Why? I stopped caring about school, some days I just didn't turn up, I couldn't take it anymore, it was actually horrendous to be discriminated against like that by people who are supposed to be objectively teaching and nurturing me. By the time my dad noticed what was going on it was too late to do anything about it, was in the last 6 months of school; the school never notified him of my drastic drop in grades and lack of attendance. These feelings weren't just felt by me either, I can tell you now that 90% of the boys in my year didn't leave with more than 1-2 GCSEs either, a lot of the girls, the majority in fact, left that school with amazing grades, a girl I was fond of left with 3 A stars, if I remember correctly. Oh and my sister finished Primary school with high grades and carried on the trend finishing secondary school with very high grades all As and Bs. She went on to do A levels and was on her way to becoming very successful, learning multiple languages such as German and Latin when she decided to give it all up to raise a family.
To any of the older generation out there, I'd just like to tell you, this is what it was like to grow up in an education system from 1997-2006. Now I can't say it was like this in every school, as I had no experience in other schools but if generally speaking, every school was the same way mine was, we're in big trouble.
My big question is, what is going to happen when my generation has to step and live their place in the world? From my experience and the facts around me at the time, the majority of boys in my year are either unemployed or doing basic jobs like stacking shelves, digging and other menial jobs. We've literally created a generation of young men who are self-hating and apathetic without any father figures in their lives and even the ones who had father figures like me, got shafted hard by the education system we had to endure. Honestly, I'm actually really interested in seeing what happens in the next 20 years. Will feminists ever realise that their self-gratification condemns this generation of men who have been destroyed and ostracized with little chance of their life’s potential being developed?
I was one of the few people who wasn't surprised when the UK Riots came about, it was just waiting to happen, this is the generation of young men who are supposed to be the backbone to our future.
Oh and before anyone accuses me of blaming my failings on the Education system, my father paid for me to go to an all male school, where I got 7 As in GCSEs on my first year there directly after mandatory school ended, then two years of A levels in which I got all 5 of them. This isn't some blame, pity me game, I'm just generally very interested in what you all think is going to happen if my scenario holds true for the majority of young men growing up?I don't think it bodes well at all. I have stated many times that the best thing parents could do to ensure the mental and physical health of their boy-children--and their girl-children too--their cognitive and moral development, and their future success in life, is to withdraw them immediately from a masculinity-destroying (and femininity-twisting) Molech. The alternative is to surrender yet another generation of future men to this machine, this grinder which shaves them down to nubs, aborting their masculine identity and training them to be drones. Little wonder that so many male psyches do not survive this unscathed. When we pair the male survivors of an of/by/for female public school system with the male divestment / disenfranchising experiment our culture seems intent on conducting, and we have a real recipe for trouble.
The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. Why should we plaintively wonder what is going wrong with our boys and men, stumble upon potential solutions, yet never elect to do something different? That "something different" could be as small--yet have as significant an effect--as what the father of this fellow did. His father (or uncle, grandfather, older brother, manosphere denizen), took an active, not passive involvement in the education (not just schooling) of his son, and thereby effectively counteracted the feminist propaganda bombardment the son was receiving at school. Yes, his son was a physically a prisoner in school,*** but his mind was freed. This suggests that the active intervention of elder males can do much to affect the fate of those who come behind.
* Granted, the homeschooling population is rife with selection effects that affect the intellectual gifting and development of children. The biggest one is that, surprise, homeschooling parents are overwhelmingly married, with all the benefits thereto that the investment of a married mother and father bequeath to their children
** I don't have to worry about my child's teacher raping him, physically abusing him, him being bullied, or being in a dangerous self-defense-free zone.
*** Not sure why this fellow's dad didn't pull him out of public school. Perhaps he lacked the ability to do so...there are those who truly cannot exercise this choice...or maybe the DIY alternative never occurred to him