David Offends a Christian Homeschooler…


Date: April 30, 2018

01) David Offends a Christian Homeschooler


“Classic interview: David offends Christian homeschooler Mike McHugh.”

I was not homeschooled…

…I was sent to a private Christian school, which uses one of the common “school in a box” curriculums marketed to those wanting to homeschool…”Accelerated Christian Education” [A.C.E.]…

I also had experience with Christian designed textbooks, intermixed with A.C.E. materials [a strange sort of hybrid, of isolated learning broken up by the occasional “normal” classroom learning model]…So, I know from an enormous amount of personal exposure, what sorts of things you find in these curriculum.

I met a few homeschoolers in my time…at Christian school conventions, and the like…

I don’t have anything especially negative to convey about them…except that sometimes it’s awkward, because there is this kind of sense…that “they’re not used to being around other kids”…at least, not in a social school setting…So, you didn’t always know how to approach them.

…Seemed kind of sad, how they were often on their own in the crowd.

Anyway…my schooling overwhelmingly existed somewhere in the same spectrum, as that of Christian homeschoolers…

Honest Assessment:

It was not an entirely useless endeavor…It gave me many necessary skills…But the experience was far from ideal…and I’ve considered it to be a handicap, which I had to overcome.

It’s terrible for developing you up, to functioning in the real world…

…I have taken some college courses…And one of the things that struck me, was that I ended up having to take a number of very basic courses during my first year…stuff that I mostly breezed through [because I didn’t honestly need most of it]…but the people they put through these very basic courses, are people they figure didn’t come from an especially solid schooling history…

The fact is real…that colleges don’t look at the religiously private schooled, in exactly the same way as they might the average student.

There is a lot about these religious, “school in a box” programs…which are terrible for translating into “the college ready student”.

Despite that I had had a few textbook classes over the years…it overwhelmed me, having everything taught to me like that.

Even my last two years of high school about drove me insane…because they subjectively forced us into textbook classroom learning…And when this was a total flip flop from what had always been required of us…this totally sucked…

It helped nothing, that A.C.E. is modeled on memorizing and reciting canned answers…and this is how most of us spent our “school careers”…”learning”…

Christian schools, in my experience [getting the entire K-12 does of them], are abysmal at teaching you how to think on your own, reason and explore.

…They excel in teaching you how to be an isolationist…in an antisocial manner…not in any useful way, like survivalist skills…

They really are a hotbed of paranoia, demonizing the world around them.

There are a lot of people who come out of these settings, that struggle to get along in the aftermath…A struggle made all the worse, by these “schools in a box”…

…And I call them “schools in a box”…because virtually anybody can set up shop with these materials, and call themselves a school.

Believe me…I knew plenty enough about most of the people who “taught” there…They were church members [usually working to get a discount, on their own kids who were attending there]…Yes, some of them were credentialed teachers [a legally required formality]…But most of the interacting you’d do when you needed help, was with the teachers assistants…

…Teachers assistants aren’t required much training, at all…primarily because there isn’t any real teaching, that they have to do…

…They’d usually just go through the material with you, and help you dig out the expected answer.

You spent most of your time alone, as well…not socializing…

…And an insane ton of time was spent, on studying the bible…and otherwise being indoctrinated by Christianity…It was lost time, that could have been far better spent on worthwhile activities, which actually grow the human being.

Other Things I’ve Written About This:

How I Went to School: Accelerated Christian Education [ACE]…

How I Went to School…

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