Shooting ’em down in flames

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  • Donnette Davis Says:
    August 13th, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Hello there

    Perhaps it would have been prudent to obtain some comments form homeschooling families as to why they homeschool and the difference in their children now that they are being homeschooled to when they were in the public school system in this country before publishing such a biased one-sided and clearly uninformed article on Ina Cronje’s ramblings!

    I was forced through various reasons to homeschool my children, and it is the best decision I have ever made, despite my former husband trying to create a furore with the Child Welfare and the incompetent fools that run the school my child was at. This former husband (who denies paternity of said children to get out of paying maintenance) desires absolutely no contact with the girls, neither does he or did he contribute to their education financially or in any other manner…. what he together with the said incompetents were hoping to achieve, I will never know. Perhaps the less said about that the better. Only to mention that now he makes the odd enquiry from informed and esteemed members of the Homeschool Defensors as to “what about tertiary education…” DUH!!!!!!!!!! He won’t even pay for a pencil for them, who the heck is going to pay for college or university? He has never sat hour after hour going through the same story book or writing the alphabet 20 times a day to see which font looks better, or doing maths with buttons and beans and laughing through our tears at what a silly sight it must be!!! Not him, that’s for sure!!!! The mind boggles, and never truer is the saying that rather let people think you’re a complete idiot than open your mouth and prove them right!!!!!

    I have a very real, very true and very heartbreaking story about this schooling system and what it has done to our children (after having 6 children I am not a rookie) that would shake even the most hardy of men! Viva! homeschooling! Viva! our children being allowed to grow at their own pace doing what they should be doing – being children and learning about life (yes even the alphabet and maths!) through practical hands-on experience in a loving nurturing safe environment, with people who actually DO care whether or not the child is happy, safe and not whether the bands-in-her-hair-are-blue-or-white-so-she-must-get-detention. Homeschooling parents are loving, committed, hands-on and only have the child’s best interests at heart in a one to one environment, giving the child all the love, support and encouragement in the world.

    Where in this poor god-forsaken country of ours can you offer us a public school that doesn’t discriminate on race, religion, financial ability of the parent, etc. that focuses purely on the child – not whether she can read at 10 miles an hour by grade 4, but whether she is developing into a little person, and growing in her own ways, learning about life skills, hygiene, the role of the family etc. All in an environment that is safe, secure, loving and not full of 40 or 50 cross-cultural children who don’t know whether they are coming or going – simply because the person or persons entrusted with their education doesn’t (or don’t) have a clue!

    Ina CRONJè needs to get real, look at the reality of this country as a parent trying to education their child – look at the country as a whole. Desperately sad, sickening actually that the powers that be have allowed it to get to this point – in fact contributed if not created it!!!! If the public school system was the same as it was 12 or 14 years ago, sure, give it a bash! But it is not, nor is the country, nor are the people, nor is the crime rate, nor is government corruption, nor is inflation!!!!! GET REAL!

    Donnette Davis
    Pietermaritzburg

  • Annie Says:
    August 13th, 2007 at 8:18 am

    I just wanted to add the following which came to mind when I was reading a comment on another forum about this issue.

    Before I became a WAHM and HSmom, I worked as an admin manager on a farm here in rural KZN, what saddened me was that we would get these “matriculant’s” applying for work – these so called “matriculant’s” couldn’t do basic maths, their spelling was atrocious and their education practically non existent, but they were the proud owners of a certificate stating how they had passed matric. If that is the state of KZN schools then I think Ina Cronje’ has no business making comments about homeschooling where kids are far ahead of these so called matriculant’s by eight years old.

  • Donnette Davis Says:
    August 13th, 2007 at 8:20 am

    My Homeschooling website is http://www.staidenshomeschool.com – created by my children and I! Now tell my that learning can’t be fun! My child would never have thought so had she been forced to remain in the hell-hole that was called primary school…

  • Donnette Davis Says:
    August 13th, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Oops sorry, couple of typos in my posts – my head goes at 100 miles an hour leaving the hands standing!!!! But you know what I’m getting at! :)

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