A Homeschool Mom’s Epic Rant About the Public Education System

Get your kids out of school!

There are few things in life that can get me riled up like the truth about compulsory schooling.

I’m not normally someone who likes confrontation. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs, but since the horrendous school shooting that happened barely two weeks ago, I cannot think of anything else.

So, yes. I’m going to do another epic rant about public education because I don’t think parents of school students recognize these schools for what they truly are. 

Here we go…

Just last week, I read an article on a local news app that was reporting on a safety meeting held in a nearby school district. A mother stood up to speak about how her two high school age children want to be homeschooled because they’re scared. She replied, “…and I want them to go to school.”

Why?! Why?! School shootings aside, lately we have heard nothing but reports of inappropriate student/teacher relationships, bullying, drugs, questionable curriculum, and politically-biased rants by teachers.

Is the indoctrination that “school is the only way” so strong that people cannot see the danger in sending their children to the “friendly neighborhood school”?

Yes, danger. You know, it boggles my mind that parents are legally compelled to send their kids to an institution that can no longer guarantee the safety of the students. Homeschooling offers a viable and legal alternative to this disaster waiting to happen, yet parents can’t even make the connection that there is something very wrong with our schools!

I know a lot of homeschooling parents don’t like to say negative things about government schools, but my kids have been there. I know what they’re like, and I know that they will only get worse. It’s just a matter of time.

At the risk of sounding judgmental (society’s favorite buzzword), I am pleading with you to open your eyes, and ask yourself this question:

Why am I so insistent upon keeping my kids in school?

Is it because you have to work? There are lots of working homeschool parents.

Is it because you think you can’t afford it? It’s entirely possible to homeschool practically for free.

Is it because you’re not a teacher? You don’t have to be.

Is it because you could never handle that much time with your kids? You get used to it, and you can learn to love it.

Look. I am aware that homeschooling is impossible in some situations,  but that’s rarely the case. Would it be too much to ask you to at least consider it for the sake of your children?

And, please, for the love of God, study up on the history of compulsory schooling. Start with anything by John Taylor Gatto. Please.

I’m going to finish this rant by sharing…

5 Things We Can Thank Public Education For…

1. Millions upon millions of broken families.

Before compulsory schooling, families stuck together. They worked, played, and prayed side-by-side every day.

And what does family life look like today? Let’s see:

  • kids gone most of the day for most of the year
  • kids spending hours after school in daycare or after-school programs
  • kids going home and spending hours on homework
  • kids vegging out in front of their electronics because they’re so exhausted
  • parents working long hours and using these electronics as a babysitter
  • and on and on…

And we wonder why society is on a rapid downward spiral??

2. Consumerism

I’m sure this is what the founders of compulsory schooling like Rockefeller intended all along:

Let’s take people away from their meaningful, hard-working, self-sustaining lives and educate train them to work in factories. Never mind that they’re missing out on important life skills that can only be learned as independent entities. After all, what good are independent people? If people know how to make their own houses, clothing, soap, shoes, and candles, or are successful at growing their own food, who will buy our products?

No, no! We need people to be helpless. Where’s the money in sovereignty?

compulsory schooling

3. The Loss of a Thinking Populace

Public school was never about education. It’s always been about indoctrinating the populace to follow a certain belief system to make them easier to control.

That’s how you can tell the difference between schooling and education:

Schooling teaches people what to think.

Education teaches people how to think.

Which one do you think is happening most often in our schools?

School was never about education.

4. Children being forced as young as 5 to work a full time job in a factory school.

I always shake my head when someone tries to tell me that compulsory schooling was formed to protect children from having to work in factories all day.

Are you kidding?

They “saved” children from working in factories by putting them in a different kind of factory, only now they’re forced to do it by law, and they no longer get paid for it.


And if you think I’m exaggerating by calling it a job, think about it. Children as young as 5 have to get up bright and early to sit inside a building doing menial work for anywhere from 6 to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Then, just like so many hard-working adults, they often have work they have to bring home with them. Because 8 hours of school somehow isn’t enough time to get everything done.

Only difference? Adults have a choice about whether or not they will go to work. Children do not.

school is a prison

5. We have a nation without God.

Few things will bring down a nation faster than the complete and utter rejection of the One who made this nation possible to begin with.

It seems anything related to Christianity has been totally banned from the education system. Supporters of this travesty cry out, “Separation of church and state!” but that’s not what that term ever meant.

Interestingly, the same people who vow to fight to the death to keep religion out of the schools are the same people responsible for keeping religion in the schools.

Their religions. Atheism. Secular humanism. Scientism.

Instead, children are taught theories as facts, and formerly scientific facts are now up for debate.

Topics that would make most adults cringe are now being presented to 5th graders. There is no moral code any longer. It’s been replaced with materialism, hedonism, and the worship of self.

“…in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.”

  • 2 Timothy 3: 1b – 4

This post isn’t about judging you. I am begging you to consider these truths. I am crying out for your children. 

Enough is enough.




Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

24 thoughts on “A Homeschool Mom’s Epic Rant About the Public Education System”

  1. I’ve seen several news stories about oddball statements at school meetings, or even worse about active-shooter drills. All I can do is hope they’re all false since the ones I’ve seen usually mention a person quoting another person ‘they know.’

    I don’t particularly care if anyone else homeschools, but I have run into a few quixotic situations lately trying to explain homeschooling to other folks. They’ll mention that public school kids have to learn to deal with difficult people. I’ll point out that our kids hangout every day with a variety of other kids every day some of whom, (just like any other group of people), can be difficult. After having been told this, they’ll look me right in the eye, and say “Yeah, but I think my kids would miss out on the camaraderie of hanging out with other kids if they had to be in the house all day every day.” The complete contradiction of their second statement (in more way than one) doesn’t seem to reach them 🙂

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  2. Your points are so well made.
    Now, if parents are educated enough ( not trained) to examine what is TRULY in the best interests of their family, society itself will benefit as families are strengthened as they learn and grow together.

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  3. I often wonder why my friends and family are okay with our public education system. I share factual articles and true stories with them all the time about what is really going on in our schools today, but nothing is ever enough to get them to consider another option. They continue to blindly trust the system and I think one reason is because they don’t want to take any action as that would require effort on their part. I’m just glad I can see the truth, that I’m free to make another choice, and that I’m bold enough to do something different for the sake of my family. Once we started homeschooling, I realized I could see the problems with public education so much more clearly. That is why I speak out. I’m glad you speak out, Shelly. 🙌🏻

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  4. Honestly, I feel like some parents are just glad to be rid of their kids all day. I’m not saying all parents who send their kids off to school feel this way but it’s apparent to me that a lot of them do and that’s just sad.

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  5. I’ve been keeping up with you on Youtube (love all of your videos!) and just now got started on reading your blog. I am so glad that you are speaking up! You’ve really helped me to re-evaluate the way that I think about education. I think that you should write a book some day! I would definitely order a copy. 😀

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  6. I swear we’re long lost brain twins. Every post I read I love more than the last. I don’t understand why more people don’t homeschool either. A hundred years ago this was just raising kids. Now people act like it’s some herculean task to care for and teach their kids. It’s jist called parenting. Sending your kids away for most of their childhood is neglecting your God appointed job as a parent. I understand a lot of single parents apprehension and worries, but like you said it’s achievable. Where there’s a will there’s a way. I guess they’re systematically eliminating that though (the will).

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