My (Unpopular) Thoughts on the Reopening of Schools

When it comes to the reopening schools debate, one of the most popular arguments we’ve been hearing recently is regarding the mental health of the students. As usual, I’m going to share my (likely unpopular) views on the subject because, hey, that’s what I do. 😉

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.

4 thoughts on “My (Unpopular) Thoughts on the Reopening of Schools”

  1. Spot on, as usual, Shelly! I don’t have a personal dog in this fight as my children have never been to school but, as a citizen, I do find the power and control of the institution of school very concerning. Schools really function as indoctrination tanks and babysitting services today. I’m in my 40s and I see a big difference in the culture of family just in my relatively short lifetime. People seem to have houses but not homes. There is a big difference. A house is a container for your stuff. A home is your safe place where you are nurtured and loved and get the real lessons of life. I cannot think of a person who would not think this is the ideal whether or not it is reality. Not everyone is cut out for educating and learning alongside their children exclusively and home is not a safe place for some. But, the idea that there is no choice – that it is institutional schooling or nothing is a problem. Many more people could home educate their children if they made the commitment to home and family and reached out for community/neighbor support. As a society, we also need community learning centers and self-directed learning opportunities for all ages. Local libraries and community/senior centers could be a huge supporter of this kind of initiative. It just takes creativity and I think so many people just never step back and question, “Yes, this may be the norm but is it in my kid’s best interest? The best interest of our family? The best interest of our community?” In some cases, the answer will be yes but in many others, I suspect, it will be no. Throughout this pandemic, I have been saying that the silver lining of all this is if it gives people the opportunity to reassess their lives and step off the treadmill long enough to question why they are doing what they are doing. A conditioned, reactive life is not one well-lived. People need to feel they can and should take the reins of their own lives and make the choices which will benefit them best. None of it is easy but it is freedom and that, to me, means more than anything. Thanks for the thoughts, Shelly!

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  2. I could not agree more! There’s no reason for schools (or any other business) to be closed but at the same time I kind of hope people see the light and seek better ways to educate their children.

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