The Unexpected Reason That You Should Consider Homeschooling Your Children

Many Americans think that schools are more dangerous now than when we attended them as youths, and you can see why. The news media consistently reports stories of gang violence, kids being bullied, and horrible mass shootings. But there is another threat to your child’s well being that you may not have considered: the emotional and self-esteem damage on your kids of government policies implemented through the school system.

A perfect example of the lunacy of government policies in schools happened recently in Modesto, California to a five year old kid. Deke Farrow writes,

Jackson Riley attends the Great Valley Academy public charter school in Modesto and was suspended for a day for making terrorist threats, TV station Fox 40 reported.

The incident occurred Aug. 31, Jackson’s father, Ian Riley, told The Bee. He got a call from the school saying the kindergartner had refused to take off his backpack and, when asked why, said there was a bomb in it that would explode if he did so.

Riley said he was asked to pick up Jackson, who would be given a one-day suspension. “I said, I’ll come get him, but I’m not sure what a suspension will do for a 5-year-old. They said, ‘It’s what we have to do.'”

The school initially sent the Rileys a letter saying their son was suspended for his intent to “threaten, intimidate or harass others.” The family was told that was the school code violation that best fit what happened, Ian Riley said.

When the Rileys pointed out that code applied only to fourth- through 12th-graders, not kids as young as Jackson, the school agreed and so sent a second letter, changing the violation to one about making terrorist threats. (hat tip to here for the source)

Now, think about this for a moment. This is a five year old. Would you have taken this child’s response about his backpack as an intent to intimidate, much less an intent to threaten? And do you know any little boys who don’t automatically want to pretend play like they have guns or grenades? And do these children have any desire to actually ever injure anyone?

The scary part is that people who obviously have no understanding of how little boys play (especially that young) are in charge of marking that child’s record permanently as well as intimidating that child or otherwise shaming them for simply acting like boys.

What boys need is not to be taught to be peaceful little children. They aren’t, and the fact of the matter is that we don’t want them to be. What we want them to be is moral so that they know that violence is rarely ever the answer, but, on that very rare occasion when it is (like when someone is really being assaulted), violence is the only answer to prevent more people from being hurt or killed.

So, you may want to consider homeschooling your children, and, maybe, especially your sons so that you can teach them how to be men and so that they won’t be conditioned to be ashamed of who they are and taught to be someone different.


  • Melvin Purvis

    A simple solution here would be to explain to the child that he will be taken out to the empty playground and chained to the swingset, and that a swat sniper would then fire a round into his backpack from a safe distance to detonate the bomb. Of course, tell him that he will be mourned, but that because of his death and sacrifice he will be a hero, and a plaque in memory of his name will be placed on the new swingset.

    • Steven Butterbaugh

      That’s funny.

      • Beasleyhillman

        No, it is not funny.

      • Paul Ruggiero

        Dude, get help. That is not remotely funny. I think you need to see a psychiatrist or psychologist. Seriously.

    • sasquatch1313

      Apparently your dry humor is not appreciated by some. Pity, I thought it was hilarious

  • tarheelchick

    How ridiculous. The inmates are running the asylum.
    I agree that homeschooling is looking more and more attractive all the time.

    • ARJAY

      We started to home school almost 20 years ago!

      It’s really NOT that difficult!!

  • Vaughn Lynda Robison

    Ok, they asked why he wouldn’t remove it, and then he said his “why.” What was wrong with following up with, “Ehh, don’t believe you, show me.” And what was really wrong with letting him continue to wear it, without even asking him to remove it in the first place? Maybe it helped him feel “safe” to have it on his back. What’s wrong with getting him distracted by giving him something to do that would make him remove the backpack himself in order to be able to do what was asked (some fun type of activity)? That’s like the kids who got suspended several years ago for drawing airplanes dropping bombs and stick figures shooting guns, that normal kids will draw with no murderous intentions, instead of admiring their artwork, and then giving them another action-topic to draw that matches one of the lessons taught that day.

    • Beasleyhillman

      One of the main purposes of homeschooling is to instill honesty and self-discipline in a child. Pretense is what children do, but this case is in no way acceptable, and I would have been very concerned if a child of mine had acted in such an uninformed bizarre way to a horrendous choice of scene-play. In this case, I agree fully with the school, even though no child of mine would have been there in the first place.

  • Beasleyhillman

    I am all for homeschooling, but the parents should have realized that their child was way out of line, taken him aside, and quietly explained how traumatic the pretend was. This type of thing actually happens in ISIS controlled countries. Children need to be taught to be adults and not ever pull stunts like this. This play-like scenario was in no way funny, and the child needed to know never to do this again. Still, educate the kid at home. He will be much better off.

  • cvxxx

    it’s against the law to be male!

  • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

    We homeschooled four boys over a 20 year period. They are doing fine. Government controlled schools are the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto. SURPRISE! But hey…all the other 9 planks are well and alive in the USSA and most people would die to keep it that way. America has become a nation of functional communists.