The Scary Facts Every Parent Ought to Know
(But Most Don't) About Public Schools
Everyone agrees that our public schools are bad. How to fix them? Wrong question, says education policy analyst Joel Turtel — who believes that America's public schools are broken beyond repair. In his book, Public Schools, Public Menace, Turtel argues that public schools, because they are government-run monopolies, cannot give our children the great education they need and deserve.
Readers will learn startling facts that will surprise —
and shock — most parents:
How public schools can cripple children's ability to read, leaving children unprepared and
vulnerable to face the world as adults.
That parents are deceived into thinking their kids are getting a decent education, when in fact the
schools are dumbing-down the curriculum to protect the jobs of school bureaucrats and
Ways that many schools indoctrinate children with anti-parent, anti-Judeo-Christian, and anti-
How public schools have become legalized drug dealers and smut peddlers
The sad truth that public schools hurt children's self-esteem, love of learning, and chance to get
... and many more disturbing revelations supported by iron-clad facts and studies.
Author Joel Turtel does more than present the problem, however. He offers many realistic, affordable solutions for parents:
Methods for parents to provide their children with a quality, low-cost private-school education
for less than $850 a year tuition.
Over twenty ways that busy, working parents can homeschool their kids, and have their kids love
them for taking them out of public school.
Information for Churches and Ministries to expand their outreach by creating their own Christian
Internet private school.
Many resources for parents, including lists of Internet websites for homeschool curriculum,
parent groups, general information, college entrance help sites, and more.
This book is a wake-up call for parents, and should be read by anyone concerned about their children's education. Dr. Laura Schlessinger, nationally-syndicated radio talk-show host, featured Public Schools, Public Menace on her show. She said, "This book is a must read for every parent."
An Interview With The Author — Possible Questions For The Interview
Q: You say that public school can be dangerous to children — but what if my child is getting good grades? Shouldn't I be happy with the education they're receiving?
A: Many parents whose children are making good grades don't see a problem with their local public school. But what if your child's public school has been deceiving you? What if the school "dumbs-down" the exams, and manipulates test and report card grades to make you believe your children are doing well in school? Despite your children's good grades and glowing report cards, there is a very real possibility that the public school is crippling your children's ability to read, smothering their desire to learn, warping their values, and wasting twelve years of their lives!
** Update: New York Post, Jan 20, 2012, “Community Crisis” — Reporter Yoav Gonen writes in his article that “Nearly eight of 10 city public high school graduates who enrolled as freshmen in CUNY community colleges in the fall required remedial work in math, reading, writing — or all three. . . Higher graduation rates mean little when students aren’t ready for college work.”
This, after spending about $12,000 per student in New York City public schools — talk about a criminal waste of money thrown down an education sewer.
Q: Why would public schools possibly do that?
A: As it turns out, public schools aren't all that different from public corporations — in both cases, the employees are judged by guidelines that control their tenure and salaries. Corporate employees are judged by factors such as product sales; public school employees are judged by students' test scores. No matter how well-meaning or sincere a teacher is, her job and economic survival depends on her students' test scores, not on the quality of your child's education or how well the school prepares your child to face the world upon graduation.
Q: Don't you think that there are many people who would dispute your accusations?
A: Certainly — especially those whose livelihood is based in the public school system. Any person can do research into the matter, however, to verify that what I'm saying is true — and this is not something new. For example, back in 2002, New York State's Education Department issued its second annual Report that included public school students' math and reading scores. The Report found that 65 percent of elementary school students, 90 percent of middle-school students, and 84 percent of high school students failed to meet minimum New York State math and reading standards. At every grade level, over one-half of the students were below
the minimum standards — and that was a report released by the public education system itself! No matter where you look, you'll find similar dismal results in our public schools, and it is only getting worse. Our children's education system is in crisis mode, and parents are being deceived as to how bad it really is.
Q: So you're saying that all educators are inept, ineffective, or corrupt?
A: Not at all. Most public-school teachers, principals, and administrators are intelligent, hardworking, and dedicated people. They have simply been thrust into an environment — the public school system — that does not reward the best teachers or get rid of the worst teachers. Instead, the tenure system that guarantees teachers' job security, promotes mediocrity in our schools. Also, the No Child Left Behind Act now puts increased pressure on teachers to show student test scores that meet new Federal guidelines . . . even if teachers have to fudge test scores to meet these guidelines.
Q: You paint a bleak picture of our children's education; why aren't more parents worried?
A: Most parents simply aren't aware of how bad the situation is, or public schools have deceived them about the true state of their children's education. The good news is that kids can now get a quality education and success in school in low-cost private schools on the Internet — parents now have real school choice. Children don't have to suffer through 12 years of a mind-numbing, third-rate public-school education anymore. Parents can give their kids a quality education right now with many education options. In my book, "Public Schools, Public Menace," I devote three chapters to showing parents all the wonderful new education options they now have
for their children.
Q: But aren't private schools too expensive for most parents to consider?
A: One thing that I emphasize in the book is that parents can now give their kids a quality private school education for less than $950 a year tuition. I provide a list of such schools, and it doesn't matter where a family lives because these quality private schools are on the Internet. Look at it like this — the $850 a year tuition is only about $80 a month to give children a great education and rescue them from the dangers of public school.