One day, whilst splitting wood, I was listening to Stefan Molyneux's podcast. He had on one Laurette Lynn and they were talking about her book "Don't Do Drugs, Stay Out of School." I was naturally hooked because I knew, deep in the deepest of my soul, that most of my K-12 education was anything but, and was likely a scam I could never put my fingers on. Now, in hindsight, i realized it was just a racket for talentless people posing as "teachers," abusing children to extract resources from the private sector.
And no, that's not hyperbole.
And no, that's not rhetoric.
It's the truth.
School was a god damned prison and a miserable experience for myself and the majority of other children.
So when Laurette and Stefan were talking I thought it would be preacher to the choir. However, it wasn't just preaching to the choir, it was them (specifically Laurette) opening my mind to greater heights to see just what was going on, and just what a disgusting epitome of evil our education system has become.
Naturally, this prompted me to purchase her book, which I read on the flights to and back from Vegas.
"Don't Do Drugs, Stay Out of School" is a combination manifesto, ultimatum, and plan. It is a screed against the current educational system. It delivers an ultimatum to parents to actually PARENT and educate their own children instead of outsource them to the state. And it finally is a plan on how to homeschool your own children.
Some of it was stuff I already knew (because of my visceral hatred for school), but it was really eye opening on two levels. One, it made me realize just how few parents actually love their children. They'd rather pursue a career and dump their kids off at what is REALLY a mental prison. Stefan Molyneux said it best - if you dump your kids in daycare/school so you can pursue a career, that is no different than cheating on them as you are depirving them an upbringing. And two, just how unnecessary public schools are. You DON'T need two incomes. You DON'T need to send your kids to school. And you SHOULD have one parent (oh I don't know) ACTUALLY RAISE THE FUCKING KID WHICH INCLUDES EDUCATING THEM!
You throw in the savings of day care, afterschool activities, and the resultant familial stability that doesn't result in psyschiatrist bills or divorce lawyers, and (who knew!) the nuclear family with a parent at home can beat most government ordained familial structures.
About the only two complaints I would have about the book is that
1. It was repetitive in its intent on proving the public schools are bad
2. The last quarter was a bit idealistic on setting up voluntary communes to home school kids.
Both criticisms are largely due to my personal situation. You don't need to convince me about the despicability of public schools, but you DO need to convince otherwise brainwashed-parents who don't know any better. Also, I have no children, so I have no vested interest in how a utopian home-schooling system would work.
In short, this is not a book for minimalist bachelors who hated school in their youth (though it is therapeutic).
IT IS, however, A MANDATORY book for any mother or father who are genuinely concerned about the education and futures of their children.
Your kids are going to grow up fast. And if you want to have them spend more time with their daycare provider and government teachers than you during their formative years as you pursue a social work career raising other people's kids, then by all means. But if you actually love your kids and want what's best for them, then I suggest buying Ms. Lynn's book.