Post Offices, Libraries, and Public Schools

United States
March 21, 2010 12:55pm CST
I homeschool my children but it isn't because I have anything against public schools. The other day in our small town paper there was an article that the state wants to close some small town public libraries. Of course these small town libraries get most of their funding from state money. I am not surprised by this at all. I think they will definitely do it. I would not be surprised if the post office went out too. Does every little town have to have a physical post office? I think this is a wave of the future. Last but not least with schools struggling to get funding to keep up, I think small schools will be told to combine with other small schools, or even given the option to virtual online homeschooling. Here in Florida they even give you a laptop if you do the virtual online homeschooling. What do you think?
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• Malaysia
22 Mar 10
home schooling, i don't really like that idea. Reason why because, as a student, i can experience lots of stuff and learn other things from friends that is not related to the school subject plus learning in school also can develop some social skills in how to interact with people. Furthermore, schools have clubs that you can join and have fun at the same time gaining friends and leadership skill if you got a post in the club. Im not against home schooling but it's better to study in school.
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• United States
22 Mar 10
Kids are not learning educational stuff in school anymore, because they are spending too much time trying to socialize. I didn't ask if you thought I should homeschool or not, I asked if you thought because of strained budgets schools would be closed in the future, to combine with others. You didn't answer about the post office, or library, you focused on your opinion of me homeschooling.
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• Malaysia
22 Mar 10
Ops, I apologize, i kinda got carried away about the whole home schooling thing. Anyway if a public school in my country does not have enough funding i think they will close down and not combine with other school. Virtual online homeschooling in the other hand works and a good option if they close down the school, they should give the student a laptop for virtual online homeschooling. In response to your first sentence, i believe students are still learning educational stuff in school. If they are spending too much time socializing and not studying, i think they might fail in the future because education is the key for a brighter future. I have see lots of student in my school being lazy and playing truant....i don't think this people have a bright future unless they start changing. BUT students must also have some social skills and leadership because this is something that a student will use everyday in the future. Without a good social skill, people would look down on him/her for not being able to communicate. I have seen that before. Lol i think someone should start a topic about homeschooling, public school or private school.
• United States
24 Mar 10
The fact that you think children need socialization and leadership from a public school, is a very common misconception. My children are plenty socialized, and they definitely will learn to be a leader way better than being pressured by nonsense peer pressure in public schools.
@Gothicfb1 (141)
22 Mar 10
Home school not bad ... but your children i mean most of all children learn from outside world like private/public school right? ... i think using online schooling for you children it's ok because of technology now you can research all thing..
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• United States
22 Mar 10
No, I don't think that is right. I think children should learn from their family, and the outside world, not other children. I don't use the online schooling, it was just an example. I make all my curriculums each year, then find the lessons to go with it. You didn't answer the whole question, just focused on me homeschooling.
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@echomonster (2228)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
22 Mar 10
Unfortunately, some schools seem to be closed basically at the whim of bureaucrats...that's one of the bad sides of government involvement with education. A school near where I live recently closed despite the fact that its students were testing far better than most other nearby schools. Officially, the reason given is that the school was too small, but I bet a certain amount of jealousy over the little school's success might be involved as well. It's sad to say, but sometimes a good school makes the other schools look even worse! No doubt you're right that in the future we'll do more things virtually; in fact, in terms of pure learning education online is probably better in my view. You have such easy access to a huge amount of learning materials, no bullies, can more easily learn at your own pace, etc. Still, there's something undeniably sad about all these long-lasting institutions potentially closing...it's another sign of how times have changed.
• United States
22 Mar 10
Yes, times are definitely changing, and they will continue to do so.
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@Hatley (152656)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Mar 10
hi missliss I think maybe in very small towns the post offices may close but I sure hope not, and as for libraries there is still a huge need for them and more and more libraries are tuned into the electronic age with lots of computers so no I do not see many libraries being closed. as for public schools this closing of small schools and combing has been going on in the state where I was born for nearly sixty years, so that not all that new. I think homeschooling can be really great and online wow, that would be so neat.
@Hatley (152656)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Mar 10
hi typo alert should be combining not combing darn, slipper fingers
• United States
24 Mar 10
We have two libraries in our county alone slated to be closed. They offer computer services, but it doesn't matter. The state can not afford to finance them. Unless they come up with funding on their own, they will close. Here in Florida you can get the laptop if you do the virtual online homeschooling through the state.
• Canada
21 Mar 10
I wish I had been homeschooled. In fact, I fought for t and my parents wouldnt allow it. Like you, its nothing against public schools but its just not the rigth place and elarning environment for me. Im not suprised but Im a litle shocked that they closed down the librarys that are smaller and independant libraries. Thats so horrible that those business are being run out just beause of the governemnt not funding and backing them up. My city has a few post offics and libraries (although there is one that has a monopoly) and I love them here. I find they add some communication and a ice charm to the community. Small businesses and services shouldnt be shut down because there has to be more to a community than just big businesses and teh governemnt in my opinion.
• United States
22 Mar 10
That is the problem, they are not independent, they rely on funding from the government. With budgets so tight, it is not surprising to me. I think the smaller schools will be told they have to combine with other smaller schools. Maybe not this year, but maybe within ten years, or even less.
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• United States
21 Mar 10
Even though I do not homeschool my kids, it is sad that the state wants to stop giving funds to public schools in small towns. Libraries are what help some families that want to have their kids love books as well as some other activities such as reading time for different age groups. I am in a city myself and prefer being in a city compare to a small town because I was miserable when I was living in one. Besides, my parents are here in Seattle as well. But in my mom's case, close to it which is a 25 minute drive with no heavy traffic. I have four girls myself (8, 5, 2, and a month old for now) and for the first two to go to a public school made me a more sane person because I don't think that I could ever handle doing homeschooling my kids at home since I take care of the last two kids when I have to and plus I work at home as a freelance writer. And I am making some each month but I have been more active lately at textbroker for income. I do believe that when a parent or parents would want their kids to be homeschooled, it's cool that they do that. And for them to give a laptop for a temporary use are pretty good too. I know we have that thing here too I think for homeschooled kids in WA state even though I do not know any myself.
• United States
22 Mar 10
I think if the libraries were to go out, there would be other ways to get books. I use paperbackswap all the time, because our small library very often does not have what I want, or need. I do not use the virtual homeschool, but a lot of people do.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
21 Mar 10
I agree about the post offices but I hate to see the libraries go.
• United States
22 Mar 10
I would hate to see them go too. But if they can not stand alone, without taxpayer funding, I can see it happening.
@palonghorn (5490)
• United States
22 Mar 10
I can see this happening to small towns. I lived in rural Texas, the small community has a school and post office, but no library. The nearest library is in the next city 10 miles away. Not a far drive, but if it closed there wouldn't be a library within 45 miles. Keeping a library or school open in these small areas is costly, I'm actually surprised more haven't closed their doors. I think homeschooling might be the way of the future, since you can already get a college degree online. However, I think it is important for children to learn in a school setting, being able to interact with other children also teaches them lessons in dealing with people.