Yahoo! Health published an article today entitled “7 Surprising Back-to-School Hazards;” they may as well have called it “7 Reasons to Homeschool Your Kids.” From the article we learn that, remarkably, ”40 percent of kids ages 5 to 17 get hurt or sick at school each year.” Of course this statistic ignores the emotional and mental trauma that children in government schools endure for virtually their entire childhoods, but let’s move onto some of the items on Yahoo!’s list.
“Sitting disease.” Lisa Collier Cool, the author of the piece explains that, according to the CDC, “only 3.8 percent of elementary schools, 7.9 percent of middle schools and 2.1 percent of high schools provided daily physical education or its equivalent for the entire school year for students in all grades.” Considering that kids are in school or riding in schools buses for roughly eight hours per day, this is astounding. And on top of this, children often have homework to do each night that limits the amount time for physical activity.
So not only are government schools feeding kids garbage-quality food, they’re feeding them the wrong types of food, and they’re also forcing children into sedentary lifestyles for a majority of their school day. Collier Cool writes that:
There’s a new recognition that ‘sitting disease’—a deadly epidemic of health problems linked to a sedentary lifestyle, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease—can be as dangerous to kids and adults as smoking.
And it’s governments that are always blaming parents for childhood obesity.
Weight gain is another problem that Collier Cool warns of, and relying on the schools to look after the nutrition of children is foolish. She notes that the food Nazis have imposed bans on sodas but neglected sports drinks,* which are often no better on sugar levels than soda. Not only that, but she reminds parents that schools are “where ketchup may be counted as a ‘vegetable’.”
Cyber bullying is another danger Collier Cool warns about. This is to be expected, given that government education is essentially a complex system designed to stamp out all individuality and force children into generic molds. The antisocial behavior of bullies is both a symptom of this system and a logical extension of this type of programming.
Sleep deprivation, too, is a feature of attending government schools, and we learn that during the school year, teens operate on average with two fewer hours of sleep at night. Forget the cell phone police, a lack of sleep is a far greater danger, and the story links to this report, which suggests more accidents occur on school days as a result of fatigue.
Collier Cool concludes by writing that “A balanced diet, getting enough sleep and more exercise can also help children cope with the tension in their lives.” Given that government schools aggravate or impede all of the above, the best solution would be to remove your children from them altogether, or better still, never send them in the first place.