Dana Loesch has always been, and remains, a proud advocate of home schooling, having home-schooled her children since they began their education. But now, as her oldest son finishes 7th grade, her family is making a significant change.
"We're making the transition from home schooling to a, well, an 'outside of the home' educational facility," Loesch explained in personal segment on Dana Friday. "I don't want to call it a traditional school, because actually home schooling is traditional."
"The way that my time is, it's becoming a little bit more difficult for me to continue to do it, even though we work with tutors, even though my husband is involved in it," Loesch said. "And plus, we also gave our kids the choice: when you get to a certain age, when you get to a certain grade -- it's seventh grade for us -- you can decide whether or not you want to continue to be home-educated, or if you want to go outside of the home."
Loesch said she "auditions and interviews everybody," from the dentist to the hairdresser, before utilizing their services.
"You name it, I go and interview them first," Loesch said, laughing at herself. "It is a very lengthy process. So you can imagine, if I go in an interview people who are just doing my hair, how seriously do you think I vet people who are going to be educating my children?"
Loesch said she and her husband made a lengthy list of schools to consider, and one of the first questions they had for each of them was "what are your views on Common Core?"
Loesch said one of the schools they spoke with had an educator respond that while they don't technically use Common Core in Texas, they have their own version, which they think is a "great thing."
"I immediately stood up. I said, 'Thanks, I think our time here is done,'" Loesch said. "Shook hands, bye. My husband looked at me like I was insane. My kids were like, 'Why are we leaving'? Because this school is immediately out."
Loesch remarked: "I invested all of this time in my kids up until this point -- you think for one second that I'm going to send them to a school that is like, 'Common Core is great; we love dumbing down educational expectations! Yay!'?"
Loesch said she was extremely impressed with the school that they have tentatively settled on. One of the first things the superintendent told the parents was that they don't believe the children belong to the Department of Education, the state of Texas, or the school. They merely consider themselves stewards to facilitate an excellent education through Christ's teachings.
Loesch said she and her husband were practically on their feet cheering at this speech, in contrast to their abrupt departure from the other schools.
"Basically, the reason that I'm telling you this story -- I hope people will learn to question your educators," Loesch said. "These people do not own your children. You do not relinquish your role as a sovereign parent of this child, of your child, just because they cross the school's threshold."
"I hope that parents maybe take my insanity and use it in their own way," Loesch said with a smile, "and really take a pro-active role in questioning."
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