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Classes are held at the Excellence In Education Resource Center in Monrovia unless otherwise indicated: 2640 S. Myrtle Ave.Monrovia, CA 91016 (626) 821 0025. Some courses may also be offered online. Many classes are ongoing with open enrollment, and times are often flexible. Please contact EIE ((626) 821-0025) or the individual teacher to verify details and for further information.

This little tribute to Excellence In Education is set to "When I Was A Lad" by Gilbert and Sullivan and is a blatant endorsement of homeschooling and EIE. A more generic version without the EIE plug will appear shortly. Enjoy.

Homeschooling at EIE

Parents do their very best
To educate their kids before they leave the nest
But most kids learn a dismal way
They're sent off to a state-run public school each day
I'd really rather I could stay at home and play
The teacher imparts knowledge to a great big class
But has got to dumb it down so every one will pass
While parents and children always know
They can study just as rapidly as they can go
We learn more at home than in a class
Where they dare not go so fast that some one might not pass

So they send their children off to school
Assuming if they don't that they would break the rule
For how can children learn to spell
If they never have to undergo that classroom hell?
(At least that's the baloney school boards try to sell.)
But we have found a better way
With school at home our children learn much more each day.
And Mass-production schools should only be
For parents satisfied with mediocrity
Yes, Mass-production schools are not for me
For I'm not satisfied with mediocrity

To squander precious childhood time
Is really as deplorable as any crime
And standing in line and sitting still
Wastes endless hours each weekday in the schoolroom mill
I've better ways to fill that time spent at the mill
And children find it painful too
to sit all day or waste long hours in a queue
While the class spends April, May and June
on what a homeschooler could cover in an afternoon
We really don't have time to kill
So why should children spend their time down at the mill?

In school they learn the standard stuff
but parents often think that that is not enough
And history may well be fine
But the spin is always governed by the party line
Yes the spin is always governed by the party line
We've a right to question and discuss
The content of the textbooks that are forced on us
Parents just don't have a way
To control what children face in public school each day
Yes mom should really have a say
in deciding what we face in public school each day

When thirty-five kids all want to play
How does a teacher cover anything that way?
They can't do English and geography
Until They've learnt compliance and conformity
But I don't want to learn compliance and conformity
While classroom students learn fealty
Our kids work on cognitive ability
For nothing we do could possibly be
More important than to educate our progeny
We can always learn more effectively
Than those whose time is wasted on conformity

Homeschool mixes work with play
And Excellence in Education shows the way
For parents to learn what to do
to teach their kids the most (and often they learn too)
Yes parents find when homeschooling that they learn too
And public school just can't compete
With the dedicated parents whom you there will meet
where moms and dads their counsel share
and there is always someone who can help you there
And homeschool parents, yours and mine
can learn a lot from Martin and from Carolyn

College admissions aren't fooled
So many brilliant geniuses have been homeschooled
If you think of Dickens, Twain and Shaw,
Compulsory education is a frightful law
Yes the argument for that law has a dreadful flaw
With park day, field trips, classes galore
E-I-E homeschoolers couldn't ask for more
Yes, homeschooled children can compete
But saying more 'bout E-I-E might well be indiscreet
Yes, E-I-E kids can compete
But we won't say more for fear of being indiscreet

You struggle hard to do your part
With government, psychology and western art
But the kids don't strive quite as they could
and you wonder if they've learnt the subjects as they should
And of course we don't view everything the way you would
If you think sometimes "What have I wrought?"
And despair of doing justice to the subjects taught
Then Just recall this simple rule
You really couldn't do much worse than public school
And when you don't enforce conformity
You must accept who I become. That's up to me.

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