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Table 7 

Distribution of premise types for each topic with examples. HS = homeschooling; MS = mainstreaming; PIS = prayer in schools; PPS = private vs. public schools; RS = redshirting; SSE = single sex education. Number of analyzed premises shown in parentheses.

UnverifiableVerifiable non-experientialVerifiable experiential
PIS 73% 22% 4% 
(112) Religion is basically a gang mentality where people feel they need to belong to a group…A primary purpose of public education is to shape good citizens. Fact: Muslims pray five times daily, in a way which is not practical in a normal classroom setting.Japan, where no one prays at school, has the lowest crime rate of any developed nation. When I was a kid we learned religion in church, math, reading, history, etc., in school and at home.I am a victim of this latter possibility. Believe me, I'm still trying to repair the damage. 
HS 57% 14% 29% 
(160) But when you put 30 kids in one classroom, it becomes very difficult to teach them all individually.The trouble is, home schooling can be a cover for all sorts of undesirable stuff. Only a fortnight ago a report was published by Robin Alexander and his team at Cambridge University which found that the primary school curriculum is too narrow and involves too much testing.Dr. Smedley believes that homeschoolers have superior socialization skills, and his research supports this claim. It was boring, tedious, slow and frustrating. I learned nothing that I did not know before other than a handful of French verbs which have so far been of as much use as a chocolate fireguard.Everyone I know went to public school and on to college. We didn't feel unprepared 
SSE 46% 18% 36% 
(96) Co-ed schools don't cultivate the cooperation or better understanding between the opposite sexes.Research is quite clear about this. Studies show that women suffer from a stereotype threat in math and science, meaning that in the fields of math and science women are more apprehensive to perform […]Studies clearly establish that single-sex schools are, IN GENERAL, better for educational outcomes than co-ed schools. The unhealthiest social situations I was ever in were an all-boys school and military training.Once I switched schools, I found myself with valuable ? and what I?m sure to be life long ? friendships with the boys I sat with in class. 
MS 47% 10% 43% 
(51) School and classroom design has not evolved and this has stagnated the inclusion movement.The level of differentiated instruction required to develop some functional skills is not possible in mainstream classrooms. In a TEACH magazine article about his new book, Adelman says inclusion of students with disabilities benefits entire student bodies by teaching kids about diversity […]The reality is students with special needs are a small percentage of the population and cannot drive a fundamental shift in education. I have a HF autistic son w/ severe ADHD.. He is doing awesome in grade 1 he has a 1 on 1 aide in the class.. We feel well supported by the school system and he has only 18 in his class!I often spent 20 mins of each year 9 lesson getting the boys to stop aggravating the ADHD boy, as he would then ”blow”, much to the amusement of everyone. 
PPS 43% 0% 57% 
(159) Public schools are not about education; they are about social engineering.Kids are indoctrinated not educated in Public Schools. — Worked for us.I have five Daughters and they all went to private schools and everyone of them have a degree and now have good paying jobs. 
RS 30% 9% 61% 
(67) they will grow up,, they will mature.These kids need to be prepared for the 21st centuary global economy by being enrolled in a local second language immersion kindergarden as soon as they can enroll. There have been a lot of studies that show people born later in the year (March) are more successful in life due to the age gap.Studies show the practice (when common) has socioeconomic repurcissions down the line and can increase the HS drop out rate […] I honestly made my decision because I had a choice and I just did not feel right personally about sending my DS to Kindergarten at age 4.However with my oldest if he were born a couple of months earlier I would have kept him back a year as he would not have been ready. 
UnverifiableVerifiable non-experientialVerifiable experiential
PIS 73% 22% 4% 
(112) Religion is basically a gang mentality where people feel they need to belong to a group…A primary purpose of public education is to shape good citizens. Fact: Muslims pray five times daily, in a way which is not practical in a normal classroom setting.Japan, where no one prays at school, has the lowest crime rate of any developed nation. When I was a kid we learned religion in church, math, reading, history, etc., in school and at home.I am a victim of this latter possibility. Believe me, I'm still trying to repair the damage. 
HS 57% 14% 29% 
(160) But when you put 30 kids in one classroom, it becomes very difficult to teach them all individually.The trouble is, home schooling can be a cover for all sorts of undesirable stuff. Only a fortnight ago a report was published by Robin Alexander and his team at Cambridge University which found that the primary school curriculum is too narrow and involves too much testing.Dr. Smedley believes that homeschoolers have superior socialization skills, and his research supports this claim. It was boring, tedious, slow and frustrating. I learned nothing that I did not know before other than a handful of French verbs which have so far been of as much use as a chocolate fireguard.Everyone I know went to public school and on to college. We didn't feel unprepared 
SSE 46% 18% 36% 
(96) Co-ed schools don't cultivate the cooperation or better understanding between the opposite sexes.Research is quite clear about this. Studies show that women suffer from a stereotype threat in math and science, meaning that in the fields of math and science women are more apprehensive to perform […]Studies clearly establish that single-sex schools are, IN GENERAL, better for educational outcomes than co-ed schools. The unhealthiest social situations I was ever in were an all-boys school and military training.Once I switched schools, I found myself with valuable ? and what I?m sure to be life long ? friendships with the boys I sat with in class. 
MS 47% 10% 43% 
(51) School and classroom design has not evolved and this has stagnated the inclusion movement.The level of differentiated instruction required to develop some functional skills is not possible in mainstream classrooms. In a TEACH magazine article about his new book, Adelman says inclusion of students with disabilities benefits entire student bodies by teaching kids about diversity […]The reality is students with special needs are a small percentage of the population and cannot drive a fundamental shift in education. I have a HF autistic son w/ severe ADHD.. He is doing awesome in grade 1 he has a 1 on 1 aide in the class.. We feel well supported by the school system and he has only 18 in his class!I often spent 20 mins of each year 9 lesson getting the boys to stop aggravating the ADHD boy, as he would then ”blow”, much to the amusement of everyone. 
PPS 43% 0% 57% 
(159) Public schools are not about education; they are about social engineering.Kids are indoctrinated not educated in Public Schools. — Worked for us.I have five Daughters and they all went to private schools and everyone of them have a degree and now have good paying jobs. 
RS 30% 9% 61% 
(67) they will grow up,, they will mature.These kids need to be prepared for the 21st centuary global economy by being enrolled in a local second language immersion kindergarden as soon as they can enroll. There have been a lot of studies that show people born later in the year (March) are more successful in life due to the age gap.Studies show the practice (when common) has socioeconomic repurcissions down the line and can increase the HS drop out rate […] I honestly made my decision because I had a choice and I just did not feel right personally about sending my DS to Kindergarten at age 4.However with my oldest if he were born a couple of months earlier I would have kept him back a year as he would not have been ready. 
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