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Archived March 19, 2008
by Joseph Farah
Posted December 1, 2007
Joseph Farah speaks from the Judeo/Christian perspective in this hard-hitting column, but what he has to say certainly applies to any parent concerned about the state deciding what children should be taught.
Excerpt: Americans need to start waking up and taking appropriate action. Don't wait for leaders to arise. Be a leader! Take responsibility – especially for your own family, your own children!
That's what the parents in Iowa did – finally. When more parents take this action, we will be on our way toward taking America back. It won't be because we elect people to the local school boards. It won't be because we elect the right president. It won't be because we elect one party or the other to a majority in Congress. It will be because a remnant of American citizens remembers we are supposed to be a self-governing people and do what is necessary to protect our children and, thus, the future of this nation.
Blogger and Ron Paul supporter calls on homeschoolers to add their signatures to Dr. Paul’s on the Alliance's Proclamation for the Separation of School & State.
Posted December 6, 2007
Excerpt: "The high percentages of teenagers who freely admit that unethical behavior can be justified is alarming," said David Miller, Ph.D., executive director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Business Ethics, who reviewed the findings. "It suggests an attitude of ethical relativism and rationalization of whatever actions serve one's immediate needs and purposes."
Excerpt: The survey also found that despite self-confidence in their own ethical behavior, teens take a pessimistic view of their peers. When asked to evaluate the behavior of a number of groups - business leaders, religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, police officers, teachers, professional athletes and fire fighters - teens ranked high school students second to last. In their view, only politicians are more unethical than they are.
California parents start reacting to new 'education' requirements
By Bob Unruh
Excerpt: Parents in California have started reacting to the state's newly mandated homosexual indoctrination program by pulling their children out of classes
By Peter Gelzinis
The Boston Herald
Posted December 9, 2007
Excerpt: Now when a "bulletin" interrupts Martha Stewart's recipe for Christmas cookies with news of yet another lockdown, as was the case two days ago, the TV chopper almost always hovers over a schoolyard . . . not a prison yard.
Comment: We should keep in mind that one of the original great promises of state schooling was the elimination of crime. Not only has crime risen, but it is a daily reality inside schools for many children.
By Amy Fagan
The Washington Times
Excerpt: Highly organized co-ops like Grace — a Christian organization that doubled in size this year and offers about 35 classes each Monday to children from kindergarten through high school — are among the many sophisticated resources now available to home-schooling families.
By Martha Irvine and Robert Tanner, AP National Writers
Posted October 21, 2007
Excerpt: An Associated Press investigation found more than 2,500 cases over five years in which educators were punished for actions from bizarre to sadistic.
by Jeff Jacoby
The Boston Globe
Posted October 17, 2007
Excerpt: Thus in a little over 100 years, the Democratic Party - and much of the Republican Party - has been transformed from a champion of "parental rights and rights of conscience in the education of children" to a party whose leaders believe that parents "don't get to impose" their views and values on what their kids are taught in school. Do American parents see anything wrong with that?
by Jeff Carlton, Associated Press Writer
The Boston Globe
Posted September 27, 2007
Excerpt: "Forty-two percent of the state's [Texas] fourth graders, 39 percent of eighth-graders and 36 percent of 11th-graders are overweight or at risk of being overweight... The results are recorded on a report card that allows parents and teachers to identify the physical strengths and weaknesses of each student."
Comment: Children are already evaluated and graded on their intellects, emotions, attitudes and behavior -- and now on their bodies. This may be a good time to contemplate a thought from John Taylor Gatto: "Who besides a degraded rabble would voluntarily present itself to be graded and classified like meat? No wonder school is compulsory." The Underground History of American Education
A father of four explains the realist approach to parenting.
By Tony Woddlief
The Wall Street Journal
Posted September 7, 2007
Excerpt: Another school year has sprung itself upon us, which is always an occasion for my wife, a former Detroit public-school teacher, and me to remind ourselves why we home-school. Part of the reason, in addition to my wife's expertise in this area, can be found in Thomas Sowell's "A Conflict of Visions," published 20 years ago. Mr. Sowell contrasted the "unconstrained vision" of utopians, who want to radically improve humankind, with the "constrained vision" of realists..."
Of special interest to our Christian supporters:
By Dr. Richard A. Jones
Excerpt: "The current CHS [Christian Homeschooling] start-up rates and graduation numbers are still inadequate given the magnitude of the struggle, and second, far too many in what should be leadership slots are manifestly risk averse in facing up to the dysfunction and religious hostility inherit in the public schools and to the profound “obedience challenge” God is relentlessly pestering them with regarding youth education.
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