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Homeschooling: Right Choice for Your Child?
www.foxbusiness.com ^ | June 13, 2011 | Emily Driscoll

Posted on 06/14/2011 10:53:54 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Over the last decade more parents are choosing to have their children taught at home as opposed to in a traditional school environment.

According to a study conducted by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), during the spring 2010 there were a little more than 2 million K-12 homeschool students in the U.S.

A driving factor behind homeschooling becoming a more accepted way of learning is largely due to the accessibility of curriculum on the Internet, according to Rebecca Kochenderfer, senior editor of Homeschool.com and author of Homeschooling and Loving it!

“[Children] can study with some of the best teachers in the country right in their home via Whiteboard learning or online classes,” she says. “Everybody is homeschooling now because in the information age, everyone is learning things and they have to learn it so quickly.”

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Nice positive homeschool article. Comments are interesting as well.
1 posted on 06/14/2011 10:54:00 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: metmom

ping for the homeschool list.


2 posted on 06/14/2011 10:55:28 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Homeschooling is right for any child unless their homeschool teachers are flaming, idiot liberals, in which case you may as well got to public schools.


3 posted on 06/14/2011 10:58:41 AM PDT by albie
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Well, it’s the right choice ONLY if

you oppose having your child indoctrinated in
Marxism,
Humanism,
anti-Christianism,
and the homo agenda.

Otherwise, it’s not the best choice for you and your child.


4 posted on 06/14/2011 10:59:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

100 percent homeschool supporter. I am very impressed with the kids who are home schooled and they are NOT social invalids as some would like us to think.


5 posted on 06/14/2011 11:00:14 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

One of the main problems parents have in homeschooling their kids is the child care aspect.

Even though they may be competent to teach and have all the resources they need - and the internet is just about all you need, although I prefer workbooks - they have to give up an income to have someone stay home with the kids.

Which just shows that schools have become the taxpayer funded babysitter of millions. Generally an America-hating babysitter with the highest rates of child abuse of any group. . . with a salute to all the good, kind and patriotic teachers who I know are still out there.


6 posted on 06/14/2011 11:02:27 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: metmom; wintertime; little jeremiah; ExTexasRedhead

I would say usually yes. There are homeschool cooperatives growing now, which should help parents with hectic schedules.


7 posted on 06/14/2011 11:02:41 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: albie

Ha, ha...you won’t see many of those types homeschooling...


8 posted on 06/14/2011 11:02:54 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: albie
Without homeschooling my son would have never gone to college. The liberal teachers in socialist state of Maryland said our son will never go to college.

Thanks to homeschooling and ROTC, our son went to Valley Forge (yes, that Valley Forge), and then graduated with honors at Lackland Air Force base basic. He is now an outstanding Staff Sargent and is saving money to put himself through a Police Academy.

So, through this, you know how I feel about thegovernment/socialist education programs. They are a POS.

9 posted on 06/14/2011 11:04:05 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402

The public school system is successful
at achieving the goals that it is intended to accomplish.

Of course, it doesn’t achieve what they tell US they’re trying to accomplish.


10 posted on 06/14/2011 11:07:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Persevero

- “they have to give up an income to have someone stay home with the kids”.

...so what? Should’ve planned for that before having kids.


11 posted on 06/14/2011 11:07:35 AM PDT by albie
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

HomeSchooling is GREAT PROVIDING the family is disiplined enough to do it RIGHT! My wife and I homeschooled ALL of our kids until they were in HS. HOWEVER I have seen SO many “Homeschool””parents” who use it(homeschooling) as a “dodge” and a way to be LAZY!


12 posted on 06/14/2011 11:09:01 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: napscoordinator

“100 percent homeschool supporter. I am very impressed with the kids who are home schooled and they are NOT social invalids as some would like us to think.”

You’re sure right there...I homeschooled both our grandkids (a girl and a boy). There was never a lack of things to do...in fact there were so many things, it was hard for them to make a choice on what activities to get involved in. One of the “funnest” things they liked to do was go to a monthly homeschooler’s get together at the local ice skating rink. It sure helps to live in a community that is homeschooler-friendly, too.


13 posted on 06/14/2011 11:09:46 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
A good rule of thumb is that any school who cares more about the child than the paycheck is going to be a pretty good school.

Or, IOW, there is not such thing as a good public school.

14 posted on 06/14/2011 11:14:16 AM PDT by Tribune7 (We're flat broke, but he thinks these solar shingles and really fast trains will magically save us.)
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To: Persevero

Good point. Homeschooling loses the advantage of a division of labor, a loss attributable to a breakdown in civil trust.


15 posted on 06/14/2011 11:14:41 AM PDT by cornelis
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3; Jacquerie

HOORAY Homeschoolers!!! Competition will always give you the best possible product at the lowest possible cost. Perhaps we can begin to DEFUND this socialist collective cranking out Marxist drones with collectivist agendas. As one example...how do you de-program the young children (and the now young adults/parents) indoctrinated by Al Gore’s “Earth in The Balance”? The damage done is incalculable.

As FReeper, Jacquerie said...

When so many young people are subjected to Marxist nonsense through their early twenties, it is a wonder there are so many Conservatives under age 50.

I don’t know what the answer is, though getting rid of the Dept of Education and turning the matter back to the States where it belongs should be a starting point.

...thread...here (post #22)...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2725268/posts


16 posted on 06/14/2011 11:16:20 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: albie

“...so what? Should’ve planned for that before having kids.”

Well sure, but not too many of us responsibly plan everything out beforehand.

My point is, the main objection parents seem to have to homeschooling is that they can’t afford to do so. Concerns about bad education and poor socialization have been so thoroughly debunked that they are fading fast.

So we come to the nitty gritty: “I can’t homeschool because we’d have to give up our second income.”


17 posted on 06/14/2011 11:17:11 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: MrB
you oppose having your child indoctrinated in Marxism, Humanism, anti-Christianism, and the homo agenda.

Now we need more homeschool support for young adults at the college level. Many libtard colleges offer remote distance learning but they charge full Club Med resort experience prices if not more.

The market is ripe for a credible online living-certification web site.

18 posted on 06/14/2011 11:22:08 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: US Navy Vet

“HOWEVER I have seen SO many “Homeschool””parents” who use it(homeschooling) as a “dodge” and a way to be LAZY!

Perhaps, but is it not also lazy to send your kids out to someone else to care for/educate 8 hours a day?


19 posted on 06/14/2011 11:22:30 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Reeses

At least the first two years could be taken remotely or at the local community college, with your “kid” staying at home in your supportive environment.

Also, why college? Homeschoolers are natural entrepeneurs.
Start a business.


20 posted on 06/14/2011 11:26:03 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Persevero

I prefer to use the term for puble schools as “sub-contracing out your responsibilty for socialization and educating” your off-spring.


21 posted on 06/14/2011 11:27:08 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: cornelis
Homeschooling loses the advantage of a division of labor

Computers can be a force multiplier, getting back that advantage. Also a problem with homeschooling is the absence of traditional classroom competitive pressure to keep up with peers. But using the internet students competing against peers can be restored, if not improved upon. Competition among peers and the prestige of accomplishment are big learning motivators.

22 posted on 06/14/2011 11:28:09 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: Reeses

Smart kids should be homeschooled because they need to be challenged and regular classrooms won’t do that. Dumb kids should be homeschooled because their parents can work with them to process things at their level rather than being left behind. Mediocre kids will get individual attention that classrooms can’t provide.

I’d have learned nothing but an inflated sense of my own abilities in a public school. My parents kept me from realizing just how smart I was until I was old enough to handle it.


23 posted on 06/14/2011 11:33:22 AM PDT by JenB
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To: MrB
Also, why college?

That's a good point. Many new college degrees are the equivalent of an old high school diploma, which homeschooled students already have. Until the subprime-student education bubble plays out, a college degree doesn't mean much.

24 posted on 06/14/2011 11:38:58 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: Reeses

Something just occurred to me...

since college degrees aren’t worth much anymore...

and since the ACT/SAT is supposed to measure your likelihood of success in college...

why not just judge someone by their scores instead of their degree?

Cheaper, eh, to take the test and not actually go?


25 posted on 06/14/2011 11:44:24 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: JenB
I’d have learned nothing but an inflated sense of my own abilities in a public school.

And you would likely have gotten beaten up for it. You missed out on learning how to deal with common thugs, buy drugs, party, get tattoos and piercings, commit crimes, and acquire STDs.

26 posted on 06/14/2011 11:47:15 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Homeschooling is the best decision we made...kids consistently perform better when they can be challenged on their individual level instead of being lumped in with a whole class. And yes, they DO GET SOCIALIZATION!


27 posted on 06/14/2011 11:58:37 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Reeses

Aww man, what a shame. Too bad... those skills would come in real handy in my adult life, I mean, I get assaulted by gangs of queen-bee girls on a regular basis at the grocery store...


28 posted on 06/14/2011 12:04:31 PM PDT by JenB
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To: MrB
I like the idea of online certification, where a computer remembers everything a student learned and cycles through the skills and knowledge a bit at a time to refresh their memory. Before computers, administering tests was expensive, hence the one time test on a subject and then letting the student forget after that. Really learning anything and not refreshing the knowledge once in a while is a waste of learning time. A student shouldn't waste their time learning anything they don't plan to maintain.

The SAT has become a joke. It used to be boys scored higher than girls, whites and asians higher than others. The test makers keep tweaking the SAT questions under pressure from libtard colleges to obtain equal outcomes.

The MCAT test for medical school is still honest. On average the men still outscore women by about 10%, partially because men's brains are physically about 10% larger. But the libtards are starting to attack that one too. Under Obamacare they will have to start letting more subprime-students into medical school. Many sick people will suffer needlessly because of it and some people will die.

29 posted on 06/14/2011 12:05:10 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

“For the most part, homeschooling is less expensive than a private school education, but more expensive than a public school.”

____________________________________________________
With so many online options, why do we have brick and mortar schools? They are very little more than expensive babysitting option for two income households, in my opinion.


30 posted on 06/14/2011 12:12:14 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
Thanks for posting this; more families are homeschooling, and exiting government schooling for other choices, such as Christian and charter schools. In addition, most large metro. areas offer a multitude of social opportunities including homeschool co-ops, church groups, boys and girls clubs, community sports and activities. This movement away from government schools will increase, until schools return to their purpose of teaching the public under parental, not government, authority.
31 posted on 06/14/2011 12:15:05 PM PDT by EaglesNestHome
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To: PGalt
Children can study with some of the best teachers in the country right in their home via Whiteboard learning or online classes.

The IT equivalent of mechanical automation advances every day. Just as machines replaced so many laborers, IT inventors will replace largely mediocre classroom teachers with world class instructors.

The era of prisoner children suffering through Leftist indoctrination may be coming to a close. I don't know what the tipping point is, but the day may be soon arrive when enough parents pressure the States to break the union grip on our kids.

Thanks for the ping.

32 posted on 06/14/2011 12:17:24 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Our Constitution is timeless because human nature is static.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Very positive comments to the article.


33 posted on 06/14/2011 12:21:49 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3
I am a public high school teacher and my husband and I will be homeschooling our children. Actually the homeschooling started at birth, but liberals want us to think that we need Headstart, free preschool, and twelve years of indoctrination for real education to actually occur.
34 posted on 06/14/2011 12:30:06 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: wintertime

Yes, that is quite unusual and refreshing.


35 posted on 06/14/2011 1:46:54 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; ...

HOMESCHOOL PING

This ping list is for articles of interest to homeschoolers. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping List. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added or removed from either list, or both.

The keyword for the FREE REPUBLIC HOMESCHOOLERS’ FORUM is frhf.

36 posted on 06/14/2011 1:58:31 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

metmom,

Could you please add me to the Homeschool Ping List?

Thank you!


37 posted on 06/14/2011 2:03:13 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: Jacquerie
, IT inventors will replace largely mediocre classroom teachers with world class instructors.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

And....Parents ( for a refreshing change) will have full access to exactly what is taught.

We should do as Charles Murray recommends and move toward private credentialing or qualifying exams. Imagine the savings in time to the student who could move into his career more quickly, and thereby earn thousands upon thousands more in his lifetime for each extra year he spends in the workforce. Imagine the money saved in state budgets for each year that children are out in the workforce ( paying taxes) and not sucking government school dollars.

The private qualifying exams could start in the first grade. When the child masters a particular level of a specific subject he would move to the next level. He would have solid PROOF to show to an employer that he did indeed know the material and was literate and numerate!

We could start immediately. Any child of any age who passes a private GED-like exam should immediately be given an official state high school diploma. This would automatically open up scholarships to college and admission to the arms forces.

Charles Murray recommends ditching the formal B.S. and B.A. degrees for all but a small number of professions. He even feels that a B.S. or B.A. degree is unnecessary for moving on to advanced work on the graduate school level. Graduate school admissions would determine what skills and knowledge was necessary for their programs and using a combination of some college-based course work and qualifying exams would admit or reject the applicant.

38 posted on 06/14/2011 2:09:27 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

That’s the first I’ve heard of this. I cannot find any weakness in his proposal. Private credentialing, why not?


39 posted on 06/14/2011 2:25:39 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Persevero
they have to give up an income to have someone stay home with the kids.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

( Capitals for emphasis only)

I agree!

Yes! It is a flat out **reality** that many parents must work simply to find a reasonably safe neighborhood and safe housing. And....The taxes in these areas are often as much as the take home pay of one of the parents. This isn't going to change soon. They are the **facts**!

Ok....So....Let's really examine what how much learning is happening in an institutional school and how much learning is **entirely** due to the work done by the parents and the child, himself, at HOME, at the kitchen table, or at the child's desk.

It is important to know just exactly what is learned in school and what is learned at HOME because if 99% of all learning happens in the HOME then it would be far far far cheaper for the government to simply provide free day care and forget any attempts at schooling?

Also...Whether or not both parents are working, if 99% of the teaching and learning is done by the parents and the child, himself, in the HOME, then working parents of academically successful children are already homeschooling ( afterschooling).

Anecdotally....When I ask parents of academically successful children about their home habits, I find there is NO difference between the home lives of institutionalized children and homeschooled children. Both ( home and institutionalized) successful children are spending the** SAME** amount of **TIME** at the kitchen table or child's desk. Both homes value education and control electronics, take educational trips, read to their children, have books in the home, go to the library..etc.

It could be that the only thing the government schools are doing is sending home a very EXPENSIVE curriculum for parents and children to follow in the home.

40 posted on 06/14/2011 2:42:34 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Jacquerie
Here is the link to Charles Murray's paper.

http://www.aei.org/docLib/Murray%20Intelligence.pdf

The subject of credentialing exams or qualifying exams I was starts on page 104 under the topic heading of “An Alternative” It is about 4 or 5 paragraphs long.

By the way...The entire paper is **very** interesting!

41 posted on 06/14/2011 2:59:49 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Jacquerie
Credentialing exams would also promote a vigorous cottage industry in private tutoring. And...Parents would begin to take responsibility for educating their own children. It would help wean the middle classes away from their dependence on government schooling.
42 posted on 06/14/2011 3:02:25 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Jacquerie
One more thing:

The more parents take charge of their own child's education the support for government education will be undermined. The more quickly a child can move through his education the less he will use the government schools.

Government schools need two things: Students and voter who will give them money. Credentialing exams robs the government schools of both students ( and the money that comes with each child) and voter support.

Also...ALL of K-12 could be on the Internet. It could even be completely free to the student if the the producers of the on-line material and the testing agencies accepted advertising. In fact, excellent on-line teacher could become very rich ( Mark Zuckerman rich!)

43 posted on 06/14/2011 3:07:15 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

For some reason, “Also...ALL of K-12 could be on the Internet,” made me think of some of my high school classes.

In high school, I was eager to learn, but had to put up with just a few losers whose goal was to disrupt class. Sometimes I wonder what I missed due to dirtbags who should have dropped out or been expelled.

Motivated students will benefit from these new methods and to hell with the rest.


44 posted on 06/14/2011 3:55:30 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Jacquerie
My homeschoolers entered college at the ages of 13, 12, and 13. The two younger children finished their B.S. degrees in mathematics by the age of 18.

Honestly.. Drive by any government K-12 indoctrination camp and the top 10% could be FINISHED with college by age 18.

The amount of **years** WASTED out of the lives of our nation's children is appalling. It is a disgrace and despicable. What? So that the favored few in the teachers unions can have a cushy job and pension?

45 posted on 06/14/2011 4:01:08 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Persevero
Exactly the same reason so many people have their babies in day care. “I'd love to stay home, but...”

In my experience it is usually the husband who will not take on the responsibility of being the sole provider. Mine was nervous about it, but thankfully he agreed with me and it made the decision to homeschool even easier.

46 posted on 06/14/2011 4:49:54 PM PDT by Spudx7
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To: wintertime

“So that the favored few in the teachers unions can have a cushy job and pension?”

Well, that is the purpose of public education, isn’t it? /s


47 posted on 06/14/2011 4:59:33 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: wintertime

Oh, BTW. Good on you and yer kids. BS in math at 18? Geesh. I only trust their characters are as developed as their reasoning. There is hope for our otherwise decadent country.


48 posted on 06/14/2011 5:11:14 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

It looks like the numbers are up. Last I recall seeing it was about 1.5 million.

That’s good news for this country.


49 posted on 06/14/2011 5:32:46 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Yes. Yes. Yes.
Raise your own children.


50 posted on 06/14/2011 5:46:22 PM PDT by esquirette ("Our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee." ~ Augustine)
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