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Home schooling: Why more black US families are trying it
BBC News, Washington ^ | Brian Wheeler

Posted on 03/19/2012 4:39:58 AM PDT by Makana

Until recently, home schooling in the US was mostly practised by white families, but a growing number in the black community are now also turning their back on the public school system and educating their children at home. Why?

"There were lots of fights and people getting shot," says Sonya Barbee.

"It was just too much. To me, it's not a good environment for a kid and even though I work full time, so it's really hard for me, I still feel like it's the right decision."

Sonya has not made life easy for herself. A single mother, who works for the US government, she now has the added burden of being a teacher to her 11-year-old son, Copeland.

It was not the violence, or even the fact that he was being bullied, that finally led to the decision to remove Copeland from his public school in what she describes as a "really bad area" of Washington DC, but the fact that he was "losing his love of learning".

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: education; homeschool
Here's a story that won't be on the MSM evening news! This woman lives within a cab ride of the White House.
1 posted on 03/19/2012 4:40:06 AM PDT by Makana
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To: Makana

> Here’s a story that won’t be on the MSM evening news!

Good! We don’t want the busybodies to get wind of this, or they will work tirelessly to stop it.

By God’s grace, Americans of African descent may be discovering that the government school collective is turning their children into fools.

The “public school” is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.

The “public school” is better understood as the “government school collective”.

It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is communist.

If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.

If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.

DO NOT FEED THE BEAST!

Especially not with your own children.


2 posted on 03/19/2012 4:53:13 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook

***form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.***

Wouldn’t it be inspiring to read that congregations of Black, White, Christians & Jews were joining together to create neighborhood schools for learning and moral guidance?

Sadly, the Gubmint would find some excuse to close them down!!


3 posted on 03/19/2012 5:13:19 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Newtrition - soul food for a starving America.)
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To: sodpoodle

> Sadly, the Gubmint would find some excuse to close them down!!

Right now, they can’t.

You can homeschool and form your own cooperative or private schools with relative ease.

As long as the number of students enrolled is below a certain threshold (varies by state), you are immune from any state regulation.

There is a successful cooperative school in Massachusetts, arguably the most communist eastern state, comprised mostly of Catholics. Many people in Massachusetts homeschool their children.

Please, my FRiends, get your kids OUT of the government school collective immediately. Make whatever sacrifices you must. It’s hard work. It’s not easy. Many things in your life will change. But you will be investing the future of your children, and the future of your country. It is the most patriotic act you can do at this time.


4 posted on 03/19/2012 5:20:12 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Makana

Some folks just want to get off the plantation. But the overseer in the Big House isn’t going to like that.


5 posted on 03/19/2012 5:29:22 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("And the public gets what the public wants" -- The Jam)
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To: Makana

“really bad area” of Washington DC,

She must be referring to the area around the capital building. All the crooked politicians would be a very bad influence on a child.


6 posted on 03/19/2012 5:43:55 AM PDT by chainsaw (Sarah Palin is still my first choice to save the USA. . .)
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To: chainsaw

God Bless this mother. She’s doing the best she can in a horrific situation. Many african-american women are. I know a few of these ladies myself. They are struggling to be mom, dad, and the breadwinner.


7 posted on 03/19/2012 5:52:06 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: Makana

Good news. This mother is to be praised and helped in what ways we can.

Public schools just don’t cut it anymore.

And - of course - we always note where the t*rds of the world (translated, liberals) send their progeny - and it’s not public schools. Note also, however, that their children still turn out largely to still be useless liberals with paper degrees in nothingness.


8 posted on 03/19/2012 6:34:20 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Makana
Sonya has not made life easy for herself...she now has the added burden of being a teacher to her 11-year-old son, Copeland.

BIAS ALERT!!! Homeschooling is not a burden.

9 posted on 03/19/2012 6:36:28 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Gingrich 2012: Open Throttle for America)
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To: Makana

This is one of the best solutions for the urban family. It solves a number of systemic problems present in the public school system.


10 posted on 03/19/2012 6:48:48 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Westbrook
If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools. DO NOT FEED THE BEAST! Especially not with your own children.

Amen to that. It amazes me that otherwise enlightened conservatives still send their kids to public school. Free schooling is welfare, and the quality is far below that of government's pinkslime chicken nuggets.

That said, homeschooling does not demand sacrifices. Everyone involved is better off even in the short term. Far better off in the long term are the student, the family, the community and the nation.

11 posted on 03/19/2012 6:49:07 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Gingrich 2012: Open Throttle for America)
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To: Makana
Single payer, socialist entitlement, and godless K-12 schooling is one of our nation's **MOST** serious threats!

Personally, I consider socialist entitlement K-12 schooling to be sooooo evil and harmful to the child, and such a threat to our continuing freedom that I will no longer have a government school teacher for a friend. By the way, I wouldn't have an abortion center worker for a friend either.

Government socialist-entitlement schools continue to exist in many of our counties and states because **conservatives** and Christians STUPIDLY continue to send their children into these pits of ignorance. Whole swaths of government schooling could be wiped out tomorrow, if conservatives would do just one thing: Immediately remove their children!

12 posted on 03/19/2012 6:54:28 AM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: Da Coyote
Public schools just don’t cut it anymore.

Public schools, now, are government indoctrination centers. They sing praises to Obama, they teach radical environmentalism and laud socialists and socialistic policies. Not only this but they further the homosexualistic agenda even banning terms like Mom and Dad (California) and teach the use of faulty contraception, hardly ever teaching there failure rates.

It's going to get a lot worse before it may ever get better.

So, If you love your kids, you will Homeschool them. If you don't feel you can do it yourselves, choose a decent private school that is in line with your family values.

"Johnny" can't read well for a reason. They don't want him questioning the government.

We found this out after 3 years of complaining our son couldn't read. Finally we found out that Maryland had a no fail policy and would graduate him without being able to read.

My wife quit E.R. Nursing and homeschooled him for a year. Bringing him up 5 reading grade levels (tested) in one year. Phonics was the key.

If you love your kids, HOMESCHOOL THEM or Private School them because the government schools have gotten too bad.

13 posted on 03/19/2012 6:58:04 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Makana

We have been homeschooling for six years; we’re not black, but we go to church with two black families that homeschool.


14 posted on 03/19/2012 7:31:09 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: Lady Lucky

> That said, homeschooling does not demand sacrifices.

Well, there are a lot of folks living on two incomes. It’s a sacrifice for them to cut their family income by as much as 50%.

We’ve been living on one income for 23 years, now, and we had to make a lot of sacrifices, at least in terms of worldly possessions.

Other sacrifices, especially for the fathers, involve paying more attention to your family than to your career. Not that these things are mutually exclusive, but at some levels, they are competitive.

But these sacrifices are WELL WORTH IT!!

NOBODY loves your children more than you do!

NOBODY will teach them better than you will.

NOBODY can REACH them better than you can.

Children NATURALLY WANT to learn from their parents.

Children NATURALLY WANT to spend time with their parents.

It is hypocritical for you to submit your children to the authority of people with whom you fundamentally disagree.

Get them OUT of the government school collectives NOW!


15 posted on 03/19/2012 7:36:59 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook

#25 bump. Homeschooling, year 10. Can’t recommend it enough.

If you think you’re not temperamentally suited, you couldn’t be less so than my wife. Yet we’ve made it. Academically, our children are doing fine. But far more importantly, they know that their job in life is to be saints. They’re happy, well-adjusted kids who can handle responsibility.


16 posted on 03/19/2012 7:48:59 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Westbrook

Hopefully, non homeschoolers are reading this. Our children were educated in a very very small private school. It is by far the best decision we ever made. We did whatever it took at the school, to help get ours and others children, a good simple and DECENT education, with God deeply included in the lessons. We learned also exactly what FREEDOM is by bypassing a public education.


17 posted on 03/19/2012 7:56:48 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: Makana

Black families that are conservative and intact almost HAVE to home school because the deadbeat black kids harass the successful black kids who want to excel.


18 posted on 03/19/2012 7:58:28 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: crosshairs

Sad that this is so...

Now here is an interesting thought...If black kids accuse black kids who excel academically of “acting white”, are they then saying that doing poorly at academics is “acting black”?

And if this is so, how can they say that it is a stereotype to think of black kids as poor students?


19 posted on 03/19/2012 8:16:06 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Westbrook

When the second person in a 2-parent household takes that job for that second income — that’s when the sacrifice occurs. It is a sacrifice of the time spent with one’s family, plus a sacrifice of the quality of the child’s education, for the sake of additional income.
Sacrifice is when you give up something precious.
Now, maybe extra money coming in is precious, but so should be the things they gave up to get it.
Homeschooling is just quitting those sacrifices.
All in the perspective :)


20 posted on 03/19/2012 8:23:28 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Gingrich 2012: Open Throttle for America)
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To: Westbrook
It’s a sacrifice for them to cut their family income by as much as 50%.

By the way, if I had such a mortgage, such car payments, such debt, that I needed two incomes....I wouldn't think I was making a sacrifice to cut down to half as much house; to cut one car out of my garage; and to take a scissor to the credit card and cut 50% of it off the edge. Wouldn't even need the incentive of doing the best for my child's mind and character.

21 posted on 03/19/2012 8:29:21 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Gingrich 2012: Open Throttle for America)
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To: crosshairs

“It is also does nothing to address standards in public schools which, some experts say, will fall still further if highly-motivated and engaged parents start taking their children out of them, harming the African-American community as a whole”

Your liberal masters declare that you must sacrifice your child. You must take them down to the lowest level so that everyone is equal.


22 posted on 03/19/2012 8:37:55 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: crosshairs

“public schools often produce better citizens because children are exposed to a greater diversity of beliefs and people”

REALLY??!!! Deluded.


23 posted on 03/19/2012 8:40:25 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: Lady Lucky

Ah, sister, but you have a Godly perspective, and extremely rare and precious thing.

Many sisters in the Church do not have that perspective, but are rather mesmerized by the siren call of the “Womans Suffrage” movement, which has morphed into the rejection of the woman’s role, which is a fulfillment of the prophecy of God in Genesis 3:16, “and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee”.

The message remains the same, though.

Do whatever you must to get your kids *OUT* of the government school collective, where the godless unions, the homosexuals, and the ungodly secular humanist worldview prevail. Your children will be taught that you are stupid to believe what you believe, and then they will have to make a choice. Given that they spend *WAY* more time at the school and with their hedonistic “friends” than they do with you, which way do you suspect their choices are inclined?

If any child comes out of the government school collective with their moral compass and sense of responsibility intact, it is in *SPITE* of the the collective, *NOT* because of it.


24 posted on 03/19/2012 8:50:11 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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