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  • The Laws of Science: Jim Tour is a leading scientist at Rice in nanotechnology

    01/04/2010 9:24:06 PM PST · by achilles2000 · 9 replies · 550+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 4, 2010 | Eric Berger
    As a teen pumping gas on a highway north of New York City, Jim Tour dreamed of becoming a state trooper. It beat filling tanks. The notion of Tour as a highway cop is almost laughably discordant with present-day reality. Three decades later, the trim, intense, 50-year-old Tour has established himself as one of the leading, if not premier, scientists at Rice University. And he's learned to dream big. Four years after Nobel laureate Rick Smalley's untimely death, it is the prolific Tour who as much as anyone has carried on Smalley's groundbreaking legacy in the science of nanotechnology. Confirmation...
  • New Nationwide Study Confirms Homeschool Academic Achievement

    08/10/2009 4:53:45 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 129 replies · 2,009+ views
    HSLDA ^ | August 10, 2009 | Ian Slater
    Each year, the homeschool movement graduates at least 100,000 students. Due to the fact that both the United States government and homeschool advocates agree that homeschooling has been growing at around 7% per annum for the past decade, it is not surprising that homeschooling is gaining increased attention. Consequently, many people have been asking questions about homeschooling, usually with a focus on either the academic or social abilities of homeschool graduates....Drawing from 15 independent testing services, the Progress Report 2009: Homeschool Academic Achievement and Demographics included 11,739 homeschooled students from all 50 states who took three well-known tests—California Achievement Test,...
  • Arnold's (and California's) Last Stand

    07/13/2009 5:58:25 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 32 replies · 987+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 13, 2009 | Arnold Swarzenegger
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will take to television airwaves tomorrow with a 60-second litany of all the budget-balancing plans he won't sign. http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/023834.html
  • The Southern Baptist Convention is Finally 'Throwing in the Towel' on Government Schools

    06/02/2009 7:28:14 AM PDT · by achilles2000 · 123 replies · 3,296+ views
    Exodus Mandate via Christian Newswire ^ | June 2, 2009 | Exodus Mandate
    The Southern Baptist Convention is Finally 'Throwing in the Towel' on Government Schools President and Executive Director of the SBC Executive Committee Proposes Major Expansion of Christian Schools by Churches COLUMBIA, SC, June 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- In 2004 Brig. Gen. T.C. Pinckney, USAF Ret. and former 2nd Vice President of the SBC, and Dr. Bruce Shortt, Houston attorney, opened a debate over education by submitting a resolution to the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention urging Baptists to remove their children from government schools and, instead, give them a Christian education. Although the Pinckney/Shortt Resolution was met with...
  • Baptists Begin Process of Throwing In The Towel on Government Schools

    05/12/2009 6:26:28 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 45 replies · 1,542+ views
    Morrischapman.com ^ | May 5, 2009 | Morris Chapman
    ...But in celebrating accomplishments like these [the SBC's success in creating colleges and universities], I now wonder if our focus in the evangelical community should shift at least in part from training our children during the transition to adulthood to placing greater emphasis on training up a child in the way he should go. I'm not advocating the neglect of what we have already established in higher education, but simply a course correction in an area that seems to have suffered neglect -- the protection and nurturing of the spiritual health and growth of children and adolescents. In far too...
  • HIGH-TECH MARXISM COMES TO AMERICA (and schools)

    01/13/2009 3:34:39 PM PST · by achilles2000 · 20 replies · 892+ views
    Beverly Eakman ^ | January 13, 2009 | Beverly Eakman
    HIGH-TECH MARXISM COMES TO AMERICA ©2009 Beverly K. Eakman Deep down, most Americans once thought they were immune from blatant propaganda, government-sanctioned media-bias and psychiatric hospitals-cum-prisons — hallmarks of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich and Josef Stalin’s Communism. Such confidence is shifting as folks increasingly fear speaking their mind — on schools campuses, on the job, in houses of worship and public places. Worse, a metastasizing mental health industry has convinced government leaders that “nonprofessionals” — especially parents — are unqualified to make decisions on behalf of children. Average Americans find themselves intimidated by bureaucracies ranging from Child Protective Services to...
  • Exodus Mandate Challenges Churches and Ministries to Confront Education Catastrophe

    01/13/2009 8:10:34 AM PST · by achilles2000 · 24 replies · 792+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | January 13, 2009 | Exodus Mandate
    COLUMBIA, SC, Jan. 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- Because of the comprehensive and accelerating failure of the government school system, Exodus Mandate has launched "The Call to Dunkirk", a new initiative calling upon churches and ministries to reorder their priorities so that they can assist parents in rescuing their children from the public schools. A key stumbling block preventing some Christian leaders from openly calling for the long overdue exodus of Christian families from government education has been the mistaken belief that traditional Christian schools and homeschooling are the only alternatives to government schools. Consequently, a central focus of "The Call...
  • Documentary Illustrates Failure of American Goverment Schools

    07/07/2008 12:10:42 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 112 replies · 109+ views
    Two Million Minutes ^ | Robert Compton
    ...This film takes a deeper look at how the three superpowers of the 21st Century - China, India and the United States - are preparing their students for the future. As we follow two students - a boy and a girl - from each of these countries, we compose a global snapshot of education, from the viewpoint of kids preparing for their future. Our goal is to tell the broader story of the universal importance of education today, and address what many are calling a crisis for U.S. schools regarding chronically low scores in math and science indicators...
  • Boy Suspended For Warning Students Of Sex Offender On Campus

    12/16/2007 3:38:58 PM PST · by achilles2000 · 132 replies · 326+ views
    Kirotv.com ^ | December 14, 2007 | Kiro TV
    GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- A Pierce County High School student is back in school after a three-day suspension for warning classmates about a sex offender on campus. Last week, Raydon Gilmore found a 16-year-old fellow student at Gig Harbor High School at the Washington State Sex Offender Information Center, a Web site that lists the state's level 2 and level 3 sex offenders. "Then it hit me that I was in P.E. freshman year, and this kid was there for a while and he was my neighbor at my locker," Gilmore told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. The 16-year-old was convicted...
  • Almost they persuadeth me (Southern Baptists and Government Schools)

    06/19/2007 1:28:04 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 103 replies · 1,209+ views
    TexanOnline The Southern Baptist Texan ^ | June 12, 2007 | Gary Ledbetter
    ...When I think of the Exodus story I can’t help but see Charlton Heston leading a cast of thousands out of a movie-set Egypt. One day there are millions of the Hebrew children in Egypt and a few days later, not one. The removal of Christian families from public schools will not be that way. Think instead of an oppressed minority leaving a repressive political regime. A few get out early, others need a more urgent threat, others escape through some kind of underground rescue movement, dogs baying in the background. Some will stay too long. I’m convinced that we’ll...
  • "Ya Got trouble Right Here in Oklahoma City!" [Another Effort at Homeschool Regulation]

    03/23/2007 12:25:32 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 41 replies · 877+ views
    Oklahoma Council On Public Affairs Magazine ^ | March 2007 | Dr. Bruce N. Shortt
    Ya Got Trouble Right Here in Oklahoma City! by Bruce N. Shortt Oklahoma’s crack team of government educators, the folks who spend billions of dollars a year to achieve heretofore unknown levels of semiliteracy and illiteracy among otherwise normal children, periodically take time out from their educational misfeasance to offer ominous warnings that we’ve got trouble – terrible, terrible trouble – lurking in homeschooling homes all across the state. But as was the case with the flimflam of a certain “Professor” Harold Hill, these warnings are just part of a swindle...
  • Government Schools - The Continuing Collapse (Vanity)

    02/10/2007 9:38:54 AM PST · by achilles2000 · 29 replies · 1,525+ views
    The Continuing Collapse | 2/7/2007 | Exodus Mandate
    WELCOME TO THE CONTINUING COLLAPSE! “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm – but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” T.S. Eliot ADVENTURES IN DIVERSITY TRAINING All of you undoubtedly know that the education system relentlessly promotes a leftist ideology. Still, you may find it instructive to read how the system works at the grassroots to reinforce the Gramscian voice...
  • Possible Merger of NEA and "Moderate" Churches

    02/05/2007 10:58:15 AM PST · by achilles2000 · 41 replies · 1,257+ views
    EthicsDaily.com ^ | February 5, 2007 | Bob Allen
    The head of the nation's largest teacher union hailed a summit meeting for clergy and educators initiated by the Baptist Center for Ethics an historic first step toward building bridges between public schools and people of faith...."Many of you in your pulpits, sometimes your greatest detractors may be your board of trustees or your deacons," Weaver addressed ministers. "What we are saying is if in fact we can help you, select some of us to be on your deacon board or trustee board. We will solicit you, perhaps, to run for school board. We will solicit you to help with...
  • Why Dick and Jane Can't Divide: The Video

    01/20/2007 8:16:29 AM PST · by achilles2000 · 121 replies · 2,966+ views
    YouTube | January 15, 2007 | M.J. McDermott
    "Reform math", sometimes called "fuzzy math" or "rainforest math",is taught in the vast majority of public schools even though it is a demonstrable failure. While those of us who follow k-12 education can tell you that these curricula cripple children and are a threat to our economy and national security, this brief, lucid video by an appalled mom who also has a local TV job makes the point very effectively by showing a small part of what the problem is. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr1qee-bTZI By the way, note that McDermott fails to point out that the even the alternative...
  • PBS DISCOVERS HOMESCHOOLING

    01/12/2007 8:26:59 PM PST · by achilles2000 · 46 replies · 1,367+ views
    Religion and Ethics ^ | January 12, 2007 | Lucky Severson
    BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: By some estimates, the number of children in this country being taught at home is well over a million and may be approaching two million, and in some states there is very little or no government oversight of what the kids are learning, which is just the way most home school parents want it. We have a Lucky Severson story today on the home school debate...[be sure to watch the streaming video of the program that is now being broadcast over PBS's TV stations this weekend]
  • Homeschooling Regulation: The Revenge of the Failures

    01/05/2007 8:51:04 AM PST · by achilles2000 · 29 replies · 1,282+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 4, 2007 | Dr. Bruce N. Shortt
    Homeschool regulation: The revenge of the failures Posted: January 4, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Bruce N. Shortt, Ph.D. In their never-ending effort to "help" homeschoolers, public school bureaucrats periodically try to increase homeschooling regulations. This makes K-12 education perhaps a unique endeavor: it's a field in which the failures regularly, and astonishingly, insist that they should be able to regulate the successful.
  • Math Pop Quiz Stumps Teacher Union Head

    12/30/2006 9:36:31 AM PST · by achilles2000 · 196 replies · 4,005+ views
    Daily News ^ | December 28 | Erin Einhorn
    Math pop quiz stumps Randi BY ERIN EINHORN DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Talk about a high-stakes test. The radio audience was live and the question for teachers union president Randi Weingarten involved sixth-grade math: "What's 1/3rd plus 1/4th?"... Mike Pesca, who was filling in for Lehrer, introduced the show's education topic by saying American college grads can't do basic math while high school grads in Canada and middle-schoolers in India have no trouble. After Weingarten stumbled, another guest quickly produced the correct answer: 7/12ths, leaving Weingarten to explain herself.
  • Homeschool Regulation Proposed in MS By Schools Superintendent to Distract From Gov. Ed. Failure

    12/21/2006 9:09:27 AM PST · by achilles2000 · 18 replies · 817+ views
    December 21, 2006 | Vanity
    Hank Bounds, MS Superintendent of schools, is proposing forming a panel to explore regulating homeschoolers. This proposal is getting support from Jackson's Clarion Ledger: http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061216/OPINION01/612160304/1008/OPINION The irony of this is that by 4th grade 79% of the children that Bounds is responsible for are below grade level in reading, and about 1/3 can't read at all. Given the "exceptional" academic performance of MS public schools, someone ought to publicly propose that homeschoolers regulate Superintendent Bounds until the students he is responsible for perform as well as homeschoolers. One of the especially insidious aspects of this approach is its attempt to...
  • Crisis in Suburban Schools

    12/19/2006 3:42:04 PM PST · by achilles2000 · 25 replies · 793+ views
    Campus Report Online ^ | 12/13/2006 | Wendy Cook
    Talk of high property taxes and fraud in the administration probably cause you to think of issues on Capitol Hill. Well, not in this case. These are two major problems facing suburban school systems nationwide. According to a recent Yankee Institute of Public Policy study, the cost of suburban schools has risen far beyond the rate of inflation because of an opportunistic relationship between parents and the public educators they are supposed to be regulating. Parent PTA members and school board members can vote on issues that directly affect their families, such as: subsidized trips abroad, full paid sabbaticals for...
  • Baptist 'exit strategy': Groundswell of support for exodus building

    10/20/2006 1:24:53 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 161 replies · 2,718+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/20/2006 | Bob Unruh
    If you like sexually transmitted diseases, shootings and high teen pregnancy rates, by all means, send your children to public schools. That's the word from a leader in the fast-growing movement within the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention for parents to pull their children from those schools in favor of homeschooling. Pastor Wiley Drake The program is called Exit Strategy and Pastor Wiley Drake, whose home state of California has done some things especially offensive to Christians this year, is a leading promoter. In an interview with WND, he said that those problems and others are prevalent in public schools,...
  • Call For Developing Exit Strategy from Government Schools Gains Momentum

    10/18/2006 10:22:43 AM PDT · by achilles2000 · 38 replies · 646+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | October18, 2006 | Exodus Mandate
    Call for Exit Strategy From Public Schools Gaining Momentum: Resolution Submitted in Southern Baptist State Conventions Covering the Continental United States Second Vice President of the SBC Executive Committee and other Leaders are Resolution Sponsors; Resolution Asks That Particular Attention be Given to Needs of Orphans, Single Parents, and the Disadvantaged COLUMBIA, South Carolina, Oct. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- The call for an “exodus” from the public schools continues to build momentum within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Although elements of the SBC leadership prevented the messengers at this year’s SBC Annual Meeting from having the opportunity to vote on...
  • A rush to drug kids when parenting's the problem

    10/10/2006 11:55:08 AM PDT · by achilles2000 · 51 replies · 1,194+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 9, 2006 | Elizabeth J. Roberts
    I've been treating, educating and caring for children for more than 30 years, half of that time as a child psychiatrist, and the changes I've seen in the practice of child psychiatry are shocking. Psychiatrists now misdiagnose and overmedicate children for ordinary defiance and misbehavior. Temper tantrums are increasingly being characterized as psychiatric illnesses...Unfortunately, when a child is diagnosed with a mental illness, almost everyone benefits. The schools get more state funding for the education of a mentally handicapped student. Teachers have more subdued students in their overcrowded classrooms. Finally, parents are not forced to examine their poor parenting practices,...
  • Gun Safe Recommendations?

    07/25/2006 3:55:56 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 8 replies · 183+ views
    vanity
    Does anyone have information regarding Patriot Gun Safes or other gun safe manufacturers? I would appreciate any advice about purchasing a gun safe that you might provide. Thanks
  • Video of Reaction to Moussauoui Verdict By Moussaoui's Imam as He Reads it to Mosque

    05/04/2006 1:30:55 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 17 replies · 753+ views
    Glumbert ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Moussaoui's Imam reads verdict to mosque: http://www.glumbert.com/media/rave.html
  • Video of Fire Fight in Nuevo Laredo

    05/01/2006 2:03:53 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 28 replies · 1,042+ views
    NewsChannel 5 ^ | April 27, 2006 | NewsChannel 5
    Take a look at a little of what is going on along the border while our useless state and federal governments ignore the border problem. http://www.newschannel5.tv/2006/4/27/7449/-Border-Firefight
  • Will SBC Develop an Exit Strategy from Government Schools?

    04/27/2006 10:46:50 AM PDT · by achilles2000 · 14 replies · 488+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/26/2006 | WND
    A group of Baptists activists who two years ago tried to get the Southern Baptist Convention to approve a resolution urging the faithful to pull their children out of government schools announced they are proposing a similar measure this year. The new resolution, sponsored by Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee member Roger Moran and Dr. Bruce Shortt, urges churches to develop an "exit strategy" for removing their kids from public school. Moran, a leader in the Missouri Baptist Convention, and Shortt, co-sponsor of the 2004 and 2005 Christian education resolutions and author of "The Harsh Truth About Public Schools," note...
  • Pro-Family Groups Unveil Homosexuality School Risk Audit as Response to 'Day of Silence'

    04/25/2006 6:04:09 AM PDT · by achilles2000 · 19 replies · 592+ views
    Christian News Network ^ | 4/24/2006 | Exodus Mandate
    Tomorrow is GLSEN's Day of Silence during which many middle schools and high schools will be focusing on the glories of sodomy. The American Family Association, the Family Research Council, Eagle Forum, Concerned Women for America, and other pro-family groups have endorsed a call for a "Risk Audit" of all public schools - that is, an investigation to determine if they are collaborating with homosexual activists ot indoctrinate children with the view that the homosexual behavior is an acceptable lifestyle. The story is here: http://www.earnedmedia.org/em0424.htm
  • Will Your Children Be Christians?

    12/20/2005 11:28:04 AM PST · by achilles2000 · 117 replies · 2,023+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 20, 2005 | Bruce N. Shortt
    Many evangelicals were shocked last June when Dr. Albert Mohler, the Southern Baptist Convention's leading theologian, wrote that it's now time for responsible Southern Baptists to develop an exit strategy from the public schools. But why should it have been shocking?
  • Taskforce to Homeschool Texas School District Administrators On Effective School Management

    06/03/2005 9:57:11 AM PDT · by achilles2000 · 3 replies · 391+ views
    Chistenewswire | June 2, 2005 | Plantagenet I.S.D.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Please direct press contacts to Dr. Hermione Z. Gringold, Assistant Vice Superintendent for Public Affairs, 1-666-834-9000, ext. 13 Taskforce to Homeschool Texas School District Administrators On Effective School Management Plantagenet, Texas/ April 15/Chistenewswire/ Plantagenet Independent School District Dr. Adolphus Reich-Neeley, chairman of the Plantagenet Independent School District School Board, and Thelma Mae Tomkins, principal of the Tomkins Home School in Muleshoe, Texas, announced today that Plantagenet ISD has accepted an offer by a multicultural homeschool taskforce led by Principal Tomkins to homeschool the Plantagenet district administrators on effective school management. “It has become apparent that Plantagenet ISD...
  • Atheist Disturbed By SBC Resolution on Homosexuality and Schools

    05/17/2005 1:30:58 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 2 replies · 234+ views
    ABOUT: Atheist/Agnosticism Blog ^ | May 16, 2005 | Austin Cline
    Southern Baptists Eyeing Homosexuality in Public Schools: The man who tried to get the last Southern Baptist Convention meeting to recommend pulling kids out of public schools has a new cause: getting the next SBC meeting to recommend that parents investigate "homosexual advocacy" at their public schools. Baptists' obsession with homosexuality is very interesting.
  • Public Schools: Awakening America to the Danger

    05/15/2005 11:20:13 AM PDT · by achilles2000 · 63 replies · 1,149+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 12, 2005 | Chris G. Adamo
    Far too few Christians are willing to remain steadfast in their beliefs, in the face of the enormous pressures of liberal social change. Fortunately, Bruce N. Shortt exemplifies the meaning of such worthy resolve. Last year Shortt, along with T.C. Pinckney, made waves at the 2004 Southern Baptist Convention by stating the obvious. America's educational system has, over the past several decades, completely degenerated from any pretense of promoting academics. Instead, it is primarily focused on a program of indoctrinating students towards countercultural social transformation.
  • Black Evangelist seeks investigation of homosexual influence in public schools

    05/14/2005 1:52:07 PM PDT · by achilles2000 · 42 replies · 1,053+ views
    AFA ^ | May 11, 2005 | Jim Brown and Jenni Parker
    (AgapePress) - A popular black evangelist is hoping that the proposed resolution on homosexuality in public schools that he has helped to put before the Resolutions Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention will spark a mass exodus of Baptist children from public schools. (continued at link below) http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/5/112005a.asp
  • Baptists: Probe homosexuality in schools

    05/13/2005 9:34:29 AM PDT · by achilles2000 · 22 replies · 836+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Ron Strom
    The link (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44185) is to an article about interesting resolution that has been submitted for consideration at the next the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. The resolution encourages every SBC church to investigate whether the school district in which it is located has either a homosexual club or any curriculum or program that attempts to influence children to accept homosexual behavior as a legitimate lifestyle. If the school district has any of these, the resolution urges churches to inform parents of this fact and encourage them to remove their children from the district’s schools immediately.