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  • How my child went from home school to Harvard and yours can, too

    01/27/2012 10:31:25 AM PST · by Sopater · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 26, 2012 | Wayne Allen Root
    America is in shambles from sea to shining sea. Unemployment is nearly at Great Depression levels. The real estate is still week and near collapse. And, of course, our U.S. Triple A credit rating is gone for the first time in history. But this is National School Choice Week and all of that terrible economic news is child’s play (excuse the pun) compared to our failing government-run education system. The accelerating and dramatic decline of our public school system is the shame of this once great country. I call our public school system "Every Child Left Behind." The failure of...
  • Homeschooling org. protests Obama plan to mandate school attendance

    WASHINGTON, D.C, January 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Homeschoolers in the U.S. have marshaled against Obama’s proposal in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday that every state should require that “all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18.” The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has called the proposal ‘shocking’ and has urged its members to fight back with a clear message: “leave education decisions to parents.” The HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy organization that defends and advances what they say is the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children. “There...
  • Homeschoolers React to State of the Union Education Demand

    01/25/2012 12:27:51 PM PST · by scripter · 70 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night in his State of the Union address President Obama called on all states to raise their school compulsory attendance age to 18, unnecessarily adding to bureaucratic requirements for homeschoolers. Homeschool advocates at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) are dedicated to protecting the educational relationship between parents and their children. Parents—not the federal government and certainly not the president—are the ones who should decide how children are educated and when they’re ready to graduate from high school. But President Obama presumptively spoke on behalf of parents and the states: “So tonight, I am proposing that every...
  • UPDATE: Elderly Couple Recovering after Shooting and Brutal Beating (Teacher gone wild)

    01/23/2012 7:24:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies · 2+ views
    MAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A one-sided relationship almost turned into fatal attraction Monday morning. An elderly couple is recovering in the hospital after a brutal beating and shooting. Click here to find out more! Relatives say it's all because of a 36-year-old man’s obsession with the couple's teenage granddaughter. Family members say they've had problems with Shawn Belcher before. They say they are relieved that this attraction didn't take a deadly turn. Dewey Rose was shot in the face and his wife, Gaynell, was beaten so badly that police found her unresponsive on her kitchen floor. Belcher, a former substitute...
  • Seven Lies about Homeschoolers

    01/18/2012 8:35:40 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 22 replies
    youtube ^ | Blimey Cow
    This is young comedian jokes around about the lies about homeschooling. He nails it. Messy Mondays: Seven lies about homeschoolers
  • Santorum: I'll Home-School In The White House

    01/14/2012 8:50:33 AM PST · by NYer · 74 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 14, 2012
    CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- Rick Santorum has no more loyal base than the crowd of home-schooled children and their parents who gathered here Thursday night. Not only are all of Santorum's children home-schooled by his wife Karen, but the family is committed to holistic medical treatments, health food, and Christian-inspired learning, popular causes with home-schoolers.The topics covered at the Charleston town hall varied widely, but the conversation always returned to education. And Santorum, whose late grassroots rally in Iowa was built on the foundation of endorsements from various home school advocacy groups, was all too happy to rally the...
  • Shen sex-ed policy shift still a mystery [Can't answer simple questions about Planned Parenthood]

    01/11/2012 4:31:25 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 1 replies
    Albany TU ^ | January 11, 2012 | By DENNIS YUSKO
    CLIFTON PARK — Those wondering why Shenendehowa schools recently discontinued sexual education lessons taught by Planned Parenthood left Tuesday's Board of Education meeting disappointed. More than 200 people piled into the Gowana Middle School to speak or learn about the school district's decision to sever its longtime relationship with Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson. Planned Parenthood educators had for two decades discussed abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and other topics with district middle and high schoolers as part of its health education curriculum. But the district told Planned Parenthood in October to stop sending the guest speakers after it received...
  • M.I.T. Game-Changer: Free Online Education For All

    01/07/2012 3:23:43 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 81 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/21/2011 | James Marshall Crotty
    For Wall Street Occupiers or other decriers of the “social injustice” of college tuition, here’s a curveball bound to scramble your worldview: a totally free college education regardless of your academic performance or background. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce on Monday that they intend to launch an online learning initiative called M.I.T.x,which will offer the online teaching of M.I.T. courses free of charge to anyone in the world.
  • Elementary school teacher tells kids there's no Santa Claus ( NY )

    12/04/2011 11:48:16 AM PST · by george76 · 73 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | December 3, 2011 | TODD VENEZIA and JENNIFER BAIN
    Even the Grinch would not be this mean. A sourpuss teacher in Rockland County ruined Christmas for a class full of second-graders this week, when she told them that there is no Santa Claus during a lesson about the North Pole. The evil educator even told the youngsters - mostly 7- and 8-year-olds - that the presents under their trees were put out by their parents, and not St. Nick. The stunning Scrooge-like behavior has caused a blizzard of outrage at the quiet George W. Miller Elementary School in Nanuet, where angry parents would like to see the teacher roasted...
  • Can Computers Replace Classrooms?[K12 hires lobbyists contributes to politicians back school choice]

    11/27/2011 6:32:17 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 24 replies
    TheFiscalTimes ^ | November 27, 2011 | By LYNDSEY LAYTON and EMMA BROWN, The Washington Post
    A Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight. K12 Inc. of Herndon has become the country’s largest provider of full-time public virtual schools, upending the traditional American notion that learning occurs in a schoolhouse where students share the experience. In K12’s virtual schools, learning is largely solitary, with lessons delivered online to a child who progresses at her own pace. Conceived as a way to teach...
  • 5-Year-Old Handcuffed, Charged With Battery On Officer

    11/24/2011 5:53:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 52 replies · 2+ views
    http://www.kcra.com/r/29847063/detail.html ^ | 11/24/2011 | Dave Manoucheri/KCRA
    STOCKTON, Calif. (KCRA) -- Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old. Michael Davis is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. His mother says it has led to fights at school. But when the school district said it had a plan to change Michael's behavior, his mother says things went wrong. "Michael is energetic," Thelma Gray said. "He is one big ball of energy." Gray...
  • Public Education: How Wishful Thinking and Good Intentions Destroyed Public Education

    New Book on Public Education Public Ed Dread: How Wishful Thinking and Good Intentions Reformed Academics Right Out of Our Public Schools is a must-read for concerned parents, homeschoolers, grassroots reformers, and concerned citizens alike trying to make sense of American public education. This book was written by a teacher with years of experience in the system. The author taught in a low-income, Title I failing school in California where she experienced the politics of whole language and No Child Left Behind. She also taught in a middle-class, suburban school where she witnessed the effects of the accountability reform movement...
  • Are teachers overpaid, considering they get summers off?

    11/09/2011 8:01:14 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | November 9, 2011 | Gary Stein
    Leave it to right-wing think tanks to tell the world that teachers are overpaid. Right wingers hate unions and they hate paying public employees, so keep that in mind as you try to digest recent surveys from The American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation that say teachers just make too much money.
  • Trivial Allegations Funding Minnesota Social Work?

    11/08/2011 4:59:20 PM PST · by Sopater
    Home School Legal Defense Association ^ | November 7, 2011 | HSLDA
    According to a Minnesota social worker who spoke with Home School Legal Defense Association recently, local social services agencies receive $50 for each mental health screening they complete. “This money allows us to help fund the next family assessment,” the social worker told HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly. “It’s a way that families can help each other out.” Help each other out? Sounds like a conflict of interest. In this case the social worker was conducting a “family assessment” after allegations of “educational neglect” had been filed when a report came in that the family’s children were “not in school.”...
  • Parents: Bedbugs Surface At School

    11/04/2011 4:41:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    http://www.wlky.com/news/29686429/detail.html ^ | 11/4/2011 | Drew Douglas/WLKY
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Concerned parents of Iroquois High School students said bedbugs surfaced earlier this week in class. But Jefferson County Public Schools officials said it was never confirmed. Multiple parents turned to Facebook to voice their opinions about the bedbug situation. Some even contacted WLKY News directly. According to a statement from JCPS, a teacher found something she thought was a bedbug Monday. The Iroquois students were moved and the room was inspected immediately. JCPS said nothing was found. "Initially what we ask the principal, the teacher to do is to get the live bedbug with a piece of...
  • Teachers, Parents, Children and our Nation's Godlessly Socialist Schools/ ( Get the children OUT!)

    10/31/2011 6:06:27 AM PDT · by wintertime · 141 replies
    October 31, 2011 | wintertime
    To those conservatives with firm Judeo-Christian values with children in our nation's government collectivist schools: Your child's school is not "different". (Oh...yeah...I know...) Your child's school doesn't have homosexual prom Queen-queens or King-kings ( yet). They don't teach fisting ( yet). Your child's school has a holiday tree and sings a Christmas carol or two... but...your children **are ** attending GODLESS socialist schools that teach everything filtered through a socialist and GODLESSLY secular humanist worldview. YOUR CHILDREN ARE BEING TAUGHT THE GOVERNMENT RELIGION OF GODLESS SECULAR HUMANISM!!!! Children who attend godless socialist schools **will** learn to think and reason godlessly!...
  • Homeschooling for High School Boys Vanity

    10/29/2011 12:48:22 PM PDT · by STD · 38 replies
    Vanity | 10/30/11 | STD
    Dear Freepers, Do you an older teen with Homeschooling success, I'm in need of an affordable high school program for my 15 yo son. He's troubled and anxious at attending a predominately Black High School due to threats and fights.
  • 'Occupying' The Classrooms

    10/28/2011 6:05:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 28, 2011 | Editor
    Education: As if Occupy Wall Street and its parasitic protesters weren't a bad enough example for children, now teacher unions and their enablers are getting into the act with disturbing ideas about "teaching" its tenets. Little noticed in the protest army sitting in against Wall Street, the educational establishment is more involved than you might think. From teachers disrupting school board meetings to classroom use of lesson plans about the "Occupy" protests to "teach-ins" that aim to educate the public about protest demands, we are witnessing a vast spread of economic illiteracy for political purposes. It started early this month...
  • Mandatory Sex Ed Details May Be Too Racy for Parents: Report

    Details about the new sex education curriculum in New York City public schools are out -- and some are concerned the lessons are too racy. The New York Post obtained workbooks that will be used for the new recommended curriculum, which begins in middle schools and high schools around the city next spring. Parents, they say, may be shocked by details of the work. Middle school students will be assigned "risk cards" that rate the safety of different activities, the paper says, from French kissing to oral sex. The workbooks for older students direct them to a website run by...
  • Homeschoolers emerge as Republican foot soldiers

    10/04/2011 7:32:45 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10.3.11 | Andy Sullivan
    As the girls dig in to their math problems, Farrier contemplates the Republican presidential candidates who are vying for the support of homeschoolers like her. "They're wooing us. It feels really good," she says.
  • Canadian Study Finds That Homeschooled Kids Are Smarter Than Public School Students

    09/15/2011 10:31:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/15/2011 | Jill Krasny
    The right kind of homeschooling can give students an edge over their peers at public school, according to a new study in the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science. Researchers studied 74 kids ages 5-10 who were living in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, 37 at home and 37 at local public schools. While the public school kids tested at or above grade level, the students from a structured homeschool tested well above par. Structured homeschooling involves textbooks, trained teachers and formal assessment. It is also the most expensive option. The study also included 12 kids from unstructured home schools, who...
  • Obama's right: Spur the economy by repairing schools

    09/14/2011 6:18:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 14, 2001 | By Steve English and Mary Filardo
    In the jobs bill President Obama sent to Congress on Monday, he proposes using federal funds to repair 35,000 schools nationwide. Now, we must hope Congress embraces the idea, which has the potential to create jobs, spruce up decrepit school buildings and inject money into stagnating local economies. Can the U.S. afford such a program? Certainly — if we rearrange our priorities. If Congress were to put improving schools and adding jobs ahead of tax breaks to hedge-fund managers and subsidies to the oil and gas industries, a national school renovation effort wouldn't boost the deficit. It is high time,...
  • Advice on dealing with child protective services

    09/11/2011 5:00:12 PM PDT · by BUGSWOL · 114 replies
    My brain | 9-11-11 | Bugswol
    My girlfriend has a friend in Washington State, who is a bit odd, Christian, home school type. While they are not not the normal standard people the government would like us to me, she assures me that they are in fact good people who love their children. The also adopted a couple of children from Ethiopia. One of those children died under strange circumstances, so naturally it was investigated. That is perfectly understandable. It turns out that the child had some sort of tropical malady that led to rapid weight loss loss, erratic behavior and an untimely death. Now this...
  • South Carolina School District Moves Bus Stop From Strip Club

    09/09/2011 9:42:54 AM PDT · by Sopater · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 09, 2011
    MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina -- Officials in South Carolina are moving a school bus stop that was near a strip club after parents complained. WPDE-TV reports that children had to wait in the parking lot of a strip club in Atlantic Beach to catch the school bus. Misty Umphries, a mother who waits at the stop with her children, says she had to explain to her 4-year-old the meaning of "topless." Horry County transportation director Jim Wright previously said the stop was the central point of four blocks it needed to accommodate. Wright was concerned that moving the stop to...
  • Home schools rise in CHINA

    09/08/2011 1:34:24 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 10 replies
    China Daily ^ | September 5, 2011 | Qihui Gao
    Home schools emerged in many places of China today due to the parents' concern about the public education, the China Youth Daily reported Monday.A growing number of parents in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces are choosing to let their children receive an education at home rather than attend public kindergartens, primary, junior or senior middle schools.Some parents think their children cannot realize the happiness of learning, acquire useful knowledge effectively and master learning for a modern society through the current methods taught in schools. A recent seminar about launching home school projects was held by 21st Century Education Research...
  • Structured homeschooling gets an A+

    09/08/2011 10:30:06 AM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    Home, public education compared by Concordia and Mount Allison University studyMontreal, September 8, 2011 — "There's no place like home," an iconic line uttered by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, might apply to learning the ABC's, math and other core subjects. A new study from Concordia University and Mount Allison University has found that homeschooling — as long as it's structured or follows a curriculum — can provide kids with an academic edge. "Structured homeschooling may offer opportunities for academic performance beyond those typically experienced in public schools," says first author Sandra Martin-Chang, a professor in the Concordia Department...
  • Snakes Found Inside Boone County School

    09/07/2011 8:06:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    FOSTER -- But some parents in Boone County are outraged after finding out there have been three real snakes found loose in Brookview Elementary in just two weeks time. Boone County Schools Assistant Superintendent Jeff Huffman says the snakes appear to be garden snakes, also known as garter snakes. Grandmother Nancy Dickens says the whole situation is a little shocking. "I would go find someone to help me get it out of there," Dickens said. "I would try to keep the kids away from it." Huffman says an exterminator has been called to the school on two different occasions this...
  • WWJD? Homeschool

    09/02/2011 10:52:44 AM PDT · by wintertime · 12 replies
    WND ^ | September 01, 2011 | David d'Escoto
    I found the following paragraphs from the article to be very interesting: The false and dangerous notion that a public school education is actually "neutral" ought to be silenced by the plentiful research showing that government schools are in inculcating about 9 out of 10 children to think like Marxist-socialists. Dr. R.C. Sproul reminds us, "There is no such thing as a neutral education. Every education curriculum has a controlling worldview behind it and through it." The curriculum in our public schools is far from being neutral. Jesus teaches us that truly effective discipling and training is done one-on-one, and...
  • Arrested for Riding Bike To School

    09/01/2011 12:15:41 AM PDT · by cycjec · 35 replies
    Bike Walk Tennessee ^ | August 29, 2011 | Tom_E
    Could you be arrested for allowing your 5'th grade child to ride her bike one mile to school? That certainly seems crazy as we try to encourage active life styles for our kids. That certainly seems crazy as we try to promote safe routes to school programs. That certainly seems crazy as we talk of an obesity epidemic amongst our children. But that is what police in Elizabethton Tennessee are threatening. Teresa Tryon said, "On August 25th my 10 year daughter arrived home via police officer, requested to speak to me on the front porch of my home. The officer...
  • Teacher Charged With Sexual Acts With 14-Year-old Student

    08/31/2011 4:30:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    CHARLESTON W.Va. A former Fayette County teacher is behind bars charges with sexual abuse of a teenage student. Maurice White, 61, was arrested by West Virginia State Police Tuesday night. Grant is charged with sexual abuse of a custodian and possession of child pornography. According to State Troopers, White met the victim when he was a 5th grade teacher at Gauley Bridge Elementary School. The two recently were re-introduced when White began substitute teaching at Valley High School in Smithers, West Virginia. According to State Police, White admitted to having a relationship with the girl. That information has parents with...
  • Man Charged After Son Attends Wrong School For 8 Years

    08/30/2011 6:46:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Oldham County school officials said a Louisville father sent his son to Oldham County schools while he and his son lived in Jefferson County. Charles Lauron, 51, is listed as living at a home in Lyndon. According to a criminal summons, Lauron claimed his son lived at a house in Goshen while he attended school in Oldham County for the past eight years. Lauron faces a criminal charge of theft by deception, which carries up to 10 years in jail if he’s convicted, and a bill for more than $20,000. The case is the first of its...
  • Ind. vouchers prompt thousands to change schools

    08/28/2011 10:39:08 AM PDT · by PROCON · 47 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 28, 2011 | TOM COYNE
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were only recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils. It's a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them vital tax dollars that often end up at parochial schools. Opponents say the practice violates the separation of church and state.
  • Father Accused Of Pushing, Threatening School Official

    08/20/2011 7:07:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    http://www.wlky.com/news/28919132/detail.html ^ | 8/20/2011 | Duane Pohlman/WLKY
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A father is facing a felony charge after things got out of hand at his daughter's elementary school. Shawn Truitt is charged with shoving a school official and threatening to punch her in the face. But Friday, Truitt told a different story about what he said really happened when he was arrested after trying to pick up his daughter at Field Elementary School. He said he is a good person and wants to set the record straight. Truitt was just back from jail, still stunned by his arrest in front of his own daughter, when he agreed...
  • Whatever Schools Teach, Parents Have No Rights

    08/17/2011 7:54:16 AM PDT · by Sopater · 25 replies
    Since California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 48 into law on July 14, the curriculum for California public schools must include “the role and contributions of…lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” in California and American history. Already, those on the left are preparing to defend the law in courts, while those on the right are driving petitions to overturn the law by a ballot initiative. Why go to all that trouble? Because the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over California and a handful of other states, has already made clear that there can be no opt-outs of...
  • School Board: Homeschooling Disorganized and Isolationist

    08/02/2011 3:11:40 PM PDT · by Sopater · 81 replies
    West Virginia’s Monongalia County Board of Education is proposing a new homeschool policy. In the document’s “statement of purpose,” the board refers to stale objections, which reveal a flawed and stereotyped view towards homeschooling. Despite the fact that homeschooling has decades worth of practical and scientific evidence documenting its success, there are still public school officials who re-use the same old criticism of homeschooling—teacher competency and socialization. Here is the proposed policy’s first paragraph: “Monongalia County Board of Education encourages the enrollment of all school-age children [who] are residents in Monongalia County or in registered parochial or private schools so...
  • Low-income families lining up for vouchers in Florida

    07/28/2011 7:15:35 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 27 July 2011 | ronmatus
    Step Up for Students, the Tampa-based group that administers tax-credit vouchers statewide, said in a press release today that it received more than 33,000 new applications this year before cutting off the process May 21.That's up a ton from last year, and months ahead of last year's cutoff. And it's another strong sign that demand for vouchers among low-income families is rising fast.According to Step Up for Students spokesman Jon East, the group received 22,000 new applications last year between the start of the application period, April 1, and mid September. New applications are filled out by families who aren't already in the program.The number of available...
  • [Texas] Study: "Zero Tolerance" Has Created a Generation of Expelled Students

    07/19/2011 8:05:41 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 28 replies
    Mega949.com ^ | July 19, 2011 | Jim Forsyth
    A stunning report today on the utter failure of so-called 'Zero Tolerance' programs in Texas public schools. 1200 WOAI news reports that after a decades long experiment in punishing students for even the smallest infraction, with policies which have allowed dopey school administrators to expel honor students for bringing aspirin or bottle openers to class, or for young deer hunters to have unloaded deer rifles in the trunk of their car in the school parking lot, the Council of State Government's Justice Center says the programs have given us a generation of expelled students, and schools which are not any...
  • Kingsport BOE bars homeschool students from city athletics, band

    07/08/2011 3:08:46 AM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    Kingsport (TN) Times News ^ | July 8, 2011 | Rick Wagner
    KINGSPORT — Homeschooled students will not be allowed to participate in city school system athletics, band and other extracurricular activities, the Kingsport Board of Education has decided on second and final reading. And the wheels are in motion for a 15-minute extension of the school day starting in August.
  • Assembly passes bill to require contributions of gays in textbooks

    07/05/2011 7:19:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    latimes.com ^ | July 6, 2011 | Patrick McGreevy
    Reporting from Sacramento — Textbooks and history classes in California schools would be required to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender Americans under a proposal given final legislative approval in the Assembly on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure sparked a spirited debate, including personal pleas from two openly gay lawmakers — Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). They said the bill would reduce the bullying of gay students and correct an oversight by history books. "I don't want to be invisible in a textbook," Ammiano told his...
  • (Sweden) No 'him' or 'her'; preschool fights gender bias

    06/26/2011 8:00:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    At the "Egalia" preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys. From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don't fall into gender stereotypes. "Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing," says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. "Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be." The taxpayer-funded preschool which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district...
  • School Budgets: The Worst Education Money Can Buy (The School Disctricts that Spends the Most)

    06/09/2011 4:36:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 06/09/2011 | BLAIRE BRIODY, The Fiscal Times
    Which public school district spends the most taxpayer money per student? One in Beverly Hills, perhaps? Or one in the swanky Park Avenue area of Manhattan?Actually, it’s a district in Camden, N.J., according to new Census data on public school spending. Best known for urban blight and local corruption, Camden has an unemployment rate of 17 percent and 35 percent of its 80,000 inhabitants live below the poverty line. Fifty percent of residents are black, 15.5 percent white, 2.6 percent Asian; 10,000 people are crammed into each square mile. In 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation ranked it as the...
  • Mom says school bus bullies torment young girl

    06/08/2011 1:56:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    MILWAUKEE – Chaos on the school bus and the I-Team catches it all. Our story starts with a fed up mom. She says her little girl who is only 4 years old is hit, tormented, has her glasses broken by other kids and that it happens all the time. She says MPS hasn't done anything about it so I-Team reporter Rob Koebel takes the case and wait till you see what your tax dollars are paying for now. A school bus ride that is out of control, little children in danger ride after ride. We follow the girl’s entire bus...
  • The Death of the American Dream II

    06/08/2011 10:30:02 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    The American Interest ^ | Jun. 6, 2011, 11:28 AM | Walter Russell Mead
    In one of the great American classic musicals “Little Shop of Horrors,” Audrey sings a paean to the American Dream of the twentieth century: “Somewhere That’s Green.” Living in Skid Row, she dreams of escape to life as it ought to be lived:A matchbox of our own A fence of real chain link, A grill out on the patio Disposal in the sink A washer and a dryer and an ironing machine In a tract house that we share Somewhere that’s green.This is the sound of the American Dream 2.o. You can listen to it here.The twentieth century incarnation of...
  • Former School Bus Driver Facing Sex Abuse Charges

    LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former school bus driver in Lincoln County is facing multiple sex abuse charges involving a student. According to the criminal complaint, Rex Toney is accused of inappropriately touching a girl on 20 different occasions while she was on the bus. Click here to find out more! WSAZ.com spoke with Toney on the phone Tuesday morning. He says the girl is a student at Hamlin High School and that he "never did the things she says he did." Toney drove buses in Lincoln County for 34 years before resigning earlier this year. He's currently waiting...
  • Back to School Blues: Seasonality of Youth Suicide...[Homeschool!]

    05/28/2011 1:56:18 PM PDT · by Rytwyng · 12 replies
    Ben Hansen's website ^ | Sept.8, 2010 | Benjamin Hansen & Matthew Lang
    Previous research has found evidence of academic benefits to longer school years. This paper investigates one of the many potential costs of increased school year length, documenting a dramatic decrease in youth suicide in months when school is not in session. A detailed analysis does not find that other potential explanations such as economic conditions, weather or seasonal a¤ective disorder patterns can explain the decrease. This evidence suggests that youth may face increased stress and decreased mental health when school is in session....
  • Teen shines at Moorpark College [Homeschooler earns AA before graduating from High School]

    05/27/2011 8:45:58 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 15 replies
    Simi Valley Acorn ^ | 5/27/2011 | Shayla Kasel
    My son, 17-year-old Simi Valley resident Thomas Kasel, will graduate May 18 from Moorpark College with his AA degree before he graduates high school. As a home-schooler since sixth grade, Tom had a running start at college classes due to a policy within the Ventura County Community College system that allows younger students to enroll. Tom started at Moorpark College at age 12 with an algebra class. Professors and other students were very supportive and often forgot that he wasn’t a regular college student, encouraging him to continue taking classes. Tom attended Wood Ranch Elementary School in Simi Valley, then...
  • Homeschool Kids Win NY State Mock Trial Championship, Against the Odds!

    05/24/2011 10:13:17 AM PDT · by ICE-FLYER · 24 replies
    May 24th, 2011 | Iceflyer
    Homeschooled kids are often maligned by the left in the United States. Let’s be clear about why....they embarrass the left. For all their advertised effort, for all the ever increasing money taken from the US Taxpayer at the Federal and State level for education, it is the homeschooled kid who embarrasses the left most. When you consider that in the public school system of New York that every kid equals over 16 thousand dollars spent you would expect at least a decent product. However this has almost never been the case on average and it most assuredly should be. Homeschooled...
  • State Superintendent: “Homeschoolers Need More Oversight”

    05/18/2011 11:29:57 AM PDT · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 154 replies
    HSLDA ^ | May 17, 2011 | HSLDA
    In her first address to West Virginia’s joint standing committee on education this week, incoming West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple criticized homeschoolers. According to a West Virginia homeschooler who posted to an Internet group, Speaker pro tem and Delegate Ron Fragale told her that Mrs. Marple said “West Virginia homeschoolers need more oversight, better standards, better evidence of progress; homeschoolers have too much flexibility.” Delegate Fragale told the homeschooler that “he’s not sure why Mrs. Marple is so negative about homeschooling. Perhaps there are some new board members who don’t have a good impression of it. However,...
  • New to homeschooling, recommendations from the pros?

    05/14/2011 9:04:03 AM PDT · by sc2_ct · 38 replies
    Vanity | Self
    My wife and I had initially been planning on sending our two boys aged 1 and 2-1/2 to private school. We decided to examine all of our options and that is when we first decided to give homeschooling a fair consideration and started researching it. In the two weeks since we have become sold on the merits of homeschooling. First some background on our family: Me: Socially and political conservative with vigerous libertarian leanings 31 year old. I work full time and then some as a paramedic and volunteer locally as a firefighter/EMT. Believe firmly in the concept of independence,...
  • No Breakfast For Kids Wearing ‘Wrong’ Shoes At Grade School

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Public Schools is apologizing to a Chicago mother and her two young sons, ages 5 and 6, after they were denied breakfast because they came to schools wearing the wrong kind of shoes. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports. The Nicholson brothers only grab a quick snack before heading to class because they qualify for a full free breakfast at Adam Powell Grade School. It’s something they look forward to every day, and it hurt when they were recently turned away. They were wearing black athletic shoes. The boys told their mom that the assistant principal, Angela...