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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 ( – 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.