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  • R.I.P. Samuel Blumenfeld: Author, Master Educator, Champion of Freedom

    06/07/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 June 2015 | William F. Jasper
    Millions of people who can read today owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Samuel L. Blumenfeld (shown), America’s foremost apostle of phonics over the past half century, who died on June 1, one day after his 89th birthday. I was privileged to know him, as a friend and colleague, for more than 30 years.I first became acquainted with Sam Blumenfeld’s writings in the early 1970s. I was a college student at the time and had switched my course of study from pre-veterinary medicine to psychology and education. The “reading controversy” that had been launched in 1955 with the...
  • The Duggar Family Homeschooling Curriculum Deals With Sexual Abuse In Disturbing Manner

    05/24/2015 10:02:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 89 replies
    inquistr.com ^ | 5.22.2015 | inquistr
    But the curriculum he developed is still in place. To begin with, the lessons seem to remove blame from the perpetrator and instead shift it onto the victim, as well as the parents. In one example, where a boy molests his younger sisters, the sisters are condemned for dressing immodestly, and the parents are also shamed for “exposing the boy to temptation” through the act of having him change his sister’s diapers. “Modesty was a factor. It was not at the level it should have been in my family. It was not uncommon for my younger siblings to come out...
  • HOMESCHOOLERS INTERROGATED ON GUNS, VACCINES

    05/08/2015 8:52:28 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/7/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    It all started with an unwanted knock on the door by a government worker and it’s being answered with a $60 million lawsuit. A New Jersey family is suing the state child-protection agency after it allegedly sent a caseworker to their home to interrogate them on everything from their son’s homeschool education to questions about vaccines and guns in the house. Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole of Belvidere filed a civil rights complaint in April in U.S. District Court in Trenton alleging “unlawful and unconstitutional home intrusion.” “I won’t forget that morning for a long, long time,” said Christopher...
  • Socialization as a Religious Phenomenon

    05/06/2015 6:07:30 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 19 replies
    The Center for Vision & Values ^ | May 4, 2015 | Gary L. Welton
    Every home schooling parent has been asked the S-Question: “What about socialization?” The implications (real or imagined) of the question are less than flattering: Students who attend schools outside the home are socialized better because they spend so much time with their immature peers, whereas students who attend school within the home are poorly socialized because they spend so much time with their mature parents. Home school families do not interact with one another. Socialization that occurs on the soccer field, during debate rounds, and in church doesn’t count (or is somehow inferior). Students who attend school outside the...
  • Four Years in Prison for Homeschooling? [Coming to America?]

    05/05/2015 3:58:55 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/1/2015 | Mike Donnelly
    The next time they appear in court for homeschooling, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich could face four years in prison—each. “I am sad today,” said Dirk Wunderlich, recounting how on April 28 he lost his most recent case in the German state of Hesse, and also heard dire warnings from the presiding judge. “We had hoped the judge, who seemed open-minded and friendly, might give us a chance,” Wunderlich added. “But no, he said he could not: The law is the law.” In their most recent court appearance, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were fined 450 euros each (about $1,000) for not...
  • Iowa GOP rep: ‘Nothing worse’ than homeschoolers telling us how to vote

    05/05/2015 6:35:04 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 100 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/4/15 | Ben Johnson
    ANKENY, IA, May 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a private e-mail exchange with a concerned parent, Republican state legislator Josh Byrnes of Iowa said there is “nothing worse than homeschool parents” making their views known on public school policy.The statement came as Jeff Moorman took exception to a pending bill allegedly dealing with “bullying,” the “Bully Free Iowa Act of 2015” (HSB 39).The proposal would allow school districts to monitor students outside of school hours and punish – or contact law enforcement officials and state bureaucratic agencies over – any communication it deems “bullying” – even if that behavior takes...
  • Girl Who Battled Cancer Is Dismissed for Missing School

    04/25/2015 11:08:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 24, 2015
    A 12-year-old Michigan girl who just made it through the biggest fight of her life has been dealt another blow. In August 2012, Rose McGrath, of Battle Creek, was diagnosed with leukemia. But last week, her family received a letter from her school that would turn her world upside down. As CBS affiliate WWMT reports, the letter addressed concerns regarding Rose's attendance and academic performance, and stated that Rose had been dismissed from St. Joseph Middle School. "I didn't do anything wrong, but they still got rid of me," Rose said. screen-shot-2015-04-24-at-11-24-21-am.png Rose McGrath WWMT Rose has been with the...
  • Michigan Lawmakers Want Homeschooled Children Registered Like Dogs and Inspected by Social Workers

    04/21/2015 4:47:07 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-20-2015 | Paula Bolyard
    In the wake of the tragic murders of two Michigan children whose mother tortured them before stuffing them into the family’s freezer, lawmakers are calling for more stringent regulation of homeschooling in the state. The proposed legislation from state Rep. Stephanie Chang, a Detroit Democrat, would require homeschooled children to be inspected twice per year by a licensed social worker or law enforcement officer. The bill would also require homeschooling parents to register their children — like dogs or sex offenders — with the superintendent of the school district in which they reside. Michigan is one of eleven states that...
  • GOP hopefuls praise, woo home school families in Des Moines appearance

    04/09/2015 8:31:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 9, 2015 | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) after a Town Hall Panel Discussion hosted by Steve Deace at the NICHE Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conference Center in Des Moines on Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015.DES MOINES — The debate over religious liberty in Indiana spilled over into Iowa Thursday as four presidential hopefuls pledged to defend the rights of parents who home-school their children to worship as they choose and educate their children as they wish. Religious liberty is the “civil rights issue of...
  • Saving ourselves from this corrupt generation

    04/05/2015 5:26:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/5/2015 | Patrice Lewis
    Recently while reading Acts 2, this verse leaped out at me: “With many other words he [Peter] warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’” The reason this caught my attention is because we are about to launch our oldest child (who is now 19) into the world. Soon she will be on her own, mingling with new people in new places. She will face temptations, she will experience different lifestyles, she will be challenged by others whose morals and values she does not share, and she will make mistakes. In short, she will be...
  • Homeschooling Continues to Grow

    03/31/2015 2:59:48 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 21 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-31-15 | Wes Watt
    According to the latest data available, approximately 1.7 million students are homeschooled in the United States, or 3.4 percent of the total schooling population. Interestingly, the number of Hispanic families choosing to homeschool their children grew to 15 percent from 9.8 percent in 2007. Also, when asked the most important reason for choosing to homeschool their children, 91 percent of parents responded concern for the environment at other schools (safety, drugs, peer pressure, etc.). The Silver State is known nationally as a haven for homeschooling families. According to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Report Card on American Education, Nevada...
  • Christian Homeschool Kids Who Spent Two Months in State Custody to Return Home on a Trial Basis

    03/19/2015 8:07:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/19/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Four of the seven Arkansas Christian homeschool children who were removed from their parents home in January will finally be returned to live full time on a 60-day trial basis after the family reached a mediated agreement with the Arkansas Department of Human Services on Tuesday. The children's mother, Michelle Stanley, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the agreement will also allow for the three older children to return home on the weekends and to stay at home during their spring break, which is next week. Stanley explained that the mediation hearing, which was only supposed to last three...
  • 10-Year-Old [homeschooled] Prodigy Just Enrolled in College

    03/12/2015 5:09:25 AM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Rachel Bertsche
    At 10 years old... Esther Okade... is more interested in writing an algebra workbook for kids and studying for college exams. Esther, a British-Nigerian home-schooled student, started in January as a freshman at the distance learning college Open University, making her one of the youngest college students in England. “I actually wanted to start when I was seven,” she told CNN. “But my mum was like, ‘you’re too young, calm down.’” Math is Esther’s strong suit and according to her mother Efe Okade, she’s had an unusual grasp of numbers since she was barely old enough to read. “At four,...
  • Oregon first-grader humiliated by school’s punishment after being 1 minute late to class

    03/02/2015 4:34:26 AM PST · by bryan999 · 197 replies
    The family of an Oregon first-grader is outraged that his school forced the boy to sit by himself during lunch as punishment for being late. The boy’s grandmother, Laura Hoover, took to Facebook to protest his retribution with photos of Hunter sulking into a cardboard wall blocking his view of a cafeteria bustling with his peers. “His momma’s car sometimes doesn’t like to start right up. Sometimes he’s a couple minutes late to school. Yesterday, he was one minute late,” Hoover wrote. “This is what his momma discovered they do to punish him.” His mother, Nicole Garloff, came to check...
  • Arkansas Homeschool Children Still Being Held By County DHS without Charges or Reason

    02/22/2015 7:25:45 PM PST · by Mozilla · 33 replies
    As I earlier reported, the Stanleys, of Garland County Arkansas, had their seven homeschoolers forcibly taken from their home. Though they were given several reasons, all unsubstantiated, for the Department of Human Services investigation no charges were filed. They originally were informed that they would have the children returned in 72 hours. It has been five weeks. Christiannews.net reports Last week, the Stanley's [sic] learned that a hearing scheduled over the matter has been postponed until March 23. Therefore, the children will remain in custody for at least another month until the hearing is held. This means that the County...
  • This Girl Has No Way Of Proving She’s A U.S. Citizen Thanks To Her Fundamentalist Parents (VIDEO)

    02/11/2015 9:11:47 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 140 replies
    addictinginfo.org ^ | 02/11/15 | JAMESON PARKER
    19-year-old Alecia Faith Pennington has spent her life so sheltered by her Christian fundamentalist parents that now, as a young adult, she is finding it almost impossible to prove to the government that she actually exists. In a video uploaded to YouTube and quickly going viral, Pennington documents the various ways her parents have managed to prevent leaving even a single speck of evidence to help her gain an official identity or to prove that she is a United States citizen. For starters, they gave birth to her at home, and declined to get a birth certificate or social security...
  • Homeschool Children Seized By Arkansas Authorities Remain in State Custody After Court Hearing

    01/23/2015 2:28:20 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 28 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Heather Clark
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Seven homeschoolers in Arkansas who were seized by the Garland County Sheriff’s Department this month remain in state custody after a court hearing on Thursday over the matter. Hal Stanley, a pastor, and his wife Michelle state that they are in shock after their children were removed from their Hot Springs home on Jan. 12 following an anonymous complaint. The situation began last month as a social worker with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) showed up at the Stanley’s door after receiving a complaint that the children were permitted to go outside in the...
  • Homeschooled children seized by authorities still in state custody

    01/22/2015 10:06:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    one news now ^ | 1/20/15 | Michael F Haverluck
    What began as an investigation ignited by an anonymous report turned into a nightmare for an Arkansas homeschooling couple and seven of their children last week – and it's not over yet. Arkansas sheriff's deputies in Garland County have "stolen" seven homeschoolers from their parents in a home raid spurred by an anonymous caller who told authorities the family's house contained a "poisonous substance" — which turned out to be a mineral supplement/water purifier that isn't FDA-approved. It's been more than a week since the officers and the Department of Human Services (DHS) seized the seven homeschoolers. They remain in...
  • Will they be asking Muslims to “justify” their beliefs as well?

    01/19/2015 8:39:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/19/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Those who don’t live in the rural South find stories like this difficult to believe. We imagine an increased level of freedom in our idealized version of things in Dixie. Alas that’s not quite how things are. Recently the parents of home schooled children in Goochland County, Virginia had to rise up in fury to force the county’s school board to back down from a most intrusive demand. It seems surreal to even contemplate this, but the power drunk school board members had to be made to abandon their demand that home-schooled children and their parents be required “to justify...
  • Virginia County to Interrogate Homeschool Teens about Their Religious Beliefs

    01/19/2015 4:20:04 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    A school board in Virginia is considering the repeal of a policy that would have forced 14-year-old minors to stand before the school board to be interrogated about their religious beliefs. The Goochland County policy is aimed at homeschool families that fall under Virginia’s decades-old religious exemption statute, which acknowledges parents’ rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children. The longstanding state statue allows parents to homeschool their children without reporting to the state if they have an objection to attending school outside the home that is based on “bona fide religious training or belief.” The Goochland school...
  • School District to Stop Interrogating Christian Homeschool Kids

    01/15/2015 12:10:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    A Virginia school district has decided to scrap a policy that allowed it to interrogate Christian homeschool teenagers and their parents about their religious beliefs.Last November Douglas Pruiett and his wife received a letter from Goochland County Public Schools about updated procedures to the district’s requests for religious exemptions for homeschool students.Under the updated rules, once a child turns 14-years-old, the district requires that homeschool parents reapply for a religious exemption to public education.The Prueitts have seven children, three of whom were impacted by the revised policy.“Each application must be completed along with a statement of your bona fide religious...
  • UPDATE: School Board Scraps Controversial Rule on Religious Homeschooling

    01/14/2015 7:16:47 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | Jan. 13, 2015
    On "Fox and Friends" Wednesday, Heather Nauert brought us an update on a controversial homeschooling policy in one Virginia town. The Goochland County School Board has now voted down a new policy that would have forced homeschooled children justify their religious beliefs within 30 days of their 14th birthday. The board's vote was in response to a flood of outrage by parents in the area. There is one more vote left to be taken on this issue.
  • New Policy Forces Homeschooled Kids to Justify Their Religious Beliefs (Virginia)

    01/13/2015 11:13:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jan 13, 2015 11:42 am
    Virginia parents are outraged over a new policy that demands homeschooled children justify their religious beliefs to a school board within 30 days of their 14th birthday. The controversial rule passed by the Goochland County School Board states, “Any student who together with his/her parents seeks an exemption from compulsory attendance due to their bona fide religious training or beliefs must submit a written application to the school board, setting forth the reasons for the request.” […] The Home School Legal Defense Association says the school board’s policy violates Virginia state law, which allows children undergoing religious training to be...
  • Allah in our schools ( Common Core )

    12/28/2014 6:32:11 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 28, 2014 | Carol Brown
    Jihad, in its many guises and forms, is being waged across America. No aspect of our society has been untouched by this relentless attack. Including our schools. Our education system has been infiltrated by the enemy, as the next generation of Americans is brainwashed with white-washed Islam. The assault is coming from all directions and it never sleeps. Muslim Brotherhood front groups have been, and continue to be, integrally involved in the development of Common Core curriculum. They make sure a false picture of Islam is integrated into lessons, from K – 12. Our children are exposed to all manner...
  • Brazilian Families Want Legal Homeschooling

    12/04/2014 4:37:33 PM PST · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Brazilian Families Want Legal Homeschooling By Julio Severo A group of families made a 12-hour trip to be in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, to attend a vote in the Brazilian Congress on homeschooling. The vote was postponed, but the presence of these families and their children touched the hearts of many congressional representatives. Homeschool families in the Brazilian Congress These families, who were sponsored by ANED (Associaçăo Nacional de Educaçăo Domiciliar, National Home Education Association), promise to be in Brasilia again next Wednesday, when there will be a possible new vote. Congressmen touched by homeschool families The current Brazilian...
  • New Report Finds Which States Favor Homeschoolers

    11/19/2014 1:21:47 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 50 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-19-14 | Rudy Takala
    Last month, ALEC released its annual Report Card on American Education. The report ranks states’ education policy based on six areas, including state academic standards; charter school laws; private school choice programs; overall teacher quality; digital learning opportunities; and the regulatory burden placed on homeschool families. The study, which included research conducted by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), gave 11 states the top grade of “A” in the area of homeschool regulatory burdens. Those states are Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas. The number of states earning an “A” grade expanded...
  • They Are Coming for Your Children [ Connecticut ]

    10/07/2014 9:37:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | October 7, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Home-schoolers represent the only authentically radical social movement in the United States (Occupy Wall Street was a fashion statement) and so they must be suppressed, as a malevolent committee of leftist academics and union bosses under the direction of Governor Dannel Malloy is preparing to do in Connecticut, using the Sandy Hook massacre as a pretext. The ghouls invariably rush to the podium after every school massacre, issuing their insipid press releases before the bodies have even cooled, and normally they’re after your guns. But the Malloy gang is after your children. Malloy’s committee on the Newtown shootings is recommending...
  • MOOCs Expand, Homeschoolers Beware

    09/29/2014 6:45:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 24 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 26, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The School Reform News, published by the Heartland Institute, found there are over 1,200 massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered by over 200 universities and taken by an estimated ten million K-12 students. homeschooling Florida is the nation’s leader in offering MOOCs, where students watch video lectures recorded online and participate in online discussion boards, which could reduce the cost of higher education for students and state taxpayers. Michael Horn, cofounder of the Clayton Christianson Institute, said, “People would be foolish to overlook it.” Florida state legislators are considering moving the state to MOOCs at the K-12 level, but...
  • Sandy Hook commission blames homeschooling

    09/27/2014 4:54:30 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 20 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    ... According to a report in EAG News, a chief recommendation coming out of the state panel that was “charged” with “making recommendations to reduce the risk of future tragedies” has concluded that more oversight of homeschoolers will accomplish that goal. The report’s “chief recommendation” is “tighter scrutiny of homeschoolers … to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Elementary School in Newtown,” EAG said. ...
  • Why are homeschooled kids so annoying?

    09/19/2014 7:54:07 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 85 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 22, 2012 | Dwija Borobia
    About a year ago, when I first started considering taking my kids out of public school, I wasn’t met with the kind of incredulous questioning that I expected after suggesting something so reckless and foolhardy. For the most part people were excited and supportive and helpful. Many thought we were already homeschooling, in fact. What surprised me most though is that folks who were concerned about the prudence of such a decision weren’t worried that my children might not learn enough or the the right things. They didn’t wonder how my kids would know how to be quiet when they...
  • Kansas City Public School Sent ‘Threatening’ Letter To Homeschool Family

    09/03/2014 9:40:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 3, 2014 | Maria Santos
    When a Kansas City family pulled their son out of a public elementary school to homeschool him, the local school referred them to the district attorney’s office for truancy. A homeschool advocacy organization intervened, and the school was forced to back down and apologize. In Kansas, as in several other states, families must register their homes as “private schools” to homeschool their children. The family followed the law exactly, naming and registering their school and notifying their son’s elementary school in February that he would be withdrawing. But a few months later, in May, the school sent the family a...
  • German Homeschoolers Win Custody of Their Kids, But Court Still Calls it Abuse of Parental Authority

    08/30/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    An appeals court in Germany has ruled that a family court's decision to keep legal custody of four children away from their parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, was wrong, and ordered that complete custody be returned to the family. However, the court maintained that homeschooling endangers children and they should go to school. "We have won custody and we are glad about that," Dirk said in a statement released by Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been assisting the Wunderlich family since their children were taken on Aug. 29, 2013. The court said taking the children away was...
  • Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum advocates to craft lesson on race (Black Panthers)

    08/30/2014 3:50:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Even though the police shooting of an unarmed man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is only weeks old and a grand jury is still trying sort out what really happened, a Washington-based nonprofit is offering a classroom lesson plan that draws a link between the incident and the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s Black Panther Party. Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. “The Black Panther Party’s 1966...
  • Moral Relativists In The University: They Aren’t Who You Think They Are

    08/24/2014 1:44:13 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 8-24-14 | Collin Garbarino
    This year the movie God Is Not Dead preyed on every Christian parent’s fear of sending a child off to college only to have their family’s faith and values undermined by an atheist college professor espousing some form of moral relativism. The movie hinges on a certain cliché, but the cliché is a cliché because many of us took a class with “that professor.” He might not have been so over-the-top, but his prejudices were evident. The American university tends to be fairly hostile to the conservative movement. One of the core tenets of conservatism is the Judeo-Christian teaching that...
  • Any other Freeper's kids attending school online?

    08/24/2014 9:58:27 AM PDT · by TexasBarak · 67 replies
    At the end of her seventh grade year a few months ago, my daughter was of the opinion that she had not received the education that she should have, so she determined to find courses online that she could take over the summer. What she found (completely on her own) turned out to be a full time public school- online! She starts tomorrow at Connections Academy Texas. With her mother and I both working, she'll be attending school at her Grandmother's house for the time being. I'm very excited about this- my child is *very* intelligent, and with self-paced courses...
  • The Origins of Political Correctness

    08/23/2014 11:59:32 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 44 replies
    Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic. We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke,...
  • Conservatism and Education

    08/23/2014 11:56:29 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Paul M. Weyrich
    As conservatives, we seek to build on past successes wherever we can rather than start anew. Fortunately, when we look at the question of education, the next conservatism quickly finds a lot to build on. The existing conservative movement has done some things right in this area. The most important achievement is the home schooling movement. Today, over a million American children are getting real educations at home instead of being propagandized in the public schools. Unfortunately, a new problem has cropped up which the next conservatism needs to take on now, before it gets bigger. Political Correctness, which is...
  • What Are Your Kids Learning In School?

    08/23/2014 11:38:49 AM PDT · by fifedom · 106 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 22, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    (D)escriptions, written by Twin Cities area high school teachers, of how their schools teach literature classes. This one comes from Edina High School, which was once known as an excellent institution: Acceptance and inter-cultural understanding can be fostered through the use of powerful texts, discussion, analysis, and exploration in the classroom. An English curriculum grounded in social justice rests on a belief based in equity—that each person should have access to resources regardless of race, gender, ability, age, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation.
  • Teacher suspended after Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin lesson (Alabama)

    08/22/2014 11:42:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    SELMA, Ala. - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. The Selma Times-Journal quoted Dallas County School Superintendent Don Willingham as saying the social studies teacher used poor judgment during a lesson on current events. School officials haven't identified the teacher, who works at Brantley Elementary School....
  • California Sex Ed Gone Mad

    08/22/2014 6:52:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 21, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    What’s the difference between a Playboy magazine and Fremont Unified School District’s sex-ed curriculum? The curriculum is free! The 9th grade textbook, which teachers unanimously approved, has been the center of a nationwide debate over the schools’ role in parenting kids on sensitive topics like this. In this particular California District, thousands of parents are protesting the jaw-dropping topics in the “Your Health Today” curriculum — including everything from bondage, sex toys, and various fantasies. “It’s a bit much for me,” said mom Latonya Stevenson. “I’m not comfortable with my child — I mean, wow, that’s the graphics are extreme...
  • Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

    08/14/2014 3:45:45 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | August 14, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home.The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year…Read More
  • Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

    08/14/2014 11:52:12 AM PDT · by upchuck · 28 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home. The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year, NewsObserver.com reports.As of last year, 98,172 North Carolinian children were homeschooled; that’s 2,400 students more than the number who attended a private school.While the sputtering economy is the reason families are choosing homeschooling over private schooling, the nationalized learning experiment (Common Core) is the main reason families are leaving the...
  • Pregnant mother of four dies after she’s stung by wasps in the backyard

    08/01/2014 5:27:59 AM PDT · by MiddleEarth · 18 replies
    CBS6 ^ | 7/31/14 | Scott Wise, Wayne Covil
    SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – A pregnant mother of four died suddenly Monday after she was stung by wasps working in her backyard. Sarah Harkins, 32, leaves behind a husband and four children. (PHOTO: Ashley Schulzetenberg) Sarah Harkins, 32, leaves behind a husband and four children. (PHOTO: Ashley Schulzetenberg) Sarah Marie Schulzetenberg Harkins, 32, died at the hospital when an aneurysm in her brain burst, Harkins’ husband told Fredericksburg.com. Her unborn baby, who was to be named Cecilia Rachel, also passed away. The aneurysm burst due to the stress the stings and an allergic reaction brought on, the article stated. Harkins...
  • Obama highlights push for better skilled teachers

    07/07/2014 1:10:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 12:57 PM EDT | Kimberly Hefling
    President Barack Obama brought forward a new administration effort Monday to place quality teachers in schools that need them the most. Obama said the U.S. education system has “a problem” in that students who would benefit the most from having skilled or experienced teachers in their classrooms are least likely to get them, including black and Hispanic students. Obama credits education and good teachers for helping him get to the White House. He said he wants to make sure that every child has the same access to good teachers that he had. …
  • States Ditch Common Core - The ObamaCare Of Education

    06/11/2014 3:40:08 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 11, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Education: Oklahoma joins South Carolina and Indiana in opposing one-size-fits-all U.S. education standards that have turned schools into leftist re-education camps, with political statements masquerading as instruction. Not as much attention has been paid to Common Core as has been paid to ObamaCare. But like the faux Greek columns in Denver at Barack Obama's nomination in 2008, they were supposed to be the twin pillars of his legacy. Both, however, are fake promises, Trojan horses for government control of key sectors of American society and our economy. Five years ago, 46 states gave up a big chunk of their sovereignty...
  • Parents, 6 Sons, Accused Of Sexually Abusing Girl For Nearly A Decade

    05/17/2014 4:16:50 PM PDT · by windcliff · 78 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 5-17-14 | David Lohr
    The sheriff of a small county in northeast North Carolina says he is "disgusted" by the parents of six men who are accused of sexually abusing their sister for nearly a decade, at a private family compound. "I blame the parents for this," Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. "It's your responsibility as a parent to teach [your children] right and wrong. When you see a child doing something that is totally wrong and you don't correct them, then the child thinks it's OK." Tilley said his deputies charged the six brothers, ranging in age...
  • Homeschooling --(5 minute arguments)

    04/28/2014 10:05:27 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 22 replies
    AmericanDigest ^ | April 28, 2014 1:34 AM | Ghostsniper
    "Our son was in the 6th grade at a public school in Florida. An envious female employee at my wife's job called our sons school and represented herself as my wife. Over the phone she had our son transferred to another school and we knew nothing about it. Until I got the call at my office telling me our son had been out processed and I could come pick him up. Let that sink in for a moment and put yourself in my place. I trusted this place with the most valuable thing I will ever own. If the envious...
  • On first day of Common Core testing, some NY students sit it out

    04/01/2014 7:51:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 01, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    While her son’s fourth-grade classmates were taking the nation's first round of tests under the controversial Common Core program, Heidi Indelecato decided to teach her son a lesson in civil disobedience. “We respectfully refuse to participate in the test,” said Indelecato, whose son Benjamin attends school in Lancaster, N.Y., which on Tuesday became the first state to administer testing under the Common Core State Standards Initiative. So while other kids sat poised with their No. 2 pencils above Scantron sheets, Benjamin studied with his mother, who documented the occasion with a picture of the pair wearing T-shirts that read: “Keep...
  • Catholic Caucus: What I Gave Up By Not Being A Priest

    03/08/2014 7:17:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    Seton Magazine ^ | 03.06.14 | John Clark
        Like many Catholic fathers, I often pray that if my boys have vocations to the priesthood, they accept their callings.  Sadly, as Jesus told us, many do not.  The corollary to my prayer is the additional plea that I be given the graces to properly assist them along their way.  There are some obvious ways to do that: talk about my (very imperfect) love of God, pray with them, and take them to liturgy and the sacraments.  But I also believe that part of that grace is the ability to explain the priesthood in a positive and encouraging...
  • ‘The Romeikes Can Stay!!!’: Shocking 180 in the Case of German Home-Schooling Family

    03/04/2014 12:51:44 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 4, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    On Tuesday, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) announced a drastic turnaround on the part of the federal government: The German Romeike family, which sought asylum in the United States to home-school their children, will now be allowed to stay in America. “The Romeikes can stay!!!” the HSLDA announced on its Facebook page. Just one day ago, the Romeikes thought they would be forced to return to Germany, where the state could take custody of their children because of their decision to home-school. At a minimum, they would face increasingly harsh fines for violating Germany’s compulsory attendance law....