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Movie maker targets nation's 2.5 million homeschoolers

Company that created 'Chronicles' now wants input from 'savvy' market leaders

Posted October 28, 2006

Excerpt: One can just about hear a collective "at last" from the parents of the estimated 2.5 million homeschool students in the United States.


Now, on the heels of its wildly successful "The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," and just a few weeks after announcing an outreach in support of family-friendly films, Walden Media is confirming plans for a national education outreach initiative with the homeschool community.


"Walden develops films based on core values, classic literature, and compelling lives," said company co-founder Michael Flaherty. "Homeschool parents and students are natural partners in this mission because they demand family-friendly, educationally significant entertainment..."


Baptist 'exit strategy' means get kids out of public schools

Groundswell of support building in 16 million member group for homeschooling

By Bob Unruh

Posted October 20, 2006


Excerpt: 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.


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, and some Christian leaders even have said it could be considered child abuse just to register children in such a facility.


That's why resolutions encouraging members of the nation's largest Protestant church organization to exit public schools have been submitted in every SBC state and regional convention in the U.S., he said...

Call for Exit Strategy From Public Schools Gaining Momentum:
Resolution Submitted in Southern Baptist State Conventions Covering the Continental United States

Christian Newswire
Posted October 18, 2006


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


Excerpt: 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 the Moran/Shortt “Exit Strategy” resolution, the same resolution has been submitted in every SBC state and regional convention in the continental United States.  This represents a significant increase over the number of states in which education resolutions were introduced in 2004 (conventions covering 15 states) and 2005 (conventions covering approximately 25 states)...

Blacks take education into their own hands

New ground: Once dominated by whites, homeschooling appeals to more African Americans

Leslie Fulbright, Chronicle Staff Writer

San Francisco Chronicle

Posted September 25, 2006


Excerpt: Suisun Cityparents Benjamin and Tanya Marshall are part of a new homeschooling movement led by African American families fed up with the public school system. 2003 about 9 percent of homeschooled students were black...


Colleges Seeking Homeschoolers

Focus on the Family

Posted October 9, 2006

ExcerptAcademic excellence is opening doors.  With an estimated 2 million homeschoolers in the U.S., news reports say some colleges are seeking them out because of their academic excellence...


Parental rights: Are they in jeopardy?

by Michael Farris

Posted October 5, 2006

ExcerptGermany banned homeschooling.... Declaring that "pluralism in education" is "essential for the preservation of the 'democratic society,'" the European high court declared that "in view of the power of the modern State, it is above all through State teaching that this aim must be realized"...

: This demonstrates why we must abandon state schooling altogether. We cannot arm the state to teach our children without the supposed servant (the state) wresting control from the supposed master (us). U.S. courts have already ruled against parental rights. The example of other countries doing the same will only embolden them. The only way to disarm the state is to deprive it of its ammunition (our children).  We're working on it!


International Connection
A perfect opportunity to write on behalf of freedom in education.  The German embassy needs to hear from you.  Read on:

Court upholds Nazi-era ban on homeschooling
Decision: State must avoid dissent, 'separate philosophical convictions'
September 29, 2006

ExcerptA new ruling from the European Human Rights Court has affirmed the German nation's Nazi-era ban on homeschooling, concluding that society has a significant interest in preventing the development of dissent through "separate philosophical convictions"...

The specific case addressed in the opinion involved Fritz and Marianna Konrad, who filed the complaint in 2003 and argued that Germany's compulsory school attendance endangered their children's religious upbringing and promotes teaching inconsistent with the family's Christian faith...

Parents Pull Kids Out of Public Schools
by Greg Franke
Online Human Events
Posted September 13, 2006

Despite recent setbacks that had detractors toasting its demise, a grass-roots movements is growing that has the potential to impact American society in an enormously positive way.

The catalyst is a diverse group of organizations working to encourage people to pull their children out of a public school system they see as increasingly hostile to their faith and values, incapable of maintaining a disciplined learning environment, and (perhaps most blatantly) incapable of doing the very thing for which it exists: educating students...

Separation Hits the Associated Press!

WOW.  What a great opportunity!  Separation of school and state got a mention in dozens of major news outlets, including USA Today, CNN, The Boston Herald, and more! 

The following is a letter to the editor in response to the AP article.  If you'd like to write a letter reinforcing our message, go to our Writer's Handbook!

Take Back the Schools? From whom?

by Tammy Drennan

"Don’t just hammer public schools. Go in there and take them back."  - Finn Laursen, Christian Educators Association International, quoted in an AP article in The Boston Herald, 9/2/06

Take them back from whom?  The government?  Other parents?  The taxpayers?  The teachers' unions?  The textbook publishers?  The special interests?  The school boards?  The religious community?


You see the problem. State schools, financed by the public at large, cannot be taken "back" by any one group...

Alan Schaeffer, New President

Alliance for the Separation of School and State


On July 31, 2006, the Board of Directors for the Alliance for the Separation of School and State accepted Chairman and Founder Marshall Fritz’s proposal and unanimously elected Alan Schaeffer president of the Alliance.


“Those who have the opportunity to work with Alan are impressed by his intelligence, grasp of the deep issues permeating the education of children, and his passion for ending the interference of government in the formation of children,” said Marshall Fritz.  Read more about Alan… 


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Archived January 15, 2007

Some of the more
well-known signers of our proclamation:

Ed Crane
President, Cato Institute

John Taylor Gatto
1991 New York State Teacher of the Year

Fr. John A Hardon
The Catholic Catechism

Don Hodel
Former Secretary of Interior

D. James Kennedy
Coral Ridge Ministries

Rev. Tim LaHaye
Left Behind

Rabbi Daniel Lapin
President, Toward Tradition

Tom Monaghan
Founder, Domino’s Pizza

Ron Paul
US Congressman, Texas

John K Rosemond
Parenting Author, Columnist, Speaker

They and 29,000  others have signed Our Proclamation

"I favor ending government involvement in education."