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Archived June 23, 2009
Includes "The Call to Dunkirk," YouTube video with Rev. E. Ray Moore, Bruce Shortt, and Rev. Voddie Baucham.
Belgium and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
by Peter Kamakawiwoole
There's plenty in this article that is even more frightening than government control of education in Belgium, but we should keep in mind that when parents refuse to let the state educate their children, they keep the upper hand in their children's rearing and keep the state's hunger for control in check.
Excerpt: Unlike their American counterparts, however, Belgium’s “private schools” are not strictly run by private individuals, but receive subsidies from the government, along with significant oversight from national and local education ministries. All schools - even within the home - are required to teach children “respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the cultural values of the child and others,” under Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Public, private, and home schools are all inspected by the government to insure compliance, and disobedience could result in the children being placed in a school of the government’s choosing.
Unfortunately, Belgians are discovering too late that it is difficult to rein in the government once it gains power in all schools.
Home-Schooling: Testing Proves Success of Grads
by Michael Smith
The Washington Times
Posted November 30, 2008
Homeschool college freshman outscore Harvard seniors on civics test
Excerpt: The test results do show clearly what happens when you compare the best with the best: The best homeschooled students systematically outperform the best non-homeschooled students. This success did not happen automatically. It happened because tens of thousands of dedicated parents made tremendous sacrifices to educate their children.
by Jessica Shepherd
Posted August 19, 2008
Home education, long dismissed as a hippy option, can be 'astonishingly efficient', says a new study. Jessica Shepherd meets the children who don't go to school.
Excerpt: Home education is just an extension of good parenting, Thomas and Pattison argue. "School itself necessarily curtails such parental contribution." Why, they ask, do we as a society assume that formal learning needs to take over beyond the age of five? "There is no developmental or educational logic behind the radical change in pedagogy from informal to formal when children start school," they say.
Contrary to expectations, the home-educated children had no difficulty entering formal education, the authors found. The informal curriculum is "as good a preparation as any" for college, university or academic correspondence courses, they say. "The young people had the personal skills to make the transition with apparent ease."
Charleston Daily Mail
Posted September 15, 2008
The Cristo Rey model actually helps poor kids
Excerpt: All the students work somewhere - at more than 100 companies and law firms - one day a week, at jobs paying $20 an hour, the money going directly to the school, covering 70 percent of its costs…
CRJHS can have its work program, its entirely college preparatory courses…, its zero tolerance of disorder…, its enforcement of decorum… and its requirement that every family pay something, if only as little as $25 a month - it can have all this because it is not shackled by bureaucracy or unions, as public schools are...
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