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Amid hard times, homeschooling families persist
By David Crary

The Associated Press

The Herald News
Posted March 3, 2009


Excerpts:  When hard times reached the Schneider household in central Oregon, the longtime stay-at-home mom took action - getting a job at Subway to offset a drop in her husband's earnings. What she didn't do was also notable: She didn't stop homeschooling her three teenage children.


"I would fight tooth and nail to homeschool," said Schneider, 47, a devout Roman Catholic who wants to convey her values to her children. "I'm making it work because it's my absolute priority."


"Homeschoolers are pretty self-reliant," said Judy Aron of West Hartford, Conn., who has homeschooled three children. "They'd rather cut back on other things. ...They very vehemently don't want to see themselves as victims."


"During difficult times, people tend to go back to basics," Marcucci said. "I know a family with five children - the father's been out of work 18 months and they're still homeschooling."

Buy them out
An education proposal for extraordinary times
By Joel Belz
Posted March 5, 2009

:  If I told you that there's someone in my very middle-class neighborhood who, rather than being upset with the high-speed re-direction of our culture toward a socialist mindset, is ready to pour billions of additional dollars into completing that transition, would it bother you?


So here's something to think about. What if we could demonstrate that saying goodbye to statist education would save the public profound amounts of money—and produce a more educated public at the same time? What if we could make that demonstration in a manner that was palatable to the huge public-education bureaucracy?

Christian Ministries Weak on K-12 Christian Education in Exodus Mandate Report Card
Christian NewsWire
Posted February 11, 2009

: Chaplain E. Ray Moore issued a Report Card at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) in Nashville, Tennessee, on Feb 10, 2009, at a news conference, on how effectively major Christian ministries and organizations suppport K-12 Christian education or home schooling. . .

Editorial: Crossing the Line

Posted January 21, 2009

We like the solution at the end of the editorial. It makes great sense to us!

Trend to go home for school is on the rise across Indiana, nation

Stay-at-home scholars

By Tara Hettinger


Posted January 10, 2009


Two families share their homeschooling experiences, professor takes issue with homeschool studies, but...


Professor Robert Kunzman of Indiana University makes the interesting comment that current comparisons of homeschoolers and institutionally schooled children are not valid because an inadequate cross-section of homeschoolers is studied. "What we find with home schooling is that there is no typical home schooler. It's as varied as a public school student profile would be,” says Professor Kunzman.


This is where the professor makes a mistake in his assessment of the situation. As a rule, the overwhelming majority of homeschooling parents have made conscious decisions about how their children will be educated, whereas a large percentage of public school parents have taken the default route expected by society -- without ever having been presented with an alternative possibility.


We are working to reach parents with the alternatives and the reasons and confidence to choose them.


Homeschool Numbers Grow
Reasons more varied than you might think
by Janice Lloyd
The Californian.com
Posted January 5, 2009

Excerpt: The ranks of America's home-schooled children has continued a steady climb over the past five years, and new research suggests broader reasons for the appeal.

In the Spirit of Freedom

by Tammy Drennan, Alliance Senior Writer
Posted January 4, 2008

Tim Tebow grew up in Florida where he and his siblings were homeschooled. But Tim played football for a public high school, which led to professional football, a national championship and a Heisman trophy. This is success by almost anyone's standard.


But what if he had not been able to play for a public high school? What conviction would have won out in his parents' minds -- the one that said homeschooling was best for their son or the one that said this talented kid should get a shot at the pros, even if it meant compromising his education for life?


Here's what Tim's dad said about his decision regarding his children's education: "None of them would have played [football],” Tebow’s father once told the Florida Times-Union. "We weren’t going to back off our commitment to homeschooling just to go play football somewhere.”


Unfortunately, the talented and admirable Tim Tebow has lent his name to an effort to force public schools to allow homeschoolers to play on their teams.


Rather than demand that they be permitted to become part of the government system, maybe these homeschool parents could join the movement toward more freedom that was featured in The Wall Street Journal's article on "Do-it-Yourself Athletic Scholarships," something that would be much more in the spirit of homeschooling and would set an excellent example for their children.


The safety of our freedom lies in moving away from state schooling, not toward it. The opportunities for doing just that in every area grow by the year. By exercising our independence and creativity, we secure our liberty and our children’s future. 



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Archived  June 23, 2009

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."