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Archived October 12, 2009
What? Even Charter Schools Got "F's"?
Parents' Rights Constitutional Amendment vs. U.N.'s Convention of "Rights" of the Child
States pursue "voluntary" common standards in education -- voluntary for the states, that is, not for the students or their parents. And the battle over what those standards will be and how they will be measured begins.
By Maria Glod, Staff Writer
The Washington Post
Posted June 1, 2009
Excerpt: Forty-six states and the District of Columbia today will announce an effort to craft a single vision for what children should learn each year from kindergarten through high school graduation, an unprecedented step toward a uniform definition of success in American schools.
Math, Reading Associations Fear They'll Be Overlooked
By Sean Cavanagh
Excerpts: Top officials from influential math and reading organizations voiced concerns last week about not having a more defined role in the “Common Core” project being led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Forty-six states have formally agreed to take part in that venture...
This past weekend, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared to add momentum to the Common Core effort when he announced that he would allow $350 million in federal economic-stimulus funds to go to states to help them craft tests to match the proposed standards.
The math and reading communities have endured years of fractious debates over what constitutes rigorous evidence about effective curricula.
By Morris H. Chapman
Posted April 24, 2009
Excerpt: I believe the primary responsibility for raising children is charged to parents. However, it is undeniable that the church is charged with training parents and working with them to ensure tender shoots survive when moved from the greenhouse to the harshness of the natural environment…Kingdom schools, K-12, should be built as an intentional ministry of churches and local associations to aid families with their Kingdom responsibilities for raising children in the admonition of the Lord.
Georgia to Germany: Let Parents Homeschool!
Homeschool mom who heads up traveling dance troupe spurs legislative resolution in support of German homeschoolers.
Excerpt: The Georgia House of Representatives recently adopted House Resolution 850, which calls on the Federal Republic of Germany to “recognize the basic, fundamental rights of parents and allow their citizens to determine the educational upbringing of their own children.” The legislature of the Southern U.S. state also resolved that the clerk of the House is “authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy” of the resolution to the federal government of Germany.
This effort was spearheaded by Georgia homeschooler Tina Liedle. Mrs. Liedle is leading a homeschooled folk dance troupe on a cultural exchange tour of Germany with the intent of encouraging that nation’s homeschoolers and engaging citizens in a debate over the right to home educate.
Note: If you live in Georgia, how about writing to thank the sponsors of this resolution for standing in support of freedom in education?
April 17: A Day to Taste Independence
Here's a chance to encourage your family and friends who still have children in public school to test the sweet taste of independence.
April 17 is the nation-wide "Day of Silence," sponsored by pro-homosexual groups, in which school children are encouraged to remain silent all day long as a show of support for homosexuality and similar lifestyles.
Many pro-family groups are encouraging parents to keep their children out of school on this day — to engage in a walkout as a show of their authority regarding the education of their children.
Whatever you think about the lifestyles promoted by the Day of Silence, the fact that captive public school children can be used, without a word of protest from the states that run the schools, to support them is unconscionable.
This is a chance for parents to let the state know that their children are not government property. Better yet, it's a chance for parents to feel the power of depriving the state and its special interests of control over their children -- a chance to taste freedom.
SaveCalifornia.com is providing guidelines for the best way for parents across the nation to pursue this small act of freedom.
In addition to sharing their alert with your family and friends, you may wish to send them a link to our web site — www.schoolandstate.org, where they can find deeper reasons for choosing liberty, as well as many ideas to help them get started on the Road to Freedom.
By Rose French, Associated Press
The Washington Times
Posted April 2, 2009
What would you sacrifice to choose freedom in education?
Excerpts: Home schooling is so important to Uwe Romeike that the classically trained pianist sold his beloved grand pianos in order to pay for his wife and five children to move from Germany to the Smoky Mountain foothills of Tennessee....
Germany's approach to home schooling differs starkly from the U.S. and other European countries....
"The idea is home schooling might lead to the emergence of separate societies that would not share the same vision of the [German] state," she [Bernadette Meyler, Cornell Law School professor] said.
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