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By Cathryn Atkinson
Globe and Mail
Posted October 22, 2007
North Vancouver, BC, CANADA: When you can't find the right school for your kids, start one yourself.
By Mark Lopez
Posted October 30, 2007
Excerpt: IN her address to her union's conference in 2005 the Australian Education Union president Pat Byrne openly acknowledged the ideological bias that dominates the school system. As she put it: "We have succeeded in influencing curriculum development in schools, education departments and universities. The conservatives have a lot of work to do to undo the progressive curriculum."
By Andy Riga, CanWest News Service
Excerpt: The province insists the group's children must go to a sanctioned school. Leaders say they'll leave the province rather than conform.
BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS
Campaign launched on behalf of German teen
Home-taught American students flooding embassy with concerns
By Bob Unruh
Posted: February 7, 2007
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
Excerpt: Homeschool students and their families across America are being urged to flood the German embassy with e-mail, telephone calls and letters in support of a German teen who was taken by police to a psychiatric ward because she was being homeschooled.
The Brussels Journal
From the desk of Alexandra Colen on Tue, 2006-06-20 21:21
Excerpt: In today’s Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen Bob Van de Voorde, the spokesman of Frank Vandenbroucke, the minister of Education, says:
The parents Mr Van de Voorde is referring to in the paper are my husband (TBJ editor Paul Belien) and myself. The “inquiry” is a threat to prosecute us...
David Rogers; with files from Joanne Laucius, National Post; CanWest News Service
National Post Electronic Edition
Excerpt: The Quebec Ministry of Education has told unlicensed Christian evangelical schools that they must teach Darwin's theory of evolution and sex education or close their doors after a school board in the Outaouais region complained the provincial curriculum was not being followed.
BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Posted September 29, 2006
Excerpt: A 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 Strasburg-based court addressed the issue on appeal from a Christian family whose members alleged their human rights to educate their own children according to their own religious beliefs are being violated by the ban.
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...
by Sean Gabb
28 Jun 2006
Excerpt: In part, the problem is one of management. Our state education is under centralized, authoritarian control. There is the National Curriculum. There is endless testing to see that arbitrary and often incomprehensible targets are reached.... In main, however, the problem of the state sector is not its management, but its existence. The primary use of state education has never, more than incidentally, been enlightenment. It has always been the preaching of whatever values are presently held by the ruling class.... All that has changed since then is the nature of the ruling class and of its values.... They derive wealth and power and status from an enlarged and active state.... The real answer is to get the state entirely out of education.
by Pat Orvis
The Christian Science Monitor
01 Jun 2006
Excerpt: An example of free market education in India: Computer kiosks allow children to educate themselves. "What is being learned with Hole-in-the-Wall is how much kids can just figure out without adult assistance...."
by James Tooley
26 Jun 2005
by James Tooley
17 April 2006
Excerpt: My recent research has shown that between 65 and 75 per cent of children in the poorest slums in Africa and India are now in private schools. These schools charge low fees, perhaps a couple of pounds per month. They are run by proprietors who are not heartless businessmen, but who provide free places to orphans and those with widowed mothers. When they tested large random samples of children, my teams found that these schools outperform the government alternative. And they do it with teachers paid a fraction of the unionised rates.”
by James Tooley
18 Jan 2003
Excerpt: In Africa and Asia the poor know that government schools won’t serve their needs. But they do not sit idly by, dispossessed and disfranchised — adjectives used by the liberal elite to describe the poor — acquiescent in their government’s failure. Instead they vote with their feet, desert the state schools and move their children to private schools set up by educational entrepreneurs to cater for their needs.
Comment: As one might expect, they are not as free as they would be elsewhere, but any trend toward independence in China is encouraging. Parents, even in this oppressed country, are taking a second look at the state’s supposed right to control their children.
Last Updated 07 Jul 2006
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