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Parents are doing it for themselves

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.


PC warriors serve up a slanted education

By Mark Lopez

The Australian

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."

Mennonites threaten to abandon Quebec

By Andy Riga, CanWest News Service
The Vancouver Sun
Posted August 16, 2007


Excerpt: The province insists the group's children must go to a sanctioned school. Leaders say they'll leave the province rather than conform.

News to Note
Posted September 1, 2007
National Post: Mennonites may flee Quebec town

As goes Europe, so goes the world?  Here are some examples that will make you double up on your vigilance at home.

Is your baby playing with its toes yet?  If not the government wants to know why
The Guardian Unlimited
Posted March 20, 2007
This is the sort of program that American child "advocates" drool over.

England Outlaws Catholic Teaching in Catholic Schools
By Joanna Bogle
National Catholic Register
April 8-14, 2007 Issue
Government sees no limits to its justifiable reach. The U.S. can learn from this example how far the state is willing to go, whether it subsidizes a school or not.

Campaign launched on behalf of German teen
Home-taught American students flooding embassy with concerns
By Bob Unruh
February 7, 2007
© 2007


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.


Crackdown on Homeschoolers: It’s the UN Wot Done It

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: 

“One of the conditions [for homeschooling] is that the homeschoolers must sign a document in which they promise to rear their children along the lines of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights. These parents have not done this. This is why the ministry has started an inquiry.”

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...


Evangelical schools ordered to teach Darwin

Quebec crackdown  

David Rogers; with files from Joanne Laucius, National Post; CanWest News Service

National Post Electronic Edition
Tuesday, October 24, 2006


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.


NoteA 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'

© 2006

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...



Great Britain: Cutting Classes

by Sean Gabb

TCS Daily

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.



India: A 'Hole in the Wall' Helps Educate India

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...." 

Africa: Give Africa a Private Schooling

by James Tooley


26 Jun 2005

Excerpt:  ...the poor in
Africa have not been waiting, helplessly, for the munificence of pop stars and western chancellors to ensure that their children get a decent education. Private schools for the poor have emerged in huge numbers in some of the most impoverished slums and villages in Africa. They cater for a majority of poor children and outperform government schools, for a fraction of the cost.



Africa & India: Welcome to easyLearn, Class 1

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.”



Africa & Asia: A Lesson From the Third World

by James Tooley

The Spectator

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.



China: China Has More Than 70,000 Private Schools

People’s Daily

Source: Xinhua


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.



Guatemala: A Private School for Orphans

Last Updated 07 Jul 2006


Orphan Islands works closely with World Link Partners, a nonprofit charity located in Antigua, Guatemala. World Link Partners have surrounded themselves with a core of retired highly skilled and educated caring people of various religious beliefs who live in Guatemala and who donate their time, talents, and resources to doing good for the impoverished and disadvantaged people of that nation.




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Archived  December 12, 2008

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."