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  • I Want To Give A Thanks To FR Homeschoolers (vanity)

    02/01/2016 7:37:59 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 19 replies
    I just want to send a thanks to everyone who was helpful on this thread. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3349192/posts We are homeschooling, now, and I do appreciate the support and advice. Finding out what what is NOT being taught. It's disgusting.
  • US Marine vet sues high school, claiming daughter was all but forced to convert to Islam

    01/30/2016 7:02:48 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    Biz PAC ^ | 1/30/2016 | Tom Tillison
    The parents of a Maryland teenager are suing their daughter's high school over a world history lesson they claim was little more than Islamic indoctrination. The Thomas More Law Center filed a lawsuit against La Plata High School on behalf of John and Melissa Wood, claiming the lesson favored a "sugar-coated version of Islam" over other religions and forced their 16-year-old child "to disparage her Christian faith," according to the law firm. The parents said the class spent one day on Christianity, followed by two weeks on Islam. And the 11th grader was "forced to profess and to write out...
  • Ted Cruz Boldly Calls This ‘The Civil Rights Issue Of The 21st Century’ [video]

    01/25/2016 3:48:15 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies
    The Politistick ^ | January 25, 2016 | Jon Conradi
    Monday is the beginning of National School Choice Week, featuring over 16,000 organized events across the country, an attempt to take on the anti-choice progressive left in America, the Democrat Party that prefers a government monopoly in the nation's school system in order to continue brainwashing children with their godless and anti-American Marxist ideology. Constitutional conservative presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a long proponent of school choice in America, came out with a video both celebrating and supporting school choice on Monday - calling it the "civil rights issue of the 21st century."...
  • Obama and GOP Unleash “Community Schools” to Replace Parents

    01/20/2016 3:39:38 PM PST · by Sopater · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | Tuesday, 19 January 2016 | Alex Newman
    Parents, beware — Big Brother is coming for your kids. Buried deep inside the mammoth “bipartisan” so-called “education” legislation approved last month, dubbed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), is a radical expansion of what the statute refers to as “full-service community schools.” The controversial institutions, more accurately described as parental replacement centers, seek to oversee every aspect of your child's life, ranging from their “mental health” and “well being” to nutrition and even dentistry.You are in the crosshairs, too, as the Obama administration defines parents as “equal partners” in child rearing. And those are just some of the many...
  • Cruz for President Announces “Homeschoolers for Cruz” Coalition Totaling an Astounding 6,670..

    01/04/2016 5:29:06 PM PST · by Isara · 13 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 01/04/16
    Cruz for President Announces "Homeschoolers for Cruz" Coalition Totaling an Astounding 6,670 Members Marlin Bontrager, William Estrada, and Vicki Crawford to serve as National Co-ChairsHOUSTON, Texas - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, will roll out his Homeschoolers for Cruz coalition at an event in Winterset, IA later this evening.Cruz for President Homeschool Coalition (Video)The group represents homeschool communities across the country who are dissatisfied with their local school districts, the recent implementation of Common Core, or just wish to be more involved in their children's upbringing.This coalition already totals 6,670 members, and will be co-chaired by Marlin Bontrager, William Estrada, and...
  • Half of Illinois grads entering community college need remedial instruction

    12/22/2015 10:20:54 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Lincoln Courier ^ | Dec. 20, 2015
    New data shows about half of Illinois high school graduates going on to the state's community colleges need remediation in at least one subject. That data was released this past week by the Illinois State Board of Education. It shows 48.7 percent of graduates who enrolled in the community college system needed remedial instruction to prepare them for entry-level college coursework. ... For the first time, that information is being reported with Illinois Report Card data.
  • Controversial (Islamic) Assignment Reactions Prompt Augusta Co. Schools to Close

    12/17/2015 4:57:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    nbc29.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | nbc29
    AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - Augusta County schools closed their doors Thursday and canceled all sports and activities for the day. All the county’s schools are closed Friday, December 18, too. Meanwhile, all school sports and activities scheduled for the weekend are also canceled. It all stems from a world geography class assignment at Riverheads High School that some parents called Islamic indoctrination. The writing assignment incorporated Arabic calligraphy, but also included an Islamic proclamation of faith. That prompted a community meeting and a lot of anger. That anger apparently coming not just from central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley,...
  • Virginia: Students practice calligraphy by writing “There is no god but Allah”

    12/16/2015 6:55:09 AM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    pamelageller.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    In my book Stop the Islamization of America, I describe and warn of the islamization of the curriculum and the schoolroom. The book was a primer on how to fight the encroaching Islamic supremacism and sharia. I have many times published news stories (here and here) about parents protesting Islamic dawah in the classroom. Distraught parents have described to me the proselytizing for Islam in their children’s “Social Studies” or “World History” classes. They are not teaching the children “world history,” which would include the 1,400-year history of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements, not to mention the...
  • Deaths of home-schooled kids across US shocking, but lawmakers reluctant to create new rules

    12/06/2015 2:59:38 PM PST · by windcliff · 80 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12-6-15 | Bill Draper
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Detroit brother and sister vanished more than two years before they were found dead in a freezer in their home, and an 11-year-old Florida girl disappeared more than a year before she, too, turned up in a family freezer. And a 7-year-old Kansas boy hadn't been seen for more than a month before authorities found the gruesome remains of a child in a pigsty inside his family's barn. All of them were home-schooled, but despite their disappearances going unnoticed for so long, opposition from the government-wary home-schooling community means it's unlikely these states will start...
  • Why the leftists propagandized that Texas homeschool case will scare you to death

    11/17/2015 12:18:03 PM PST · by Sopater · 15 replies
    The American Vision ^ | 11/16/15 | Dr. Joel McDurmon
    Homeschoolers, you need to read this. Last week I posted the true story behind the media lies about the El Paso Independent School District’s attack on the McIntyre homeschool family. Now I realize why they were doing so, and the legal implications are actually quite frightening. What it boils down to is an attempt by the left to get courts to allow the school district officials to have immunity from lawsuits when they break the law harassing and persecuting homeschoolers. If this can be achieved in Texas, it could set a precedent for this type of harassment nationwide. The case...
  • School to homeschoolers: Sign up or face criminal charges [Proverbs 22]

    11/12/2015 10:26:49 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 59 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/12/2015 | Bob Unruh
    A number of homeschool parents in Florida have been ordered by a public school district to register their children in classes within three days or face “criminal prosecution” under state law. A meeting within the next week likely will determine whether school officials will face a lawsuit in response to the threat. The issue is being addressed by the Home School Legal Defense Association, which said its members in the Santa Rosa County School District received letters demanding information that parents are not required to provide under state law. The information included Social Security number, race and grade level. The...
  • Ted Cruz: School Choice is Todays Civil Rights Issue

    10/26/2015 8:17:15 PM PDT · by Isara · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Tr Goins-Phillips | Tr Goins-Phillips
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pushed back against accusations that he and Sen. Mike Lee (R- Utah) have pushed for homeschool to be reclassified as private school The Glenn Beck Program Monday evening. Im not remotely pushing for homeschool to be reclassified in any way, shape or form, the Texas lawmaker said. I am a passionate supporter of homeschooling. In fact, many of the people who helped elect me to the Senate and who are among our most passionate supporters in the presidential race are homeschoolers. Cruz went on to say he is a passionate supporter of school choice, an issue...
  • Considering Home Schooling And Need Help (vanity)

    10/15/2015 4:48:41 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 85 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 10/15/2015 | me
    I just need general advice and links to resources on home schooling. I'm finding the topic a little daunting because I don't know where to begin. My kid is bright and being bullied relentlessly at school. Not by just the kids, but also staff. Admin do nothing because of nepotism, etc. He's 8th grade level, now. I'll leave this here and catch up later to replies. I know there are many FReepers here who home school and would appreciate feedback. I just don't know where to begin and I'm terribly disorganized. I'll make dinner and BBL. Thanks!
  • New York Officials Think Common Core Name Change Will Totally Fool Everybody

    09/17/2015 9:41:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/17/2015 | Eric Owens
    The state of New York looks to be the next state with plans to re-brand the Common Core by calling it something else but otherwise making virtually no substantive curriculum changes. New York Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch announced in a public radio interview on Tuesday that education bureaucrats are toying with the possibility of a new statewide name for the perpetually unpopular Common Core State Standards Initiative... There is so much politicization about those words Common Core,' Tisch said in the interview. So we can call them the Empire State Standards, or New Yorks Higher Standards. The...
  • Homeschool parents sue New Jersey, unlawful, unconstitutional home intrusion [Hosea 4]

    09/14/2015 11:30:28 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/13/2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Nothing really changed after a New Jersey state social worker banged on Christopher and Nicole Zimmers front door, and yet everything was different. Over the next two hours, the social worker quizzed their 15-year-old son, Chris, including questions on whether his parents fought or did drugs. She wanted to see his homeschool curriculum. She wanted to inspect their firearms. She told the Zimmers to sign papers agreeing to turn over their sons medical records. And then she left, and the Zimmers never saw her again. But they cant let it go. They cant erase the memory of what it felt...
  • Democratic Staffer: Homeschooling Lobby 'Scary', Not Rational

    09/04/2015 11:25:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 54 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/3/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The left-leaning nonprofit ProPublica recently ran an article on home schooling that opened by relating an anecdote from 2003. It tells of a 19-year-old man in New Jersey who weighed just 45 pounds and was found rummaging through a neighbors garbage. The explanation for how such a thing could happen is delivered by a state politician who says, I was told it was because he was homeschooled. The story, co-published on the liberal Slate.com, then quotes Ellen Heinitz, who is the legislative director for a Democratic state representative from Detroit, about her experience with a national homeschooling lobbying group called...
  • Walter Williams: Why Home Schooling?

    08/31/2015 2:53:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 2, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Many public primary and secondary schools are dangerous places. The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics show that in 2012, there were about 749,200 violent assaults on students. In the 2011-12 academic year, there were a record 209,800 primary- and secondary-school teachers who reported being physically attacked by a student. Nationally, an average of 1,175 teachers and staff were physically attacked, including being knocked out, each day of that school year. In Baltimore, each school day in 2010, an average of four teachers and staff were assaulted. Each year, roughly...
  • Mark Cuban pans Clinton college plan

    08/19/2015 6:43:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 17, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban says Hillary Clinton's plan to curb growing student-loan debt will actually make attending college more expensive. [Hillarys plan] stands a better chance of increasing the amount of money students owe than decreasing it, Cuban said on his Cyber Dust app on Friday. Just as easy money led to the real estate bubble a few years ago, the easier it is to borrow money for college the easier it is for colleges to raise tuition. Tuition keeps going up because no matter how high they raise it, students can still borrow more to pay for it, Cuban...
  • Are Public Schools becoming Reeducation Camps?

    08/10/2015 6:49:36 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 38 replies
    pop.RantRave.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    K-12 schools in the United States are characterized by three outstanding traits. First of all, there's less academic activity and achievement. The general thrust of the Education Establishment is to simplify the curriculum, strip away the harder content, keep discussions airy and empty, and in general to make classrooms focused on feelings rather than facts. Second, even as facts are not taught, specific opinions are taught again and again. Global warming is the fault of human activity. Gay marriage is hugely important. Islam is a fine thing and schools should have a section on this religion and only this religion....
  • CPS Kidnaps 11 Children from Texas Homeschool Family

    08/05/2015 8:18:35 AM PDT · by Sopater · 62 replies
    Medical Kidnap ^ | August 5, 2015 | Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff
    Claire Rembis was sick, and had to spend 3 days in the hospital. Her attack of pancreatitis paled in comparison to what happened next. The mom from Plano, Texas, came home to a nightmare that no parent should ever have to face. CPS came and took her children, all 11 of them, because a well-meaning couple, members of her oldest sons former youth group, didnt think that the 16 and 14 year olds could handle babysitting their siblings while their dad took the baby to the hospital to visit Claire. Has it really gotten to the point where a mother...
  • Nearly half of students dont speak English at GA elementary school

    08/04/2015 1:07:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation, ^ | August 3, 2015 | VICTOR SKINNER
    CANTON, Ga. A Georgia elementary school launched a new program for upcoming school year that will rely on older students who just learned English to help teach younger students the language. Approximately 42 percent of our students are served in our program for English as a second language, Canton Elementary School Principal Beth Long told WSBTV. That means about 336 of the schools 800 students must learn how to speak, write and read English fluently, a process school officials contend takes five to seven years. ... The news story provided omitted all details on the schools new program, including...
  • More parents turn to homeschooling: 62% increase [Proverbs 22:6]

    08/01/2015 10:16:29 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    EAG News ^ | 7/31/2015 | Victor Skinner
    WASHINGTON, D.C. More parents than ever before are choosing to homeschool their children, driving a movement thats grown by 62 percent in the last decade. The National Catholic Register reports that recent data from the U.S. Department of Education shows explosive growth in homeschooling among American families, particularly in the last 10 years, when the number of students between the ages of 5 and 17 went from 1.09 million in 2003 to 1.77 million in 2012. Homeschooled students now represent about 3.4 percent of the school-age population, a percentage thats increased significantly for a variety of reasons. The first...
  • George Washington University drops SAT, ACT requirement

    07/28/2015 7:42:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 28, 2015 10:34 AM EDT
    George Washington University will no longer require that students submit their ACT or SAT scores for most freshman admissions. Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton said in a statement Monday that university administrators were concerned that below-average test scores were leading some otherwise strong students to not apply. [] School officials say testing will still be required for home-schooled applicants, students from high schools that provide only narrative evaluation of students, college athletes and those applying for a seven-year program that leads to a combined bachelors/medical degree.
  • NEA 'attack' on homeschoolers blasted as 'outrageous'

    06/30/2015 11:35:38 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 34 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/29/2015 | Paul Bremmer
    The National Education Association has launched an attack on the practice of homeschooling, and one leading education expert is not taking it lying down. The National Education Associations radical attacks on constitutionally protected liberties and homeschooling families in particular are outrageous and should be vehemently denounced by every real educator and every real American, internationalist journalist and educator Alex Newman declared. The NEAs 2014-2015 resolution on homeschooling begins like this: The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. Freelance writer Patrice Lewis, who homeschools her children,...
  • Gov. Abbott Appoints Home-School Mom To Chair State Board Of Education

    06/25/2015 4:37:30 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 34 replies
    Texas Public Radio website ^ | June 19, 2015 | Ryan Poppe
    Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed a person to lead the State Board of Education during his time in office. But hes now being criticized for selecting someone whose own kids have never attended a public school. For the last two years Houston Republican Donna Bahorich served as a member of the State Board of Education. Before that she worked for Lt. Gov. Dan Patricks previous state senate campaign, and she was one his top choices when asked who should succeed outgoing chair Barbara Cargil. My research and my work and my desire and interests have all been in education, so...
  • High School Implants IUDs in Teen Girls Without Their Parents Knowledge or Consent

    06/12/2015 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    life news ^ | Jun 12, 2015 | Rebecca Downs
    Over the years some high schools have tried to ban things like soda. And yet they are going in another direction. That schools are having questionable sex education programs and on-campus clinics isnt enough anymore. One high school in Seattle is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control. The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle cant get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her...
  • R.I.P. Samuel Blumenfeld: Author, Master Educator, Champion of Freedom

    06/07/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 June 2015 | William F. Jasper
    Millions of people who can read today owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Samuel L. Blumenfeld (shown), Americas foremost apostle of phonics over the past half century, who died on June 1, one day after his 89th birthday. I was privileged to know him, as a friend and colleague, for more than 30 years.I first became acquainted with Sam Blumenfelds writings in the early 1970s. I was a college student at the time and had switched my course of study from pre-veterinary medicine to psychology and education. The reading controversy that had been launched in 1955 with the...
  • FLORIDA : Rally-Protest against Jeb Bush & Common Core Aristocracy : Tampa June-19 (Friday) @ 4:30PM

    06/06/2015 5:20:37 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 4 replies
    Ted Cruz Florida Grassroots Victory Team ^ | 2015-06-06 | Patton@Bastogne
    . Florida Conservatives against Jeb Bush and Common Core ! U.S. Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has declared We Should Repeal Every Word of Common Core" ... Join us in protesting Common Core and Jeb Bush's aristocratic presidential ambitions on Friday, June 20 in Tampa ! The Ted Cruz Florida Grassroots Victory Team (www.TedCruzFloridaVictory.org) will be there. A sharp salute and thanks to Nancy G. Fogel for her excellent leadership in Florida's crusade against Common Core. Event Facebook RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/489170374570771/ .
  • Scholastic Publishing Novel on Transgender Eight-Year-Old By Self-Described 'Fat Queer Activist'

    05/27/2015 3:07:28 PM PDT · by Houmatt · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Masy 26, 2015 | JERYL BIER
    The speed with which the transgender agenda is moving may end up making the same-sex marriage debate look slow and deliberative by comparison. And now Scholastic, the children's publisher that specializes in distributing and selling books through schools, is poised to bring the issue to a middle school classroom near you. The medium is George, the story of an eight year old boy named George who desperately wants to be considered a girl.
  • Free range parents in Maryland win appeal with CPS

    05/26/2015 7:37:42 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 26,2015 | ED MORRISSEY
    This ruling only concerns the first case involving the Meitivs. While they had pursued the appeal on the January ruling, police took their children into custody again last month for walking to the park on their own, holding them for more than five hours. The action raised eyebrows even among those who disapprove of the Meitivs parenting style, with many demanding to know how the police and CPS could argue that their actions were less harmful than allowing two children to walk alone to a nearby park. They still have not issued a conclusion on that incident, but its practically...
  • Free Range Children

    04/19/2015 10:55:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/19/15 | Timothy Birdnow
    Agenda 21 A recent story in the media about 2 children aged 10 and 6 being taken into protective custody by over-zealous officials has introduced a phrase I expect well be hearing a lot more of in coming years - Free Range Children. The children were allowed to play unsupervised in a nearby park, and busybodies called authorities who took the children into custody without notifying the parents. This was a second offense as the parents let the children walk home from their nearby school. Basically the kids were given a modicum of freedom to encourage responsibility and independence. I...
  • POLICE AGAIN PICK UP CHILDREN, 6 AND 10 OF FREE RANGE PARENTS

    04/14/2015 5:24:00 PM PDT · by Thank You Rush · 68 replies
    STAR TRIBUNE ^ | APRIL 14, 2015 | AMANDA LEE MYERS
    The Meitivs continued allowing their children some independence until Sunday, when the couple dropped the kids off at a park so they could play after a six-hour drive back from upstate New York, telling them to be home by 6 p.m. Danielle Meitiv said she and her husband began worrying when the kids weren't home by 6:30, but that Child Protective Services didn't call them until 8 p.m. to say the children were in their custody. Police had picked them up on the walk home after another concerned citizen called.
  • 'Free Range' Kids Picked Up Again By Police In Maryland; 'Beyond Ridiculous,' Mother Declares

    04/14/2015 11:22:57 AM PDT · by drewh · 192 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/13/2015 12:27:33 PM
    Two suburban Washington, D.C., parents are under scrutiny again for letting their 6- and 10-year-old children play in a park and walk home alone in a case that has stirred debate about "free-range" parenting and government powers. For the second time in four months, police picked up the children of Danielle and Alexander Meitiv on Sunday as they were walking home alone from a park that's nearly a mile from their house. This time, instead of bringing the children home, police took them directly to Child Protective Services. "It's beyond ridiculous," Danielle Meitiv said Monday. "The world is safer today,...
  • Md. parents who let kids walk alone being investigated again

    04/13/2015 11:03:44 AM PDT · by detective · 54 replies
    MSN News ^ | 04/13/2015 | MEG WAGNER
    The Maryland parents who let their free-range kids walk home alone and were found responsible of unsubstantiated child neglect are under fire again for leaving the children unsupervised in a park. Child Protective Services is investigating Danielle and Alexander Meitiv after their children were found alone in a Silver Springs park Sunday, NBC Washington reported.
  • Trickle-Down Tyranny

    03/08/2015 7:10:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Government is out of control. This statement sadly seems to require no additional explanation or defense. Whether one is conservative or liberal, progressive or libertarian, Americans increasingly regard this proclamation as a self-evident truth. But perhaps some Rip Van, catatonic through previous decades, just now awakening, might seek further details and elucidation. For decades were been warned about the dangers of high and rising levels of national debt in the United States of America now an accumulated $18.1 trillion dollars. Moreover, under just the last two presidents the Feds have added two-thirds of this massive debt $4.9 trillion...
  • On the Charge of Unsubstantiated Neglect, We The People Find Guilty

    03/05/2015 8:10:57 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-5-2015 | MOTUS
    Remember our free range Baltimore kids? Apparently their parents have been convicted of unsubstantiated neglect for allowing them to walk home from the park alone.The Meitiv kids, engaging in unapproved dangerous behavior How can you hold someone responsible for anything thats unsubstantiated? Where, other than government bureaucracies, would that NOT be an oxymoron?Perhaps I need to elaborate; what exactly is unsubstantiated neglect? It is something that is not illegal (the law being silent on it) butt that some busybody in this case Maryland Child Protective Services thinks should be. Therefore they create an illegal act on their own...
  • Parenting in an American Gulag

    01/19/2015 2:55:18 PM PST · by lifeofgrace · 18 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/19/2015 | Steve Berman
    Hey moms and dads, if youre like me, before you had kids, you imagined yourself teaching them, raising them, and being responsible for them. After generations of our parents and grandparents shedding their responsibility to the government in exchange for a selfish, me-centered life, we no longer have primary authority to raise our children as we see fit. That authority now lies with the government. Weve given away so much authority to the all-powerful state in the name of protecting children, that its a crap-shoot when kids who really need protection will get it. And when the state gets it...
  • How to teach your child to play with fire rather than curse the darkness.

    01/18/2015 9:40:40 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-18-2015 | MOTUS
    Its Sunday, the day of rest. So lets give it a rest for the day politics I mean. Big Guys new Soak The Rich plan can wait for the State of the Union, and the #OscarsSoWhite situation is in Al Sharptons capable hands.So lets shift gears and talk about the culture-at-large instead; specifically the care and tending of children in this dangerous culture. In The Overprotected Kid, Hanna Rosin argues that a preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discoverywithout making it safer, and showcases a special playground in Wales designed to reverse this trend.In...
  • Free-range parenting: Maryland parents under fire for letting kids walk home alone

    01/16/2015 9:49:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    WTTG, Fox 5, DC ^ | Jan 16, 2015 9:48 AM EST | Laureen DeMarco/AP
    A Montgomery County couple says theyre being investigated for neglect for allowing their two children to walk home from a park by themselves. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say the countys Child Protective Services began investigating them after police stopped their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter about half-way through a mile-walk home on Dec. 20 in Silver Spring. Police say they stopped the children and drove them home after someone reported seeing them.
  • Maryland couple want free-range kids, but not all do

    01/15/2015 5:02:57 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 114 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | January 14, 2015 | Donna St. George
    It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec. 20 trek in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children. We wouldnt have let them do it if we didnt think they...
  • CPS Threatens Dad: Let Your Kids Play Outside and We'll Take Them Away

    12/26/2014 3:52:55 PM PST · by Altariel · 116 replies
    Reason.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Lenore Skenazy
    I received an update fromthe Maryland mom of twowho was contacted by Montgomery Country Child Welfare Service in November after she let her kids, ages 6 and 10, play at the park two blocks from home by themselves. She was cited for allowing a child under age 8 "to be locked or confined in a dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle while the person charged is absent." The CPS worker decided "confined in a dwelling" was the same thing as "outside in a park."The higher ups at child services agreed that this was insane, and the case was closeduntil this...
  • Controversy over global warming in Wyoming school curriculum

    05/23/2015 6:08:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Eagle News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    The proposed adoption of $300,000 worth of reading materials for Cody, Wyoming students stalled this week amid criticisms about the curriculums very liberal, very slanted view of the world. School board and community members spoke out against a slate of proposed materials for K-12 students that cover topics like global warming, evolution and race. The materials are published by education giant Pearson and Boston publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ... that aligns with the national Common Core standards. But many in the community are concerned about how the texts address issues like global warming, which is treated as settled science ......
  • Shocking video shows American schoolkids running in terror as teacher whips....with belt

    05/17/2015 9:48:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 101 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | 10:13 EST, 17 May 2015 | Alexandra Klausner For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Shocking video shows American schoolkids running in terror as teacher whips 'unruly' children with his belt A group of four boys fighting in their classroom were brutally halted when their teacher took off his belt and started hitting them with it. In shocking cell phone video posted to Live leak on Friday, likely recorded in an American classroom, children can be heard shrieking as the unidentified teacher whips them about three times with his belt. Chairs and tables are overturned, what appear to be middle-school aged boys and girls scream in fear and let out nervous laughter as...
  • Kentucky free range family loses custody of 10 kids over apparent unschooling

    05/09/2015 5:53:54 AM PDT · by cuban leaf · 133 replies
    Examiner ^ | 5/8/2015 | Travis Gettys
    It is every parents worst nightmare, and according to a report on Police State Daily and the Medical Kidnapping site; for one homeschooling family in Kentucky, it has come true. On May 6, Kentucky homesteading Naugler family had their ten children taken into the custody of the state and are now fighting to regain custody and to prove their innocence. According to the familys facebook blog page, Blessed Little Homestead, and other sources above, the police showed up, asked to see the children, and when the mother asked to see a warrant and what the charges were, the sheriff proceeded...
  • HOMESCHOOLERS INTERROGATED ON GUNS, VACCINES

    05/08/2015 8:52:28 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/7/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    It all started with an unwanted knock on the door by a government worker and its being answered with a $60 million lawsuit. A New Jersey family is suing the state child-protection agency after it allegedly sent a caseworker to their home to interrogate them on everything from their sons homeschool education to questions about vaccines and guns in the house. Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole of Belvidere filed a civil rights complaint in April in U.S. District Court in Trenton alleging unlawful and unconstitutional home intrusion. I wont forget that morning for a long, long time, said Christopher...
  • Four Years in Prison for Homeschooling? [Coming to America?]

    05/05/2015 3:58:55 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/1/2015 | Mike Donnelly
    The next time they appear in court for homeschooling, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich could face four years in prisoneach. I am sad today, said Dirk Wunderlich, recounting how on April 28 he lost his most recent case in the German state of Hesse, and also heard dire warnings from the presiding judge. We had hoped the judge, who seemed open-minded and friendly, might give us a chance, Wunderlich added. But no, he said he could not: The law is the law. In their most recent court appearance, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were fined 450 euros each (about $1,000) for not...
  • Iowa GOP rep: Nothing worse than homeschoolers telling us how to vote

    05/05/2015 6:35:04 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 100 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/4/15 | Ben Johnson
    ANKENY, IA, May 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a private e-mail exchange with a concerned parent, Republican state legislator Josh Byrnes of Iowa said there is “nothing worse than homeschool parents” making their views known on public school policy.The statement came as Jeff Moorman took exception to a pending bill allegedly dealing with “bullying,” the “Bully Free Iowa Act of 2015” (HSB 39).The proposal would allow school districts to monitor students outside of school hours and punish – or contact law enforcement officials and state bureaucratic agencies over – any communication it deems “bullying” – even if that behavior takes...
  • Broward School Choice Registration Draws A Crowd [Tired of failing public education]

    05/02/2015 6:21:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 5/1/15
    A chaotic situation Friday morning as hundreds of parents and guardians showed up at the Broward School District Headquarters to put in applications for reassignments. The first-come-first-served basis had hundreds of caretakers lining up around 7:30 AM Friday. Many said they didnt expect everyone to show up at the same time and the same date to submit the application.
  • Girl Who Battled Cancer Is Dismissed for Missing School

    04/25/2015 11:08:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 24, 2015
    A 12-year-old Michigan girl who just made it through the biggest fight of her life has been dealt another blow. In August 2012, Rose McGrath, of Battle Creek, was diagnosed with leukemia. But last week, her family received a letter from her school that would turn her world upside down. As CBS affiliate WWMT reports, the letter addressed concerns regarding Rose's attendance and academic performance, and stated that Rose had been dismissed from St. Joseph Middle School. "I didn't do anything wrong, but they still got rid of me," Rose said. screen-shot-2015-04-24-at-11-24-21-am.png Rose McGrath WWMT Rose has been with the...
  • Home schooling was focus of Child Protection investigation, N.J. family says

    04/24/2015 11:00:15 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 51 replies
    NJ.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Emily Cummins
    BELVIDEREA Warren County family is suing the state's Division of Child Protection and Permanency for alleged unconstitutional home intrusion and civil rights violations. Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole, of Belvidere, filed a civil rights complaint in United States District Court in Trenton yesterday against DCP&P, a DCP&P supervisor and one of its case workers for an alleged "unlawful and unconstitutional home intrusion of their home." "I won't forget that morning for a long, long time," said Mr. Zimmer, thinking back to a Tuesday morning in January that began with a caseworker pounding on their door. .... Mr. Zimmer said...