This one has to be the ultimate in paranoid self-pitying delusion. This graf is pretty typical:
4) Biblical Creation has been under constant attack for numerous years. While I a firm believer in the creation, some are not. Whatâ€™s really bad is that the so called scientific community has literally brainwashed Americans into believing some hogwash about how everything is here by accident and how everything evolved over millions of years. There has never been any evidence whatsoever to say that any of this ever took place. The Darwinists seem to be forgetting that Darwin himself had doubts about his own theory of evolution at times. Anyone who does not believe in creation should go ahead and throw away their Bibles because they probably wonâ€™t believe the rest of it either. The whole point in Jesus coming to this world and dying on that cross started when sin entered the world after creation in the Book of Genesis. Jesus and Creation are connected. Many parents now choose to homeschool their children because of the teaching of this silly nonsense that has never been proven. As a mater of fact some creation scientists actually believe that the earth is less than 6000 years old given the genealogy of the Bible and taking into account a literal six day creation time period. One of the Ten Commandments involves the Sabbath which is the day of rest. Now, if you donâ€™t believe in creation, then why follow this commandment? This commandment represents the seventh day. The day after creation, God rested, not because he was tired, but because he chose to do so. If creation was not literally six days long, then why would he give us a commandment that represents the seventh day if it did not happen?
So, if you’re not a fundamentalist/creationist, you’re not really a Christian and ought to just stop faking it? Good to know.
Completely OT but I can’t resist the unintended irony:
Including readers’ responses will turn paper into tabloid
I recently discovered The News Journal Web site is now allowing the “average person” to post comments on articles that list just below the article. I am bothered by this.
I look at The News Journal site for the latest update for local news. I really don’t care what someone’s opinion is on the article. The comments I have seen are very immature and uneducated. This is pushing The News Journal into tabloid status. I am sure I am like most people who want the facts and legitimate information on the news stories, not the general public’s opinion.
Some of these comments are very insensitive. There are people related to the persons involved in the article who read it. Let’s stick to the facts and let the news develop from the professionals being paid to write the stories and follow-up articles. Everyone has a different point of view and opinion but we don’t need to hear all of it.
Laura-Jane Hesslink, New Castle
The Gadsen County (FL) Times resorts to a modern version of the oldest trick in the book. They also need some serious help with html formatting. I couldn’t read the whole thing without getting dizzy.
UC Riverside Taps Into Rich Vein of Homeschool Students
Homeschooled and nontraditionally educated students, UC Riverside is looking for you!
Come to Information Day on campus October 7, 9 a.m. to noon.
o Get Fall 2007 admission details
o Get an overview of current academic programs
o Hear about UC Riverside from the perspective of currently enrolled homeschooled students
o Tour our beautiful campus and learn about on-campus residence hall living
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Robert Wilkinson of Chino Hills was homeschooled all his life, and will be among the freshmen who start at UC Riverside this month.
Robert, 17, submitted a portfolio of his work that earned him a spot on campus and a scholarship offer. He was one of 16 people who applied through a year-old admissions program that uses a faculty committee to review the work of homeschooled and other nontraditionally educated students. His homeschooled sister, Stephanie, earned a place on campus the year before in the traditional way, with a combination of high test scores and grades.
“Different paths are geared to different students,” said 19-year-old Stephanie.
UCR has scheduled an Information Day for 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Oct. 7 on campus, outlining the admissions guidelines for homeschool and nontraditionally educated students.
“The new homeschool admissions program seems to have attracted outstanding students, as we’d hoped,” said Frank Vahid, a professor in the Department of Computer Science who helped establish the program. “Some applicants showed exceptional accomplishment in certain areas of study or very novel life experiences, while many also had high grades in community college courses and strong SAT scores. It looks like we’ve tapped into a pipeline of great students.”
All together, 16 students submitted portfolios and 12 of those earned admission to UCR. Six of the 12 were judged worthy of Regents or Chancellor’s scholarships, a higher percentage than in the regular admission population. Six students have accepted the admission offer and now enrolled. Four of them have accepted scholarships which will cover at least 75 percent of their fees.
“We are excited about the positive response from homeschooled and nontraditionally educated students and their parents,” said Interim Director of Admissions Merlyn Campos. “As we begin our recruitment for next year, we look forward to seeing an even bigger response.” The application season for the University of California begins Nov. 1.
The U.S. Department of Education reports that 1.1 million, or 2.2 percent of all students, are homeschooled in the nation. While some private colleges have recruited homeschooling families, UCR is among the first public research universities to do so. More are expected to follow.
UC Riverside is known for providing opportunities for undergraduate research, personal contact with professors, public service internships and international study. In fact, UC Riverside ranked 22nd in the nation in the 2006 Washington Monthly rankings of U.S. colleges and universities, a ranking based on what kind of service universities provide for the public investment in them. The high ranking was based on a combination of community service, research and social mobility, or a university’s ability to help low-income students get through to graduation and employment.
More information is available on the Web, at:
AirTran sucks. I fly out of Newark (EWR) to Atlanta several times a year. I don’t believe it has ever left on time. Now the airline has managed to strand me in the airport. No hotel voucher, of course.
I have two free round trip tickets (from an earlier AirTran escapade). They’re for sale. Cheap!
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs that I reflexively believe that the IAEA* is right and our elected officials are wrong. But I do.
I try not to get too blatantly partisan here at HE&OS, but war is serious business. War with Iran is WAY serious. We have an election coming up in less than 2 months. One party seems to want that new, new war something fierce. I’d rather they finish the two they’ve already got on their hands before starting a third.
*This has nothing to do with the fact that the IAEA keeps showing up in my referrer logs. Seriously.
Read this editorial in my local paper (Yes, Mimi, I really am in Fayetteville and I really do work for DuPont.). Has the entire g-school system simply lost their minds? And what about the parents of those 23 kids who are left? And the editor of the paper should be hung up by his thumbs for this graf:
By waiting until three games into the season to bring up the discussion, Pinecrest administrators caused undue anger and frustration at the school, in the community and throughout the conference. A forfeited season affects more than just one team. Band members, cheerleaders and hundreds of athletes from other teams are disappointed. Other schools lose big money when games are canceled.
Boo-friggin’-hoo! It’s high school football. I’m pretty sure it’s not mandated in the state constitution. Cancel the remaining games.
Jon Swift throws in the towel in the GWoT.
Illinois has released their new list of the 172 separate benchmarks that kindergartners are supposed to learn. The 118 page document (pdf) covers nearly about everything a kindergartner could want. Sadly milk & cookies, naps, and holding hands when crossing the street didn’t make the cut. I guess the educrats were trying to keep the size down.
Quote of the day (from an article about homeschooling in the SC Low Country):
“The schools are a direct reflection of the community. Our job is to educate children and prepare them to be successful in life,” [g-school spokesperson] Britton said. “And we teach social skills – to get along and work with others. … I wish it were flawless.”
The third and final reading of Liscombâ€™s new sex offender residency ordinance passed unanimously by the Liscomb City Council Monday.
The ordinance reinforces state regulations by adding more places to the list of child entitled facilities and creates the power to remove from their homes convicted sex offenders who moved in after mid-2002.
…Any convicted sex offender in Liscomb cannot live within 2,000 feet of a public park, public library, preschool or home school, day care facility whether registered or not, the cityâ€™s recreational/community center, a city bus stop or a school bus stop, according to the proposed ordinance.
The headline pretty much indicates the purpose of this ordinance:
Sex offenders are banned from moving to Liscomb
According to this piece, the Utah Home Education Association’s domain has been taken over by pornographers. But, as far as I can tell, it looks pretty normal to me. Maybe it’s been resolved since the AP piece hit the wire?
UPDATE: It was an old domain name no longer used by the UHEA.
Thanks, Rochelle, who tipped me to this.
The WSJ has a very nice piece on home educators who work a full-time job and HE at the same time. Sue Shellenbarger manages to pull off that rare feat- a homeschooling article that forgets to quote an “expert” for balance.
Also, the WSJ includes a link to a really silly online poll. Here’s the question. See if you can spot the flaw:
Overall, do home-schooled kids get as good an education as kids at traditional schools?
They’re about the same.
Right now, combining the 1st and 3rd responses, it’s a dead heat. Make sure you vote in the poll, and then view the results. Four pages of comments follow the results, some of which are worth reading. My fav:
y issue (for lack of a better word) as a public school teacher (I teach in the same district where I attended school) is that public school students take very high stakes tests and the results are posted for all to see. No other type of student takes these tests, and whatever tests they do take, the results are not posted.
Certainly, the super-expensive private schools are going to have very well educated students. But what about the small parochial school down the street? How can anyone say it is better than the public school, simply by virtue of its being private?
The same with home ed. Someone else mentioned the probably discrepancy in quality of home teaching. I’m pretty sure home schooled kids have to take some sort of standardized test. I’d like to see those results posted on line, just like the results from the school where I teach.
No way, no how! It’d be a violation of FERPA for a g-school to post student scores. Major lawsuit time. Aggregate scores, sure. But not individual.
UPDATE: Here’s a link to another source of the article. Hopefully, it’s permanent.
Call me a curmudgeon, but I don’t want the state serving as the marketing arm for Big Pharma.
Knox County Schools have been selected as the only district in the country for a flu project, health officials say has the potential to change vaccination policy nationwide.
You’ll recall Knox County offered free FluMist vaccinations to every public school student last year.
And because of its high vaccination rates last year, FluMist manufacturer MedImmune has selected Knox County as a national model this year.
…New this year, private school and home school students will also be eligible to receive FluMist free of charge.
Parents of home school students will receive information by mail.
Sometime commenter MA is extensively quoted in this piece on eBay’s Teacher Edition policy.
Good advice but I’m not sure it makes for a very convincing campaign slogan for the school board.
The Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Principled Discovery.
The tall, skinny one 3rd down. They’re running a special ($20 off) that expires at midnight tonight.
The Carol Windley collection of short stories,Home Schooling, is up for a literary prize in Canada. The title story appears to be about two home educated sisters.
This has to be the dumbest reason ever cited in support of the g-schools:
In other words, because our public schools are a place where we develop a set of common stories, myths and experiences _ George Washington crossing the Delaware, Betsy Ross sewing the first flag, even the fear of being sent to the principal _ they encourage a sense of a shared heritage that helps pull our country together.
Homeschooling and vouchers for private schools _ places that allow the teaching of the things that Roger Moran believes _ tend to pull us apart. All in all, our public-school system has served us well; it would be better to repair its faults than to abandon it.
So, an ability to believe in fairy tales is what holds us together? And the g-schools are the enablers. Now, perhaps, I understand why half the country still thinks Saddam was behind the attacks five years ago today.
More stuff happening in IL. HSLDA issued an e-Lert today about the Franklin/Williamson District. Seems the educrats are overstepping their bounds just a bit:
A few weeks ago an Illinois member received a visit from school officials in the Franklin/Williamson District. They stated that they were visiting all the homeschoolers in the area, requesting that each homeschool family fill out a form to register their homeschool with the state. Our member knew better then to fill out the form and sent the officials away.
Apparently, however, the school officials were not satisfied with our memberâ€™s response to their first visit. They came back after having consulted with the schoolâ€™s attorney on the matter, but this time with a truant officer. The truant officer stated that after consulting with the schoolâ€™s attorney, she learned that although they cannot require the registration forms to be filled out, they could demand to see the familyâ€™s homeschool curriculum.
Our member family, not to be pushed around, again told the truant officer this was not required, and would not let the truant officer see her curriculum. The truant officer and school district official eventually left.
The family contacted Home School Legal Defense Association. We immediately drafted a letter and sent it to the truant officer. The letter explained that they had no right to demand to see the curriculum and that the family was following the Illinois homeschool law.
If you live in Illinois and receive a visit from school officials demanding to see your curriculum or asking you to fill out a form, do not let these people in your home; do not let them see your curriculum; and do not fill out the form. The district does not have a legal right to require this. If you are unsure of how to handle the situation, please contact HSLDA immediately, even while the officials are at your doorstep.
In a related development, Williamson County Stateâ€™s Attorney Charles Garnati last Tuesday held a press conference, reminding parents of the strict truancy laws governing Williamson County.
According to the Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Il.) on September 6, 2006, on page 2B, Garnati said homeschooling parents aren’t exempt from truancy policies governing Williamson County students.
â€œThe law does give ROE authority to go in and check out the curriculum to make sure it’s been done in a correct way,â€ Garnati said.
Parents convicted of allowing their child to remain truant could face up to a $1,500 fine and up to 30 days in the county jail, Garnati said.
Per Mike Sabo, here’s the source of the quote.
*Aside to HSLDA– This is the internets, you know. Linking to original source material is sort of de rigueur.
We “officially” began homeschooling five years ago today.
The writer means well, I think, but the last sentence just plain sucks.
Many Christians aren’t abandoning public schools
Concerning the Associated Press article that ran on page E5 of The Star on Sept. 5, “Evangelical Exodus?”:
As I read the article concerning the movement within the evangelical community to remove children from the public school system and home-school them instead, I was saddened by the lack of any evangelical voice which disagrees with this stance.
First, the article gives a picture of the movement as considerably more influential than it is. The reporter mentions that both the Southern Baptists and the Presbyterian Church in America considered resolutions to urge a public school pullout. I spoke with two people who attended the PCA convention. They both recall that there was one vocal individual who was pushing for this, but the proposal was not given any serious consideration.
Second, there is a growing, but somewhat less publicity-oriented movement among Christians to do the exact opposite and to get involved in trying to revive and restore public education, particularly in urban communities. I would beg The Star to speak with local PCA pastor Jason Dorsey of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Jason has three children in IPS at School 14. He and others like him are quietly working to improve the lives and education of all children within IPS by engaging rather than retreating. These people recognize that it would be disastrous if every Christian family pulled out of public education. They also believe that as Christians they are called to consider more than just their own children’s welfare, but the welfare of their neighbors’ children. They believe that, as Christians, God would not have them purchase the care of their own children at the expense of other people’s children.
Homeland Stupidity has a pretty good take on the “threat” represented by home education.
My Korean is really weak, but I think this says Manny, Moe & Jack:
Sherri Husk wouldn’t be a good candidate for Dr. Phil’s show; she makes way too much sense:
I just read Tom Huskey’s Sept. 5 letter “No to home-schooling” and would like to share some information.
I participate in both public school and home schooling. I have a son who is a junior at Grissom and I home-school two children with Covenant Christian Academy. I am a certified teacher (in three states), and almost everyone I know who home-schools also has a college degree.
Last year’s graduating class (55 students) from Covenant included seven National Merit Finalists and six National Merit Commended Scholars. One of those students, Carter Pelham, scored a perfect 36 on his ACT test.
Many received Presidential Scholarships from their chosen universities.
My daughter is a Presidential Scholarship recipient who rooms in the Honors Dorm with another Presidential Scholar from Grissom. One received a home-school education; the other received a public school education, yet they ended up in the same place.
I don’t believe there is one “right way” for a child to be educated. We have chosen private, public and home schooling at different times in each child’s life for different reasons.
While I agree with Huskey that there are “wonderful” aspects to our school system, I don’t agree that our school system is a perfect fit for each child.
Likewise, home schooling is not for everyone. Those of us who choose this road make great sacrifices for the benefit of our children.
Sherri T. Busk,
Here’s a cute tale for you classical home educators. I’m reading a novel that has a fair bit of church Latin (including church pronunciations). It’s been kind of interesting noting the differences with what we’re studying.
I actually applaud this waste of Congress’ time. Much better than having them do something really stupid during silly season.
Spunky has a “must read” for all IN home educators.
This might have been interesting:
Summary Homeschool Camping
Beginning Date 05 Sep 2006 (Tue)
Finishing Date 07 Sep 2006 (Thu)
Location Rocky Gap State park
I guess it’s not too late for locals.
(Yes, I’m still overseas with a very balky internets connection.)
For the movie I’ll likely never get a chance to see in the theater.
The Associate Director of Admissions at MIT has posted some advice for homeschoolers that want to attend MIT. He does not suggest getting a GED or High School Diploma!
Children of fathers who were 15 to 29 years of age had a risk of about six in 10,000 of developing autism. Children of fathers in their thirties had a risk of nine in 10,000. Children of fathers in their forties had a risk of 32 in 10,000, and children of fathers who were older than 50 had a risk of 52 in 10,000.
The numbers come from a very large study in Israel.
No word on how many of the 50 year old dads vaccinated their children.
Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter, was killed while filming yesterday. Surprisingly, it wasn’t a croc, or a snake, that got him. A stingray barb pierced his heart. What a freak accident. Stingrays are generally docile, most us us have probably petted one at an aquarium.
Daryl is out of the hemisphere, and he left me the keys to the joint. And y’all thought he was smart 😉
Really, don’t expect much. I have exactly zero saved searches for homeschool news, and I’m down to maybe 5 homeschool blogs in Bloglines. However, I will try to find something to talk about each day.
I wrote the first sentence.
The question: As the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade heads overseas, and deployments continue to be almost routine at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, what can residents of this community do to support our troops and their families?
Bring troops home
By Daryl Cobranchi
Vote for politicians who pledge to bring â€™em home. Soon!
Show support by marching in protest
The simple answer to your question is what residents have always done. Why ask a question which has such an obvious answer?
Signs and bumper stickers that read â€œWe Support Our Troopsâ€ are everywhere. Why? The fact that we support our troops is as understood as the fact that we love our children. But do we see â€œWe Love Our Childrenâ€ signs everywhere?
Citizensâ€™ need to post â€œWe Support Our Troopsâ€ signs obviously comes from a desire to separate themselves from â€œunpatriotic America and troop hatingâ€ non-supporters. Yet, such non-supporters exist only in the minds of those deceived by the clever political spin of political leaders and spokesmen who have never served in harmâ€™s way, if they have ever served in our military at all, but continually justify their decision to send our troops into conditions they have never, and would never, enter themselves, or send their own children into.
According to the Observerâ€™s Aug. 12 editorial, â€œHome Rule,â€ if passed, â€œa provision slipped into the defense authorization billâ€ would allow presidents to â€œenjoy almost exclusive control over the National Guard.â€ Of course, our National Guard was â€œfederalizedâ€ when the current administration decided to cut and run to Iraq, rather than stay the course and deal with our nationâ€™s real problem in Afghanistan, now wasnâ€™t it?
What can we do to support our troops and their families? According to an Aug. 12 Associated Press article, some 700 supporters of our troops and their families marched in protest in Kennebunkport, Maine, while Bush, who like the rest of his administration has never served in harmâ€™s way, enjoyed â€œa little relaxation.â€ Are our troops in Iraq â€œrelaxedâ€?
What can we do? Actively demand that the relaxing â€œdeciderâ€ decide to remove our troops from the altar of oil and war profiteering!
I’m leaving for Korea early today and doubt I’ll have any kind of access (or time, for that matter). Tim and Chris will be keeping an eye on things here, so make sure to check in. If I get really lucky, I’ll try to post some pics from Ulsan, Korea.
He’s looking for a few good home educators. (via HSWatch)
Can we all agree that this is definitely not homeschooling?
Divorce, MTV style
â€¢ In what is being called the MTV reality curse, Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro are following in the divorcing footsteps of Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler, and Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, all stars of MTV love-life reality shows. It’s not exactly a surprise; the couple, who had MTV tape their November ’03 wedding, separated in July. Word is, Dave is being homeschooled by porn megastar Jenna Jameson.
Target thinks FDR was a Founding Father. (Via 1/16)
From the Wilmington News-Journal:
Immigrants who don’t learn English may come to hate us
English-born Muslims’ hatred of Western civilization motivated them to plan the destruction of flights to America. Analysts concluded the Muslim community was isolated from mainstream English life by language and culture, and this has led to their criminal plans.
Many Democrats in Congress and local governments are creating the same atmosphere of hate by promoting multiculturalism and failure to make English the law of the land. This extends to all recent immigrants who are dissuaded from learn English by multi-language ballots and government affairs conducted in a language other than English. I’m afraid that the English conditions of hate will eventually exist in this country.
Ralph Sutter, Wilmington
My emphasis. If your gone rite a letter telling peeple to lurn English you awt to rite it rite your self.
Via Valerie Moon, we have an example of… Hell, I don’t know how to even describe it. Just read the lede:
Home schooled children often face the same kinds of challenges as their public school counterparts, particularly in the form of deciding what is real and what is fictitious. One example of this is the increasing popularity of professional wrestling on television. A few statistics show the widespread exposure of home schoolers and others to professional wrestling on television, including the fact that professional wrestling on television is the #1 primetime programming for boys aged 12 to 17. It has gained in popularity over the last two decades to the point where a prominent cable company will be coming out with a new 24 hour a day, 7 day a week professional wrestling channel. However, its popularity does not necessarily lend pro wrestling credibility and the important question to home schooled children and parents is the level of influence that professional wrestling has on home school curriculums.
Believe it or not, it gets worse. My favorite sentence:
Home schooled children who walk through the isles of toy stories will see action figures and toys that not only are aimed towards their age group, but also exhibit messages of sexism, violence, and disrespect for others.
Isles? Toy stories? Valerie thinks she could make some big bucks in freelance writing. Me? I think there’s a bigger opportunity for freelance editors.
UPDATE: Can’t type well. Laughing too hard. Another piece by the same guy.
Ernesto is hugging the coast more than predicted. In fact, it’s actually moving East a bit as I type this. The center of the storm is almost due East of us right now. Winds should be starting to die down. We didn’t lose power (obviously).