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HOMESCHOOLERS FOR KERRY

Filed at 4:10 am under by dcobranchi

Just kidding. But I found it interesting that two articles (one in Time and the other in Newsday) happened to include quotes from homeschooling moms. A coincidence? I’m not sure.

17 Responses to “HOMESCHOOLERS FOR KERRY”


Comment by
Nancy
July 29th, 2004
at 10:13 pm

what is this website all about?


Comment by
Susan
July 31st, 2004
at 4:12 pm

I am a homeschooler for Kerry. There are a whole lot of us out here, actually.

We want good, family-wage jobs because so many of us have given up a second income in order to be able to homeschool our kids. We want an affordable college education for our children. We want our children, and their children, to grow up with clean air, water, and healthy forests and farmlands. And we aren’t afraid to speak truth to power, even if those currently in power don’t speak truth to us.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
July 31st, 2004
at 4:32 pm

Susan,
Click here.


Comment by
mandi
September 30th, 2004
at 7:53 am

Okay- there is a website for homeschoolers for Bush, complete with worksheets, etc. There definitely needs to be a website for Kerry homeschool supporters!


Comment by
Anonymous
October 1st, 2004
at 12:01 am

But Kerry is Against homeschoolers. So how can you support him?


Comment by
Anonymous
October 1st, 2004
at 12:01 am

But Kerry is Against homeschoolers. So how can you support him?


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
October 1st, 2004
at 4:52 am

Evidence?


Comment by
Kathi
October 1st, 2004
at 10:54 am

There is a homeschooler’s for Kerry website homesc...04.htm


Comment by
Laura
October 13th, 2004
at 4:39 pm

Actually, Kerry is NOT against homeschooling. Neither candidate is. Those are rumors sparked by both sides to sway voters. Sadly its working. here is a link to confirm what I’ve said… John Karry’s stance on homeschooling


Comment by
Laura
October 13th, 2004
at 4:39 pm

Actually, Kerry is NOT against homeschooling. Neither candidate is. Those are rumors sparked by both sides to sway voters. Sadly its working. here is a link to confirm what I’ve said… John Kerry’s stance on homeschooling


Comment by
Rae
October 14th, 2004
at 5:08 am

I would be leary of anyone who is endorsed by the NEA. Also, I don’t consider a statement such as “he thinks it’s okay” if families want to educate their children at home very supportive. President Bush actually signed certificates of completion for kids who met the requirements of the Homeschoolers For Bush program.


Comment by
Gene
October 28th, 2004
at 9:39 pm

Everything I have seen on Kerry seems to be pro-NEA.

I also saw he wanted to add mandatory public service as a graduation requirement. Isn’t that involuntary servitude? Isn’t compulsory education already involuntary servitude, regardless of its “noble intentions”

If the manditory public service Kerry is touting is a legitimate part of “schooling” why can’t the student do an internship for a business that is in line with their personal educational goals instead of class room compulsion? If they did a professional intership instead of 12th grade in a class room, that would be way more usefull than class room activities and would save taxpayers around $6,000 per student. But kids spending their time learning??…and without union members being able to collect fees???…There are just some things the NEA will not tolerate.

I think the Swiss do internships after 6th grade and skip the high school thing altogether. I read somewhere that the safest banks in the world are run by people with 6th grade educations and our volvos are also built by people with 6th grade educations. I would like to hear the NEA’s explaintion of this. They probably would say the Swiss are all committing child abuse or some other absurd accusation.

Gene


Comment by
Lucy
October 28th, 2004
at 10:19 pm

We are homeschoolers who are for Kerry. For me, it’s all connected, our willingness to think outside the box educationally, our conviction that ALL children deserve to be nurtured, our belief in truly living up to the principle that we should treat all other people as we want to be treated.
One issue that we’ve become more involved in is the situation in Haiti. The Democrats have not done as much as they should have to right the wrongs the U.S. has committed in Haiti, but under Bush Sr., we saw a Democratically elected president, the first ever there, ousted in a coup by the military, who had been supported by the C.I.A. Under Clinton, we saw Aristide finally returned. Under Bush Jr., we’ve seen another coup take place. The rebels used U.S. arms and had U.S. support, which is why Bush wouldn’t send the Marines in until after Aristide was ousted, to help prop up an illegal regime.
I can’t begin to explain the whole situation in Haiti here but I urge interested people to start off by looking at the work of Dr. Paul Farmer, who has been in Haiti for 20 years now, running a clinic called Partners In Health. Jonathan Kozol, who wrote a book critical of our government schools back in 1975 and who has written on education and social justice issues for years, has been very supportive of Paul Farmer and of President Aristide.
Just one of the many reasons I hope to see a Democrat become president again and a Democratic majority in Congress. Where I live, there are a lot of very liberal homeschoolers, active in the peace movement and working to get the vote out.


Comment by
Gene
October 29th, 2004
at 12:10 am

Wow; You earn enough money to pay for all that plus you are willing to give it all away and still have enough left over to keep your family happy. You must be one heck of an entreprenuer! And all your friends make that kind of money and give it away too.

I know with that level of altruism, you would never dream of voting for anyone who would dream of taking your neighbors’ hard-earned money by force to fund their pet projects. You would see that politicians who would do such a thing tell as many people as possible that they are victims and that they will steal from others on their behalf so they won’t have to worry about inconveniences such as earning a living (kind of like “Scar” in “The Lion King”), while stripping them, and everyone else in the land, of the freedoms required to become self-reliant business owners.

Who wants to be a business owner anyway when you can join a union. Business owners work 24/7 and don’t earn a profit for years. Then if they do; one sexual harrassment case and they are back to zero. What a bunch of suckers.

Shoot, with promises like that, who needs work; mabe I could take a vacation; and my friends too! But if we did, where would you get the money you need? Oh, I forgot; you make enough and you are donating it because you are a good person and stealing is out of the question because stealing is wrong…. Sorry, I forgot.

My friends have projects they are interested in doing as well but their neighbors keep using mob rule to take the money they earn away from them and then give it away to someone else. My friends are struggling to make ends meet, saving for college for their kids and taxes eat up the rest of it.

I hope the government is putting their money to good use and I hope those that undeservingly benefit from their work appreciate the slick politicians who make their lifestyle possible.
Gene


Comment by
Sue
October 31st, 2004
at 3:23 pm

BTW, the teachers’ union does NOT collect fees from students! The comment that the NEA wouldn’t want kids out of the classroom because they couldn’t collect union fees is absurd.


Comment by
Anonymous
October 31st, 2004
at 3:44 pm

You misunderstood Gene’s comment. He meant that the adults who were supervising the student/interns would not be NEA members.


Comment by
Gene
October 31st, 2004
at 5:35 pm

Thanks for clearing that up for Sue; I meant the students would be interning in a business setting, by a business person (not a teacher), without attendence fees being collected by the school system.

But on that note of union dues, I do have an interesting quote I would like to share:

“When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.” — Albert Shanker, longtime American Federation of Teachers president

Convincing society that they will be failures if they don’t use the services of “professional educators” is job security for the teacher’s union and all it’s members

Gene