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    Filed at 4:26 pm under by dcobranchi

    HSLDA just keeps going and going in their never ending quest to make us into a protected class.

    August 12, 2004

    Homeschoolers Continue to Excel in the Military

    Dear HSLDA members and friends:

    The homeschool military access pilot project, enacted by Congress after HSLDA asked Congressman Hostettler to intervene on behalf of homeschoolers, enters its sixth year. It requires the military to admit a certain number of homeschoolers into Tier I, which is the same level as high school graduates and the Tier which most new recruits enter. The amendment has allowed homeschoolers to gain numerous advantages and benefits in the military since Tier II and Tier III offer only limited access to advancement because they are designed for students who have dropped out of high school. HSLDA’s website includes a list of many homeschoolers who have served America in Iraq and a significant number of homeschoolers have excelled under the new recruitment process.

    For example, one homeschooler from Seattle, Washington, was recently accepted into the Navy after scoring 94% on the Navy Advanced Training Exam in trigonometry, physics, and chemistry. He also took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and in one part gained a perfect score. To be considered for the Navy Nuclear Power School requires a combined score from all aspects of the ASVAB of 250. He scored 262, the maximum being 280. After about five hours of academic tests, and seven plus hours of medical exams, standing in line, fingerprinting and interviews, he has been accepted as a volunteer into the Navy Nuclear Power School. In addition, he received a $15,000 signing bonus and his pay will be at a higher scale. He has been told that working with submarines and nuclear weapons attract the top 3% of the Navy.

    We praise God for the success of this young homeschooler that demonstrates once again the importance of maintaining access for homeschoolers at Tier I. To ensure that this program continues we are working closely with Congress. An amendment to extend the pilot project for one more year has been added to this year’s military reauthorization bill. The purpose is to gather accurate statistics to prove that homeschoolers are not dropouts from the military. The first body of research that was released by the Center for Naval Research indicates that homeschoolers who score below the 50 percentile mark on the ASVAB test tend to drop out at a higher rate than high school graduates. We believe that these statistics are skewed since the military has had trouble with frauds who gain entrance into the various branches of the military disguised as homeschoolers. HSLDA has worked with the Army recruiting command to create a policy for all four branches of the military that would better scrutinize the homeschoolers who seek enlistment to more accurately determine if in fact, they are homeschoolers. The process is not burdensome, but it will certainly ferret out the frauds. This policy was implemented in September 2003. Our hope is that the extension for the military access project for one year will enable the Center for Analysis to complete new research based on a group of 2004 recruits which is representative of all homeschoolers, without the impact of frauds. We will continue to monitor this situation.

    Sincerely,

    Chris Klicka
    HSLDA Senior Counsel

    Bah! HSLDA is going to decide who is a real homeschooler? Look out unschoolers.

    UPDATE: In an H&OES exclusive, I have obtained a copy of the “test.”

    1. Are you an evangelical born-again Christian?
    a. No
    b. Yes
    c. Of course
    d. You mean some folks aren’t?

    2. Who is the greatest threat to American freedoms?
    a. Osama Bin Laden
    b. Saddam Hussein
    c. Syria’s Pres. Assad
    d. Hillary Clinton

    3. What is the real Party of God?
    a. Hezbollah
    b. The Palestinian Authority
    c. The Sunni Moslems
    d. The GOP

    Real homeschoolers will know that the correct answer to each of the questions is “D.”

    7 Responses to “ENERGIZER BUNNIES”


    Comment by
    Rikki
    August 17th, 2004
    at 10:23 pm

    It’s funny, they want to ferret out who the ‘real homeschoolers’ are, yet don’t list the requirements. I’d think that successful homeschoolers would pass the test, isn’t that a clear enough indication for admission? How about making it a FAIR competition all around, Tier I scores above X amount, Tier II : X-X, and Tier III under X, regardless of what level of ‘diploma’ you currently hold.

    Why in the world does everyone want to be given special considerations? I’ll just settle for equal, thankyouverymuch.


    Comment by
    Rikki
    August 17th, 2004
    at 10:24 pm

    I also forgot to say I loved the test. I failed of course, but I did get the Hilary Clinton one right. 😉


    Comment by
    Skip Oliva
    August 18th, 2004
    at 12:37 am

    “It requires the military to admit a certain number of homeschoolers into Tier I, which is the same level as high school graduates and the Tier which most new recruits enter.”

    Um, that’s called a quota. Does HSLDA also support racial and gender quotas in public universities? If they don’t, they’re being inconsistent.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 18th, 2004
    at 12:44 am

    Come on, Skip– you’re being obtuse. Quotas are what the liberal activist judges want to force our god-fearing institutions to use to enroll them. If it’s a good special interest group, it’s not a quota; it’s only fairness.

    [/sarcasm]


    Comment by
    Chris
    August 18th, 2004
    at 8:54 am

    I think they may be right on Hillary. The enemy within is always the most dangerous 🙂


    Comment by
    Stephanie
    August 18th, 2004
    at 11:58 am

    Oh. My. God.

    “HSLDA Drives Local Homeschooling Mother to Drink.”


    Comment by
    Mike Peach
    August 18th, 2004
    at 5:29 pm

    Nothing wrong with a bit of evangelism Daryl,you are quite good at that yourself!

    From this side of the water Hillary looks pretty scary too (Not as scary as Cherie Blair though, I will give you that.)