As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.
A recentÂ reportÂ inÂ Education NewsÂ states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.
As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked.
Any concerns about the quality of education children receive by their parents can be put to rest by the consistently high placement of homeschooled students on standardized assessment exams. Â […]
Similarly, the common myth that homeschoolers â€œmiss outâ€ on so-called â€œsocialization opportunities,â€ often thought to be a vital aspect of traditional academic settings, has proven to be without merit. According to the National Home Education Research Institute survey, homeschoolers tend to be more socially engaged than their peers and demonstrate â€œhealthy social, psychological, and emotional development, and success into adulthood.â€
Why? Â Because a Socialist dictator like Chavez is an ideological ally, while a liberty-loving conservative like Thatcher is political enemy. Â That should tell you all you need to know about dark and dangerous Obama’s personal ideology truly is.
This is a deliberate, public slap in the face in front of the entire international community. Â Obama is a small, petty, dangerous man.
President Obama declined to send a high-level delegation to Wednesday’s funeral of Britain’s Margaret Thatcher. It’s a measure of how little he values the special relationship â€” and a sign of his own smallness.
Back in more gracious times, vice presidents routinely attended funerals of foreign dignitaries. As such, the presence of Vice President Joe Biden â€” if not Obama himself â€” would seem fitting for as significant a U.S. ally as the late Prime Minister Thatcher, if not out of warmth of feeling, then simply to represent the U.S.’ gratitude. Thatcher’s uncompromising friendship with the U.S. helped to set off a free-market revolution, end the Cold War, and left the U.S. and U.K. the standard-bearers for freedom in the world â€” the very basis of the power Obama now enjoys.
But appallingly, not even Biden could be spared for the funeral of the most consequential British prime minister since Winston Churchill.
[…] Â This snub shows Obama places partisan politics above leadership or statecraft.
In the days leading up to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, the three networks repeatedly hyped hateful, ugly attacks on the former Prime Minister of Britain, describing her as a “polarizing,” “divisive” figure. OnÂ Rock Center, his low-rated Friday night show, Brian Williams explained that it was “sad, but necessary to report” that, while Americans may like Thatcher, “It’s been a harsh couple of days …Tonight, the number one song on iTunes in Great Britain is theÂ Wizard of OzÂ classic [Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead], in this case celebrating the death of the Iron Lady.”Â
On Sunday’sÂ Today, Lester Holt began by insisting, “Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is proving to be as polarizing in death as she was in life.” He, too, highlighted angry liberals in Britain gleefully playingÂ the mocking song.Â Leftist journalist Martin Bashir appeared on the program to bemoan the “controversial” Thatcher. He touted, “An online campaign has pushed the songÂ Ding Dong! The Witch Is DeadÂ up towards the top of the British music charts.”
Bashir made sure to play a clip of a protester complaining, “I’m here to remember the victims, the victims of Margaret Thatcher and her society– her type of government.”
On Wednesday,Â CBS This MorningÂ reporter Mark Phillips lectured,Â “Well, this funeral was going to be a tense and controversial affair even before [the Boston bombing.]”Â It was going to be “controversial’ to bury Thatcher, the woman elected three times in massive landslides?
On the April 17Â Today, Keir Simmons reported live from the funeral route and deemed Thatcher a “divisive figure for many people in Britain.” He did allow that there were “many people here in the streets to pay their last respects.”
This last point, the massive outpouring of people who actually admired Thatcher, hasn’t received as much attention from the network reports.
The teacher was trying to explain what media bias looks like. Fox News was the only media example she used (because no other media outlets are biased, dontcha know?). FYI, snarky Wonka memes are an example of TEACHER bias, not media bias.
This is so typical. I remember from my “Critical Thinking” class in college, I could tell you exactly how the textbook authors and teachers voted by the end of the class. Their bias was that obvious. Â Â Of course, you expect that now in universities, but it’s already seeped down to grades K-12.
A mother at a Wisconsin public school said her daughterâ€™s eighth grade class was assigned a worksheet with some eyebrow-raising definitions for â€œconservatismâ€ and â€œliberalism.â€
Conservatism, it stated in part, believes in â€œpreserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedomsâ€ while liberalism is for â€œequality and personal freedom for everyone.â€
â€œThis is indoctrination,â€ Tamra Varebrook, a Republican activist in Racine, Wis., told TheBlaze on Thursday after her 13-year-old daughter showed her the crossword-style vocabulary sheet from Union Grove Elementary School earlier this week.
In New York, students were asked to write an essay from the Nazi perspective of “Why Jews Are Evil”:
An unnamed English teacher at Albany High School who wanted to “challenge” his/her students to “formulate a persuasive argument” tasked them withÂ writing an essay about why “Jews are evil,”Â as if they were trying to convince a Nazi official of their loyalty. One third of the class refused, and the principal has apologized while insisting that there wasn’t any “malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of JewishÂ faith.”
The words are written in crayon, in the haphazard bumpiness of a childâ€™s scrawl.
â€œI am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.â€
Theyâ€™re the words that Florida father Aaron Harvey was stunned to find his fourth-grade son had written, after a lesson in school about the Constitution.
Harveyâ€™s son attends Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Fla. Back in January, a local attorney came in to teach the students about the Bill of Rights. But after the attorney left, fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Sabb dictated the sentence to part of the class and had them copy it down, he said.
If you think these are isolated incidents that would never happen at your child’s school, think again. Â These are just the more blatantly obvious ones that happened to get caught. Â The real indoctrination happens far moreÂ subtly, through half-truths and omissions, false assumptions, stories that manipulate the emotions and pressure to agree with the teacher and follow the crowd. Â Day after day, year after year, they slowly break down the child’s resistance to their view of the world.
Mrs. Thatcherâ€™s predecessor as prime minister, the amiable but forgotten Sunny Jim Callaghan, once confided to a friend of mine that he thought Britainâ€™s decline was irreversible and that the governmentâ€™s job was to manage it as gracefully as possible. By 1979, even this modest aim seemed beyond the capabilities of the British establishment, and the nation turned to a woman who was one of the few even in a supposedly â€œconservativeâ€ party not to subscribe to the Callaghan thesis. She reversed the decline, at home and overseas.
[S]he understood that the biggest threat to any viable future for Britain was a unionized public sector that had awarded itself a lifestyle it wasnâ€™t willing to earn. So she picked a fight with it, and made sure she won. In the pre-Thatcher era, union leaders were household names, mainly because they were responsible for everything your household lacked. Britainâ€™s system of government was summed up in the unlovely phrase â€œbeer and sandwiches at Number Tenâ€ â€” which meant union grandees showing up at Downing Street to discuss what it would take to persuade them not to go on strike, and being plied with the aforementioned refreshments by a prime minister reduced to the proprietor of a seedy pub, with the Cabinet as his barmaids.
In 1990, when Mrs. Thatcher was evicted from office by her ingrate partyâ€™s act of matricide, the difference sheâ€™d made was such that in all the political panel discussions on TV that evening no producer thought to invite any union leaders. No one knew their names anymore.
What Reagan and Thatcher showedâ€“and it is a lesson that may seem at odds with the conservative impulse that the private sector is the most significantâ€“is what a difference political leadership can make. (Later Rudolph Giuliani showed the same thingâ€“he was for urban policy what Reagan and Thatcher were for national policy.) They both inherited a mess: In Thatcherâ€™s case she took over in 1979 following the â€œWinter of Discontentâ€ when Britain was paralyzed by multiple strikes and high unemployment. As the Conservative advertising slogan had it, â€œLabour isnâ€™t working.â€ Reagan, of course, took over from Jimmy Carter in the wake of the failed hostage-rescue mission and in the midst of a severe recession characterized by â€œstagflation.â€ Worst of all was a widespread loss of confidence in the futureâ€“both in Britain and America it was fashionable back then to imagine that the â€œthe Westâ€ was finished and that the Soviet Union was ascendant.
Reagan and Thatcher would have none of it. Both were firmly outside the political and intellectual mainstream, and both were derided as simpletons for imagining that they could reverse the course of history. But that is precisely what they didâ€“Reagan with his tax cuts (helped by Fed chairman Paul Volckerâ€™s anti-inflationary policy) and defense spending increases which, respectively, revived the economy and restored our military power; Thatcher with her income-tax cuts, budget cuts, interest-rate hikes and her willingness to stand up to the unions, all of which revived the British economy, and her willingness to fight Argentina for the Falkland Islands, which restored British confidence.
[…] Â Â Thatcherâ€™s challenge was all the greater given that so much of the Conservative Party remained â€œwetâ€â€“i.e., skeptical of her conservative principles. Eventually it was not the political opposition but her own party which toppled her, leading to a long period of Conservative wandering in the wilderness, punctuated by uninspiring rule first by John Major and now by David Cameron, neither of whom will ever be mentioned in the same breath as the Iron Lady.
Like Reagan, Thatcher was vindicated by historyâ€“and just as Reagan was praised by Bill Clinton, so she was praised by Tony Blair. She will be remembered as the greatest female ruler since Queen Elizabeth I and the greatest British prime minister since Winston Churchill.
ObamaCare provides millions of dollars in grants to hire community activists and others as “navigators” to assist individuals enroll in health insurance provided by state or federal exchanges and,Â according to recent reports, register people to vote. In aÂ new rule proposedÂ Wednesday, HHS lays out numerous guidelines for these “navigators”, including paying them up to $48/hour for their work. The rule, guidelines and voter registration effort are a potential vehicle to resurrect ACORN or an ACORN-like entity.
[…] Â Requirements for “navigators” is that they have no existing insurance licenses or certifications, conflicting with several recently enacted state laws. They also must be attuned to racial, ethnic and cultural sensitivities, understand “underserved communities” and provide translation services for virtually every language.Â AARP, NAACP and SEIU are prominent members of Enroll America’s advisory board.
One health expert with close ties to HHS told Breitbart News,Â “The navigator program, as evidenced by the leadership of Enroll America and yesterday’s rule from CMS, will be a jobs program for unemployable Obama For America campaign volunteers and ACORN remnants.”
[…] Â October 1st is the first day individuals can enroll for a program through the exchanges. The government, as a result, will have to hire and train tens of thousands of workers on the complex subject of health insurance over the next few months. Think of it as an enormous census program with less training for a more complex subject.
President Obama is the only president to name a day after Chavez. So who exactly is Cesar Chavez and what is his “enduring legacy”?
Cesar Chavez became a protege of Saul Alinsky in the early 1950s when he was hired as a staff member to organize Mexican-American voter registration drives for Community Services Organization–Alinsky’s organization. Chavez learned first hand from Alinsky, theself-proclaimedÂ “professional radical,” about the tactics of revolution and community organizing.
In 1962, ChavezÂ left CSOÂ to cultivate his own farm workers’ union. He spent years organizing farm workers across the state of California to engage in strikes against grape growers that lasted years at a time. In 1970, after nearly three years of grape strikes, 26 California Grape Growers caved into Chavez and signed three-year contracts with UFW.
Chavez was out of luck three years later when the Teamsters Union outbid Chavez and the UFW with lower costs and lessÂ hassle. Chavez organized a second grape strike despite the circumstances (significantly depleted staff and contract supply).
While Chavez previously managed to maintain a violence-free atmosphere (the most extreme tactic being a hunger strike), a spree ofÂ violenceÂ erupted between the UFW and the Teamsters that resulted in numerous clashes and the death of two UFW members.
Radicalism, violence, scare tactics, and bullying–that’s quite a legacy.
The liberal strategy for indoctrinating children is rather simple: it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. Â They teach revisionist history and Marxist ideology, make up excuses and promise “we’ll look into it” when the initial outrage arises, and then move right along as the protests die down. Â Even if they’re stopped temporarily, they never give up.
In a unit of high school world history, the online material students areÂ givenÂ is essentially a paean to the greatness of Islam and its founder, Mohammed.
One portion involves open-ended discussion of the merits of the hijab â€” the face and body covering worn by many Muslim women (and under threat of arrest in Saudi Arabia and Iran). Perhaps high school students think the hijab is â€œfreeing because it prevents others from making them into sexual objects.â€ Or perhaps they think the hijab suggests that â€œwomen need to be obscured so as not to arouse male desire.â€ Either way, itâ€™s fine.
The widespread and ordinary mistreatment of women in Islamic countries â€” particularly Arab ones â€” is ignored. Texas high schoolers donâ€™t learn, for example, that Jordan and other Islamic kingdoms have laws thatÂ pardonÂ rapists if an arrangement can be reached for rapists and their victims to get married.
2. Christianity is a cult
Another portion of the materials on Islam lists several specific lessons that Muslims take from the example of Islamâ€™s founder, such as â€œBe respectful of other religions.â€ Strangely, there does not appear to be any such lesson focused on, say, Moses or Jesus Christ.
Instead, the materials in another world history lessonÂ informÂ students that Christianity is a cult that parallels the death and resurrection in the story of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead. The same material takes pains to point out that early Christians were accused of incest, cannibalism and other atrocities.
3. Communism is awesome
An illustration in a CSCOPE high school world history handoutÂ showsÂ a figure with a trekking pole climbing steps made out of money. A chart immediately to the right concerns â€œbig ideasâ€ in 18th- and 19th-century economic thinking. At the bottom of the chart is free-market capitalism, where â€œall people strive to fulfill their own needs and wants,â€ and where government control and planning are low.
In the middle is socialism, where â€œthe big thingsâ€ in society (e.g., â€œtelephones, roads, airportsâ€) are â€œowned by the people.â€ â€œCan you think of other big stuff that should be covered?â€ the chart asks. (Note the loaded verb, â€œshould.â€)
At the top of the chart is communism, which the CSCOPE creators innocuously describe as â€œthe idea of living together in a â€˜communeâ€™ where all people work together for everyone.â€ The chart manages to insult the Marxist vision of communism as well, by suggesting that government control and planning is highest under the system.
There is no mention of theÂ nearly 100 million peopleÂ who died in the 20th century under various self-described communist regimes around the world.
4. Hey kids! Letâ€™s make communist flags
â€œImagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag,â€Â readÂ the instructions from an activity that directs sixth graders to design a socialist or communist flag. â€œUse symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag.â€
In the same lesson, students are also instructed that socialist utopian Robert Owen wanted to â€œgive every child born into the world an equal chance to live and grow and to lead a happy life.â€
No mention is made of the two socialist utopias Owen attempted to create, or how they ended up disastrously failed and disease-ridden.
5. The Boston Tea Party was a terrorist attack
A CSCOPE high school world history lesson planÂ Texas-schools-teach-boston-tea-party-as-act-of-terrorism/”>depicts the Boston Tea Party, the famous protest against taxation without representation, as an act of terrorism.
â€œA local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nationâ€™s busiest port,â€ the part of the curriculum pertaining to the Boston Tea Party reads. â€œAlthough no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.â€
The seeds have already been in a child’s mind, whether or not a parent objects with the material and tries to explain the truth to their child later. Â The child cannot unsee or unhear what he has been taught. Â He’s now trying to decide who to believe: mom and dad, or the teacher. Â Unfortunately, most students eventually begin to agree with the material being taught. Â Why? Â Because they are told that the older, “unenlightened” generation (i.e., parent) is probably too “close-minded” or doesn’t have all the facts of “new discoveries,” but they’re the young ones who know better. Â Nothing like stroking an ignorant kid’s ego to get him to swallow the bait.
Historian David Barton Breaks Down CSCOPE on the Glenn Beck show:
To glean greater insight, Glenn Beck invited special guests David Barton and Pat Gray, along with teachers Mary Bowen, Stan Hartzler and Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick to discuss what is truly going on within their stateâ€™s education system.
Barton explained that CSCOPE is referred to as â€œinstructional materialâ€ and not â€œcurriculum,â€ therefore is not subject to regulation by the State Board of Education. The historian alsoÂ brought in artifacts of Texas public school curriculum to showcase just how different it is today and to mark, year-by-year, the increasing application of political correctness in lesson plans.
Using a chart, Barton documented and mapped out core CSCOPE material, which eliminatesÂ national values, Americanism or rather, American exceptionalism, the study of federalism and majority rule (the core of our constitution) along with patriotic symbols like the Liberty Bell. Christopher Columbus, Rosh Hashanah and Christmas are all relegated to the dustbin along with American militaryÂ history. Equality and a belief in justice is replaced by â€œfairnessâ€ and instruction on American propaganda and imperialism.
Disturbingly, Beck and Barton noted that the worst is yet to come. Showcasing a lesson plan for grades 1-3, Barton revealed CSCOPEâ€™s list of â€œheroes,â€ which comprises a dozen secular progressives and only three conservatives or political moderates.
Â According to a previousÂ reportÂ from TheBlaze, teachers complained that they were expected to deliver the curriculum verbatim and only on days allotted by the CSCOPE lesson plan. Even if students were unable to absorb the lesson, teachers were allegedly directed to progress to the next lesson regardless. TheBlaze also reported that teachers were â€œasked to sign a contract that would prevent them from revealing what was in the CSCOPE lessons or face civil and criminal penalties.â€
OK, I made that last one up. Â But in a state with billions in unfunded liabilities, business-strangling environmental regulations, and anÂ overtaxed, overburdened private sector, unicorn rides are about as realistic as any of their other demands.
The stateâ€™s largest public-sector union released a list of its bargaining demands on Thursday, and a few of them venture outside the traditional parameters of bargaining.
The Service Employees International Union Local 503 is asking the state to restore financial cuts it has made in recent years by dropping furlough days, boosting wages, granting a cost-of-living adjustment between 2 percent and 6 percent in each year of the contract, and adding vacation days.
Know anybody in the private sector who has gotten a sweet deal like that since the Great Recession began four years ago? Â Yeah, neither do I. Â Why Â should they get perks that the struggling taxpayers who pay their salaries don’t get?
Is your three-year-old preschooler chanting â€˜union powerâ€™ these days? She might, if author Innosanto Nagara has his way.
Nagara wrote â€œA is for Activist,â€ a book supposedly geared for the Â children of the â€œ99 percent.â€ In other words, a new vehicle has been developed for leftists to begin indoctrinating children.
â€œItâ€™s pretty awesome to hear a three-year-old saying â€˜union power,â€™â€ Nagara said in aÂ YES! magazineÂ interview.
But union power and student activism arenâ€™t the only goals. Consider these other letters and how they are applied in the book:
B is for banner, as in a protest banner hanging off a construction crane
L is for LGBTQ, as in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Queer
T is for Trans, as in transgendered
Z is for Zapatistas, as in Mexican revolutionary leftists
Heady stuff for preschoolers, but the indoctrinators believe the tykes are old enough to learn the basics of revolutionary thought.
Nagaraâ€™s â€œA is for Activistâ€ has been heralded by the likes of Code Pinkâ€™s Medea Benjamin, whoÂ said, â€œMay a thousand young activists bloom!â€
This really shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been paying attention to the Socialist takeover of public education over the past century. Â But it will hopefully wake up those parents who insist, “Not at MY child’s school!” Â If it can happen in Texas, it can happen ANYWHERE. Â And most indoctrination will NOT be this blatant, so few parents will recognize it unless they’re looking for it.
Texas lawmakers are putting educators on the hot seat after public school curriculum surfaced that Â promoted Islam and socialism while deconstructing American values and patriotism.
School children were exposed to lessons that labeled the Boston Tea Party an act of terrorism. They were also instructed to create flags for socialist and communist countries. And they were also given in-depth lessons in the Islamic faith that included classroom readings from the Koran.
â€œThey are indoctrinating our children to hate America,â€ said Janice VanCleave, ofÂ Texas Education Patriots.Â â€œTexans are embarrassed about this.â€
VanCleaveâ€™s organization launched an investigation that exposed CSCOPE â€“ an electronic curriculum system that provides online lesson plans for teachers. The curriculum is used in 80 percent of the stateâ€™s school districts.
â€œItâ€™s built by teachers, designed by teachers and thatâ€™s whatâ€™s powerful about CSCOPE,â€ said Wade Lebay, director of state CSCOPE at the Region 13 Education Service Center in Austin.
[…] Â Â But critics â€“ including some state lawmakers â€“ believe the curriculum is anti-American.
â€œItâ€™s amazing that when you all called our Founding Fathers terrorists, in Texas, that you thought that wasnâ€™t going to cause problems,â€ said Sen. Dan Patrick, a member of the senate education committee.
Texas State Sen. Larry Taylor said he was especially disturbed by lessons that tried to equate the Boston Tea Party to the 9-11 terrorists.
â€œThey actually referred to it as a terrorist act,â€ he told Fox News. â€œThrowing tea into the harbor is nowhere near a terrorist act. To have our kids even thinking thatâ€¦â€
Taylor called the curriculum anti-American â€“ and said it put the Founding Fathers on the same footing as modern-day terrorists.
â€œTo even say these two examples are comparable or trying to equate them as being equal is egregious,â€ he said.
This is one of many reasons why we homeschool, but homeschooling is not for everyone. Â Parents have a God-given right and responsibility to choose the best education for their children. Â They should NOT be forced into a government monopoly that deliberately undermines the values they are trying to instill in the next generation.
When discussing the school choice issue with other Christians, I often here responses like â€œHow are we supposed to be salt and light in the schools if we pull our kids out?â€ and â€œWe can counter-act the bad stuff they learn in school by teaching them about God at home and in church.â€
These are valid concerns, but the truth is that our children are not being salt and light; rather, they are being corrupted by the very system they are trying to influence. AÂ recent study by the Barna GroupÂ found that approximately 70% of kids who grew up in a Christian church were no longer faithful to the church by their 20s. According to Barna, this is a fairly recent phenomenon. During the first half of the 20th century, young adults pretty much stayed faithful to the Christian faith. But this trend changed during the 1960s, when we saw the Bible and prayer taken out of government-run schools while at the same time witnessing the birth of the Sexual Revolution.
For decades, the anti-Christian crowd has been using government-run schools to undermine and attack Christianity. And that strategy continues today. Just last week, the Southern Education Foundation issued a paper claiming that Georgiaâ€™s school choice program (where individuals and corporations can receive tax credits for contributing to charitable funds that award scholarships to enable underprivileged kids to attend private schools) is supporting Christian schools with â€œanti-gayâ€ policies. SEF claims that any private, Christian school that expects it teachers and students to adhere to Biblical standards of conductâ€”including those that prohibit pre-marital sex, adultery, and homosexual behaviorâ€”is â€œanti-gayâ€ and that those schools should not be allowed to participate in the scholarship program.
If a private school teaching Biblical morality is â€œanti-gay,â€ then wouldnâ€™t parents and churches that teach these same ideas also be â€œanti-gay.â€ And this is the message that is being taught 8 hours a day, 5 days a week to our kids attending government-run schools. They are taught that Biblical values and beliefs are bigoted, ignorant, and unacceptable. So we if think that 2 hours a week (if that) at church can counter-act 40 hours a week of teaching that Christianity is wrong, we are fooling ourselves.
If you take seriously the Biblical command that you, as a parent, are to train up a child in the way he or she should go, then you realize that the command means more than just taking them to church once or twice a week. It means making sure that every aspect of their education affirms, not mocks, Biblical principles and values.
Labor unions and Hollywood donors are open to bankrolling Organizing for Action, the outside group that has been formed in support of President Obamaâ€™s second-term agenda.
Traditionally one of the biggest donors to Democrats, unions are considering putting their financial weight behind the group as it tries to harness the grassroots power of Obamaâ€™s reelection machine.
[…] Â Organizing for Action will reportedly have access to the voter database that helped the president win the White House again in his more than $1 billion reelection bid. Jon Carson, who worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement, is the groupâ€™s executive director.
To the dismay of campaign finance reformers, Organizing for Action will operate as a 501(c)(4), a tax-exempt vehicle that was used during the 2012 campaign to evade donor disclosure while spending hundreds of millions of dollars on campaign ads.
It is maddening how a century of “progressive education reform” has conditioned American parents to unquestioningly surrender their children to a system that has proven to fail no matter how much money it gets or reforms are tried.
It’s maddening that we have tacitly accepted the notion that government bureaucrats should decide where, when, how, and even what our children learn.
It’s maddening that no matter how much their child’s needs are not being met, poor parents are virtually powerless to do anything about it, while their children remain trapped in failing and – often dangerous – government schools.
Every parent deserves a choice. Â Every child deserves a chance. Â It’s LONG past time to take back the power that rightfully belongs to parents to determine what is best for their children when it comes to education.
The third annualÂ National School Choice WeekÂ is officially underway. Once again, school choice advocatesâ€”including parents, teachers, schoolchildren and administrators, and many othersâ€”will come together to promote educational choice, with more than 3,600 events taking place nationwide.
School choice is something to celebrate, because it gives families the power to choose the best schools for their childrenâ€”helping children to improve educational outcomes and increasing overall parental satisfaction.
Similarly, research reveals that students who participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP)â€”the nationâ€™s longest running school choice programâ€”for all four of their high school years had aÂ 94 percent graduation rate, compared to a 75 percent graduation rate for their peers who attended four years of public high school.
Parents Are More Satisfied with their Childâ€™s Academic Experience
Parents of school choice students also report high levels of satisfaction with their childrenâ€™s schools. In Florida,Â 93 percentÂ of parents whose children participate in the McKay Scholarship Programâ€”a voucher program for special-needs studentsâ€”report being satisfied with their childâ€™s school, compared to just 33 percent of parents whose special-needs children were enrolled in public schools.Â DCOSP parents are also more likely to report satisfaction with their childrenâ€™s schoolsÂ and are more likely to describe their schools as safe. And Milwaukee school choice parents also report high satisfaction rates with the schools their children attend.
Education comes in many formsâ€”from private school choice to online learning, to charter schools and public schools and home schooling. Parents should be empowered to give their children the education that best meets their childâ€™s unique learning needs. School choice makes this possible by giving families from every background the ability to set the course for the brightest educational future for their children.
I’ve often said that it’s an incredibly dangerous conflict of interest for any government to be involved in shaping the hearts and minds of future voters and citizens.
Government-run schools have a built-in incentive for teaching the next generation to think the way the ruling class wants them to, to vote for bigger government intrusion into their lives, and to be unquestioningly loyal to the Nanny State, which they areÂ indoctrinatedÂ to view as their benefactor.
This is one of MANY reasons why I – a public school graduate myself – choose to homeschool.
The swelling legions of homeschoolers poke a subtle rebuke at Americaâ€™s ever expanding nanny state. Under both parties,WashingtonÂ has systematically invaded private spheres and co-opted public services historically performed by local bodies. But a spontaneous groundswell of freedom minded folks has continued Americaâ€™s rich inheritance of rugged individualism.
The God-fearing, flag-waiving, gun-toting homeschool crowd embodies the American spirit of mutual self-reliance. You wonâ€™t encounter a more neighborly bunch. Their children thrive without government â€œhelp.â€ Their support networks blossom sans the stateâ€™s sanction. Meanwhile, taxpayers waste a fortune securing abysmal academic results. In 2012, SAT scores fell to their lowest level since tracking began. As spending soars, assessment scores plummet.
The modern homeschool movement comes largely by Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives. Schools long ago became laboratories for instilling statism and distilling politically correct groupthink. Values clarification anyone? With public education increasingly geared toward multicultural agitation against Americaâ€™s godly heritage, many parents resolved to safeguard the hearts, souls and minds of their young.
[…] Â J. Gresham Machen, the foremost defender of fundamentalism in the modernist controversy of the past century, also led the battle against compulsory public education.Â A fierce libertarian, Machen cautioned, â€œIf you give the bureaucrats the children, you might as well give them everything else as well.â€
We have. See election 2012.
Barack ObamaÂ â€“ who spent his past assailing the American system â€“ would not be president without overwhelming support from twenty-somethings imbued with a reverence for the state. No longer the family tree, â€œgovernment is the only thing we all belong toâ€ claims the ruling party.
Ron Paul senses the urgency, â€œExpect the rapidly expanding homeschool movement to play a significant role in the revolutionary reforms needed to rebuild a free society with constitutional protections.â€ Dr. Paul warns, â€œWe cannot expect a federal government controlled school system to provide the intellectual ammunition to combat the dangerous growth of government that threatens our liberties.â€ Proving his point,Â homeschool parents were instrumental behind several UN treaties stalling in the Senate.
Like the local self-government formed indigenously by settler communities on Americaâ€™s frontier, homeschoolers spontaneously built a support apparatus from the ground up. The free market at work, parents can readily access almost any curricula, subject matter or activity.
The Department of Educationâ€™sÂ Dr. Patricia Lines counteredÂ the notion of homeschoolers withdrawing from Americaâ€™s social fabric, â€œLike the Antifederalists these homeschoolers are asserting their historic individual rights so that they may form more meaningful bonds with family and community. In doing so, they are not abdicating from the American agreement. To the contrary, they are affirming it.â€
They have it exactly right. Â If anyone is going to save our nation, it will be the few who have been taught to think for themselves, to buck the system, to question the status quo, and to beÂ reliantÂ on themselves instead of the government.
This is EXACTLY what this Alinsky intimidation campaign was designed to do: frighten away donors and dry up the funds for any group that dares to defy the radical leftist gay agenda.
Dan Cathy has to do what he believes is right for his business, and he may think that his decision has proved that he’s not a “hater” or “bigot,” Â but in fact, this victory will embolden the bullies to use these tactics against other conservative business owners and organizations in the future.
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy and the head of a national gay-rights group have made peace.
â€œIâ€™ve gotten to know Dan; heâ€™s gotten to know me,â€ Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, told ABC News on Monday. â€œHeâ€™s shared concerns about young people, about Chick-fil-A being used for certain purposes.â€
[…] Â Chick-fil-A, he told ABC, had stopped donating to anti-gay groups, according to his review of the companyâ€™s 990 tax forms.
Chick-fil-A long has donated to socially conservative groups. In July, the anti-gay group Equality Matters examined tax forms and found that in 2010 the company had donated more than $1.9 million to â€œanti-gay causes.â€
In September, the restaurant chain agreed to stop donating to anti-gay groups.
But Chick-fil-A said in a statement on Monday: â€œOver the past three years alone, Chick-fil-A has given more than $68 million in contributions to over 700 different educational and charitable organizations around the country, in addition to providing millions of dollars in food donations.
â€œWhile we evaluate individual donations on an annual basis, our giving is focused on three key areas: youth and education, leadership and family enrichment and serving the local communities in which we operate. Our intent is to not support political or social agendas. This has been the case for more than 60 years.â€