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I Homeschool Because I Read the News…

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…and I know the system is in trouble when:

There are “extremely unfortunate incidents” that cause California high school Superintendent Wesley Smith to have to send a voice mail and letter to parents that states, in part, “The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing. The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This situation and our response are under review.”

And where said incident causes administrators at an uninvolved school with the same name to “receive violent threats. The sheriff there is concerned that a person who threatened to shoot up the school or plant a bomb may follow through.”

This is not a problem for homeschoolers.

…and I know the system is in trouble when:

When a third grade student in Orchard, Texas, is in detention for a week for possession of – a Jolly Rancher! Superintendent Ellis said, “Failing to adhere to the state’s guidelines could put federal funding in jeopardy.”

Neither common sense nor compassion shall stand in the way of federal funding!

“According to the disciplinary referral, she would be separated from other students during lunch and recess through Friday.” Oh, no!  she’ll never be able to make up for that lack of socialization and will forever be a fish out of water in the “real world.” The inhumanity.

This is not a problem for homeschoolers.

…and I know the system is in trouble when:

the educational experts” are just now catching on to the idea that perhaps expensive admissions tests for four- and five-year olds are probably detrimental and over the top.

This is not a problem for homeschoolers.

…and I know the system is in trouble when:

GirlandBookcaseIt’s pretty much my homeschooling friends who understand the value of my home’s overflowing bookshelves. Fortunately, Miller-McCune has shared the value with all parents by stating, in part:

Will your child finish college? The answer may be as close as your bookshelves, or lack thereof.

After examining statistics from 27 nations, a group of researchers found the presence of book-lined shelves in the home — and the intellectual environment those volumes reflect — gives children an enormous advantage in school.

“Home library size has a very substantial effect on educational attainment, even adjusting for parents’ education, father’s occupational status and other family background characteristics,” reports the study, recently published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. “Growing up in a home with 500 books would propel a child 3.2 years further in education, on average, than would growing up in a similar home with few or no books.

This is positively not a problem for homeschoolers!

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One Response to “I Homeschool Because I Read the News…”

  1. Ben Bennett says:

    Regarding the Jolly Rancher incident: I propose that hundreds of bags of these candies be donated and handed out to all students (off school property) and the children told to place one piece of candy on their desk each period, all day.

    This will do one of a few things: Either the school officials will become apoplectic and close down the entire school, bringing in Hazmat crews, or they will attempt to expel the entire school (which would be sweet for the teachers) or they will roll their eyes, laugh it off and admit that they were idiots; allowing the kids to eat their candy without fear of the Fed. carrying this travesty of sanity to the next level, which, of course, is calling in the CEO's of the Jolly Rancher Corp. and charging them with high treason. (The charge? Making it hard for public schools to treat children like prisoners.)

    The sweets industry will obviously be next in line for takeover by our government…..

    If you are thinking about taking your kids out of public school in the future… DON'T!

    Do it NOW.

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