Number of Families Homeschooling Has Doubled Since 1999

As reported by the HSLDA:

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) recently released the final executive summary of its fourth quadrennial survey on homeschooling, conducted in 2012.

Notable facts from the survey show that:

  • Homeschool students made up 3.4% of the school-age population in 2012.
  • There were an estimated 1.8 million students being homeschooled in 2012.
  • Concern about the public school environment was reported to be a major factor in nine out of ten parents’ decisions to homeschool their children.
  • Homeschooling has doubled nationwide since the first DOE survey in 1999

Read the full story here.

Study Proves Autistic Adults are Socially Isolated

A friend on facebook linked me to this article, “Study: Nearly 1 In 3 With Autism Socially Isolated“.

Interesting. This bit really caught my eye –

” a study looking at the experiences of young people who received special education services,”

So in other words, kids who were either partitioned off into a “special needs class” or who got “special” treatment in school…. those kids have trouble socially later. Sounds to me like maybe school, specifically public school, isn’t the best place for autistic kids to learn social skills, aka socialization. Hmmm…

Stickin’ it to the man daily, since 2006

educational-anarchist.jpgThe California Teacher’s Association said that uncredentialed parents teaching their children at home would lead to “educational anarchy.” (PJI via SpunkyHomeschool) Somehow, that is supposed to be a bad thing. But the definition of “anarchy” is the abscence of government. (Webster) As PrincipledDiscovery points out, I’m all for the lack of government control in my home and in my educational choices, and I’m not the only one.

In fact, Dawn at Day by Day Discoveries posted a link to a BBC radio program which explores the history of anarchism. She said the one thing she took from the program was that “when anarchy is used as an accusation it’s often by people who have control over others against those who want to exercise control over themselves.”

Happy as Kings makes some great points. She brings up the point that all of us parents at some point in time were indeed educated. So, either our “schooling” worked, and we are smart enough to find the resources and information to teach our own kids, or it didn’t work, in which case, “why would we want to put our kids through that?”

Mom is Teaching points to Relaxed Homeskool’s post about homeschool being so punk rock.

ImPerceptibility made the blog badge for us.

Somehow, I don’t think this is what the California Teacher’s Association thought would happen when they coined the term “educational anarchy.” I don’t think they took into account who they were talking about. Homeschooling families are not the kind to blindly shrink in fear at the use of the word “anarchy.” We will research the idea, and then embrace it.

Rock on!

Sheltered is not always bad…

Heart of the Matter asks us today for our thoughts on the quote: “Clearly there is an appropriate kind of sheltering. When those who are opposed to homeschooling accuse me of sheltering my children, my reply is always, ‘What are you going to accuse me of next, feeding and clothing them?” ~R.C. Sproul Jr

Shelter is defined as “protection: the condition of being protected.”  My children are a gift from God. (Ps. 127:3)  God promises to provide refuge, aka shelter, for His children.  (Prov. 14:26)  Can I do no less for my own children?

We grown-ups need to stop putting adult problems on our children.  There is no reason for a 7 or 8 year old child to need s-x education.  Children that age don’t need to be taught about “Heather’s two mommies” or anything like that.  They need freedom to be a child.

So what if I choose to protect that kind, gentle spirit within my son, instead of throwing him to the wolves that inhabit public school.  That’s my prerogative, nay, that’s my calling from the Lord.  I am the mother, I am called to protect my children.  Love them, nurture them, and keep them safe from harm, both physical and mental.

In the words of Anthony Biddle,  “What’s wrong with that?”

You can get invovled!

I know. I know I just posted about not worrying. And I’m not. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to act when given the chance. So I’m cross posting this one everywhere I can, bear with me.

HSLDA has given us a chance to sign a petition. The petition requests that the California Courts “depublish” the recent ruling against homeschooling. This means that the ruling would apply only to that specific family, and not to the whole state. Please. Go. Sign it. You do not have to be a member of HSLDA. You do not even have to be a homeschooler. But if you value parental rights, please, sign it.

I’m also not the only one who has made the link between this ruling and S.B. 777. Dr. James Dobson has joined the fight on the side of parents, and his team also made the connection. You can listen to his broadcast about this battle here.

Please, help the parents of California stem the erosion of parental rights. Sign the petition.

Thanks.

As goes California, so goes the Nation.

You know it’s true. California is one of the biggest states in the Union, but because it’s heart and soul are tied up in Hollywood, it’s influence over the Nation is tremendous.

So the recent ruling that homeschooling is not protected by the constitution and therefore illegal, is very troubling. The Law in California stated that parents who were “capable of teaching” could either apply to be qualified as a private school, or enroll their children in an umbrella or virtual school as part of an “independent study program,” or they could hire a private, certified tutor. Then came the ruling that effectively takes away all options but the private tutor option.

The fact that this ruling comes on the heels of S.B. 777, a bill that promotes the teaching of alternative sexual lifestyles as well as forces schools to allow boys into the girls locker rooms (and vis-versa) if they say they “feel like a girl.” Teaching marriage as man and woman has been effectively banned, unless the alternatives of same-sex marriages and bisexual, open relationships are also discussed – with kids as young as Kindergarten!

Do not make the mistake of thinking that this does not affect private schools. With the addition of A.B. 14, California law now makes it clear that any daycare, social program (including but not limited to – soup kitchens to gang preventions to jobs programs), even privately owned, religious hospitals must now accept the new standards or face being cut off from public funding. As for schools, well. Part of S.B. 777 states that an educational institution that receives, or benefits from, state financial assistance, or that enrolls pupils who receive state student financial aid” must comply with the new alternative sexual education law. That means if even one child in your school is there on a school voucher, you have to comply, no matter your religious beliefs.

So what does this mean for low-income families, like us, who would not be able to afford a private tutor or the tuition at a private school not taking government funding? Public school, with it’s forced sexualization of children at young ages, or move. At the moment, I can not express just how glad I am that we do not live in California.

But how long? How long until homeschooling becomes illegal nationwide and families are forced to either go underground or deal with a government system that thinks it knows what is best for your kids? Make no mistake, this latest ruling is an attempt by the state of California to strike back at the thousands of parents who are pulling their kids out of school in response to S.B. 777.

If Hillary wins the Presidency, it won’t be long. As noted by blogger Jaque Dixon, Hil supports the UN’s Convention on the Rights of a Child which declares homeschooling to be child-endangerment, and would force all private and charter schools to conform to UN standards. Spunky has the video that proves that Hillary also does not believe that parents are capable of spending their own money in regards to the education of their children.

If Barack Obama wins, he wants to start putting infants into school settings, and begin educating infants to prepare them for kindergarten. Whatever happened to letting kids be kids?

If McCain wins, the future of homeschooling is not clear. He does support parental choice. He says, “parents should be empowered with school choice to send their children to the school that can best educate them just as many members of Congress do with their own children.” The only question in my mind is, does he allow for homeschooling as an option when he says students should be allowed to “change schools”?

For me, the argument boils down to this – They are my children, not the state’s. God gave them to me and my husband. (Ps 127:3) We are the ones charged with their wellbeing and upbringing. The Biblical case is laid out quite well over here, just ignore the junky background, and focus on the Scriptures. Last time I checked, the United States Constitution, in Article I of the Bill of Rights, still guarantees me the right to Freedom of Religion. While Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s,” people, especially those in governments trying to force their opinions and ways on Christians, often forget the last half of the verse is, “and unto God the things that are God’s.” Since my children are a gift from God, and because God considers them His (Isaiah 29:23), I am obligated to care for these kids, not turn them over to the state.

If that makes me a rebel, so be it.

“I don’t want to fire him. Let’s get him some training!”

Recently, I’ve been reading Don’t Bother Me Mom, I’m Learning by Marc Prensky.  It’s been eye opening.  Obviously I recognize the importance and value of games and computers to learning.  My kids love Starfall, Seasame Workshop, and NickJr.  But GeekBoy is quickly outgrowing the games on those sites.  He still loves to play around there occasionally, but it’s really below his skill level.  So what’s a momma to do?

I called my little sister Nani.  Nani loves games.  She had a few lying around that she wasn’t using anymore, so she sent GeekBoy a box with RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, and some others that he is wholly uninterested in at the moment.   Lately he’s been learning about Park Management, Finances, Customer Service, and Personnel Management.  All things that will help him in the business world.

But the Tycoon series isn’t the only set of fun, yet educational games.  Try Civilization III, or World of Warcraft (learn to manage a guild, and co operate with others), even Grand Theft Auto (a lesson in what NOT to do).  Just about any computer or video game out has educational merit.  You just have to look for it.

Even seemingly mindless games like Zuma can be learning tools.   Critical thinking and split second decisions are needed to win at Zuma.  Both are skills needed to survive in the business world and in life.  So the hour or so spent playing Zuma was really life lessons in decision making.  Interesting.

I’m telling you.  Read the book.  It will so change your thinking about video/computer games.