Homeschooling Swims Against The Conformist Current (And That’s A Good Thing)

OSMGIKLh6Lgl-320x240As I was filtering through my Facebook feed, I noticed a posting from my good friend, Dr. Brian Ray, of the National Home Education Research Institute (NEHRI). I often share his posts because they always reflect the reality of homeschooling, good and not so good. I have always known Dr. Ray to present homeschooling in a truthful and unbiased light, even though he has home schooled his own children and believes in parent led education as a viable form of schooling. I find it amazing that our society can be so brainwashed into such narrow thought.

The article, in SFGate, features a formerly homeschooled student from Kansas who is now attending Penn State. It was titled, Homeschooling Presents Opportunities, Challenges.

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Common Core State Standards and The Free Market

Last night, I  had the pleasure to address a room full of patriots who have just recently been awakened to the serious threat that Common Core State Standards poses to educational freedom, parental rights, privacy, and the 10th amendment. Common Core is designed to gradually guide our future generations away from the free enterprise system in to a managed economy and global workforce.

Go to Missouri Education Watchdog and Missouri Coalition Against Common Core to learn more about what you can do to fight the over reach of the state and federal government into your parental rights and freedom of educational choice. Help us protect these rights and your right to homeschool your children, which are in great jeopardy, if Common Core advances in Missouri.

Speaking of free enterprise you, and your friends and family, have the opportunity to get a refresher course on what a free market is supposed to be. Loren Spicack, the Free Market Warrior, will be  at the Family Vision Library for a free, two night seminar on REAL free market principles that America was founded on, and what you should expect from elected in order to maintain and environment to sustain such.

Here’s a sample of what you can expect on Monday April 29th and 30th. This is also a great opportunity for homeschooled students to get exposure to conservative free market principles and how government works, or not, to maintain an atmosphere in which they can thrive.

The Free Market Warrior Economic Literacy Seminar

Learn what every American and Patriot MUST KNOW about Free Market Economics and how they REALLY affect the economy.

Most Politicians don’t even know this about our economy.

  1. Can you explain why some tax cuts (Bush’s second term, Obama’s proposed) do absolutely nothing to stimulate the economy, while others (Reagan’s, Bush’s first term) provide a great stimulus?
  2. Were you taught in High School that the federal government needs to protect consumers from corporate monopolies that would otherwise be able to charge whatever they wanted?
  3. Were you taught that Roosevelt’s New Deal saved the country by intervening in the economy and “stimulating” demand?
  4. 4.     Did you know that the biggest problem with American healthcare (one that is financially hurting us all) is that there is far too much insurance coverage?
  5. Would you be surprised to learn that the economic theories espoused by the current administration and congressional leaders were conclusively disproved more than 100 years ago?

The seminar is given over two evenings and divided into four parts:

  • Intellectual and Historical Roots of Socialism: Understanding its broad appeal.
  • The Intellectual and Historical Roots of Capitalism: Why we’ll starve without it.
  • The Source of Value: Two contrasting views and their implications.
  • Applying the Principles of Freedom to the Problems of Today: Taxes, Education, Health Care, Protectionism and Outsourcing, Population, Natural Resources and many more.

This is a great opportunity for High School Students to get the real scoop on America’s Free Market Principles. Bring your teenagers! 

April 29th and 30th at the Family Vision Library – 6:30 to 10:00 pm

2020 Parkway Drive

St. Peters, Missouri 63376

636-447-6900

http://www.thefamilyvision.org/

 The event is free to the public, but offerings to the Family Vision Library and Loren Spivack are appreciated.

Contact Lisa Payne-Naeger at Lisa.Naeger@mac.com

or the Family Vision Library http://www.thefamilyvision.org/

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The Slippery Slope Of The Loss Of Individual Liberties

Not long ago, I published this story on PolitiChicks.tv. Homeschoolers need to understand how close they are to losing individual freedom and liberty. Your parental rights, as homeschoolers, and Americans are being eroded. Here’s the PolitiChicks article:

How does the plight of one German Christian homeschooling family expose the hypocrisy of the Obama administration’s policy on religious freedom, homeschooling, education in general and parental rights?

Read the rest here! …

Also, Follow this legislation in Missouri: HB616

Common Core State Standards are the federally mandated/directed curriculums that are the key to undermining homeschooling/private schooling too. Just because this legislation is now targeted in public schools does NOT mean you, as a homeschooler, are safe from the reach of the government. This initiative will mandate how/if you homeschool. HB616 is the first small step in stopping CCSS.

Notwithstanding any other law, the state board of education shall not
2 adopt, and the department of elementary and secondary education shall not implement,
3 the Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative.
4 Any actions taken to adopt or implement the Common Core State Standards as of the
5 effective date of this section are void. Common Core State Standards or any other
6 statewide education standards shall not be adopted or implemented without the approval
7 of the general assembly.

Use the email addresses in the side bar to contact every one of the legislators in the House and Senate to let them know you are watching this and expect their support on this issue.

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Parental Rights Alert: HSLDA/ParentalRights.org Action Item

ParentalRights.org issued an alert, today, urging Missourians to contact the state legislature in support of HB 513.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 1, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 1.250, to read as follows:

1.250. 1. (1) The liberty of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, and care of his or her child is a fundamental right.

(2) Neither the state of Missouri nor any political subdivision of this state shall infringe this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.

 (1) This section applies to all laws of this state, and the implementation of such laws, whether statutory or otherwise, and whether adopted before or after the enactment of this section.

(2) Any statutory law enacted after the date of the enactment of this section is subject to this section unless such law explicitly excludes such application by reference to 11 this section.

Here’s the communication from HSLDA:

February 27, 2013Call To Support Missouri Parental Rights ActMissouri House Bill 513 (HB 513) would preserve the traditional right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children – but we need your help to see it passed. HB513 faces a crucial vote in the Missouri House Committee of Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities, and that vote could come at any time.

A parent’s traditional right to raise their children according to their own conscience and belief was unquestioned in America until 2000. In that year the Supreme Court’s Troxel v. Granville decision failed for the first time to respect the rights of parents on par with other fundamental rights.

Since that decision, 24 lower courts have revealed an erosion of respect for parental rights as well – largely because legislatures have not yet stepped up to make sure these rights remain protected with clear legislation.

The time for silence is over. The Missouri legislature needs to say loud and clear that parental rights are worth protecting, and not to be left to the whim of judges.

Action Item

Please visit http://www.house.mo.gov/ and enter your zip code in the search box to find your state representative. Then, if your representative is on the list below, please call him or her and urge support for HB 513. Your message can be as simple as, “Please vote yes on HB 513. The rights of parents need to be protected by statute, not left to the shifting whims of judges.” Or you can form your own message from among the talking points below.

Committee members with an asterisk are already cosponsors of the bill. W encourage you to still call them, but also thank them for being a cosponsor when you call.

Contact Information

Jeff Grisamore, Chairman573-751-1456  Rick Brattin*573-751-3783  Elaine Gannon573-751-7735 
Elijah Haahr*573-751-2210  Andrew Koenig*573-751-5568  Sue Meredith573-751-4183 
Genise Montecillo573-751-9472  Jim Neely573-751-0246  Stacey Newman573-751-0100 
Time Remole573-751-6566 Jill Schupp573-751-9762

Talking Points

HB 513 is designed to protect your parental rights as “fundamental.” Fundamental rights require a high level of legal protection, and only a “governmental interest of the highest order,” or a “compelling government interest,” can override such a right. Otherwise, the government only needs to show some “rational basis” for violating your right – and that is really no right at all.

So here are some key talking points to remember as you urge your lawmaker (and friends) to support HB 513:

HB 513 will not give any additional rights, nor expand any existing rights that parents have. It only provides better protection for the rights parents already have.

HB 513 will not allow parents to abuse their kids. It will not take authority away from the state to protect children from abuse or neglect. Because HB 513 reflects what is already the legal standard, it will have no impact on these other laws.

HB 513 will not remove the “best interest of the child” standard. Currently, that standard comes into play when a parent has been deemed unfit or when the family is broken and it falls to the judge to determine child custody. And the same standard will still come into play in all of those same situations even after HB 513 is passed.

HB 513 will not change the definition of “parent” or change who does or does not have parental rights.

It also will not upset current custody or adoption orders. Even when parental rights are fundamental, courts still have the power to enter custody orders when custody of a child is in dispute. And courts still have power to terminate the rights of parents (like for adoption). HB 513 does not change that.

HB 513 also will not let parents dictate curriculum in public schools. Even fundamental parental rights have been found insufficient to “entitle individual parents to enjoin school boards from providing information the boards determine to be appropriate” for students. Fields v. Palmdale School District, 2005

Thank you for standing with us in support of parental rights in Missouri!

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

Scott Woodruff, of HSLDA, gives this definition of “Fundamental Rights” as they relate to Parental Rights:

There are three types of rights: ordinary, fundamental, and absolute. If a right is “absolute,” the government can do absolutely nothing to restrict it—like the right to choose a faith. The rights of parents have never been considered absolute. The battle today is over whether your rights as a parent are “ordinary” or “fundamental.”

Listen to this interview with William Estrada, of ParentalRights.org, and his explanation of the fine points of the bill and how it solidifies your parental rights.

Additionally, check the sidebar on the home page for a complete listing of email address, of the Missouri House and Senate, for you to copy and paste in your address fields so you can send blanket emails to the legislature in support of parental rights.

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Homeschoolers Are Not Safe From Public Education Reform Policy

So, you homeschool your child(ren) because . . .

. . . you want to provide a better quality curriculum, you want to address certain learning needs, you want to provide a religious perspective, you want to keep them safe from violence, you want to instill certain values, you want to . . .

There are as many reasons to homeschool your child, as there are individuals in our country. Homeschooling is all about providing individual educational instruction and attention as deemed appropriate by parents. It’s great that we still have a choice. Many, before us, have fought long, hard battles to ensure we have the freedom of choice to homeschool or send our children to private schools, as an alternative to the public education system. And so, you breathe a sigh of relief, that you have been able to make a better choice for your child(ren). But are you and your children really safe from the dictates of the public education system? The answer is NO!

The facts are these: The Obama administration’s Race To The Top policies have successfully infiltrated the nation’s education reform platform. They are absolutely being promoted by Democrats and Republicans, alike. All but a few states (including Missouri) have adopted Common Core Curriculums State Standards, mandated by the federal government. That means the federal government is dictating across the board curriculum for all publicly educated students. Your local school districts have no control over curriculum anymore.

I know, you are thinking it doesn’t affect you. You homeschool, or send your kids to private schools, right? Wrong. It does affect you. The success of Common Core Curriculums depends on total buy in, in much the same way Obama care only succeeds if everyone is on government provided healthcare. They know it and that is why the are coming after homeschooled and private schooled children. It’s all in the assessments and data collection. That’s how they are gonna rope you in, among other things

In Missouri, we are now faced with the task of funding the unfunded mandate adopted by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Common Core State Standards require every public school to administer, electronically, standardized testing aligned, of course, to the Common Core Curriculum. Electronic administration of these tests allows for easy data collection, by government, of those results. Your public schooled child will no longer have academic privacy. And tax payers are footing the bill for it. See where I am going with this? It also doesn’t stop with the public education realm.

The architect for the Common Core State Standards is now the president of the College Board. That’s right! David Coleman now oversees the College Board, so if your child takes college entrance exams, such as the ACT, SAT, etc., regardless of where he/she was educated, your child will likely be taking standardized tests that have been geared toward Common Core Curriculums. So, if you didn’t teach Common Core Curriculums in your homeschool, what is the plausibility your child will achieve acceptable college entrance levels on the tests?

Here’s some background on how Common Core is reaching into the homeschool community. Homeschoolers should also be very wary of participating in publicly offered virtual schools.

There are many aspects to this issue, and homeschoolers should no longer feel safe from the long reach of government because they have kept their children out of the public school realm.

On January 31st, Dr. Brian Ray, of National Home Education Research Institute, will be in St. Louis to discuss the aspects of Common Core State Standards, Academic Angst and its target on the homeschooling community. No homeschool family should miss this discussion.

An Evening with Dr. Brian Ray
of the
National Home Education Research Institute

January 31st, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Family Vision Library
2020 Parkway Drive
Phone: 636-447-6900

An Evening With Dr. Brian Ray – 2013 January

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Tyranny Brewing In Hollister, Missouri

Should a free citizen ever be afraid to walk, and be present, within their own community, without the fear of interrogation from government? It seems the town of Hollister, Missouri would rather interrogate and incarcerate its law abiding youth than work to fight juvenile crime. Daytime curfews have become all the rage across the country. Are they an easy solution to an out of control crime situation? Has juvenile crime become so severe that the town needs to go on lock down during daytime hours? Or should law enforcement find more effective ways to identify criminal activity and stop harassing citizens without probable cause?

HSLDA issued this action item today. Please read it and contact the authorities below, even if you don’t live in Hollister. Send a message that Missourians don’t do business this way.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your help is urgently needed to block an effort in Hollister, MO, to pass an ordinance that would make it a crime for young people to be in a public place during public school hours.

Daytime curfews do not accomplish what the proponents claim. They have a disproportionate impact on homeschool families because we allow our children free time while public schools are in session.

Homeschoolers have been harassed and made fearful by policemen who treat them like suspected criminals for doing nothing more than being in public. Daytime curfews often give rise to litigation.

Action Requested

1. If you live in Hollister please stand up for freedom by immediately calling the two aldermen for your ward and the mayor (contact information is listed below) to express your opposition to the daytime curfew proposal. If you ever plan to visit Hollister, call any alderman. Your message can be as simple as:

“Please oppose the daytime curfew. It will reduce freedom, but it will not reduce crime.”

Or you can express your opposition in your own words.

2. Please pass this on to other area families, as well!

Contact Information

Alderman Ward I, David Honey
161 Trent St, Point Lookout, 65672
417 230-4340

Alderman Ward I, Jim Davidson
PO Box 1876, Hollister, 65673
417 334-9002

Alderman Ward II, Phil Carman
363 Greenbriar Lane, Hollister, 65672
417 942-0887

Alderman Ward II, David Willard
406 Knox Ave., Hollister, 65672
417 336-5925

Mayor David Tate
155 Jones St., Hollister, 65673
417 335-2364

Background

1. Daytime curfews do not deter juvenile crime.

A recent California study compared the juvenile crime rates of counties that enforced curfew ordinances and counties that did not. The crime rates were the same. The curfews had no effect on juvenile crime.

After the city of Belvidere, Illinois, enacted a daytime curfew in 1996, chronic truancy surged by an astonishing 72% over the next 10 years.

2. Daytime curfews allow searches without probable cause.

The Fourth Amendment forbids any investigation of a citizen without a “probable cause.” The proposed ordinance allows policemen to stop and interrogate a person merely because he looks young enough to be violating the curfew. It is an invitation to harass homeschool families.

3. Daytime curfews assume a person is guilty until proven innocent.

In several incidents where homeschool students were stopped by police, they had done nothing to arouse suspicion. There was no evidence they had committed a crime or intended to. Nonetheless, the police interrogated them and treated them like criminals until they had proved their innocence.

4. The ordinance allows some exceptions, including an exception for homeschooled children who are in a public place with parental permission. Unfortunately, the only way for a policeman to determine if an exception applies is to stop and interrogate the frightened young person. By then the damage has already been done. The child may be afraid to go outdoors again. The right to homeschool includes the right to be free from fear—especially for young people, who are most vulnerable to feelings of fear.

5. The Hollister City Council discussed a draft version of a daytime curfew on October 4.

6. HSLDA and Families for Home Education are united in opposing this ordinance.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom in Missouri!

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
Senior Counsel, HSLDA

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Can You Trust Them To Support It If They Won’t Sign Their Name To It?

Educational choice is the new buzz word/phrase in the great educational reform debate. How quickly politicians learn just the right thing to say when trying to woo voters. But do their words line up with their actions? That’s the great conundrum of politics. How do you tell when a candidate or elected official is really dedicated to a cause? Well, you can consider it a huge red flag when they are reluctant to put their name on something, something like the Educational Freedom Pledge.

For the last few years, Homeschooling United has been following the “trends” in “Educational Reform” and watching how the federal government has been closing the gap on parental and educational freedoms, not only in public education, but in the private and homeschooling realms, as well. And we have also been watching the attitudes of politicians waffle between falling into line to follow “establishment” directives and fighting for the rights and independence of individual educational choice and freedoms. When Homeschooling United first introduced The Pledge, candidates were all too happy to be associated with educational freedom and homeschooling. Recent developments within establishment politics and educational reform trends have found it more difficult to locate character within potentially elected who are willing to sign their names on pledges to fight for basic and fundamental rights of parents to make educational choices for their own children. Choices that were once rudimentary to our culture as Americans.

As we look to the August primary we will update the list of candidates who choose to defend educational freedom and those who do not. Please take a look at the platforms of all the potential candidates and make your choices based on facts. But please don’t be swayed by excuses. Candidates who make it a policy to not sign pledges, but tell you they support your cause need to be more thoroughly vetted before you give them your support.

Among the candidates who have the courage to stand openly for educational freedom are:

Ed Martin, candidate for Missouri Attorney General, Bill Randles and Fred Saeur, candidates for Missouri Governor, Martin Baker, candidate for the 1st congressional district, Tom Martz, candidate for state representative in district 131, Terry Varner, candidate for state senate in district 3, Cynthia Davis, candidate for Missouri Lt. Governor, and Eva Guest, committee woman candidate in St. Charles County.

Dave Spence, candidate for Missouri Governor, John Brunner, candidate for US Senate, and Ann Wagner candidate for the 2nd congressional district have all declined to support Educational Freedom.

Look for more updates soon, as we add to the list before the primary.

UPDATE: Fred Saeur, previously listed as in non support of the Pledge, has contacted Homeschooling United and supports the Educational Freedom Pledge. Edits have been made to this post to reflect that change. 4:00 PM Wednesday June 27, 2012

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Dr Brian Ray Conducts A Study Of African American Homeschoolers And Seeks Your Input

Fellow Homeschoolers,

PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING OUT …..Pass on to any other homeschool families you know!!!

A fellow homeschool mom assisting Dr. Brian Ray as he looks at the successes of homeschooled AfAm children asks for your help.

Dr. Brian Ray (Education Researcher and Fellow Homeschooler)

…..is conducting a historical study of homeschooling amongst African Americans. He is looking for families from all over the nation to participate in a study looking at the academic scholarship of homeschool students. In particular he is interested in looking at how African American students do on standardized testing areas (i.e. language, math, reading, etc.).

He is most interested in African American homeschooled children between the ages of 9 – 14.

Dr. Ray will work with the family to have an administrator conduct the test and all costs for the tests are 100% FREE!!

***Many homeschool families want their kids tested but either don’t know how to access this opportunity outside of their local public school district and/or can’t afford an independent tester or the cost of the test, especially if they homeschool multiple children. This study is an opportunity to not only help out Dr. Ray, who is interested in learning more about the homeschooling community, but is also a wonderful opportunity to have your kids tested for no cost to you! Note: all testing results will be shared directly with you.

So some of you I know still have anxiety about testing – but testing is a great way to see your child’s areas of strength and areas of growth. It helps you pinpoint just where more support and instruction might be needed. It is also great practice for families who are considering college or professional studies for their children. To enter into college and many professional careers young adults are expected to take any number of standardized tests or assessments. The more practice and comfort they have with this process the better.

If you are interested and/or want more information please contact Dr. Ray directly. His information is below.

Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.

President

National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)

Editor in Chief

Home School Researcher (academic refereed journal)

PO Box 13939

Salem OR 97309 USA

phone (503) 364 1490

http://www.nheri.org & mail@nheri.org

Brian Ray for research & personal bray@nheri.org

 

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EDUCATION: What A Great Photo Op!

Thanks to my friend, Robert Brenner, for sharing these photos taken in Cape Girardeau, Missouri last night. This is not an endorsement, just an opportunity to share great photos. I will also share some video of Santorum, when I had a chance to ask him education related questions as he campaigned in Missouri earlier this year.

Rick Santorum campaigns in Cape Girardeau Missouri, March 10, 2012

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Schooling VS. Education: Understanding The Differences

I started reading Gatto when I pulled my kids from public schools and began homeschooling. I and they began our exposure to a different way of thinking about education and why it is important and different from what the larger culture is conditioned to value. Enjoy this series.

 

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