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by DR. SUSAN BERRY Homeschooling families in Connecticut are in the process of forming a parental rights coalition, as they reject the use of the Newtown shootings over two years ago as a vehicle to undermine the rights of parents to choose the venue for educating their children. Homeschooling parents and their supporters, including State Sen. Joe Markley (R), held apress conference at the Capitol in Hartford last week in which they pointed out that—even after having initially confused the terms “homeschooling” and “homebound” in describing the education plan of reported Newtown killer Adam Lanza in its draft proposal—the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission (SHAC) still persists in using the shootings to introduce oversight of homeschoolers. SHAC—named after the Sandy Hook elementary school whe...
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by Genevieve Wood / @genevievewood f millions of Americans are doing it, the conventional wisdom among government bureaucrats is that somebody ought to regulate it. Look no further than the growing movement known as homeschooling. It’s estimated that upwards of three million school age children in America are now foregoing the traditional schoolhouse, public or private, and getting their education at home. That has some people concerned – primarily those in the public education establishment who have done such a stellar job educating the children under their care they believe they have time to monitor what’s going on elsewhere. (For the record, according to the 2013 findings of the Program for International Student Assessment, students in 29 countries statistically outperformed U.S. stud...
Michael Ware As I earlier reported the Stanley’s of Garland County Arkansas had their seven homeschoolers forcibly taken from their home. Though they were given several reasons, all unsubstantiated, for the DHS investigation no charges were filed. They originally were informed that they would have the children returned in 72 hours. It has been five weeks. Christiannews.net reports Last week, the Stanley’s learned that a hearing scheduled over the matter has been postponed until March 23. Therefore, the children will remain in custody for at least another month until the hearing is held.
By Perry Chiaramonte Published November 30, 2014 FoxNews.com The home-schooling boom is getting a new push due to opposition to Common Core, the controversial national education standard that some parents claim is using their children’s public school lessons to push a political agenda, according to critics of the Washington-backed curriculum. North Carolina, already a home-schooling hotbed, saw a 14 percent rise last year in the number of students being educated at home, according to a report fromHeartlander Magazine. Similar increases have been seen in Virginia, California and New York, according to education activists. “If you look at national, and even state polls, you can see that the more familiar people become with Common Core, the more they dislike it,” Bob Lubke, a senior policy an...
by DR. SUSAN BERRY27 Nov 2014 More parents are removing their children from traditional school environments and are choosing to homeschool them instead due to increased concern over the use of the Common Core standards. The Heartlander reported earlier this month that in the state of North Carolina homeschooling increased by 14 percent during the last academic year as the controversial Common Core standards grew to be more of a concern for parents. Similarly, a new report at Fox News indicates that the number of students homeschooled in Virginia, California, and New York has increased.
By Lauren Richardson Common Core Standards are here to stay whether we like it or not says Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and school administrators. Some common core concerns are that many outstanding teachers and administrators will pursue other career options or retire rather than try to transition into the Common Core standards. The stress of getting their students to perform will likely cause more teacher and administrator burnout. There are concerns that the Common Core Standards require younger students to learn more at a quicker pace than they ever have before. With the increased rigor and higher level thinking skills, early childhood programs will become more rigid. Pre-Kindergarten will be more important, and skills students used to learn in second grade will need to be taught...
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