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In 1818, Thomas Jefferson described the goals of education: “To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts, in writing; To improve by reading, his morals and faculties; To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either; To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor and judgment; And, in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed.”
"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom." --John Adams, Defense of the Constitutions, 1787
"The best means of forming a manly, virtuous and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means in my opinion, must fail. ...It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." George Washington - Appleton Prentiss Clark Griffin, A Catalogue of the Washington Collection in the Boston Athenaeum Parts 1-4 (Cambridge: University Press, 1897) 552
"Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
Founding Fathers: On The Importance of Public Education
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Click here for Mission America's "Choice 4 Truth" and "Truth at Schools."
Click here for Truth Tolerance Concerned about the pro-gay agenda in your child's public school? It's sad, but many public schools have, in the name of "tolerance," stifled free speech and true diversity by silencing students of faith, and those with conservative perspectives. This isn't true tolerance. True Tolerance means a free and respectful exchange of ideas. The good news is, thanks to TrueTolerance.org, there's something you can do about it. Make your voice heard and balance out the bias, by giving your school officials helpful legal facts and social science data.
"Why don't they tell the truth at school about homosexuality?" It's Mission America's companion web site, Truth At School. A great resource on the issue of homosexuality in our schools. The site contains sections on "The Hidden Agenda," "Talking Points," tips for parents and students, how to get organized in your community, and a long list of helpful resources.
True Tolerance website, you’ll find the following resources: The “Educate Yourself” section, which provides examples of troubling books, classroom materials and school programs that are cropping up in schools across the country. The “Express Your Viewpoint” tool center that provides suggested talking points and tips to help you approach school officials with your concerns. A “Latest Issues” section, where you can access bullet point “fast facts” and statistics on the issue of bullying--to help parents and students navigate this sensitive topic in their schools. The site’s “Take Action” center, which enables you to send professionally packaged information from national legal experts, about parental rights and religious freedoms, directly to your school officials via email.
If you would like to OPT your children OUT of any pro-homosexual classes, use this opt-out form. This form was created by Attorney Scott Lively. It is good in all 50 states. If you would get it out to as many as you can, and anyone that has a website, have them post the link below. You can forward this message to anyone you see fit. http://www.abidingtruth.com/_docs/resources/6505841.pdf Thank you and GOD BLESS, Dave and Denise Caster, International Organization of Heterosexual Rights http://www.inoohr.org - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alliance Defense Fund has released a guide for Christian students to educate them on their First Amendment rights of free speech and religious expression on public school campuses. The 32-page guide, "Knowing Your Rights," provides information on equal access for religious clubs to use campus facilities, what religious clubs can do on campus (including university campuses), and the rights of teachers and administrators to participate in religious expression. Copies of the guide are available at http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/involved/products/ or by calling 1-877-TELL-ADF.
Risk Audit: Measure the Promotion of Homosexuality in Your Local Schools - MissionAmerica.com
responsibility of education DOES NOT belong to schools.
Don't let the indoctrination of your children bring shame to you.
And you shall love the LORD thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:5-7
"And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
"My, son hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the law of your mother." Proverbs 1:8
"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding." Proverbs 4:1
"He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy. A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him." Proverbs 17:21,25
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. Hosea 4:6-10
"Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind." -- Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, in a letter to John Armstrong,, March 19, 1783 --
"It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives." --John Adams
"It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness." --James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791
"A most intriguing school test appears in the current issue of Education Reporter, describing what eighth-graders in the United States were expected to know in 1910. Among 10 grammar questions: 'In what must a pronoun agree with its antecedent? Illustrate.' Under orthography, spell: 'laudanum, beneficent, declension.' A few from the U.S. and civic history category: 'State the qualifications of a U.S. senator ... What has made the names of each of the following historical: Alexander Hamilton, U.S. Grant, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Cyrus W. Field, Clara Barton? ... Give an account of the framing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence.' After students got through rather tough questions in geography, arithmetic and physiology, there was this easy (for students of yesteryear, at least) question: 'Quote two stanzas of "America".'" --John McCaslin - July 2004
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A DEFENCE OF THE USE OF THE BIBLE IN SCHOOLS By Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), distinguished physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Dr. Rush was an outspoken Christian, statesman, and pioneering medical doctor. He was a prolific author, publishing the first American chemistry textbook. In 1797, President John Adams appointed Rush as Treasurer of the U.S. Mint, a position he held until 1813. He also founded America's first Bible society. At the time of his death in 1813, he was heralded as one of the three most notable figures of America, the other two being George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
Public Education Against America Late Author Marlin Maddoux documented probe Into U.S. Educational System. The most thorough, fully documented inside-look at the public school system to be published. Every parent in America should read this book to learn what the government schools are actually teaching their children. From the Publisher: "Political correctness" replaces freedom of speech on college campuses, Moral Relativism slithers into high school sex education classes, and brainwashing techniques take root in kindergarten. These are just a few of the unsettling realities that emerge from todayâ€™s public school system. In his book Public Education Against America: The Hidden Agenda, Marlin Maddoux uncovers how Americaâ€™s public education persistently erodes the faith and values of American children in an ongoing effort to create a godless, humanistic society. Reading, Writing and Arithmetic went out the door, and in stepped Secular Humanism. Maddoux unveils the truth about what happens behind closed doors in classrooms across the nation. He uses actual events to disclose the warped worldviews that adversely affect how and what American children are taught, blacking out the Christian foundation of our nation and thrusting those values into the abyss of distant memory. Discover how patriotism is shunned and acts of terrorism defended. Thoroughly researched and documented, this is one book that every taxpayer, parent, and college student must read.
First Class Education A measure to require every school district to spend at least 65% of their education operational budgets for in-classroom purposes including teachers and students, not school bureaucrats. Known as First Class Education Initiative, supporters of the measure seek to pass it in all fifty states and the District of Columbia by the end of 2008. George Will described the measure in his April 10th column as â€œpolitically delicious because it unites parents, taxpayers and teachersâ€. Voters can AND will send a powerful message to union leadership. Opposition to this measure to increase funding for classroom instruction and more qualified educators will be detrimental to their general membership.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS International) exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ. MOPS International is a Christian non-profit organization that believes in working with local Christian churches/parachurches to maximize ministry opportunities to Godâ€™s Kingdom. MOPS programs are chartered in churches of many different denominations and Christian traditions, but all share the common desire to reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring glory to God in everything.
Learning & Support Resources
What the Bible says about education - Why money is never an issue - Public vs. Christian Education - 10 reasons to send your child to a Christian school - Standardized test comparisons - College success and beyond
Education Breakthrough Network National network of people who believe that Americans can solve our education problem. The Education Breakthrough is emerging as America's living library for excellent school choices and those who support their existence. School choices represent a very broad range of models. They are private schools, public charter schools, online schools, homeschools, tutoring organizations, and state supported scholarships. This sector is now the fastest growing sector of American education and the sector where achievement grows fastest as well. It is home to the cure. But it offends the status quo. Special interest groups who benefit from the way things are would like us to ignore these amazing successes, dismiss their existence, or outlaw them altogether. The Education Breakthrough Network was created for just this reason - to prove that success is possible in every community, to showcase the schools that get it done, and to encourage our citizens to demand that we allow more of them.
The purpose of Fortifying Our Families.org is to assist parents,
families, teachers, administrators, and school board members to: Learn about
the open agenda of Progressive Education, with its focus on social and political
change, and identify some of its main proponents, including John Goodlad, Bill
Ayers, Nel Noddings, Kevin Jennings, and John Dewey.
PEYTON WOLCOTT How we take back our children's
education: one person, one question, one schools at a time. Follow the money,
honey! Bringing you the information and tools you need in order to improve
public education and lower taxes and spending; during the past two decades of
the voucher debate an entire generation has grown up in the public school
system. If you don't think this is important look at the Nov. 2008 election
where folks voted based on emotions and hope rather than facts. Let's put a
stop to the school-to-prison pipeline -- and keep our public schools locally
run, strong and free..
PEYTON WOLCOTT How we take back our children's education: one person, one question, one schools at a time. Follow the money, honey! Bringing you the information and tools you need in order to improve public education and lower taxes and spending; during the past two decades of the voucher debate an entire generation has grown up in the public school system. If you don't think this is important look at the Nov. 2008 election where folks voted based on emotions and hope rather than facts. Let's put a stop to the school-to-prison pipeline -- and keep our public schools locally run, strong and free..
PETITION TO REMOVE IB FROM AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS Please join concerned parents across the United States who are fighting to prevent the takeover of their public schools by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB). For nore info see TRUTH ABOUT IB.
America's Christian History Rebuilders of the Foundations of America's Christian Heritage. Unveiling the History that made our Nation a great Constitutional Republic. Discover the Christian History of America - how men of faith framed the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and formed our great nation.
Alpha Omega Publications! A Christian publishing company which proudly provides quality, Bible-based curricula for students in Preschool through 12th Grade. Our exciting Christian curriculum choices include: Switched-On Online, Switched-On Schoolhouse, LIFEPAC, Horizons, and the Weaver Curriculum.
DiscoverChristianSchools.com is a communications initiative designed to assist parents in making the most informed decisions about their children's education. DiscoverChristianSchools.com is a website that connects schools and parents together, and imparts the most current and reliable resources available where Christian education is concerned. What the Bible says about education - Why money is never an issue - Public vs. Christian Education - 10 reasons to send your child to a Christian school - Standardized test comparisons - College success and beyond
Christian Educators Association International (CEAI While the Christian Educators Association International is not politically aggressive, it is not reluctant to get involved when moral concerns or parental rights are at stake.
Center for Education Reform (CER) creates opportunities for and challenges obstacles to better education for America's communities. Founded in 1993 to translate ideas into action, CER combines education policy with grassroots advocacy to work deep within the nation's communities to foster positive and bold education reforms. Today, this premiere national group serves as a full-service education reform engine working in over 40 states.
"The Truth For Youth" BIBLE for teenagers for distribution to students in public schools. To receive a free copy of "The Truth For Youth" to give away in school you may go to thetruthforyouth.com or call 1-800-733-4737. Be sure to visit The Truth For Youth.
"No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning" is an absolutely brilliant analysis of what ails American education today. The most important book of the year by Mona Charen (10/24/2003) Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom have produced a book that should rock the nation.
Understanding 'The Siege' by Rebecca Hagelin (7/21/2004) Those of you who are sick and tired of watching liberals drool over Michael Moore's miserable "Fahrenheit 9-11" are probably wondering why our side doesn't have something better to watch. Well, now we do.
Thinking Straight in a Crooked World (DeMar, Gary) is an indispensable text for college-bound students as well as any one of any age who is engaged in educational pursuits. It is also a wonderful biblical worldview primer. 306 pages, paperback. (PURCHASERS OF THIS BOOK THROUGH THIS PROMOTION WILL ALSO RECEIVE A FREE ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO AMERICAN VISION'S POPULAR MAGAZINE BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW.)
Frequently Asked Questions about Education in America by Krista Kafer
See You at the Pole A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. They came seeking God. Little did they know how powerfully God was about to move. On Saturday night God penetrated their hearts like never before. The students were broken before God and burdened for their friends. Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night. Not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God would use their obedience. ...Only God had envisioned how many students would step up to the challenge. At 7:00 a.m. on September 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray before the start of school.http://syatp.org/info/history.html
edify1another! The purpose of this site is to support and encourage students who are struggling with their beliefs, sexuality, emotions, faith, and other issues... even their grades! The site name states our purpose- to edify one another. "Edify" means "to instruct... so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement." We want to be an encouragement to you intellectually, morally, and spiritually by providing information on local events (seminars, meetings, etc...) and links to other uplifting and helpful web sites. Example: Yes, there is a gay agenda for youth - A terrific letter to the editor from a 17 year old student.
GetTheKidsOut.org - Mission: Assist Christians to work within their own denominations to alert parents of the staggering loss of faith and morals in children who attend the officially neutral â€œpublic schools,â€ and help them find ways to move children into Christian education, whether in campus schools or homeschooling. For a short list of options, please see http://HonestEdu.org/misc/liberate.php. You can use us as a clearinghouse to find others in your denomination who are alarmed about the loss of youth â€œto the world.â€ You will find on this website a growing collection of resolutions and other ideas you can adapt for your own use. More about us at: http://GetTheKidsOut.org/Introduction.php
The National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families booklet: "Modern Sex Education: The Indoctrination of a Generation." The 28-page booklet is the fourth in the organization's Cultural Apologetics Series. Other booklets are "Where the Battle Rages: The Sexualizing of America," "Why is Marriage Important? The Reasonable Defense of Marriage" and "Thinking Critically, Acting Compassionately: A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality."
Liberty Counsel has a brochure on Equal Access for starting after-school Christian Clubs.
TeenMania To provoke a young generation to passionately pursue Jesus Christ and to take His life-giving message to the ends of the earth!
Reasons To Believe Answering Skeptics, Encouraging Believers. Science and Faith: Allies or Enemies? Founded in 1986, Reasons To Believe is an international, interdenominational ministry established to communicate the uniquely factual basis for belief in the Bible as the error-free Word of God and for personal faith in Jesus Christ as Creator and Savior.
To learn how to implement Bible curriculum in your local district, please call toll free 1-888-BIBLENOW, or visit http://www.bibleinschools.net/ online.
See Children Resources for much more.
Home Schooling Links & Resources
Americans Celebrate Success of School Choice More parents are being empowered to make the best decisions for their children.
o Why Urban, Educated Parents Are Turning to DIY Education - They raise chickens. They grow vegetables. They knit. Now a new generation of urban parents is even teaching their own kids. ...We think of homeschoolers as evangelicals or off-the-gridders who spend a lot of time at kitchen tables in the countryside. And it’s true that most homeschooling parents do so for moral or religious reasons. But education observers believe that is changing. ...Many of these parents feel that city schools—or any schools—don’t provide the kind of education they want for their kids. Just as much, though, their choice to homeschool is a more extreme example of a larger modern parenting ethos: that children are individuals, each deserving a uniquely curated upbringing. That peer influence can be noxious. (Bullying is no longer seen as a harmless rite of passage.) That DIY—be it gardening, knitting, or raising chickens—is something educated urbanites should embrace. That we might create a sense of security in our kids by practicing “attachment parenting,” an increasingly popular approach that involves round-the-clock physical contact with children and immediate responses to all their cues.
...Says Rebecca Wald, a Baltimore homeschooler, “Once we had a child and I realized how fun it was to see her discover stuff about the world, I thought, why would I want to let a teacher have all that fun?” It’s 12:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and Tera and her daughters have arrived home from a rehearsal of a homeschoolers’ production of Alice in Wonderland. Their large green Craftsman is typical Seattle. There are kayaks in the garage, squash in the slow cooker, and the usual paraphernalia of girlhood: board games, dolls, craft kits. Next to the kitchen phone is a printout of the day’s responsibilities. Daisy and Ginger spend about two hours daily in formal lessons, including English and math; today they’ve also got history, piano, and sewing.
...he Schreiber girls spend most of their time out and about, typically at activities arranged for homeschoolers. There are Girl Scouts and ceramics and book club and enrichment classes and park outings arranged by the Seattle Homeschool Group, a secular organization whose membership has grown from 30 families to 300 over the last decade. In a way, urban homeschooling can feel like an intensified version of the extracurricular madness that is the hallmark of any contemporary middle-class family, or it can feel like one big, awesome field trip. Institutions throughout the country have discovered a reliable weekday customer in urban homeschoolers. “Everywhere you turn there’s a co-op or a class or a special exhibit,” says Brian Ray, founder of the National Home Education Research Institute in Oregon. Three years ago, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago began to court homeschoolers with free admission, their own newsletters, and courses designed specifically for them. Participation has doubled each year. “The more we offer, the more we sell out,” says Andrea Ingram, vice president of education and guest services.
...Still, you can’t help but wonder whether there’s a cost to all this family togetherness. There are the moms, of course, who for two decades have their lives completely absorbed by their children’s. But the mothers I got to know seem quite content with that, and clearly seem to be having fun getting together with each other during their kids’ activities. And the kids? There’s concern that having parents at one’s side throughout childhood can do more harm than good. Psychologist Wendy Mogel, the author of the bestselling book The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, admires the way homeschoolers manage to “give their children a childhood” in an ultracompetitive world. Yet she wonders how kids who spend so much time within a deliberately crafted community will learn to work with people from backgrounds nothing like theirs. She worries, too, about eventual teenage rebellion in families that are so enmeshed. Typical urban homeschooled kids do tend to find the space they need by the time they reach those teenage years, participating independently in a wealth of activities. That’s just as well for their parents, who by that time can often use a breather. And it has made them more appealing to colleges, which have grown more welcoming as they find that homeschoolers do fine academically. In some ways these students may arrive at college more prepared, as they’ve had practice charting their own intellectual directions, though parents say they sometimes bristle at having to suffer through courses and professors they don’t like. Tera figures that her daughters are out in the world enough to interact with all sorts of people. She feels certain they will be able to be good citizens precisely because of her and Eric’s “forever style of parenting,” as she calls it, not in spite of it.
Study: 2.04 Million Homeschool Students in the United States in 2010 Description: This study report uses a variety of data sources to develop and present an updated estimate of the number of grades K to 12 homeschool students in the United States in 2010.
Colleges Nationwide Recruit Homeschool Grads /Christian Newswire/ -- As the modern-day homeschool movement confidently marches forward into its fourth decade, colleges and universities are opening wide their doors to welcome its mature, prepared graduates to their ranks. Homeschoolers score an average of 37 percentile points above the national average on standardized achievement tests and typically score above average on the SAT and ACT, statistics that apparently have caught the eye of college admissions personnel. Since 1999, the number of homeschoolers in the United States has increased by 74%, and today thousands of young men and women are graduating from high school -- at home.
Homeschooling: The Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S. (Aug. 24, 2010) Let's take a look at some of the evidence:
"Homeschooling grew from 1.7% of the school age population in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007, a 74% relative increase over 8 years," states Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). A 2008 study found that "an estimated 2.0 to 2.5 million K-12 children were home educated in the U.S. during mid-2008," statistics that were also confirmed by NCES. Last week, in their local news coverage, Chattanooga's News Channel 9 reported: "In the last decade, the number of homeschoolers has far more than doubled, according to the Department of Education" (WTVC-TV, August 13, 2010).
The increasing popularity of homeschooling should not come as a surprise. Homeschooling, a term referring to "parent-led, home-based education," is now bordering on "mainstream" in the United States. In a 2008 article, SaveMoneyHomeschooling.com stated: "If homeschooling continues to grow at 7-12% per year for the next 5 years, we could see the percent of homeschooling students increase to 5 million, which is about 10% of the total children in K-12 education."
New Study Shows Homeschoolers Succeed in College a study titled Exploring Academic Outcomes of Homeschooled Students was released and showed that homeschooled college students significantly outperformed their peers. "This is great news for the homeschool community," said Michael Smith, president of HSLDA. "Once again, homeschooling parents have shown they are more than capable of preparing their children for all aspects of life," he added. The study covered homeschoolers from 2004-2009 at a mid-sized college in the upper Midwest. Among the major findings: Homeschooled students earned a higher first-year GPA (3.41) when compared to other freshman (3.12). Homeschooled students earned a higher fourth-year GPA (3.46) when compared to other freshman who completed their fourth year (3.16). Homeschooled students achieved a higher graduation rate (66.7 percent) when compared to the overall student population (57.5 percent). Other research has shown that parents spend on average $500 per child, per year to homeschool. In comparison, the average public school spends over $10,000 per child, per year. Homeschooling is proving itself everyday to be a credible and cost-effective method of educating children. Other examples of homeschool success can also be found in the college preparatory area. Patrick Henry College Preparatory Academy, which conducts online AP* classes with a Christian worldview, released its results today for the May 2010 United States Government and Politics AP* Exam. Reported scores for homeschooled students who studied with PHC Prep averaged "3.75" on a scale of 1-5 (with 3 being a pass). Last year's national average for the same exam was "2.78." As millions of children go back to school in the next few weeks, it's important to remember the hundreds of thousands of homeschool families (representing over 2 million homeschooled children) who are achieving amazing results on a fraction of the budget. *Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 27-year-old, 85,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.
Homeschooling: The Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S. Contact: Michelle Eichhorn, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, 888-718-4663 MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- It appears that in the U.S., homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education, according to independent research conducted by organizations ranging from the National Home Education Research Institute (www.nheri.org), a nonprofit research and educational organization, to the federally funded National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov). Let's take a look at some of the evidence: "Homeschooling grew from 1.7% of the school age population in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007, a 74% relative increase over 8 years," states Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). A 2008 study found that "an estimated 2.0 to 2.5 million K-12 children were home educated in the U.S. during mid-2008," statistics that were also confirmed by NCES. Last week, in their local news coverage, Chattanooga's News Channel 9 reported: "In the last decade, the number of homeschoolers has far more than doubled, according to the Department of Education" (WTVC-TV, August 13, 2010). The increasing popularity of homeschooling should not come as a surprise. Homeschooling, a term referring to "parent-led, home-based education," is now bordering on "mainstream" in the United States. In a 2008 article, SaveMoneyHomeschooling.com stated: "If homeschooling continues to grow at 7â€“12% per year for the next 5 years, we could see the percent of homeschooling students increase to 5 million, which is about 10% of the total children in K-12 education." "Homeschooling high school is no longer uncharted territory . . . . There are a multitude of homeschooled graduates who are bearing fruit in the workplace, in the military, in their families, and in colleges across the country," states the Home-School Legal Defense Association, an organization whose purpose is to "defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children." Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, is not at all surprised by the increased popularity of homeschooling: "During the past thirty years, homeschooling families have proven that parents can do a better job than the public school -- socially and academically. Homeschooling works; everybody wins." As the homeschooling movement continues to expand, and as graduates from among their ranks assume positions of leadership and responsibility in the United States, our nation will be watching. Most citizens would agree that our nation is in desperate need of wise, well-educated leaders: men and women of integrity, curiosity, strength, and courage. The fact that homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education in our country may just offer our nation that hope we're looking for. About The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine: Soon to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, The Old SchoolhouseÂ® Magazine is recognized as the premier magazine for homeschoolers. Their Fall 2010 issue will focus on higher education, featuring articles that discuss dual-credit programs offered by colleges and preparing teens for today's job market. This professional publication offers approximately 200 pages of information, inspiration, and encouragement to homeschooling families around the world in each quarterly issue. View a sample issue here: www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/sample/#pg1
Ron Paul's Free Home-School Curriculum (May 2010) By Joel McDurmon - Gary North outlines it here. It's the best curriculum. It's free. It's web-based with video and original source documents. There's only problem... It doesn't exist yet. But you can help: Gary North knows Ron Paul. He worked for him in the 70s and has kept in touch. He is now urging Paul to create this curriculum. Paul could get it done, easily. He has the resources. His name would sell it, widely. It may even make many new home-schooler converts. It would have by far the greatest impact for liberty and reclaiming America of anything Paul has done so far or could do, and for generations to come. How can you help get this free curriculum into existence? Write Ron Paul. A couple thousand or so emails on this subject may finally persuade him of the need, or at least the market for it. Write him here. Please take the few minutes to do so. On the form, select subject "Education."
"Parent-centered education reforms continue to proliferate nationwide. This year, more than 1 million children will be able to attend safe and effective schools chosen by their parents, thanks to reforms implemented at the state and local level. I urge you to become better acquainted with the many schooling options now available. Heritage [Foundation]'s "Types of School Choice" is a great place to start. It outlines just about everything, from tax credits and education savings accounts to scholarships and charter schools. And it shows why parents should settle for nothing less than excellence when it comes to the supremely important task of educating their children. We need to remember that parents not federal bureaucrats are best situated to direct their children's education.â€ â€”Rebecca Hagelin (PatriotPost.us)
Home schooling up nationallyNearly 1.1 million students were home-schooled last year. The estimated figure of students taught at home has grown 29 percent since 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the Department of Education. In surveys, parents offered two main reasons for choosing to home school their children: 31 percent cited concerns about the environment of regular schools, and 30 percent wanted the flexibility to teach moral or religious lessons. "Home schooling is just getting started," said Ian Slatter, spokesman for the National Center for Home Education. "We've gotten through the barriers of questioning the academic ability of home schools, now that we have sizable number of graduates who are not socially isolated or awkward, they are good, high-quality citizens." Slatter's group believes there are 2 million students being home schooled, a figure nearly double that of the government's estimate.
Home Schooling Gaining Popularity among African-American Families - It is estimated that more than 100,000 black students are currently receiving their education at home as a growing number of black families embrace home schooling as a viable alternative to the public school system. More details: http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/5/72003b.asp
Homeschooling Pioneer Launches Life Skills Courses for Middle and High Schoolers Nationally-known homeschooling speaker and author Joyce Swann has launched the first course in her new Life Skills series, designed to help middle and high school-aged students succeed after graduation.
Great American Homeschool Conferences Give your homeschool an extra boost. Come to a Great American Homeschool Conference near you for the encouragement, support and vision you need to keep going. Great American Homeschool Conferences are sponsored by Christian state-wide homeschool organizations - the year-round resource for homeschool help in your state. The Alliance also lends support to those who are just considering the option of homeschooling at: beginninghomeschooling.com.
The Online Campus of Liberty Christian School brings the classroom to you in real time with real teachers! Biblical worldview, college preparatory academics, accredited teachers and a thriving online community are the cornerstones of our school. The Online Campus offers excellent, Christ-centered education for 6th through 12th grade students. Finally, there is a solution for families wanting Christ-centered education! Iâ€™ve discovered a college-prep program for 6th through 12th grades that is centered around excellent academics and a Biblical worldview curriculum, all within a cutting edge online classroom. Students from Alaska to South Carolina are taking LIVE & interactive classes together with The Online Campus!
America's Christian History Home School Page Rebuilders of the Foundations of America's Christian Heritage. Unveiling the History that made our Nation a great Constitutional Republic. Discover the Christian History of America - how men of faith framed the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and formed our great nation.
101 Reasons to Home School Highlights the shortcomings of government-run schools and believe strongly in the importance of father's having a vision for their family, and encouraging Christians to constantly develop a more biblical worldview.
Considering Homeschooling a national Christian ministry that introduces Believers to the blessings of private biblical homeschooling. We believe the Lord Jesus is restoring Christian families and saving the souls of children through biblical homeschooling and that God wants Christians to know the truth about the bad fruit of public school.
Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed. HSLDA's mission is to protect the freedom of all homeschoolers. Although our officers and directors are Christians, HSLDA membership is open to all homeschoolers. We trust and respect parents to make the right choices for the upbringing of their children. We have no agenda to make all public and home-based classrooms religious or conservative. Our primary objective is to preserve the fundamental right of parents to choose home education, free of over-zealous government officials and intrusive laws. We do put on a national conference annually and invite the board members of state organizations with whom we have worked for many years. Most, if not all, of those organizations have Christian leaders, but many serve all homeschoolers regardless of religious affiliation, as we do.
"Homeschooling Family-to-Family" (HFTF) Provides strong support from important homeschooling organizations such as the Home School Legal Defense Association, the Southern Baptist Church Home Education Association, and the National Black Home Educators Resource Association. Homeschooling Family-to-Family encourages experienced homeschoolers to "share their heart for homeschooling" by offering to mentor families they already know into homeschooling. HFTF's goal is to bring over one million new children into homeschooling over a five to seven year period, thereby strengthening state and local homeschooling organizations.
K12 Online Home Schooling for Parents & Home Schooling backed by former Education Secretary William Bennett. â€¦ from exceptional online courses, to blended online/classroom school programs, to full-time online public and private school programsâ€¦ KÂ¹Â² has become the largest provider of online learning for grades K-12, because we know better than anyone else how to build engaging curriculum that blends online and offline learning experiences. We also enable differentiated instruction down to the individual level, rooted in decades of educational research.
The Old School House Magazine The Old Schoolhouse for Homeschoolers is a business. We do not claim to be a ministry, but because our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ rules our lives, we wish to honor Him in all things, whether by school, work or play. Therefore, our physical publication, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine seeks to do just that, honor Him.
"Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act." Now that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional for schools on the West coast and a city-funded school for "homosexual students" is now open in New York, it's easy to see why so many parents have decided to educate their children at home. FRC is proud to support public policies that seek to strengthen homeschooling, chief among them Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's (R-CO) "Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act." This bill would ensure that homeschooled students could participate in federal education savings account programs and make it easier for them to enroll in college, among other things. Family Research Council Washington Update November 14, 2003
CHRISTIAN COLLEGE MAKES A NICHE FOR HOME SCHOOLERS
Five years ago, Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, began a concerted effort to bring home-schoolers to its campus. Now, more than half of Belhaven faculty with school-age children are home schoolers themselves, and 19% of this year's freshman class were home-schooled. More details: http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/3/192003e.asp
Teacher Aid Education Resources
Alpha Omega Publications With over 30 years experience in publishing quality Christian homeschool curriculum and products, we're sure to have the answers to your homeschooling needs. Let us help you discover homeschooling success with innovative and time-tested homeschool curriculum such as Switched-On SchoolhouseÂ®, LIFEPACÂ®, Horizons, and The Weaver CurriculumÂ®. Confused about which homeschool curriculum to buy? Feel free to look around and check out our affordable homeschool curriculum options for PreK-12th grade. We're here to serve you, and we look forward to making your homeschooling enriching and enjoyable.
Crusade Ministries A Christian outreach program that was started by a Tennessee pastor in 1990 to share the gospel with students in one public school is now being implemented throughout the United States. More details: http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/4/162004b.asp
The American Textbook Council is an independent national research organization established in 1989 to review the history and social studies textbooks used in the nation's schools.
English Grammar - Comprehensive English grammar resource. Here you’ll learn all aspects of the English written language, enabling you to improve your writing skills in both personal and formal communications. Free daily English grammar lessons and exercises
College and University Links & Resources
Major American colleges and universities were established? To teach the Gospel and describe the basis and reasoning for good citizenship. (See how far Harvard University has strayed from its original Rules and Precepts America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations Pages 280-281)
"To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts, in writing; To improve, by reading, his morals and faculties; To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either; To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor, and judgment; And, in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed." --Thomas Jefferson, Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia, 1818
Choosing the Right College - Many parents of college-bound students wonder whether there are still any places where most of the professors are teaching instead of indoctrinating. Actually, there are more than 50 colleges with a "green light" rating on that score in the huge college guide, "Choosing the Right College."
truthXchange - Welcome to the home of truthXchange, where we turn spirituality â€œinside out.â€ What do we mean? We want to examine the two spiritualities we can choose from: worshiping and serving something â€œinsideâ€ creation, or worshiping a God who stands â€œoutsideâ€ creation.
EveryStudent.com -- a safe place to explore issues about college, life, and what it might be like to know God.
Network of College Conservatives exposing and combating liberal bias on university campuses
The Collegiate Patriot (a project of The Federalist) - Through student advocates on each campus, we'll provide a variety of resources, including regular publications, event speakers, and political literature -- all to counter campus trends toward the Left while bolstering the bedrock political and social ideals of our nation. This is a massive undertaking, and we look forward to updating you on its progress.
Center for Popular Culture, - FrontPage Magazine, & more - David Horowitz, President 7 Founder: David Horowitzâ€™s effort to bring true academic freedom to American college campuses â€“ and end the â€œone party stateâ€ of higher education â€“ is bearing tremendous fruit. Already, Ohio is considering enacting an Academic Bill of Rights and nine other states are also considering such measures. His chief opponents include the ACLU and CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations). Recently David has been featured on Fox News, MSNBC and other media outlets. Please take a moment to read his urgent letter.
Students For Academic Freedom Information Center is a clearing house and communications center for a national coalition of student organizations whose goal is to end the political abuse of the university and to restore integrity to the academic mission as a disinterested pursuit of knowledge.
College Briefing (See what our kids are hearing at college)
Young Americans The voice of freedom on campus
Leadership Institute Media training for Conservatives
Washington Witness Washington U. St. Louis CSA Monthly Newspaper
Keeping Your Faith In CollegeA recent college graduate has compiled a book designed to fill a void for young people of faith who are facing the challenges and transitions of college life. Author Abbie Smith says she wrote the book hoping to help students like herself "avoid the temptations and pitfalls of college life while developing a healthy and more mature faith." Her brief introduction is followed by a compilation of practical and personal stories from Christian students representing more than 35 schools across the United States. Each individual chapter is introduced by the author and groups the other students' stories into categories like "Dorm Life," "Academics," "Peer Pressure," "Dating in College," "Racial Relations," "Greek Life," and "Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities."
Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's YouthShapiro, Ben - Townhall columnist Ben Shapiro reveals how America's university system is one of the largest brainwashing machines on the planet. Examining this nationwide problem from firsthand experience, Shapiro shows how the leftists who dominate the universities use their power to mold impressionable minds.
ChristianConnector.com'Virtual Christian College Fair' Finds a Niche- By Allie Martin - April 27, 2005 (AgapePress) - Students have a one-stop online shop where they can receive free information from Christian colleges nationwide. The ChristianConnector.com provides students with information from Christian colleges, graduate schools, seminaries, and missions organizations. Currently the website features information from more than 90 Christian colleges, and includes pages with tips on financial aid and admissions. Thom Seagren, who found ChristianConnector, says the site streamlines the work for students who are looking for information about Christian colleges. "It allows in essence ... being able to attend a Christian college fair right from your own home without ever leaving your home ..., rather than going to individual Christian colleges, one by one, online," Seagren explains. Via the Internet site, prospective students can browse individual school websites -- or they can take an even simpler route. "They can actually fill out one form in one place and have access to receiving information from over 90 different Christian colleges and universities across the country," the website's founder says. Seagren explains that he felt there was a need for a resource like ChristianConnector, where students could explore their options in the world of higher Christian education. "What we really represent ... is a bridge between a student who's seeking Christian college information and the Christian college [itself]," he says. "[F]rom my background of working in the admissions arena, I really saw that this is something that could be helpful to both parties, and for us to, in essence, fill in a gap between the student and the Christian college." Since it was established, more than 200,000 students have used the ChristianConnector's free services. Allie Martin, a regular contributor to AgapePress, is a reporter for American Family Radio News, which can be heard online.
Online Colleges and Universities:Online degrees, distance education
FIRE - Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America's increasingly repressive and partisan colleges and universities. FIRE is working to protect individual rights through two Programs: the Individual Rights Defense Program and the Individual Rights Education Program. Ultimately, FIRE seeks to end the debilitating fatalism that paralyzes students and faculty by bringing public attention to the issue while providing protection to those who are now helpless in the face of abuses of power on campuses across the nation.
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Criminal Justice Degree Research schools offering criminal justice degrees. Contact the schools directly for more info.
Criminal Justice Degree Search: Criminal Justice Schools: allows you to search for criminal justice schools, paralegal schools, paralegal training and education.
Blackstone Legal Fellowship - This one-of-a-kind, in-depth summer leadership training program trains these young scholars in areas their law schools many times neglect â€“ the origins and intent of this nationâ€™s legal system and Constitution.
Click here to learn how education began in America, facts, News, commentary, and more.
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