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World Net Daily

by Mary Jo Anderson

November 6, 2003

Catholic parents balk when dioceses adopt controversial 'Talking About Touching'

Although one result of the Catholic Church's traumatic clergy-sex scandal last year was the mandating of "personal safety training" sex-education programs to protect the next generation of youngsters in Catholic schools, one of the most popular such programs was designed by prostitution advocates, according to outraged parents in several dioceses using it.

by Annette M. Hall

November 4, 2003

The public schools are on a campaign to save their schools - but, more importantly, their jobs.

Our public schools have become very savvy over the years at using the media for their purposes. They have used it for fund-raising, to pass mileage levies against taxpayers, to influence public opinion and now to discredit homeschooling.

by Fred V. Reed

November 3, 2003

Universities are sorry institutions.

Today we'll destroy the universities and drive professors into the streets to starve, perhaps pulling themselves by their fingernails and feeding on remnants of discarded hamburgers. This will reform western civilization. (This is a full-service column. It doesn't mess with the petty stuff.)

World Net Daily

November 3, 2003

Friday, Nov. 7 is the final day submissions will be accepted

This is the final week for readers to thank America's fighting men and women in WND's exciting holiday publishing project - a limited edition book for our troops fighting the war on terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

November 2, 2003

500 Courses Now Available

With the publication of 500 courses, MIT OCW offers educational materials from 33 academic disciplines and all five of MIT's schools.

Arab News

by Essam Al-Ghalib

November 2, 2003

A fifth grade student at the King Khaled Air Base Elementary School in Khamis Mushayt required stitches to his head after being struck by a female teacher for not doing his homework.

"We would all get beaten. We were beaten with canes, wooden paddles, hands, even plastic tubing. Sometimes we were hit hard enough to leave bruises. And because it was done in front of everyone, it was humiliating. We got hit for not doing our homework, talking in class, just normal kid's stuff," he said.<br><br>Although the practice is widespread, it is illegal to strike a child in schools in Saudi Arabia.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK)

by Sam Bishop

October 31, 2003

Jim Dore of Anchorage has filed as a Republican and Mike Layne of Barrow has filed as a Democrat.

Dore, who works part-time as a framing carpenter so he can help his wife homeschool their daughter, said he views himself as a conservative alternative to Murkowski. He filed as a Republican because the state's closed primary system favors conservative candidates, he said.

The BYU Newsnet (UT)

by Yissel Ramirez

October 31, 2003

Hundreds of Utah parents are waiting to enroll their children in one of Utah's few charter schools.

"After concerns about the ... inability of the district to address individual student needs, I began to look for other alternatives for my children's education," Adamic said. "I quickly learned my options were limited to home school, private school or to live with what I had. I could not accept these options, so I began to look for solutions to this problem."<br><br>The Utah State of Education states on its Web site, "Charter schools are public schools open to all students. They operate on public funds without tuition."<br><br>"In public schools, a fifth grader teacher may have no idea what a second grade teacher taught," Simons said. "We certainly know what was taught in second grade. Our curriculum is more defined and absolute. It is designed for each student to spiral through."

Town Times (CT)

by Susan Hunter

October 31, 2003

A new "silence" rule for youngsters, prompted a heated response from parents.

The silence rule would remain in effect from the time the children are dropped off at school in the morning between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. until they enter their classrooms when the bell rings. <br><br>"Trying to get seven-year-olds, six- and five-year-olds and preschoolers to be quiet before school is completely unreasonable," Mr. LeClerc said. "They go to school for socialization and to make friends, and they're being told to shut up." <br><br>A crowd of parents gathered at the school on Thursday, October 23, Mr. LeClerc said, threatening to take their children out of the school and home school them or send them elsewhere.

Newark Star Ledger (NJ)

by Judith Lucas and Mary Jo Patterson

October 31, 2003

The police chief in Collingswood confirmed receiving a report that the Jacksons had checked out a library book outlining how to get government aid and grants.

Raymond Jackson is unemployed and deeply in debt, according to his pastor. In recent months, his main source of income appears to have been adoption and foster care subsidies from the state. In addition to the four boys, the parents had two adopted daughters and a foster daughter. <br><br>Keith Jackson, now 14, was enrolled as a special education student from 1996 to 1999, he said. During that time, Vanessa Jackson struck the teachers as an interested parent, according to the superintendent. Mrs. Jackson withdrew him from school in 1999, saying she would home-school him, and submitted a letter outlining a curriculum.


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