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counterpunch.org

by Clay S. Conrad

February 5, 2003

Government has a boundless appetite to inflict senseless pain on Americans, in the guise of the war on drugs, even at the cost of degrading Federalism and the needs and values of the American people. A recent case demonstrates this arrogance handily.

Ed Rosenthal was a medical marijuana supplier who, in compliance with the California Compassionate Use Act, had been growing marijuana for seriously ill people under a doctor's advice and care. Rosenthal was arrested in February, 2002 and accused of supplying marijuana to the Harm Reduction Center in San Francisco. Rosenthal had been deputized by the city of Oakland, California and made the official supplier of a city-sponsored medical marijuana dispensary. The Compassionate Use Act passed with 78 percent of the vote in San Francisco. It took a total of eighty jurors to find twelve willing to convict Rosenthal. Most of those summoned for jury duty said they would not be willing to brand someone a felon for growing or distributing medical marijuana...

Parent-Directed Education

by Kieran Egan

January 1, 2003

Knowledge exists only in living human tissue, and the literacy codes we use for storage are cues that need to go through a complex transformation before they can be brought to life again in another mind.

This article proposes to explain why education is so difficult and contentious by arguing that educational thinking draws on only three fundamental ideas-that of socializing the young, shaping the mind by a disciplined academic curriculum, and facilitating the development of students' potential.

The Christian Science Monitor

by Shira J. Boss

January 8, 2002

More than 700 students across Pennsylvania have enrolled in the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School. But some local school districts are rebelling.

One daughter loves going to third grade at public school every day; the other one started rebelling in kindergarten.

fee.org

by Wendy McElroy

May 1, 2001

To government, homeschooling resembles a weed that spreads and resists control. To homeschooling parents, it is the flowering of knowledge and values within children who have been abandoned or betrayed by public schools.

A great tension exists between the two perspectives. Homeschooling's continued growth has only heightened it. The federal government has reacted by attempting to increase its control over homeschooling, for example, by pushing for increased regulation of homeschool curricula. But the federal government is hindered by certain factors. For one thing, education is generally the prerogative of individual states. Nevertheless, the federal government can often impose its will by threatening to withhold federal funds from states that do not comply with its measures. But homeschooling parents cannot be threatened by a withdrawal of money they don't receive...

The Atlantic Monthly (MA)

by Christina Hoff Sommers

November 19, 2000

How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men

A look at the sex breakdown of the CDC's suicide statistics reveals that for males aged ten to fourteen, the suicide rate increased 71 percent between 1979 and 1988; for girls the increase was 27 percent.

LewRockwell.com

by Gene Healy

November 19, 2000

"No Putdowns," is being taught in public schools in 40 states.

In public schools today, those who display boyish precociousness are fed Ritalin, and pigtail-pulling is punished with sexual harassment reeducation.

LewRockwell.com

by Lew Rockwell

May 8, 2000

It's getting harder for homeschoolers to fly under the radar screen of US political elites.

More and more students are being educated at home; at 1.25 million, they outnumber public school enrollments in each of 41 states.

The Claremont Institute

by Ben Boychuk and Matthew Robinson

May 5, 2000

Is government-run day care the next great weapon in the fight against crime-

Every part of "quality educational child care" is meant to sound nice, harmless, comforting. It is also meant to subtly demonize the critic, drive media coverage, mobilize legions of activists, and create a sense of crisis on Capitol Hill. In the forked tongue of Beltway speak, "quality education child care" means a taxpayer-funded array of government programs, bureaucracies, agencies and panels to fix social problems.

The Cato Institute

by Darcy Olsen

May 4, 2000

Vice President Al Gore would saturate the department with $115 billion in new spending and add universal preschool to its collection of more than 175 programs.

All told, American taxpayers have pumped $550 billion through the department for no tangible benefit.

Eagle Forum

by Phyllis Schafly

April 19, 2000

Congress is about to pass legislation that will federalize every local school district and spell the end of local and state control of America's public school classrooms.

Mindful of Ronald Reagan's words, "You can't control the economy without controlling the people," Bill and Hillary Clinton have found the way to control the economy by controlling America's schoolchildren.

      

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