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Home-School Parents Sue For Religious Freedom
by Jim Brown and Jenni Parker
May 1, 2004
A Christian family has sued a Pennsylvania school district, claiming the state's home education law violates their religious convictions.
Pennsylvania's home-schooling regulations are rigorous, requiring meticulous record-keeping and submission of notarized paperwork on the home schoolers' intended curriculum, a criminal background stipulation, each child's medical information, ongoing progress logs, and the end-of-year progress reports, which must be signed by a third party.
The new face of home schooling
The Christian Science Monitor
by Patrik Jonsson
April 29, 2004
More and more, African-American families redefine 'homeroom'.
There are 200-odd houses in Durham's Eno Trace, but the Smiths' home, at 13 Warbler Lane, is a bit unusual. The first clue: a wooden school desk in the middle of the den.
While other kids stream to bus stops on Monday morning, the two oldest Smith girls - Courtney and Erika - head out to babysit: lessons in physics and American history often wait until nightfall.
Homeschoolers keep the faith
by April Austin
March 23, 2004
Conservative causes permeate the curricula of some homeschoolers. Is it education or indoctrination?
At age 7, Jared Gamble's parents took him to a rally to protest the expansion of a greyhound racetrack in Lincoln, R.I., into a gambling casino 10 minutes from their home. But the Gambles' participation in the protest that day wasn't just about their moral and civic opposition to the casino. As a homeschool family, they also considered the rally an academic field trip designed to teach their son about democracy in action.
Tancredo crusades for culture
Rocky Mountain News
by M.E. Sprengelmeyer
March 2, 2004
He urges schools to teach benefits of Western civilization
Rep. Tom Tancredo's latest crusade is to save Western civilization - or at least its reputation.
Campus on a keyboard
by Nicholas Slabbert and Mirlea Saks
February 3, 2004
Online learning has been a boon to millions. But is it a convenience - or a threat to all that's best about college?
For Sr. Airman Aaron Fisher, every day he and his fellow soldiers spent in post-Hussein Iraq required vigilance. But avoiding bullets and bombs wasn't the only thing on Mr. Fisher's mind. Some days he was also cramming for a math test.
White boy suspended for claiming 'African' prize
by Marcus Warren
January 27, 2004
A white teenager who moved from South Africa to America six years ago was suspended from school after nominating himself for a "Distinguished African-American Student of the Year" prize.
Trevor Richards, 16, was accused of "showing disrespect" to black pupils at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska. It is thought he is the only pupil to have lived in Africa. He and two friends put up campaign posters showing him making a thumbs-up sign and all three were suspended. "The posters were intended to be satire on the term 'African-American'," said one of his campaign managers, Scott Rambo. The phrase is the current politically correct label for black Americans.
Talking the Edutalk
by Linda Perlstein
January 18, 2004
Jargon Becoming Prevalent in the Classroom
At many schools, 6-year-olds don't compare books anymore -- they make "text-to-text connections." Misbehaving students face not detention but the "alternative instruction room," or "reinforcement room," or "reflection room." Children who once read now practice "SSR," or "sustained silent reading."
And in Maryland, high schoolers write "extended constructed responses" -- the essay, in a simpler time.
Phoenix school first to install face scanners
December 11, 2003
A north-central Phoenix school is the first in the nation to install cameras designed to detect the faces of sex offenders or missing children and instantly alert police.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office used a grant to install equipment in the entrance and attendance office at Royal Palm Middle School, 8520 N. 19th Ave. The cameras are expected to be operating next week. Rebecca Dornbusch, deputy director of the International Biometric Industry Association in Washington D.C., had never heard of biometric face scanning being used on K-12 campuses. Biometric handprints are being used by a few day care centers to insure the right adults are picking up kids after school, she said.
Exploding the myth of church-state separation
World Net Daily
December 4, 2003
New WND blockbuster ultimate expose of judicial hijacking of First Amendment
In Texas, a U.S. District judge decreed that any student uttering the word "Jesus" at his school's graduation would be arrested and locked up. "And make no mistake," announced Judge Samuel B. Kent, "the court is going to have a United States marshal in attendance at the graduation. If any student offends this court, that student will be summarily arrested and will face up to six months incarceration in the Galveston County Jail for contempt of court."
Divorce culture 'harming pupils'
by Justin Parkinson
December 1, 2003
Pupil care must be improved in an effort to overcome modern society's "selfish and self-indulgent attitudes", a leading head teacher has said.
Adolescent boys in particular suffered if both mother and father were not in the household.
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