WHY WE HOMESCHOOL
Education stories ripped from this week's headlines, by author
LauraMaery Gold, for the benefit of parents and other educators
who care about kids. (See distribution notice at end before
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HOMESCHOOLERS EXCLUDED FROM DARE GRADUATION. Three New Hampshire children
were excluded from a graduation exercise for a
drug-abuse-resistance-education program because they were homeschooled. The
principal at the local elementary school made the decision to deny
graduation certificates, even though the children's education program was
supervised by the town's chief of police, who taught the course at the
If you can't DARE, perhaps you'll HEAR -- our new Home Educator Abuse
EDUCATOR PROPOSES NEW COLLEGE TEST. The Missouri State Education
Commissioner is proposing that colleges require applicants to pass
assessment examinations administered to public-school students.
Bar the doors!
IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM...Why do Singapore's eighth-graders rank number one
in math? This Mandarin-speaking nation uses English-language math textbooks
that amount to little more than lightweight paperbacks filled with sample
problems and step-by-step explanations. Believing that children are natural
problem solvers, Singaporeans teach their children not only how to use a
formula, but why. And the problems are much tougher than those given to
American eighth graders, who rank 28th amongst the 41 nations tested. Some
US schools are incorporating the Singaporean textbooks.
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Are they going to ban gum, too?
ACLU SUES CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing
California for failing to provide the "bare necessities" to educate poor
and minority students. The suit alleges that disadvantaged students are
being taught by poorly trained teachers in schools with broken toilets,
falling ceiling tiles, and rat infestations.
Ben, the two of us need look no more...
ABSOLUTELY FREE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Generations in History
you cringe when your children ask what life was like before television?
Whether you remember Lincoln? Although it's part of a commercial site, this
particular page is helpful in teaching your children how to get a sense of
historical perspective. -- lmg
SCHOOL ONLINE. An English university professor predicts that within 20
years, modern schools will cease to exist in their present form. He
envisions an educational world where children learn from home, over the
Adjust your sunbonnet and smooth your skirts. You're a pioneer!
BRIT PARENTS FINED FOR TRUANT CHILD. It's not all rosy in England. A father
lost his appeal this week against a £250 fine imposed for permitting his
daughter to miss school. "I start work at 7am. She starts school at 9am. I
can't take her," he told the court. "You have to accept your responsibility
as a parent," the judge told the man.
Those durned kids, always interfering with real life.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE REPORTS: Spokane police arrested two middle school students
for bringing an unloaded gun to school. The boys had no ammunition.
That's what friends are for!
ALSO: One in six English schoolteachers claims to have experienced verbal
or physical abuse from pupils.
Where's Mary Poppins when you need her?
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