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WHY WE HOMESCHOOL NEWS -- February 03

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    WHY WE HOMESCHOOL Education stories from this week s headlines, reported by author LauraMaery Gold, for the benefit of more than 6500 parents and other
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      WHY WE HOMESCHOOL
      Education stories from this week's headlines, reported by author
      LauraMaery Gold, for the benefit of more than 6500 parents and
      other educators who care about kids. (See distribution notice
      at end before forwarding all or part of this column)

      The special Politics, Politics, Politics edition of Why We Homeschool!

      BUSH TEAM SEEKS UN CONCESSIONS ON PARENTAL AUTHORITY. Delegates to the
      United Nations are seeing a change of position from the United States when
      it comes to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Bush
      administration is taking a radically different tack from its predecessor,
      surprising delegates with the strength of its opposition to a growing
      "erosion of parental authority."
      <http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=21590>
      Non. Negativo. Nie. Não. Bu syin. Ninguna manera. Nope.

      DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TAKES STAR TURN. The US Department of Education has
      gone from political target to political star in the new presidential
      administration.
      <http://www.austin360.com/statesman/editions/today/news_20.html>
      Is "pendulumatic" a word?

      BUSH PROPOSES INCREASED TESTING, LOCAL CONTROL. US President Bush's
      education plan proposes an increase in mandatory testing, along with an
      increase in local autonomy. The plan was submitted to Congress last week.
      <http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/Current_Releases/0123-128.html>
      More testing? $8 gajillion. Freedom to teach at home? Priceless.

      COLLEGE CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS. A new decision will give more than 2,000
      Iowa homeschoolers equal access to college classes. Public school students
      are eligible for free college classes. Homeschoolers were cut off from the
      program in 1994 over concerns that allowing equal access would cost the
      school districts money.
      <http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4780927/13695008.html>
      Ummm, that's tax money, which, of course, homeschooling parents are exempt
      from paying. Not!

      SCHOLARSHIPS -- FREE! Don't fork out cash to get help paying for college,
      say consumer protection advocates. They warn college applicants against
      using agencies that charge outlandish fees for services that can be had for
      free over the Internet.
      <http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20010202/1018399.asp>
      A better use of that cash: Government-run lottery tickets! Why settle for a
      mere scholarship, when you could have 58 million dollars?

      TESTING TIPS: Computer-savvy kids who sit for standardized exams score
      better when they are tested via computer than they do on paper-and-pencil
      tests, says a newly published study. Students should have the option of
      taking mandatory exams on the computer, says one Boston College professor.
      <http://www.boston.com/dailynews/034/region/Study_shows_students_test_bett:.
      shtml> (copy and paste long URLs)
      Add that to your list of demands when your own kids take mandatory
      assessment tests.

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      ABSOLUTELY FREE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: The Educational Source
      <http://www.migrant.org> Free, high-quality online classes in arts and
      humanities, English, mathematics, practical living, science and social
      studies. These courses are designed to reproduce or complement a full
      middle- and high-school curriculum. It's even PDA-accessible! -- lmg
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      CHICKEN STRIP SUSPENSION. An Arkansas eight-year-old has been suspended
      from school for pointing a piece of chicken at his teacher during lunch and
      saying "Pow, pow, pow." Said the principal: The boy wasn't suspended
      because of the chicken, exactly. "It's not the object in the hand, it's the
      thought in the mind."
      <http://www.accessatlanta.com/partners/ajc/epaper/editions/today/news_a3979a
      87128661c40034.html> (copy and paste long URLs)
      The boy wears a special mind-transmission monitoring device that
      electronically records thoughts, and permits school administrators and
      teachers to document illegal thinking.

      PEER PRESSURE. A humor column about shoe shopping provides a telling tale
      about the pressure on teenagers to conform to superficial standards.
      <http://www.accessatlanta.com/partners/ajc/epaper/editions/today/opinion_a39
      7700b03ce70d000dd.html> (copy and paste long URLs)
      If the shoe fits…makes no difference.

      SON RETURNED TO NURSING MOM. A mother whose five-year-old son was removed
      from her care last July because she was still nursing him will be permitted
      to retake custody of her son, under heavy government supervision.
      <http://www.miamiherald.com/content/today/digdocs/106907.htm>
      Shortly before regaining custody, she was required by the Division of
      Family Services to perfect her salute.

      STUDENT FINDS HUMAN THUMB. A Massachusetts high school student bit into her
      school lunch this week -- and found part of a human thumb. Apparently a
      cafeteria worker had severed the top of her thumb in a vegetable slicer
      earlier in the week.
      <http://www.speakout.com/articles/ap/2001/02/02/-----/0145-20124-Thumb-Sandw
      ich..asp> (copy and paste long URLs)
      Mmm-mmm-blechhh!

      MORE SCHOOL VIOLENCE.
      Hazing: 1.5 Million High School Victims Each Year (Aug. 2000 study)
      <http://www.alfred.edu/news/students/students.html>
      Denver Classroom 'Mayhem'
      <http://www.denverpost.com/news/news0203j.htm>
      Two More Boston 'Incidents'
      <http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/lnib302032001.htm>
      Ex-Teacher with Machete Attacks School
      <http://www.arizonarepublic.com/news/articles/0203machete03.html>
      <http://www.arizonarepublic.com/news/articles/0203machete03.html>

      <http://www.speakout.com/articles/ap/2001/02/02/-----/0550-21932-Machete-Att
      ack..asp> (copy and paste long URLs)
      Teacher Boycotts Over Student Threat
      <http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/034/metro/Alleged_threat_keeps_teacher_ou
      t_of_class+.shtml> (copy and paste long URLs)

      AND A CATALOG OF OTHER 'WHY WOULD YOU LET STRANGERS TEACH YOUR CHILDREN?'
      STORIES:
      Expulsion for Headache Cure
      <http://www.bangornews.com/cgi-bin/article.cfm?storynumber=28462>
      Lawmaker demands background check laws after molestation
      <http://www.miamiherald.com/content/today/news/dade/digdocs/075211.htm>
      Lawmakers Consider Ban on Using Students as Political Couriers
      <http://www.ardemgaz.com/today/ark/A3yxg-rpromo3.html>
      Overcrowded Schools May Lose Accreditation
      <http://www.sltrib.com/02032001/utah/68266.htm>
      Two-year Sentence for Teacher Who Had Sex with 14-Year-Old
      Two-year Sentence for Teacher Who Had Sex with 14-Year-Old

      <http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/daily/detail/0,1136,36500000000107121,00.h
      tml>
      Student Suspended for Religion Talk in Lunchroom
      <http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?Avis=TO&Dato=20010130&Kategor
      i=NEWS04&Lopenr=10130007&Ref=AR> (copy and paste long URLs)

      And so it goes...

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