Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Reasons to homeschool, from the archives

Long ago, before Janine and I started blogging, I used to browse around the internet looking for reasons to homeschool. Here are a few from 2004:

Reason to homeschool: Because teachers unions work to destroy charter schools. Veto the charter-school moratorium has the details.

Reason to homeschool: So girls can escape bullying. New age teens has the details.

Reason to homeschool: Because schools will say one thing and do another. The Heritage Foundation reported in Comprehensive Sex Education vs. Authentic Abstinence: A Study of Competing Curricula that:

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In recent years, a new approach, termed “abstinence-plus” has played a prominent role in the public debate over sex education. This approach is presented as the middle ground between safe sex and abstinence.
Research conducted by Heritage Foundation analysts, however, reveals that traditional abstinence and abstinence-plus curricula differ radically in their contents and messages. It also revealed that the claim that abstinence-plus curricula place an emphasis on abstinence is false.
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Reason to homeschool: Because the teachers might go on strike, and then the students will have to go to school through the summer. In Students not to blame Mike Throgmorton reports:

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The subject for our game today is the Marysville teachers' strike. Prior to the start of this academic year, teachers in Marysville went on strike for a state-record 49 days, effectively delaying the start of the term until October 22. Since state law mandates 180-days of academic instruction to constitute a full academic year, the lockout has had the effect of pushing back the start of summer vacation until July 19th.
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Reason to homeschool: To protect your children from the sexual predators in public schools. Report: Up to 10 percent of students sexual targets:

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While the Catholic Church continues to wrestle with the ramifications of decades of sexual misconduct by some priests, another institution responsible for even more children has its own shameful record of protecting child molesters -- public school systems.
As many as 10 percent of public school students are targets of unwanted sexual advances, and the perpetrators are often popular, award-winning teachers, a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education states.

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Sex Abuse by Teachers Said Worse Than Catholic Church has more.


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3 comments:

Sebastian said...

How about because when they need to balance the budget, they will decide that it is no ok to shorten the school year.
Hawaii teachers agreed to 19 furlough days and the resulting cut in pay. Forlough days have been distributed on Fridays throughout the year rather than extending one of the breaks because of rules that teachers must work a certain number of days per month for retirement eligibility.
Too bad for parents who would normally work on those Fridays.

Henry Cate said...

Yep, that is pretty awful.

AlbertaMama said...

I'm glad you brought this one out from the archives! Those are many of the reasons why we've chosen to homeschool (minus charter school thing, I'm not exactly sure what type of school that is). It's good to know that others have the same convictions when it comes to protecting our children! Thanks again!