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The New Zealand Herald

March 21, 2005

A Kiwi teenager living in Florida has won a place in the televised finals of America’s national "spelling bee" contest, and his proud mother says part of the credit is due to the New Zealand education system.

Grade eight student, Sam Lawson, 14, has never attended a "regular" school in either New Zealand or the United States, but beat the best spellers from 42 conventional schools to advance to the finals in Washington. His parents, Paul and Linda Lawson, formerly of Canterbury, educated three older sons with New Zealand lessons before home-schooling Sam.

A to Z Home's Cool

by Ann Zeise

March 21, 2005

We have heard from a number of people concerned about National Geographic's treatment of home-schooled children in our annual geography Bee competition because of an incident that recently occurred in New Hampshire.

I spoke with a member of the National Geographic Geography Bee staff this morning. She explained that the rules were changed last fall for the fairness to all. It appears that the change was made to prevent "ringers," much as athletic competitions are organized.

The Future of Freedom Foundation

by Laurence M. Vance

March 25, 2005

The mantra of "school choice" is repeated endlessly by proponents of educational vouchers, and is getting louder.

But does an income-transfer program cease to be an income-transfer program just because it is recommended by conservatives, libertarians, a Republican president, and free-market economists' Advocates of educational reform are agreed on one thing: the doleful condition of the public school system. But instead of proposing a free-market solution, the panacea offered for improving the education of American youth is usually government vouchers.

Home Educator's Family Times

by Barbara Frank

March 26, 2005

If someone offered you a million dollars in exchange for not homeschooling your children, would you take them up on it'

Recently I calculated that by staying home with my children and homeschooling them for the past 20 years, I lost between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in income. This brings us to the question: is it worth it' Does homeschooling reward your family enough to make up for the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars of income'

Eagle Forum

by Phyllis Schlafly

March 30, 2005

Big Brother is on the march. A plan to subject all children to mental health screening is underway, and pharmaceutical companies are gearing up for bigger sales of antidepressant and psychostimulant drugs.

Like most liberal big-spending ideas, this one was slipped into the law under cover of sweet words. It started with the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health created by President George W. Bush's Executive Order 13263 of April 29, 2002. The Commission issued its report on July 22, 2003. President Bush has instructed 25 federal agencies to develop a plan to implement the Commissions recommendations. In 2004, Congress appropriated $20 million to finance the recommendations of this New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Congress also passed the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act that included $7 million for suicide screening, and tens of millions more for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and its Center for Mental Health Services.

Local Homeschool.com

by California Joint Education Committee

April 4, 2005

California Master Plan for Education 2002 - Document Index. Joint Committee members: Senator Dede Alpert, Assemblywoman Elaine Alquist, Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin.

Public education is a vital interest of our state in that it provides Californians with the capacity, knowledge, and skills to sustain our system of government, to foster a thriving economy, and to provide the foundation for a harmonious society. As the global technological economy continues to evolve, Californians require additional, enriching educational opportunities throughout their lives.

Reason Magazine

by Greg Beato

April 5, 2005

Why corporate reformers are ignoring the real revolution in education.

Would-be reformers continue to give generously to a public school system they routinely condemn as inefficient, dysfunctional, and hopelessly obsolete. A survey of Fortune 500 companies found that teaching employees "basic skills" accounted for 17 percent of their training costs in 2002.

The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society

by Raymond S. Moore, Ph.D.

April 11, 2005

"The learning tools -- vision, hearing, cognition, nervous system-- of average children who enroll at today's early ages are not tempered for structured academic tasks.

Students lose physical and mental health from 1) uncertainty from leaving the family nest, 2) bafflement from social pressures and restrictions, 3) frustration from pressure to use their unready "learning tools" which can't handle the regimentation and routine of formal lessons, 4) hyperactivity growing out of tattered nerves warring against rigid studies, 5) failure which flows from the episodes above, 6) delinquency which is failure's twin, and 7) a sense of family lost, often including suicide.

Texas Tech University Daily News

by Will Davis

April 15, 2005

Look around your classroom and try to spot the nearest homeschooler. If you instinctively focus on the weirdo sitting in the front row, you're probably looking in the wrong direction.

Although it is difficult to believe, homeschooling was banned, except in special cases, in all 50 states as late as 1983. Because of this, you and I represent the first generation truly affected by the modern homeschooling movement. As such, the children who were part of this initial movement now compete with us both in the classroom and in the work force. And more often than not, they have the upper hand in both arenas.

Kansas City infoZine

April 18, 2005

An outgrowth of the 1960s alternative school movement, homeschooling, is on the upswing in the US, and a Penn State researcher is trying to piece together a snapshot of the movement.

Homeschoolers in fourth through eighth grade are incredibly well represented in the National Geographic Bee. They represent about 2 percent of the students who return qualifying tests - again corresponding to national estimates of the homeschool population - but more than 50 percent of these homeschoolers place in the top 100 students in their states.