Baptist leader pushes homeschooling

A prominent Southern Baptist is asking the national convention to consider a resolution recommending parents remove their children from what he calls ‘godless’ and ‘anti-Christian’ public schools.

The resolution, co-authored by T.C. Pinckney, publisher of a Baptist newsletter in Alexandria, Virginia, urges parents to homeschool their children or send them to Christian schools.

‘God gives the responsibility for education of children to the parents, not to the government,’ Pinckney said in an interview. ‘And parents should be taking responsibility, primarily through homeschooling.’ Read more…

“Best Mom” schools, nurtures her sons

Maria Lundgren, sitting in her kitchen Thursday with a live python around her neck, explained that she’s not a normal mother.

No kidding, Maria.

‘Mom, the snake’s about to fall off your neck,’ her 10-year-old, Daniel, said.

‘He’s OK,’ she reassured him. ‘I can feel where he is, sweetie.’

Wearing the python, named Monty of course, is only one of the ways Maria is an unusual parent. Her sons Daniel and 13-year-old Ben nominated her as the county’s best mom in the Daily Record Mother’s Day contest. Daniel’s essay was selected, in part, because his mom sounded unique.

He wasn’t lying, either. Maria homeschools the precocious, red-haired boys and lets them do things other parents might not. In Ben’s case it was getting the snake; in Daniel’s it was getting his ear pierced on his 10th birthday. Read more…

Home-schooler wins Merit Scholar honor

Sarah Bramsen’s high school doesn’t have crowded hallways, pep assemblies, lockers or detentions.

And with the same two teachers for the past 12 years, her education experience hasn’t been typical.

But typical students aren’t named National Merit Scholars. That designation is earned by a select few – including 17-year-old Bramsen of St. Charles Township, home schooled since first grade. Read more…

Virginia Legislators reaffirm college degree not needed to home-school kids

How educated must parents be to home-school their children? In Virginia, they should be required to have only a high school diploma, legislators say. Over Gov. Mark Warner’s objections, the General Assembly has reaffirmed its support for a bill that would allow parents with just a high school degree to home-school their children without a state-approved curriculum. Read more…

Controversy Continues over BC Government Ban of Religious Texts for Home Educated Children

VANCOUVER, May 5, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two weeks ago a directive issued by the Ministry of Education in British Columbia calling on parents in a specific homeschooling program not to use religious materials in the program set off a firestorm of protest. Last week the government modified its directive but the controversy continues. Read more…

Cooking up a career

At the plate, 18-year-old Dominic Ledesma reaches for perfection.

If the fruit salsa or the toasted coconut garnish doesn’t spread just so, if the mahi mahi isn’t perched prettily next to the penne pasta or steamed vegetables, he’s not happy.

It’s his eye for detail, in part, that gave the quiet home-schooled student from Olympia the title of best teen chef in a regional competition at the Art Institute of Seattle in March. Read more…

Homemade prom

FALLSBURG — Sixteen-year-old Ashley Greene walked carefully from table to table, lighting tea lights.

Roger Renner, 17, and Talon De Long, 15, rolled white paper down the center of the floor at Fallsburg Party Barn and taped it to the floor.

The three, all homeschoolers, anxiously awaited for the guests to arrive at their prom — an East Asian-inspired event planned for students from various local school districts, homeschool programs and private schools. Read more…

Homeschooled boy named best chess player in U.S. (Video Story)

New Port Richey, Florida – It�s more than a hobby for one New Port Richey boy. He plays whenever and wherever he can.

Seven-year-old Alex Katz started playing chess when he was just three-years-old. He�s been addicted to the game ever since. Last month, he won the 2004 K-1 division title of the U.S. Chess National Elementary Chess Championship. Read more…

Homeschooled boy’s big generosity reaps own reward

At the tender age of 8, Ian Johnson is a lot more familiar with giving than receiving. “I like to donate stuff to help people,” he says. “I just have a little feeling in me.”

But Ian found himself on the receiving end Monday – reaping accolades, gifts and even a VIP ride in a firetruck after meeting a family of strangers he had befriended with his own generosity. Read more…

NJ Homeschooled Athletes: Outside looking in

The home-school movement is accustomed to fighting for its place in the educational system. For years, it has battled school boards for greater autonomy in governing education. Now, thousands of New Jersey parents face a new challenge: getting the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to lift a ban that prevents their children from playing on local high school sports teams.

‘I don’t know what the motivation would be to leave us out, but there’s a specific prejudice against home schoolers,’ said Jeff Hull, a member of the North Jersey Home Schoolers Association, an organization of nearly 500 families founded 20 years ago. Read more…

Home school students celebrate liberty

Honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Forsyth County held it�s annual Liberty Garden ceremony Thursday, April 22.

Each year, Forsyth County expands the Liberty Garden by planting another tree, flower or shrub as part of the event. This year, a group of home-schooled students planted flowers in the shape of an American flag. Read more…

Schools’ decision leaves boy off team

CARRBORO — Karsten Rabe is chasing baseballs across a sloshy outfield, scooping them quickly into his glove, then hurling them back toward his new coach.

A cold rain has doused the playfields in Hank Anderson Community Park where teenage boys play on the Carrboro Recreation and Parks baseball team.

Karsten, a 13-year-old who aspires to pitch like the Cubs’ Greg Maddux, had hoped to be playing for McDougle Middle School, one of four middle schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro city school district. But he’s a home-schooler who could not get on deck. Read more…

Want to Learn More About Florida Home Schooling?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 3 /PRNewswire/ — Have you been thinking about homeschooling, but don’t know where to begin? When parents take direct responsibility for their children’s education, they begin a journey with many twists and turns. The Florida Parent-Educators Association holds the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention every Memorial Day weekend to help parents discover the joys and resources necessary to equip them for the homeschooling journey. Read more…

Virtual schools, real concerns

By Amanda Paulson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

BROOKFIELD, WIS. � At first glance, the Magnor family look like typical home schoolers. The five younger kids in the family head to the basement or the computer by the kitchen once breakfast is over. Patrick struggles through an earth science lesson as Annie reads “A Wrinkle in Time” and Bridget and Eileen play with numbers, all under the watchful eye of their mother, Mary. (John, a toddler, just finds ways to be mischievous.)…

…Home-schoolers, in particular, were targeted. “We had families receiving up to three and four and five mailings or e-mails,” says Larry Kaseman, director of the Wisconsin Parents Association, which represents home-schoolers. He worries that home-schoolers – many of whom value independence and control of learning – won’t realize what they give up by enrolling in such schools. Read more…

Baptist activists: Pull kids out of school

A resolution that will be considered by the Southern Baptist Convention next month calls on the millions of members of the denomination to pull their kids out of government schools and either homeschool them or send them to Christian schools. Read more…

Australia: Keeping education all in the family

AS an education system, home schooling eschews hallmarks of formal learning such as classrooms, exams or a strict curriculum – and official enrolment statistics.

Advocates speak instead of natural, experiential or contextual learning, individual approaches, morals, values and the ‘spark’ of learning too often snuffed out in school.

They also boast rapidly growing numbers. The NSW-based Home Education Association says nationally the number could top 80,000 children, a figure described as ‘ridiculously’ high by one state education authority. Read more…

Let University of Arizona decide homeschool entry policy

TEMPE – President Peter Likins on Friday tried to dissuade regents from adopting minimum standards of admission for homeschooled students, saying the universities should be allowed to admit them based on their own criteria.

But some homeschooled students say a tougher admissions policy, which takes effect in 2006 and grants automatic admission only to students in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, discriminates against students who were educated at home. Those students have no class rank. Read more…

Home-school group teaches subjects through discussion

MANITOWOC – Parents of a group of home-schooled high school students are optimistic their current discussion of creationism and evolution will do more than teach their children about the heated subject.

Their weekly gatherings at Jenn’s Java also will equip the youngsters with the skills necessary for intelligent debates, on any topic, in the future.

“His education is grounded in the word (of God), but he needs to know how to speak to others about his beliefs,” said parent Robin Sortwell of her ninth-grade son, Hayden. Read more…

Home-schooled students tackle futuristic problems

Solving a problem is one thing. Solving a problem that could take place 20 to 30 years in the future is another.

But that is the task 12 home-schooled students from the Iowa City and Kalona areas work on in contests. The students, who won state titles April 16 and 17 in Pella, comprise three of the six teams from Iowa to move on and the only home-schooled teams to move on to the Future Problem Solving International Competition June 3 to 6 at the University of Kentucky.

The students said the concept is simple. They study five topics, including wide-ranging subjects like rage and bullying, immigration and artificial intelligence. Then, at the competition, they are presented a scene 20 to 30 years in the future and must solve a problem related to their topic. Read more…

Out-of-school experiences

In a purple dress reminiscent of Colonial times, 6-year-old Rachel Davis raced onto the lush grass at Agecroft Hall, took firm hold of a plastic resin ball and heaved it toward its target.

She smiled, pleased with her efforts on the first toss. But on the second, her aim went astray and the ball fishtailed toward the out-of-bounds marker. Still, she smiled. She was learning, after all, the finer points of lawn bowling. Read more…