July 30, 2014


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Homeschooled – How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Some interesting facts on Home Education in the USA

Homeschooled – How American

Homeschoolers Measure Up

 

Around 150 years ago states started making public school mandatory, and homeschooling eventually became illegal. It wasn't until the 90's that homeschooling became fully legal again. Today, homeschooling is the fastest growing form of education in the country.

Read the rest of these statistics in the link below:

http://www.home-school.com/news/homeschooled-how-american-homeschoolers-measure-up.php

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Please help home educators in N. Ireland by signing this petition

Here is a note I received, via Facebook, while I was still in hospital. I have only just found it. So I don’t know how much longer the petition will be available to sign. So please sign it straight away and pass it onto others to sign – thankyou

Dear Home Education Foundation,

Home educators in Northern Ireland desperately need the help of our friends in New Zealand. The education board here in N. Ireland has recently released a draft policy which will require mandatory registration, approval to home educate, approval of curriculum, home inspections and interviews with children. This is obviously very alarming for the hundreds of families here who home educate their children. Our home education association here is called HEDNI (Home Educators in Northern Ireland.) You can find more information about us here www.hedni.org

We were wondering if there was any way in which you might consider putting a link on your facebook page to our e-petition on change.org, as we could really use some help from our fellow home educators in New Zealand. We just launched the e-petition yesterday and while it has over eight hundred signatures, it really could use your help. Is there any way you would consider helping us by putting a link on your facebook page to our change.org petition to support home education in Northern Ireland.

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-northern-ireland-education-and-library-boards-and-the-minister-for-education-we-ask-you-to-ensure-that-the-education-and-library-boards-policy-on-home-education-accurately-reflects-their-legal-duties-and-powers-and-respects-the-parent-s-duty-to-p

We really appreciate your consideration and any help in this matter.

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Council of Europe report threatens homeschooling

Thanks to everyone who signed this Petition – it has now closed.

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Parliamentarians conflate parallel societies with religious freedom

Sign Petition to Support Religious Freedom

Stand together with families in Europe by taking a moment to sign a petition to oppose this legislation.

Sign now >>

A report on the “protection of minors against excesses of sects” from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calls out homeschooling as a practice that should be restricted because of the danger of parallel societies and religious sectarianism. Rapporteur Rudy Salles from France speaks for the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights: “The Committee … is of the opinion that more measures must be taken at national and European level to counter the excesses of sects which affect minors.” Among other things, the report calls upon all 47 member States to “make sure that compulsory schooling is enforced and ensure strict, prompt, and effective monitoring of all private education, including home schooling” to “counter the excesses of sects which affect minors.”

A coalition formed to oppose the report and its accompanying resolution call them “fatally flawed” and note that the documents “contravene human rights standards.”

“The Salles report and resolution contain sweeping generalizations, vague and unsupported allegations, and one-sided information from biased sources that constitute a blueprint for discrimination against parents and their children associated with religious minority faiths,” the coalition states on its website.

Advocates of religious freedom in Europe and around the world have joined together to oppose the Salles report. The International Religious Freedom Roundtable, a multi-faith association of scholars, religious leaders, human rights advocates and practitioners, sent a letter to PACE President Anne Brasseur on March 31st expressing deep concern about the report. The joint letter attracted a total of 64 signatures from American and European organizations and individuals, including HSLDA.

Michael Donnelly, Director of International Affairs at HSLDA asks friends of homeschooling and religious freedom to make their voice heard.

“Please take a moment to sign the coalition’s petition to help stop the proposed legislation at the Council of Europe and share with others you know,” Donnelly asks. “The Salles report poses a serious threat to religious freedom and goes too far as to undermine a parent’s right to choose to homeschool their child on the basis of their religious convictions, a right that is clearly protected by the European Convention and other human rights treaties.”

 Resources

Read the Alliance Defending Freedom’s analysis of the Salles report.

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If you aren’t yet a member of HSLDA, consider joining today! HSLDA’s work benefits homeschooolers in the United States and around the world. We invite you to participate in our ministry to the homeschool community. Join now >>

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Global Homeschooling: A threat to the geo-political climate

Karen Braun from SpunkyHomeschool wrote this back in 2006. It is hard to believe it is 2014 and unfolding before our eyes. (Although this edition is slightly altered: Karen did amend the original post to add in Obama and Duncan and also added in Common Core, back then it was nameless. So Karen called it the Seattle Protocal.)

By Karen Braun at SpunkyHomeschool

A new global crisis threatens the stability of political climates around the world:  global homeschooling.  After repeated attempts by those in the scientific and educational communities to deny its existence, the evidence is irrefutable – global homeschooling is real. It’s an “inconvenient truth” for some to accept, but global homeschooling exists and threatens the delicate balance of power in the political climate worldwide. In unbelievably record high numbers, parents are taking back control of their children’s’ education. Educators are baffled by the trend but confirm that the numbers are indeed rising every year.

Anonymous sources believe that global homeschooling is undermining the socialist trend in our nation and elsewhere by promoting complete freedom of thought and expression. Some of the more obvious effects of global homeschooling are children smiling and playing during “school hours”, mothers leaving lucrative careers to stay home and raise their children, and in perhaps the most frightening sign, children are actually expressing a belief in God.

The United Nothings has issued a brief on behalf of many world leaders. They are demanding a world wide summit in Germany, to discuss the effects of global homeschooling on the political climate and have recommended an aggressive strategy to solve the crisis – the Common Core Protocol.
World education experts praised the political will of the leaders to preserve their education monopolies by putting an end to global homeschooling. But most believe it will take years to undo the damage done by the ridiculous notion that parents can successfully teach their own children, countering experts who claim, “it takes a village to raise a child.” A generation of children’s’ hearts have been reawakened to the Truth and to the joy of learning. What took years for education experts to destroy is being slowly rebuilt one child – one home at a time.

The first step to defeat global homeschooling outlined in the Common Core Protocol is to create an international standard for education. All curriculum and testing will be based on this standard. Conformity of thought will be highly rewarded. College entrance, scholarships, and job placement will be dependent upon successful mastery of certain “necessary” skills.

In an unprecedented move, United Nothings has teamed up with computer tycoon turned philanthropist, Gil Bates, to create the international standards and develop state-of-the art education centers around the world. The UN is hopeful that the international community will rally behind this alliance and allow them free access to the minds and hearts of their children

The second step in the Common Core Protocol is to intimidate parents already contributing to the blight of global homeschooling. Using such devices as the Convention on the Ignorance of Parents, the United Nothings hopes to lure children back into the government system of indoctrination. Most nations have already ratified the Convention. However, the biggest offender in global homeschooling, the United States, has not .

Without the support of the United States, controlling global homeschooling will be difficult if not impossible.  In a hopeful sign, the President appears very committed to the Common Core Protocol and has unleashed his Chicago basketball buddy, Barney Dunkin, to coerce states into compliance.

Noted expert, Al Bore has also been called upon to lead the public relations campaign in the fight against global homeschooling. His experience and success in ending a similar crisis many believe will be invaluable in controlling global homeschooling. Appearing on This Week with George Spunkanopolus, Mr. Bore said, “The debate is over, global homeschooling exits. We are in a planetary emergency.”

We at Spunky Homeschool want to do our part to raise awareness about the effects of global homeschooling. Please forward this message to everyone you know. If we each do a little, together we can accomplish a lot.

(Author’s Note: Any sarcasm or resemblance to actual people, places, or events is purely intentional. This post was first published at www.spunkyhomeschool.blogspot.com in 2006)

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

 

HSLDA:Scotland – Officials Overstep Bounds by Passing Bill to Invade the Family

Bill Assigning Government Agent for Every Child outside the Scope of Scottish Powers

Families in Scotland have petitioned the secretary of state to prohibit the passage of the Children and Young People Bill, calling the bill “anti-family” and “illegal.”

“We hope that the secretary of state will refer the bill for determination [legal review by the courts],” stated a spokesperson for Schoolhouse Home Education Association (HEA) in Scotland. “There is precedent for striking down such legislation by invoking Scotland Act powers to prohibit the presiding officer of parliament from submitting a bill for royal assent, which is the final step in becoming law.”

The group also stated that the Christian Institute in Scotland has indicated its intention to mount a legal challenge to the “named person” and non-consensual data-mining provisions of the bill if it is not referred for determination.

Strong Objections

Final debate and passage of the bill by vote took place in the Scottish Parliament on February 19. Schoolhouse HEA published an open letter to Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael on the same day, strongly objecting to sections of the bill that would constitute a massive invasion of every home. The “named person” provision assigns a government social worker to “promote, support or safeguard the wellbeing” of every child from birth. The data collection elements permit information to be shared without parents’ “freely given, specific and informed consent when a child is not ‘at risk.’ ”

HSLDA previously reported on this situation in July 2013 and asked families to support Scottish homeschoolers by submitting written concerns to the parliamentary Education and Culture Committee. HSLDA Director for International Relations Michael Donnelly notes that the bill’s passage indicates members of parliament have dismissed parents’ concerns about its negative impact on families.

“Unfortunately, the situation has only escalated since last summer,” stated Donnelly. “The bad provisions in the Children and Young People Bill still exist, despite the call for evidence issued by the Education and Culture Committee. This law shows the natural progression for a country that has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and attempts to live up to its treaty provisions.”

Broad Policy

The Children and Young People Bill is part of a larger government policy initiative in Scotland called “Getting it Right for Every Child” (GIRFEC), a response to the CRC.

“The children and families of Scotland have been sold for GIRFEC gold” by 105 members of the Scottish Parliament, a Schoolhouse HEA representative told HSLDA, “including those who so squealed loudly over ID cards, yet didn’t raise a whimper over the wholesale collection and sharing of every child’s (and associated adult’s) personal data.”

The organization’s open letter explains the duty for the government-assigned named person to “report anything they perceive might affect an individual child’s ‘wellbeing.’ ” Wellbeing is based on indicators such as being “safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, included” (Section 72 of Part 13).

“With the exception of ‘safe,’ none of the ‘wellbeing’ indicators is of itself an indicator of a child at risk,” explains Schoolhouse HEA. “Therefore, they are not necessary for the state to mandate as thresholds for compulsory involvement in family life by the named person.”

Spreading the Word

“Raising awareness is what is required,” Schoolhouse notes, “in order to shine a light on the illiberal legislation introduced by our representatives who should be upholding the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath—a Scottish document on liberty upon which the American Constitution is said to have been founded.”

Donnelly asks freedom-loving families and individuals around the world to spread the word.

“Schoolhouse HEA as well as other Scottish organizations have been working hard to lobby against the bill,” Donnelly said. “Thank you to everyone who previously contacted the committee to express concerns about the bill and stand with Scottish families. Please help us spread the news about this situation as Scottish homeschoolers have asked.”

Further details are available on the Schoolhouse HEA website.

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Protect Your Family

If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/