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Increasing Number Of Parents Opting To Have Children School-Homed | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Increasing Number Of Parents Opting To Have Children School-Homed

Deb's thoughts:  Although this article is meant to be satirical; unfortunately, I believe it is 100% true.  I believe that many of our country's issues today are caused from the breakdown of the family unit and the ideology by many parents that it is someone else's job to raise their children.

Article found here.
MARCH 29, 2010 | ISSUE 46•13

WASHINGTON—According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home.
Deputy Education Secretary Anthony W. Miller said that many parents who school-home find U.S. households to be frightening, overwhelming environments for their children, and feel that they are just not conducive to producing well-rounded members of society.
Thousands of mothers and fathers polled in the study also believe that those running American homes cannot be trusted to keep their kids safe.
"Every year more parents are finding that their homes are not equipped to instill the right values in their children," Miller said. "When it comes to important life skills such as proper nutrition, safe sex, and even basic socialization, a growing number of mothers and fathers think it's better to rely on educators to guide and nurture their kids."
"And really, who can blame them?" Miller continued. "American homes have let down our nation's youth time and again in almost every imaginable respect."
According to the report, children raised at home were less likely to receive individual adult attention, and were often subjected to ineffective and wildly inconsistent disciplinary measures. The study also found that many parents expressed concerns that, when at home, their children were being teased and bullied by those older than themselves.
In addition to providing better supervision and overall direction, school-homing has become popular among mothers and fathers who just want to be less involved in the day-to-day lives of their children.
"Parents are finding creative ways to make this increasingly common child-rearing track work," Miller said. "Whether it's over-relying on after-school programs and extracurricular activities, or simply gross neglect,† school-homing is becoming a widely accepted method of bringing children up."
Despite the trend's growing popularity, Miller said that school programs are often jeopardized or terminated because shortsighted individuals vote against tax increases intended to boost educational spending.
"The terrifying reality we're facing is that the worst-equipped people you could possibly imagine may actually be forced to take care of their children," Miller said.
Parents who have decided to school-home their children have echoed many of Miller's concerns. Most said that an alarming number of legal guardians such as themselves lack the most basic common sense required to give children the type of instruction they need during crucial developmental years.
"It's really a matter of who has more experience in dealing with my child," Cincinnati- resident Kevin Dufrense said of his decision to have his 10-year-old son Jake, who suffers from ADHD and dyslexia, school-homed. "These teachers are dealing with upwards of 40 students in their classrooms at a time, so obviously they know a lot more about children than someone like me, who only has one son and doesn't know where he is half the time anyway."
"Simply put, it's not the job of parents to raise these kids," Dufrense added.
Though school-homing has proven to be an ideal solution for millions of uninvolved parents, increasingly overburdened public schools have recently led to a steady upswing in the number of students being prison-homed.

School-Assisted Abortion

Just another reason in my long list of reasons for homeschooling:

School-Assisted Abortion a Shocking Lesson
March 25, 2010 - 10:37 AM | by: Dan Springer
Parents of school children in Seattle are learning a shocking lesson, when it comes to some very important decisions they don't have a say. The mother of a 15-year old girl recently discovered that Ballard High School helped her daughter get an abortion and never informed her.
But it doesn't end there. The school can also send children off campus for mental health care and drug addiction treatment without their parents ever knowing. Supporters say the confidentiality allows teens who are too afraid to tell mom and dad to get necessary treatment.
Parents signed consent forms for off-school treatment thinking it was limited to emergency health care when the parents could not be reached. But the teen health clinics at 14 Seattle schools are about much more. They have a full-time registered nurse, counselor and nursing assistant on hand to help kids with more sensitive issues.
When the 15-year old girl's pregnancy was confirmed, they counseled her on the options. The mother says they encouraged her to have an abortion and not tell her parents. She claims her daughter was told that if she informed her parents they would have to pay for the abortion, otherwise it's free.
The teen clinics are administered by the King County Health Department. Officials say school clinic workers are supposed to encourage girls to include their parents in the decision. They will not comment on the specifics of the case.
As for the fact the girl was called a taxi and transported by herself to a clinic to have her abortion then driven back to finish her school day, officials say that's not unusual. They would not say how many girls have been helped to have an abortion.
Washington State is one of thirteen states that does not have either a parental consent or parental notification law. Girls of any age can obtain an abortion without having to tell a parent.
State lawmakers included mental health care and drug counseling on the list of services kids can get without parental notification.

Gardendale Music Lessons

MUSIC LESSONS: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar
One-on-one lessons, 30 minutes per week
New timeslots available 1pm-3pm Mon-Fri

When my wife April and I started to consider home-school as a serious option for our four children, we knew there were many things to take into consideration. We had already learned to recognize and appreciate the multiple benefits of home-school because we have many friends and family members who had already made that decision. The list of “pros” was substantial.

So, what were the “cons” in our minds? Having gone to public school, we had the chance to take advantage of education in the arts, elective courses, and many extra-curricular activities. Would our children be well-rounded individuals without those opportunities?

Many of you have already found programs that allow your child to participate in sports or art, or perhaps have found a few opportunities to provide them with needed social interaction.

As a home-school dad, there is a service I’d like to provide your family. I teach private, one-on-one lessons for guitar and drums and I’m now offering lessons during convenient home-school hours. If you would like your student to learn acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, or percussion, now is a good time to sign up for newly available weekly timeslots. In addition to learning how to play an instrument, your student will learn basic music theory and notation. You’ve seen the research that shows that students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation. Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math. Music appreciation students scored 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math. (Source: 1999 College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey)

I have been an active musician for twenty years, starting with percussion in the school band and in school choir. I have been active in church music for the past seventeen years, beginning as a drummer with the church band. Twelve years ago, at age nineteen, I joined a church staff as Minister of Music and Choir Director. That’s when I began to lead worship while playing a guitar and got serious about being a musician. I’m currently the Worship Leader at WaterStone Church in Warrior. I have developed a real love for music and for teaching new musicians over the years. I would be happy to help your family develop a love for music as well.

Lessons are taught at a recording studio conveniently located a block behind Chick-fil-a in Gardendale.
Most timeslots are during evening hours, but now, home-school families can now take advantage our expanded hours. These new timeslots are between 1:00 to 3:00, Monday through Friday. Lessons are 30 minutes each, once a week.
The fee varies based on your family’s situation.

Please call me to reserve time-slots today; they are filling up quickly. Feel free to call me with any questions as well.
Luke Brown

Kids Workshops at The Home Depot

I'm sure all of you wise Alabama homeschooling moms know about these workshops, but I though I would send a reminder!  These are really great workshops for your young homeschoolers.

The Home Depot's Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit.

The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.

In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.

Noteworthy Homeschoolers: Alex & Brett Harris

ALEX AND BRETT HARRIS founded TheRebelution.com in August 2005 and today, at age 19, are among the most widely read teen writers on the Web. The twins are frequent contributors to Focus on the Family's webzine Boundless, serve as the main speakers for The Rebelution Tour conferences, and have been featured nationally on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and The New York Times, as well as in publications like WORLD magazine, Breakaway, and Ignite Your Faith. Their first book, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, was released on April 15, 2008, by Multnomah Books. Sons of homeschool pioneers Gregg and Sono Harris and younger brothers of best-selling author Joshua Harris (I Kissed Dating Goodbye), Alex and Brett have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, basketball, and soccer. And food. They like food. Alex and Brett are freshmen at Patirck Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. When they're not at school or out doing conferences they live with their parents and three younger siblings near Portland, Oregon, where they attend Household of Faith Community Church.:  

Alabama Homeschooling Marching Band

JUHSB is very excited to announce that we will be resuming marching band after a hiatus for the past several years. We are opening this to all homeschooler musicians in Georgia and Alabama

On-line Re-enrollment payment

Ready to re-enroll for another great year with Everest Academy?
Please make the following selections.
Everest Academy will send you the link for the re-enrollment form when we receive notification of your payment (within 7 days...please contact us if you have not heard from us within 7 days but not before). You are not completely enrolled until we receive the signed re-enrollment form.

FYI: You do not have to have a Paypal account to use your debit/credit card.

Re-enrollment - Put in a quantity of "1" for your entire family.

Enrollment Addition - This is a $20 fee to add on students to your already existing family enrollment.  The fee is $20 total, not $20 per student.