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18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children

by Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D. on March 25, 2013



I’m going public today with a secret I’ve kept for a year—my husband and I are homeschooling our children.  I never dreamed we would become homeschoolers.  I wanted my kids integrated and socialized.  I wanted their eyes opened to the realities of the world.  I wanted the values we taught at home put to the test in the real world.  But necessity drove me to consider homeschooling for my 2nd and 4th graders, and so I timidly attended a home school parent meeting last spring.  Surprisingly it was full of doctors, lawyers, former public school teachers, and other professionals.  These were not the stay-at-home-moms in long skirts that I expected.   The face of homeschooling is changing.  We are not all religious extremists or farmers, and our kids are not all overachieving academic nerds without social skills.

An estimated 2.04 million k12 children are home educated in the United States, a 75% increase since 1999.   Although currently only 4% of all K12 students nationwide are educated at home, experts are predicting an exponential boom in homeschooling in the next 5-10 years.  Most states even provide free online public schools, known as virtual schools or virtual homeschools for K12 students.  An information site called College@Home provides some useful information.

For a year I was afraid to tell any of my work colleagues that we were homeschooling.  People would stereotype me as a right-wing kook.  My boss might assume that I couldn’t possibly be committed to an academic medical career.  I wasn’t sure I could homeschool my kids well.  I feared the whole year would be an academic failure and emotional nightmare.  I was so unsure about this homeschooling experiment that I even kept a spare school uniform in case I had to send my kids back to school at the last moment.

This week our kids are finishing their standardized curriculum and we will spend the rest of the school year doing enrichment activities.  Alas, I think we can call this success.

We’ve had our kids in both public and private schools, but homeschooling has turned out to be the best option for our family.  Here are 18 reasons why we have joined America’s fastest growing educational trend:

1)      We spend less time homeschooling each day than we used to spend driving.  With four kids in four locations last year (including a newborn at home), school drop-off and pick-up took four hours, on a good day.  We’d get home at about 4:30 and still have homework, music practice, sports, chores, dinner and bath to fit into the 4 hours before bed.  Now we spend about four hours per day homeschooling, instead of four hours in the car.

2)      We can’t afford private education.  Even on a doctor’s salary, private education has become unaffordable, especially for larger families.  Which choice would you make: save for college, save for retirement, or pay private school tuition?  Few families can afford for all three, and most can only afford one.  As educational debts loom larger for each successive generation, this financial crunch will only get worse.

3)      Our kids are excelling academically as homeschoolers.  Homeschooling allows us to enrich our children’s strengths and supplement their weaknesses. The kids’ education moves as fast or as slow as required for that particular subject area.  They are not pigeon-holed and tracked as gifted, average, or special needs.

4)      Homeschooling is not hard, and it’s fun!  We bought a “box curriculum” from a major homeschool vendor, and all the books and the day-by-day curriculum checklist came in the mail.  We have a lot of fun supplementing material through YouTube and online educational sites like Dreambox, Khan Academy, and others.  Our kids do about half of their math online.

5)      Use whatever public school services you like.  Need speech therapy, the gifted program, or remedial academics?  Homeschooled kids are still eligible for all these services.  Some homeschoolers come into public school daily for “specials” like art, music, PE, or the school play.  Your kids can even join high school sports teams once they are old enough.  Our kids are still in sports and scouts sponsored by their old schools.

6)      I like parenting more, by far.  As a mom of school-aged kids, I felt like my role as parent had been diminished to mini-van driver, schedule-keeper, cook and disciplinarian.  And there was no mercy from the schools– six minutes late for pickup and they’d be calling my husband at work, unpaid 5 cent library fine and they’d withhold my child’s report card.  Every day I’d unpack a pile of crinkled notice papers from three backpacks and hope that I didn’t miss the next permission slip.  I was not born, raised and educated to spend my days like this.  Now, I love being a mom.

7)      Our family spends our best hours of each day together.  We were giving away our kids during their best hours, when they were rested and happy, and getting them back when they were tired, grumpy and hungry.  I dreaded each evening, when the fighting and screaming never seemed to end, and my job was to push them through homework, extracurriculars, and music practice.  Now, our kids have happy time together each day.  At recess time, the kids are actually excited about playing with each other!

8)      We yell at our kids less.  Homeschooling forces us as parents to maintain a loving authority in the household.  We stopped spanking our kids.  You can’t get your kids to write essays or complete a large set of math problems if you don’t have their respect and obedience.  Spanking and corporal punishment establish fear, not effective, loving obedience.

9)      Our kids have time for creative play and unique interests.  Once my kids entered school, they seemed to stop making up their own creative play together.  They didn’t have time for creative play during their busy evenings.  Now they build forts and crazy contraptions, play dance parties, and pursue their own unique interests.  My eight-year-old has taken up computer programming and taught himself how to play the organ.  My six-year-old is learning to cook.

10)   We are able to work on the kids’ behavior and work ethic throughout the day.  My son’s poor work effort at school was nearly impossible to address.  The teachers didn’t have time to make my son repeat work they felt was average quality.  We wouldn’t see the work until days after it was completed.  Finally, we’ve been able to push him to his full potential.

11)   Get rid of bad habits, fast.  Dirty clothes dropped on the floor?  They used to stay there all day.  Now there is no recess until they are cleaned up.  I never really had the time to implement most behavioral techniques when my kids were in school.  I knew what I needed to do to get my kindergartner to dress herself, but it was easier to dress her myself then deal with the school complaining that she was improperly dressed or late.  Now, if she takes too long to get dressed, she misses out on free play time.

12)   Be the master of your own schedule.  Homeschooling provides a great deal of family flexibility, which is a tremendous asset for our busy family. For example, we save a lot of money on plane tickets because we have the flexibility to fly almost any day of the week.  Zoos, children’s museums, libraries, parks, etc., are far less busy on weekdays as they are on weekends.  Scheduling anything is eons easier—doctor’s appointments, piano lessons, vacations, etc.

13)   Younger children learn from older siblings.  For larger families like ours, even toddlers are learning during school time. Our four year old sits at the same table during school time as our six and eight year old.  He wants to do his worksheet, too.  Some of that math and phonics work rubs off on him, and he’s learning how to read.  When chore time comes, he asks, “What are my chores?”  And our one-year-old recently tried to clean a toilet.

14)   Save money.  Committing to homeschooling requires at least one parent at home for most of each day.  Although you may lose an income with this commitment, you save (a lot) of money since younger children don’t need daycare and older children don’t need private school.  We also save a lot of money on gas now that we drive less.  Many homeschooling parents still work part-time.  We pull off homeschooling because I work nights and my husband works part-time from home as an independent IT developer.  I know many families homeschooling on family incomes of 40-60K.

Homeschoolers save tax payers money, too.  According to The National Home Education Research Institute, homeschoolers saved the taxpayers $16 billion in 2006.

15)   Teach your kids practical life skills.  Homeschooled kids learn parenting skills, cooking, budgeting, home maintenance, and time management every day.  Time management skills are learned out of necessity.  Our kids have to keep their own schedules and budget their own time.  If they waste time, they have less time for play and their own special interests.  We use old smart phones with alarms to help teach time management.  Our kids help with younger siblings while under our direct supervision.  What better way is there to learn parenting?  I learned to write a fake grocery budget once as a home economics exercise.  My kids write real grocery budgets and help me shop.

16)   Better socialization, less unhealthy peer pressure and bullying.  Our kids no longer beg for video games we don’t want them to have or clothes we don’t like, or junky snacks they saw at school.  One of our children struggled socially in school, and his schoolmates were ruthlessly mean.  Despite a school anti-bullying policy and our best efforts to work with the teacher, nothing changed.  Last year he played alone on the playground everyday.  Now he’s organizing playground games at our homeschool co-op, and he’s smiling again.  No one has ever said an unkind word to him at our co-op, because every child is there with his or her own parent.  Our kids have plenty of time with friends, but without  the unhealthy peer pressure and bullying.

Research continues to show that homeschooled kids do well socially.  Our kids have no shortage of time with friends—each week they attend homeschool co-op, scouts, sports, dance, choir, piano, religious education and have plenty of time to play with neighborhood friends.  Add in the birthday parties and homeschool field trips, and we find ourselves having to decline activities so that we can get our homeschooling done!

17)   Sleep! A research study by National Jewish Health released in March, 2013 showed that homeschooled students get more sleep than their peers who attend school.  The result may be that homeschooled kids are better prepared to learn.  Parents get more sleep, too!  Now we don’t have to get up early to meet a bus schedule, prepare sack lunches, etc.  Our mornings are great times together to snuggle with our children and talk about our plans for the day.  No more “Hurry up and get your shoes on or you’ll be late for school!”

18)   Teach kids your own values.  According to the national center for education statistics, 36% of homeschooling families were primarily motivated by a desire to provide religious or moral instruction.  Our family is not part of this 36%– we never objected to any values taught in either our public or private schools.  Nevertheless, we’ve really enjoyed building our own traditions and living out our family values in a way that wasn’t possible before homeschooling.  For example we make Halloween a little holiday without too much decadence, but we spend an entire week celebrating Easter.  When our kids were in school, the Halloween parties went on for 2 weeks and they had a Halloween vacation from school.  In contrast, they didn’t get any time off for Easter, and there were no Easter celebrations or even decorations at school.

Homeschooling isn’t right for every family or every child.  I can’t even predict what the future holds for our family—will we continue homeschooling through high school?  I don’t know.  But for now, we’ve found a way for our family to be very happy growing and learning together.

Update 27-March-13

Thank you to the more than 200,000 of you that have taken the time to read my thoughts on homeschooling.

Many people have asked me how we do it, how my husband and I both hold down jobs and homeschool our kids at the same time.

Every homeschooling family has their own unique time management plan to balance employment, schooling, household needs, and rest time.  For our family, this has been a work in progress over several years.

Four years ago, after I had my third child, I started working all night shifts as a hospital-based pediatrician.   This schedule allowed me to be home with my babies and available for school pick-up for my older children.  When we were expecting our fourth child, my husband resigned his full-time job a large company in St. Louis so that he could start his own business as an independent IT developer, and so that he could be more committed to our family life.  Once we had the flexibility of my husband’s self-employment, homeschooling became a real option for our family.

We complete our core homeschool curriculum on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  On Wednesdays our kids attend a home-school co-op, and on Fridays we take field trips, do special activities, and complete any catch-up work.

I sleep (with earplugs!) the mornings after my overnight shifts.  My husband does the homeschooling on the mornings when I am sleeping.  On the mornings when I am awake, I do the teaching.  My husband and I split the teaching about 50/50.  We try to make sure that at any given time one parent is employed and one is teaching/parenting/running the home.  The baby usually takes a nap in the afternoon while my older kids do independent reading and online math, and so we can usually fit in 1-2 hours of personal time or work then.  Any employment work or housework that is left we do after the kids go to bed.

Now that we homeschool, everything has become a team effort in our house.  Both my husband and I teach, do housework, and make money.  Everyone does chores.  Walking in each other’s shoes each day has made us more compassionate towards each other.  We are less likely to criticize each other when things don’t go right, and we’ve learned to be better communicators.  This is, perhaps, my favorite part of homeschooling, that our family is happier together.

What the Pilgrims Can Teach Our Children About Free Market Economics
A Thanksgiving Day Commentary

from David McAlvany


Four hundred years ago, America’s spiritual founders made a big mistake—a nearly fatal experiment with communism. But the lessons they learned are something for which we can truly be thankful.

Long before Adam Smith penned The Wealth of Nations, his primer on the division of labor, productivity, and free markets, Pilgrim Governor William Bradford gave his own take on the relationship between private property, virtue, and the family.

In his book, Of Plymouth Plantation, Bradford describes a disastrous two-year experiment in communal living that resulted in slothful men, displaced women, and disrespect between the generations. The viability of the colony was threatened. The Pilgrims eventually abandoned the system in favor of a market-based economy rooted in private property ownership, but only after they made the conscious decision to switch economic platforms.

The story begins with the 1620 arrival of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts Bay Harbor: The conditions are brutal. The weather is relentless. Food is scarce. The danger from the natives is real. To survive, they need to build an economy that is sustainable. They adopt and implement a system of communal living, described in their July 1620 charter:

The practical reality meant that food would be held and distributed in common. There would be no division of labor. Private property ownership was forbidden. The first priority of family members was to serve the community rather than their own families. Even the women were required to wash clothing and prepare meals for the community.

For some, this might sound like the formula for a Marxist utopia—a Pilgrim kibbutz in which charity, goodwill, and prosperity abound.

But there is a resounding economic lesson from history—Communism is self-destructive. It is unsustainable. It is toxic to the human spirit. Efforts by the state to limit property ownership and to dictate the exchange of goods and services in the market inevitably result in both financial and moral decline.

Like all experiments in collectivism, this one failed miserably—so miserably that by 1623 the impoverished colony was on the verge of famine and extinction.

That might have been the end of the story. Arguably, there might not even be an America as we think of it today, or a Thanksgiving Day celebration, but for one thing—redirection. The Pilgrims identified their error and changed their economic policies.

Looking back on their economic disaster, Bradford could see that the root problem was arrogance. When governments restrict private property ownership, they are being “wiser than God.”

This flawed economic model had a direct impact on virtues that are vital to the success of the family, including self-government, hard work, and respect for elders.

Even the virtuous Pilgrims began to wonder why they as individuals should have to break their backs for somebody else’s benefit. Wives did not want to work for husbands other than their own. Men had little incentive to lead their individual families to economic success:

THE SOLUTION

The Pilgrim’s response to economic failure is a message to our generation:
* They did not quit.
* They identified the issues, made the self-conscious decision to reject wrong thinking, and they changed.
* Their answer to the problem was to implement private property ownership, simple principles of limited government, and economic freedom.

These new policies resulted in prosperity. Bradford explains that “this had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content.”

CONCLUSION

The rejection of communist practices by the Pilgrim fathers was one of the most dramatic shifts of economic policy by a local government in American history. William Bradford and the Separatist leaders made a bold decision that few politicians of our present generation would make—the self-conscious choice to change economic platforms.

The importance of private property is enshrined in two of the Ten Commandments (don’t steal and don’t covet others’ possessions), and is fundamental to the virtue and success of a well-ordered society. The God-given incentive for men to enjoy the “fruit of their own labors” is strong. The potential that hard work today can produce a stable family economy tomorrow motivates. These are economic principles for which we can be thankful.

This Thanksgiving, take a moment and thank God for the Pilgrims’ legacy of economic freedom. Remember that America had an experiment in communism. It failed. There is no need to repeat it. Remember also that economic failure can be reversed when men are willing to make courageous changes.

-David S. McAlvany


It's "BUSINESS" AS USUAL 

Progressive/Liberal "Gang" deliver promised S. O. S. (Same Old S***)

    After what they think was an election mandate, is it any wonder they believe a 59.8% win was a "Stamp of Approval" for their nefarious past actions? To borrow from the "Terminator," they'll; "Be Bach" with:
And after another Beguiling Superintendent or two -- or three [since longevity for them here is tenuous], we will all "Be Bach!" . . . We'll "Be Bach" to address their greed again as they explain again how; this time will be different, if we will just pass another little tax increase.

MORE WASTE & MORE CRIME!

   Even local "rags" are finding it increasingly difficult to run their typical "cover" for crimes committed by our "Gang". A January 24, 2007 article reported continued "resentment toward board accountability for expenditures of taxpayer funds." That's not surprising since a recent audit documented this administrations' continued cheating and favoritism. Not content they ran us over a million dollars in the hole, they continue. The audit determined that $80,000.00 was spent in "violation of the Texas Education Code," besides the fact that "purchase orders for 15 of the 26 disbursements examined did not comply with the district purchasing policy."  But ... what's $80,000.00 among friends and relatives? Our latest "crusader" to join that Board of Sell-outs admitted; "...58 percent of the vouchers did not follow policy" and also said; "I have seen people lose their jobs over these things in the private sector." But he was quick to add; "he was not suggesting anyone involved in the current situation be fired." At least one citizen with a backbone showed up but was shouted down by the president of this Board of Simpletons. This BS "leader" was more concerned about "Robert" and his "Rules" than addressing the legitimate concerns of a taxpayer. SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?  We Have Become A LAUGHING STOCK In This Region!

MORE HIRING!

    The electrons had barely stopped moving in the voting machines election night when one of the gang leaders for the Progressive/Liberals told the newspaper [published 10/1]; "While we don't feel that we're fully staffed ... we can at least hold on where we are ... At least, for now, we can preserve all of the extracurriculars that are so important to our district." The Beguiling Superintendent told us when she wanted to appear frugal while courting our vote, that her; "Reductions ... included reducing ... staff." and again on the same page,  her "Reductions [bold emphasis hers] ... include 2 1/2 paraprofessional positions." But that's why she is just another Beguiling Superintendent! She wasted no time hiring again and didn't tell her gang leaders. Go to:
http://www.nisd.us/Employment    [misspellings are the proud property of a government education and your tax dollars at work]
Junior High (7/8)
Full-Time Instructional Aide
Learning Lab
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Elementary (PK-3)
Part-Time Instructional Aide
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2 Years College Preferred
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Finally -- some truth about teacher's salaries!

Parents and Grandparents:

School today is NOT what you remember!

WAKE UP TO THE TRUTH! If you love your young people, start your search for the truth by simply reading the textbooks they are forced to study. Surely, this is not asking too much.

Brian Fisher, President and CEO of Coral Ridge Ministries writes;"Thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and modern revisionists, the faith of the Pilgrims is disappearing from our textbooks . . . and being erased from our national consciousness."

Want proof? New York University professor Paul C. Vitz studied 90 of the most used public school history textbooks. He found up to 30 pages devoted to the Pilgrims, yet not a word about their devout faith in God. The Mayflower Compact ... began with these words— “In the name of God, Amen.” They wrote of making their voyage “for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith….”  Vitz writes; “It is common in these books to treat Thanksgiving without explaining to whom the Pilgrims gave thanks,” One textbook even described Thanksgiving as a time “when the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians.”

Public government schools are NOT educating our young people, but are mis-educating them. They are propagandizing their young minds with "politically correct" half-truths, fairytale theories, censored history and hedonistic debauchery. The mention of "God", let alone "Jesus" is increasingly being treated as the most offensive words, yet vile profanity booms from cars in the parking lots, regularly escapes the headphones of IPods and even "screams" off the pages of their assigned reading! The Bible, itself being one of the oldest and best documented history books, is never seen, having been banned by these "book burners" decades ago.

It is of little wonder that one of our own, Dr. J. Randall Price, wrote; "... at one of our nation's largest secular universities ... I had students who had grown up in a public education system without access to the Bible, and they were amazed that during each class their instructor could stand before them with a Bible in one hand and an archaeology textbook in the other. In my opinion, their amazement came from their growing realization that the Bible was real history, attestable by hard facts that attend every other historical subject."

To those who already know these truths, I ask: "WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?" Jesus often told us; "FEAR NOT." Do not be afraid to speak up, act up and LOOK UP, for your "help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:2.

Government control of 90% of all schools should not be

 “Big Brother’s ideas about what and how children should be taught are not always those of mom and dad. Americans differ on same-sex marriage and evolution, on the importance of sports and the value of phonics, on the right to bear arms and the reverence due the Confederate flag. Some parents are committed secularists; others are devout believers... Americans hold disparate opinions on everything from the truth of the Bible to the meaning of the First Amendment... With parents so often in boisterous disagreement, why should children be locked into a one-size-fits-all, government-knows-best model of education? Nobody would want the government to run 90 percent of the nation’s entertainment industry. Nobody thinks that 90 percent of all housing should be owned by the state... Yet the government’s control of 90 percent of the nation’s schools leaves most Americans strangely unconcerned... In a society founded on political and economic liberty, government schools should have no place... Education is too important to be left to the government.” —Jeff Jacoby


Indoctrinate U

We encourage our children to continue their education and go to college. All of their teachers and coaches continually do the same. Everyone is encouraging them that going to college will help them live a successful and happy life. But just like the B.S. going on here, most of us have no clue about what is going on there.

Award-winning filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney's new documentary film, Indoctrinate U, reveals the ugly truths about academia that you won't see in glossy admissions brochures:
We usually associate such things with the repressive regimes of North Korea, China, Cuba, and the former Soviet Union. But instead, this assault on free thought is taking place all over America -- right now -- on our nation's campuses.

Hard-hitting and humorous, the film tells the story of how, in the name of education, schools from coast to coast ruthlessly compel conformity of thought. By exposing the dirty little secrets of higher education, this film has the potential to force the kind of change academics have long pretended they don't need to make.

You can help to bring about this change by watching the movie trailer and signing up for a screening in your area.

Watch the trailer and sign up to help bring a screening of Indoctrinate U to your home town now.

LEARNING

Remembering [or learning] what is Foundational:

     “It is almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.” —Albert Einstein

    If you teach a child to read, write and work with numbers, train him in character, and give him a love of learning, he could then educate himself. Reading, writing, and working with numbers are the tools of learning. Character is important because a lazy child will not put out the effort to educate himself; a proud child will not see the need to seek further learning. The love of learning is necessary for the young person to be motivated. - Lyndsay Lambert of Texas Home School Coalition Association

[Thirteen or fourteen years of daily influence over your children by the government school and they are not capable of teaching them how to study, let alone a love of learning. Not one class on "Studying" is offered!]

Dishonest Educators

by Walter E.Williams

Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." It reported that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history." More than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated had cheated on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, sometimes called the national report card. Cheating orders came from school administrators and included brazen acts such as teachers reading answers aloud during the test and erasing incorrect answers. One teacher told a colleague, "I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they're dumb as hell." Atlanta's not alone. There have been investigations, reports and charges of teacher-assisted cheating in other cities, such as Philadelphia, Houston, New York, Detroit, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Washington.

Recently, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's blog carried a story titled "A new cheating scandal: Aspiring teachers hiring ringers." According to the story, for at least 15 years, teachers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee paid Clarence Mumford, who's now under indictment, between $1,500 and $3,000 to send someone else to take their Praxis exam, which is used for K-12 teacher certification in 40 states. Sandra Stotsky, an education professor at the University of Arkansas, said, "(Praxis I) is an easy test for anyone who has completed high school but has nothing to do with college-level ability or scores." She added, "The test is far too undemanding for a prospective teacher. ... The fact that these people hired somebody to take an easy test of their skills suggests that these prospective teachers were probably so academically weak it is questionable whether they would have been suitable teachers."

Here's a practice Praxis I math question: Which of the following is equal to a quarter-million -- 40,000, 250,000, 2,500,000, 1/4,000,000 or 4/1,000,000? The test taker is asked to click on the correct answer. A practice writing skills question is to identify the error in the following sentence: "The club members agreed that each would contribute ten days of voluntary work annually each year at the local hospital." The test taker is supposed to point out that "annually each year" is redundant.

CNN broke this cheating story last July, but the story hasn't gotten much national press since then. In an article for NewsBusters, titled "Months-Old, Three-State Teacher Certification Test Cheating Scandal Gets Major AP Story -- on a Slow News Weekend" (11/25/12), Tom Blumer quotes speculation by the blog "educationrealist": "I will be extremely surprised if it does not turn out that most if not all of the teachers who bought themselves a test grade are black. (I am also betting that the actual testers are white, but am not as certain. It just seems that if black people were taking the test and guaranteeing passage, the fees would be higher.)"

There's some basis in fact for the speculation that it's mostly black teachers buying grades, and that includes former Steelers wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, who's been indicted for fraud. According to a study titled "Differences in Passing Rates on Praxis I Tests by Race/Ethnicity Group" (March 2011), the percentages of blacks who passed the Praxis I reading, writing and mathematics tests on their first try were 41, 44 and 37, respectively. For white test takers, the respective percentages were 82, 80 and 78.
This test-taking fraud is merely the tip of a much larger iceberg. It highlights the educational fraud being perpetrated on blacks during their K-12 education. Four or five years of college -- even majoring in education, an undemanding subject -- cannot make up for those 13 years of rotten education. Then they're given a college degree that is fraudulent, seeing as some have difficulty passing a test that shouldn't be challenging to even a 12th-grader. Here's my question: If they manage to get through the mockery of teacher certification, at what schools do you think they will teach?

The Role of 'Educators'

By Thomas Sowell

January 8, 2013

Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society.

Schools were once thought of as places where a society's knowledge and experience were passed on to the younger generation. But, about a hundred years ago, Professor John Dewey of Columbia University came up with a very different conception of education -- one that has spread through American schools of education, and even influenced education in countries overseas.

John Dewey saw the role of the teacher, not as a transmitter of a society's culture to the young, but as an agent of change -- someone strategically placed, with an opportunity to condition students to want a different kind of society.

A century later, we are seeing schools across America indoctrinating students to believe in all sorts of politically correct notions. The history that is taught in too many of our schools is a history that emphasizes everything that has gone bad, or can be made to look bad, in America -- and that gives little, if any, attention to the great achievements of this country.

If you think that is an exaggeration, get a copy of "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn and read it. As someone who used to read translations of official Communist newspapers in the days of the Soviet Union, I know that those papers' attempts to degrade the United States did not sink quite as low as Howard Zinn's book.

That book has sold millions of copies, poisoning the minds of millions of students in schools and colleges against their own country. But this book is one of many things that enable teachers to think of themselves as "agents of change," without having the slightest accountability for whether that change turns out to be for the better or for the worse -- or, indeed, utterly catastrophic.

This misuse of schools to undermine one's own society is not something confined to the United States or even to our own time. It is common in Western countries for educators, the media and the intelligentsia in general, to single out Western civilization for special condemnation for sins that have been common to the human race, in all parts of the world, for thousands of years.

Meanwhile, all sorts of fictitious virtues are attributed to non-Western societies, and their worst crimes are often passed over in silence, or at least shrugged off by saying some such thing as "Who are we to judge?"

Even in the face of mortal dangers, political correctness forbids us to use words like "terrorist" when the approved euphemism is "militant." Milder terms such as "illegal alien" likewise cannot pass the political correctness test, so it must be replaced by another euphemism, "undocumented worker."

Some think that we must tiptoe around in our own country, lest some foreigners living here or visiting here be offended by the sight of an American flag or a Christmas tree in some institutions.

In France between the two World Wars, the teachers' union decided that schools should replace patriotism with internationalism and pacifism. Books that told the story of the heroic defense of French soldiers against the German invaders at Verdun in 1916, despite suffering massive casualties, were replaced by books that spoke impartially about the suffering of all soldiers -- both French and German -- at Verdun.

Germany invaded France again in 1940, and this time the world was shocked when the French surrendered after just 6 weeks of fighting -- especially since military experts expected France to win. But two decades of undermining French patriotism and morale had done their work.

American schools today are similarly undermining American society as one unworthy of defending, either domestically or internationally. If there were nuclear attacks on American cities, how long would it take for us to surrender, even if we had nuclear superiority -- but were not as willing to die as our enemies were?


Like George Orwell’s ’1984′ New York City Schools Want to Ban More than 50 ‘Loaded-Words’ from Tests

by Gary DeMar
March 31, 2012

Divorce. Dinosaurs, Birthdays. Religion. Halloween. Christmas. Television. These are a few of the 50-plus words and references the New York City Department of Education is hoping to ban from the city’s standardized tests.

As the story got out, one of the arguments about the banned list is that it’s been going on for some time. This is the fifth year for such a list in New York. It’s being done elsewhere as well. California avoids the use of the word “weed” on tests and Florida avoids phrases that use the words “Hurricane” or “Wildfires.” We don’t want to traumatize the little darlings.

You may recall George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 and the memory hole. The memory hole is a slot into which government officials deposit politically inconvenient documents and records to be destroyed. Over time, the memories of such things will be forgotten and minds will be reshaped.

1984’s protagonist Winston Smith, who works in the Ministry of Truth, is routinely assigned the task of revising old newspaper articles in order to serve the propaganda interests of the government.

Today, it’s about dinosaur, divorce, pepperoni, hurricanes, birthdays, and television and tomorrow it will be constitution, republic, law, morality, limited government, freedom, liberty God — I forgot it’s already banned — right, wrong, good, and bad.

Most parents have no idea what their children are learning and not learning in their local government schools. Our nation’s government schools — yes, government schools — are indoctrination factories where they learn to love Big Brother.

Another student attacked by his own school

by Eugene Delgaudio

American school children are suffering the consequences of Obama’s destructive agenda. This (alleged) president has made it blindingly apparent that he will see the radical Homosexual Agenda passed at all costs...and inevitably, this has leaked down to so many levels. Especially grade schools.

Public and private school teachers have become dangerously aggressive in their efforts to impose pro-homosexual curriculums and behavior on their students. And they are emboldened precisely because they have been told by the pro-homosexual establishment that the Homosexual Classrooms Act is just over the horizon. They have been ordered to pervert their classrooms and silence every single student who speaks out in defense of the Family and real, moral values. And whats worse, they know they have total immunity.

The radical Homosexual Lobby and their vast sea of funds make’s sure that no teacher is ever punished for violating the First Amendment rights of their students. The liberal media and the politicians keep saying you and I are crazy for warning the nation about this, but it keeps happening! The latest tragedy occurred in just the last few days.

15 year old Brandon Wegner of Shawano High School, Wisconsin, was asked to write an article for his school paper.  He was actually asked to write in support of family values and explain the dangers of radical homosexual adoption. And he did exactly that.  He argued politely and respectfully that homosexual couples are not properly equipped to raise children, while pointing out that the vast majority of States have voted against specialized homosexual “rights.” The reaction of his teachers and school administrators was horrifying beyond belief.

Instead of being applauding for his bravery in speaking out, young Brandon was dragged into the office of the Superintendant for hours where he was subjected to a tyrannical interrogation...where he was threatened with severe punishments...where he was insulted and bullied. All this by adults who are charged with protecting and nurturing their students. And his parents were never even notified!

It is outrageous that our children are the battlefield the radical Homosexual Lobby is fighting over! (Alleged) President Obama has already threatened to institute a limited form of the Gay Bill of Special Rights by Executive decree -- it won’t be too long before he tries the same thing with public schools.

http://publicadvocateusa.org/
 

Flunking the Citizenship Test

by columnist L. Brent Bozell

"Newsweek magazine recently announced its disgust after it offered the government's official citizenship test (the one we require immigrants to pass before being naturalized) to 1,000 Americans.
38% of the sample failed.
65% couldn't figure out that the Constitution was penned and adopted at the Constitutional Convention;
63% couldn't identify how many justices were on the Supreme Court (nine);
73% couldn't identify that communism was what we opposed in the Cold War.
Current national leaders aren't so well known:
29% could not identify the current vice president (Joe Biden)
58% didn't identify the Speaker of the House (John Boehner)
Some public schools have used the citizenship test as a social-studies project in civic knowledge. A daring principal could make passage of the citizenship test a high-school graduation requirement. Promoting better civic and historical knowledge is an important cause. But this leads to a follow-up question for Newsweek and its media colleagues: Do journalists see building civic knowledge as an important part of their job?"

Editors' note:    Way to go Public Schools! And...you are NOT exempt 'Mudville' Public School. Two years into college one of your Salutatorians admitted complete ignorance of what 'a Valley Forge' was and further admitted no idea where Spain or Italy were. Imagine that parents. Those you entrust your childs education have numerous reasons and opportunities to cover both countries throughout 12 years, be it in Geography, World History, American History, Texas History or a dozen other areas. Let's see;
  1. In Geography, both countries have unique shapes, easily memorable by even 1st graders.
  2. From World History, Columbus was Italian and sailed for Spain. [Unimportant detail compared to teaching unfounded propaganda that he was an Indian hating racist?]
  3. Both were colonial powers
  4. From World and American History, two opportunities to learn Italy was heavily involved with us during both WWI & WWII.
  5. And again two opportunities to learn Spain, being neutral during both wars, which is important to know.
  6. Certainly American History taught our kids that we had our own war with Spain, and...
  7. Spain dominated most of this Western Hemisphere since about 1500 A.D. including...
  8. Spain is one of the 'Six Flags' that flew over Texas. Wasn't that covered in Texas History?
  9. Furthermore, 'Spanish heritage' issues are at the center of any study of Texas Government and...
  10. volatile Current Events.
What else do the kids not know? When the smartest kids at Mudville can graduate that ignorant you don't blame the kids. Our public school is no different than the rest. Its greatest claim may be that of  being the largest, local employer. [is that really a 'great' claim?] Beyond that, has it indeed just become an expensive, glorified babysitter? If so, we have allowed it.

Education: Free and Compulsory

by Murray N. Rothbard


Since each person is a unique individual, it is clear that the best type of formal instruction is that type which is suited to his own particular individuality. Each child has a different intelligence, aptitudes, and interests. Therefore, the best choice of pace, timing, variety, and manner, and of the courses of instruction will differ widely from one child to another. (p. 6-7)

It is obvious, therefore, that the best type of instruction is individual instruction. A course where one teacher instructs one pupil is clearly by far the best type of course. It is only under such conditions that human potentialities can develop to their greatest degree. It is clear that the formal school, characterized by classes in which one teacher instructs many children, is an immensely inferior system. . . . . . [I]t is evident that every school class must cast all the instruction into one uniform mold. Regardless how the teacher instructs, at what pace, timing, or variety, he is doing violence to each and every one of the children. Any schooling involves misfitting each child into a Procrustean bed of unsuitable uniformity. (p. 7)

What then shall we say of laws imposing compulsory schooling on every child? . . . . . Whatever the standards that the government imposes for instruction, injustice is done to all . . . . . Obviously, the worst injustice is the prevention of parental teaching of their own children.  . . . . . The effect of the State's compulsory schooling laws is not only to repress the growth of specialized, partly individualized, private schools for the needs of various types of children. It also prevents the education of the child by the people who, in many respects, are best qualified -- his parents. . . .   . . . . . The key issue in the entire discussion is simply this: shall the parent or the State be the overseer of the child? (p. 7-9)

Endnote/reference: Rothbard, Murray N. (1999; originally 1971 in magazine The Individualist). Education: Free and compulsory. Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Presidential Candidate Alan Keyes sues Obama

Constitutional Crisis Looms

National "Ask Alan"/AIP conference call

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Opening remark

Alan Keyes:

Thank you very much.  I thought what I would do this evening is just take a minute or two and explain in a very simple way what I have been involved with in the last couple of weeks.  We have talked about it a little bit on the calls before.  You’ll notice that I lent my name to a couple of the suits that are taking place to try to determine whether Barack Obama is in fact a natural born citizen.  And just so that there would be no misunderstanding—and I did try to make this clear in the press release that we had issued about the case I got involved with in California—I guess I am not, myself, having looked over all of the facts and evidence and things that people have graciously sent to me and did in the course of the last several weeks, I am not sure I am able to reach a conclusion as to what the facts are. 

But what has appalled me, I guess, even as I have read the transcript of court decisions and things like that that have been taken up to this point, is the notion that somehow or another, step number one, citizens don’t have standing to ask him, even though the Constitution is a document that speaks for “we the people.”  When people go to the polls to vote, presumably they have both an obligation to respect the Constitution—I think in Florida, for instance, people actually have to take an oath to do so—and the expectation that it will be followed.  Therefore, as a whole people, we have a critical interest in making sure that the supreme law of the land, as expressed in the Constitution—which gives proper basis and procedure to our sovereign will as the people of the United States —be followed.  And yet, there has been an almost casual assumption, including, I think, the judge in the Berg case who was arguing things about the electorate having made a choice, and so forth and so on, as if any given instance of the majority overrides the Constitution.  And I find it kind of incongruous that you would have this kind of an attitude coming from the bench, since the whole notion of judicial review, which they constantly are exercising, is based on the idea that an instance of majority will, whether it’s a legislature deciding on a law, or any other instance of a majority vote, that that instance of a majority will does not override the Constitution of the United States

And this is something that has been clear: that you have a duty to follow the Constitution, that the judges, if they see in a law something that conflicts with the Constitution, have to therefore follow the Constitution, not the will of the majority as expressed through their representatives, or even as directly expressed in some electoral contest.  No.  Because, as Hamilton argued in Federalist 78—and I want to read this, because I think it is very important—“A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as a fundamental law.  It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning, as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body.  If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between the two, that which has the superior obligation and validity ought, of course, to be preferred; or, in other words, the Constitution ought to be preferred to the statute, the intention of the people to the intention of their agents. Nor does this conclusion by any means suppose a superiority of the judicial to the legislative power. It only supposes that the power of the people is superior to both.”

And of course, in the Constitution itself, by the authority of the people, a procedure is put down for amending the Constitution—that is, for changing its terms—and unless that procedure is followed, the sovereign will of the people as expressed in the Constitution is the supreme law and must be followed.  That is so simple.  It is so clear.  So, in this particular case, the Constitution says that in order to be eligible for the presidency, you’ve got to be a natural born citizen.  If, on account of the incompetence of the party system, or its corruption, or whatever may be the reasoning, an individual happens to win a presidential election who turns out not to be qualified, then the Constitution still has to be followed.  The idea that it does not I think is a dangerous situation for the whole country, because it suggests that somehow or another, on the basis of this or that majority will, as expressed in this or that way, the Constitution becomes a dead letter.  And then you ask yourself, what becomes of the fundamental rights, for instance, in the Bill of Rights if the Constitution becomes a dead letter when a given majority wants to run roughshod over the rights of a minority? 

What if that attitude had been taken during the course of the argumentations and struggles in the Civil Rights movement, in the women’s rights movement, and in all kinds of things that have ultimately depended on the assumption that there is an understanding of justice—as articulated in the Constitution, as expressed in our understanding of basic, unalienable rights—that has to be followed, even by the majority?

In order to maintain the Union, which allows us to go through elections and sit back and say, “Well, we didn’t win this time, but we’ll wait for the next time,” what we are trusting in, what we are giving credence to, what we are lending authority to is not the will of the majority: it is the Constitution of the United States.  You take away the authority of the Constitution, as expressed through that transcendent will of the people, and what have you got in any given instance of a majority vote?  You’ve got a majority imposing its will on a minority that may or may not be willing to accept that will.  For the sake of what do the folks who lose the vote accept the result?  Well, for the sake of the Constitution, to which we all bear allegiance.  Once you have destroyed the notion that that Constitution must be respected, you have introduced the country into a very dangerous state, in which individuals who are disgruntled with the way things are going and the way the majority decides, and the way “this and that—,” they no longer say to themselves, “Well, we are all part of a Union, based on our commitment to the Constitution and its basic respect for human rights that it represents,” no, that is no longer binding.  They are left to say, “The only thing that binds us is force, and therefore, if you come to force me to accept your will, then I’ll oppose you by force, and we’ll see what happens.”  Do we want that in this country?  I think not.

I guess it’s my hope that regardless of how the facts fall out, the only interest in all of this ought to be to ascertain the fact.  If that fact is in accordance with the Constitution, fine.  We’ll do what we always do.  We’ll accept the result, and we’ll go on trying to build, as we are building through this effort that Tom and others are making.  You start to work in political life, you build an alternative so that people can, by the means provided for in the Constitution, continue to work for the things that they believe in.  I think that is what we all believe.

On the other hand, if the facts are not in accordance with the Constitution, then I would presume that those in authority would understand it to be their obligation to follow the Constitution, so as not to undermine the sense of its authority, the allegiance to that authority, which I think at the end of the day has, in the course of this country’s history, preserved us from the kind of turmoil and difficulties that often arise in other societies on account of political competition. 

I think that this is something that has been understood in America since the very earliest years of the republic: that our commitment to and allegiance to the Constitution is vitally important to the Union and the peaceful work that we do together as citizens in the same county.  And I would sincerely hope that judges on the federal bench, or on the Supreme Court, or wherever it might be, will feel deeply their responsibility to this tradition, and will not only make a decision that is in accord with the facts, but will be seen to make it in accord with the Constitution, so that whatever comes out of this, it will affirm the fact that we are still a people sovereign through this constitutional instrument, and respecting that fact, rather than trying to move down a road that, at the end of the day, would begin as majority tyranny, but would end as some form of oligarchy, party dictatorship—call it what you will, it would be the end of democratic self-government.

And so, that is my thinking, as I have participated in this effort.  And I think that the question has been raised, the facts are not clear, and that those officials who have sworn allegiance to the Constitution owe it to the Constitution and to the people of this country to deal with this issue with integrity and expeditiously, so that we can clear the air and get on with the great business of this country.  So, that is what I had to say tonight.  Thank you.


links to court and legal documents:


OBAMA MUST STAND UP NOW OR STEP DOWN

By Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Ph.D., J.D.
October 29, 2008

America is facing potentially the gravest constitutional crisis in her history. Barack Obama must either stand up in a public forum and prove, with conclusive documentary evidence, that he is “a natural born Citizen” of the United States who has not renounced his American citizenship—or he must step down.... Because, pursuant to the Constitution, only “a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of th[e] Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President” (Article II, Section 1, Clause 4)....

Now that Obama’s citizenship has been seriously questioned, the burden of proof rests squarely on his shoulders. The “burden of establishing a delegation of power to the United States * * * is upon those making the claim.” Bute v. Illinois, 333 U.S. 640, 653 (1948)...

[T]he national disaster of having an outright usurper purportedly “elected” as “President”... [means] everyone in America will be subjected to an individual posing as “the President” but who constitutionally cannot be (and therefore is not) the President, [and] sets America on the course of judicially assisted political suicide. If Obama turns out to be nothing more than an usurper who has fraudulently seized control of the Presidency, not only will the Constitution have been egregiously flouted, but also this whole country could be, likely will be, destroyed as a consequence.

[read the whole article here]

Barack Obama is a counterfeit Alan Keyes
Plagiarizing the language of liberty and equality for socialism
Tom Hoefling
March 21, 2008

"I don't need Mr. Keyes lecturing me on Christianity. That's why I have a pastor." — Barack Obama

In 2004, Ambassador Alan Keyes acceded to the persistent pleas of Illinois Republicans to represent them in the U.S. Senate race against Democrat Barack Obama, only after being informed of Obama's history of callous disregard for innocent human life in blocking the legal protection of babies who had survived abortion attempts in that state's hospitals.

Dr. Keyes, more than anyone in the country, saw the dangers posed by the rise of Barack Obama, and was willing to endure the obvious ambushes that were set for him in the race, even though he knew there was little prospect of electoral success, and that the personal costs would be considerable. He knew that if he did not pick up the standard and run to the sound of the guns, a pro-abortion woman was going to be chosen by the GOP, and Barack Obama's evil record would never be exposed, smoothing his path to power.

Like the Lincoln-Douglas debates of an earlier century, the Keyes-Obama confrontations were of historic value. It's hard to imagine two men more different in their character and philosophy. It's hard to imagine two more disparate worldviews. And, it's hard to imagine how Alan Keyes, a man with broad Reagan administration foreign policy and national defense experience, could have rhetorically thrashed the inexperienced Barack Obama any more thoroughly than he did.

But, as you know, with the help of an Obama-loving media and a Republican establishment that was more in tune with the Democrats than it was with the timeless American principles represented by Alan Keyes, Barack Obama won the election handily, just as Douglas defeated Lincoln so many years before. And, as expected, Obama's rise to power in the days since has been swift, financed and promoted by the most radical and powerful forces of socialism in America today, including George Soros.

In recent days we've observed the spectacle of presidential candidate Barack Obama fighting for political survival in the wake of the revelations of the racist America-hating "liberation theology" preached from the pulpit of his church of twenty years. Never mind that conservatives have known about and made known the nature of this institution for a long time, but that it only became "news" when friends of his primary opponent Hillary Clinton in the Democrat Media decided it was time to make an issue of it.

In a speech that was splashed across every network and the pages of every newspaper in the land, he employed every rhetorical tool and talent available to him to try and defuse the scandal. If you were foolish enough to believe some of the talking heads of television you'd think the man was Jesus delivering the Sermon on the Mount, or at a minimum Martin Luther King, Jr. preaching from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, instead of a politician trying to spin himself out of deep trouble.

In any case, Barack Obama is not Jesus or Reverend King. He's Joe Biden. You see, Barack Obama is cribbing from the founding documents of this republic, and the timeless statements of its actual statesmen, even though it's obvious that his political philosophy has nothing to do with the founding principles, and that his ideology would be completely foreign and hateful to those great Americans who came before.

He even borrows from the Bible, though like virtually all modern Democrats he twists the meaning of the eternal Word of God at his whim. He's learned his lessons from Bill Clinton well.

He speaks of "we the people," while completely misunderstanding who the men were that penned those words, and the words which followed.

He steals the constitutional theme of "a more perfect union," while ignoring in every facet of his political life the rest of the words of the Preamble, especially its closing statement of purpose: "To secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves AND OUR POSTERITY." His support for abortion-on-demand, and even infanticide, makes a mockery of the spirit and the letter of our Constitution, as well as the founding paragraph of our nation, found in the Declaration of Independence:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men..."

You see, he doesn't even understand why human government exists, much less how to unify all Americans in support of it.

He utters with his lips sweet-honeyed homage to "union," while tearing down with both hands all possibility of unity, just as Stephen Douglas and many of his contemporaries did. You see, without truth, without adherence to God's laws and ways, without justice, without respect for the lives and liberty of all of those who are created in God's image, true unity cannot exist.

He decries the horrors of slavery, while exhibiting a total commitment to the exact same spirit of injustice as the slaveholders of the nineteenth century once did.

He speaks of liberty and justice, while showing that he has no conception of the moral basis for either.

He praises those who have fought for freedom and equality over the centuries, while dishonoring their memory with every action he takes in the political arena.

And, in between, he spouts classic Marxist class warfare rhetoric, which, while appealing to the base self-interest, jealously, and greed of the ignorant, accomplishes nothing in its fulfillment but destruction and division for all.

The "hope" he famously offers is a false hope, based in socialist nonsense, flattery, crude political calculation and complete disregard for the intrinsic value of each human life, in open defiance of the moral principles held dear by those who founded and built this "one nation under God."

The true language of liberty and equality has nothing to do, in its spirit or substance, with the kind of virulent racialism advocated in the Obamas' church, or with the failed Marxist vision embodied in Obama's political philosophy and record.

Barack Obama gives strength to the very things that have been the most destructive of the lives of blacks AND whites in this country. The brutal aborting of a whole generation of helpless, innocent children. The government-assisted destruction of the two-parent family. The enslavement of a formerly free and sovereign people to an overwhelmingly powerful and invasive federal government. The banishment from the public square of the Creator, upon Whom our liberty entirely depends.

If we truly care about our posterity, the political career of Barack Obama, who thinks that life and liberty is only for those he arbitrarily deems worthy of it, must be relegated along with all his liberal fellow travelers to the same historical dustbin as their fellow Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, who thought that the Union could survive part slave and part free. That goes for those like John McCain who falsely label themselves "Republicans," but act in the same way. They have squandered any moral authority to lead.

If our goal is to bring about a truly "post-racial" America, one that is based in genuine liberty and equality for all, we must do what the people of Illinois failed to do in 2004 and what the Republican Party has refused to do in 2008: elevate Alan Keyes to the position of service to this country that God has obviously prepared him for.

Why? Because he's black? Not on your life. We should elect him because he's quite simply the best man for the job.

Barack Obama falsely mimics via teleprompter what Alan Keyes, without a single written note, so eloquently and powerfully speaks directly from his heart and mind.

Alan Keyes, the great moral statesman of our day, has been foolishly betrayed by the Republican Party which he has faithfully supported and served throughout his adult life, and he is apparently about to leave it. And so, the duty of "we the people," the sovereign citizens of the United States, irrespective of political party, is to stand up and do the hard work necessary to make sure he's on our presidential ballot come November. We must go over the heads of the failed "leaders" and elites of our time, and make sure that he takes the oath of office in January.

Better than anyone else, Alan Keyes knows what that sacred oath means. And so, with God's help, let us strive to see him prevail over Obama and the others just as Lincoln ultimately prevailed over Douglas.

That generation was willing to sacrifice everything to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence for all. Surely we can muster the active will and the energy to restore it, and preserve it, for the sake of our posterity.


www.AlanKeyes.com


America the Beautiful,
or so you used to be.

Land of the Pilgrims' pride;

I'm glad they'll never see.

 

Babies piled in dumpsters,

Abortion on demand,

Oh, sweet land of liberty;

your house is on the sand.

 

Our children wander aimlessly

poisoned by cocaine

choosing to indulge their lusts,

when God has said abstain

 

From sea to shining sea,

our Nation turns away

From the teaching of God's love

and a need to always pray.

 

We've kept God in our temples,

how callous we have grown.

When earth is but His footstool,

and Heaven is His throne.

 

We've voted in a government

that's rotting at the core,

Appointing Godless Judges;

who throw reason out the door,

 

Too soft to place a killer

in a well deserved tomb,

But brave enough to kill a baby

before he leaves the womb.

 

You think that God's not angry,

that our land's a moral slum?

How much longer will He wait

before His judgment comes?

 

How are we to face our God,

from Whom we cannot hide?

What then is left for us to do,

but stem this evil tide?

 

If we who are His children,

will humbly turn and pray;

Seek His holy face

and mend our evil way:

 

Then God will hear from Heaven;

and forgive us of our sins,

He'll heal our sickly land

and those who live within.

 

But, America the Beautiful,

if you don't - then you will see,

A sad but Holy God

withdraw His hand from Thee.

 

~~Judge Roy Moore~~

Global Warming; It is a SCAM!

by John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel

“It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create in allusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the ‘research’ to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims. Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus... I do not oppose environmentalism. I do not oppose the political positions of either party. However, Global Warming, ie Climate Change, is not about environmentalism or politics. It is not a religion. It is not something you ‘believe in.’ It is science; the science of meteorology. This is my field of life-long expertise. And I am telling you Global Warming is a non-event, a manufactured crisis and a total scam. I say this knowing you probably won’t believe a me, a mere TV weatherman, challenging a Nobel Prize, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning former Vice President of United States. So be it... There is no run away climate change. The impact of humans on climate is not catastrophic. Our planet is not in peril... In time, a decade or two, the outrageous scam will be obvious. As the temperature rises, polar ice cap melting, coastal flooding and super storm pattern all fail to occur as predicted everyone will come to realize we have been duped. The sky is not falling.”

Compassion and the decline of America

by Dennis Pager

Posted: March 20, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern
This past weekend, a friend of mine attended his 13-year-old son's baseball game. What he saw encapsulates a major reason many of us fear for the future of America and the West.

His son's team was winning 24-7 as the game entered the last inning. When he looked up at the scoreboard, he noticed that the score read 0-0. Naturally, he inquired as to what happened – was the scoreboard perhaps broken? – and was told that the winning team's coach asked the scoreboard keeper to change the score. He and some of the parents were concerned that the boys on the losing team felt humiliated.

In order to ensure that the boys losing by a lopsided score would not feel too bad, the score was changed.

As is happening throughout America , compassion trumped all other values.

Truth was the first value compassion trashed. In the name of compassion, the adults in charge decided to lie. The score was not 0-0; it was 24-7.

Wisdom was the second value compassion obliterated. It is unwise to the point of imbecilic to believe that the losing boys were in any way helped by changing the score. On the contrary, they learned lessons that will hamper their ability to mature.

They learned that someone will bail them out when they feel bad.

They learned that they do not have to deal with disappointment in life. Instead, someone in authority will take care of them. (This is how reliance on the state for solving personal problems – the worldview of the left – is formed early in life.)

They learned that their feelings, not objective standards, are what society deems most important.

They learned that they are not responsible for their behavior. No matter how poorly they perform, there will be no consequences – sort of like tenure for university professors.

They also learned to think in the feminine – with an emphasis on feelings – rather than to cultivate their innate masculine sense that winners win and losers learn to deal with it and move on to the next game.

At the same time, the boys on the winning team learned not to try their best. Why bother?

Building character was the third value trumped by compassion. People build character far more through handling defeat than through winning. The human being grows up only when forced to deal with disappointment. We remain children until the day we take full responsibility for our lives. Our increasingly feelings-based society has created a pandemic of immaturity in our society. And there are fewer and fewer maturity-creating institutions in our society. Indeed, the opposite is more often the case. Schools, for example, keep young people immature, none more so than college, which serves primarily to postpone adulthood.

The fourth value that compassion denied here was fairness. It is remarkable how often compassion-based liberals speak of "fairness" in formulating social policy given how unfair so many of their policies are. It was entirely unfair to the winning team to have their score expunged, all their work denied. But for the compassion-first crowd, the winning team is like "the rich" who earn "too much" and should therefore be penalized with a higher tax rate; the winning team scored "too many" runs to be allowed to keep them all.

Compassion in social policy almost always produces unfair results. Compassion for murderers allows them to keep their lives after taking the life of another. Compassion for minorities leads to affirmative action, which means that individuals who are not members of a designated minority will be treated unfairly. Compassion for immigrant children led to bilingual education, which subsequently prevented most of those children from advancing in American society.

Compassion as the primary determinant of behavior is effective in personal life. In making public policy, it is a morally and socially destructive guideline. In fact, it is so bad that thinking people must conclude that its primary purpose is to enable policy-makers who are guided by compassion to feel good about themselves.


Take Back the Schools? From whom?


by Tammy Drennan

 
"Don’t just hammer public schools. Go in there and take them back."  - Finn Laursen, Christian
Educators Association International, quoted in an AP article in The Boston Herald, 9/2/06

 

Take them back from whom?  The government?  Other parents?  The taxpayers?  The teachers' unions?  The textbook publishers?  The special interests?  The school boards?  The religious community?

 

You see the problem. State schools, financed by the public at large, cannot be taken "back" by any one group. They don't belong to you or anyone else. They're up for grabs. Hundreds, if not thousands, of interests, ranging from social to religious to business, vie daily for their share of the public school pie. The highest bidder wins and everyone else plays by his rules until someone topples him from his perch and the rules change yet again.

 

The real tragedy is that by turning education into a state function, we have shot ourselves in the foot big-time. By asking the state to educate our children and our neighbors to pay for it, we have offered up our progeny to the public to do with as it pleases. The results have taken some nasty turns over the years, and now it's getting downright scary.

 

Our mistake was in granting the state control of our children to begin with. The only way to rescind the grant is to take back our children. Taking back our children is something we can do today - quite literally. Taking over the public schools is a battle of world war proportions in which the main casualties would be the very children we purport to save.

 

Don't sacrifice your children on the altar of "free" education. Take them back and rise to the occasion. They're your children. Aren't they worth your money as much as your love?


Competition works

By John Stossel

John Stossel is co-anchor of ABC News "20/20" and author of "Give Me a Break."
[we suspect "Give me a break" is the New York equivalent of Don't BS us.]

One exciting thing about the free market is that you can't predict what the market will create. Big-government advocates tell you exactly what will happen when their plans work (as if they actually would work!), but we who trust the free market can only say that people will compete and good ideas will win. We don't set out to make all your choices for you, and, not being psychic, we can't predict what decisions you'll make.

Take education. Bureaucrats like to say, you will go to this school, because we said so, and you will be taught according to this program, because we said so and we know best. Those of us with confidence in markets think you could do better deciding for yourself. Neither the bureaucrats nor the freedom lovers can judge what's in your interest better than you can. One big difference is, we know what we don't know, while they think they know everything.

We do know that competition works. It works because it gives people the chance to be creative. Educational experts, freed from the massive regulations that snarl the public schools, can come up with new and better ideas for teaching. Competition works because it gives people incentives to produce -- it inspires them to work constantly at trying to find better ways to please their customers. The bad producers lose their jobs -- but the best ones gain new customers. Bad schools will close and better schools will open.

And the better schools won't all be the same.

I can't tell you about all the wonderful schools that would appear if students were able to bring their public funding to any school, public, private, or religious. No one individual can begin to imagine what competition would create. But because a few experiments in school choice have been allowed, I can tell you about a few of the possibilities:

Some schools now focus on technology, foreign languages, or music; there are charter schools that operate as boarding schools. At the KIPP charter schools, teachers must give kids their cell phone numbers, and in the evening, every teacher is available to answer questions until 9 p.m. The students call "constantly," say teachers. KIPP kids are in school until 5 p.m., some Saturdays and for weeks in the summer.

So many students want to get into charter schools like those, many have to hold lotteries. The winners get a shot at a better future; the losers are generally stuck with whatever the bureaucrats deign to give them. Why should kids have to win their future possibilities in a lottery? If school money were attached to individual students in the form of vouchers, every parent could take their child to new schools.

This winter's Florida court ruling against school choice came after former teacher Ruth Holmes Cameron brought a suit. "To say that competition is going to improve education -- it's just not going to work," she said. "You know, competition is not for children. It's not for human beings, it's not for public education."

Why not? Would you keep going back to a restaurant that served you a bad meal? Or a barber that gave you a bad haircut? Competition makes everything better. Why would schools be different? In the few places where vouchers have been allowed, like Milwaukee, the kids who used vouchers did better, and those who stayed in the public schools were not left behind.

How can that be? In 2001, Harvard economist Caroline Hoxby found that Milwaukee's private school vouchers made the nearby public schools (which were competing for the same students) change. "[Public] school principals were allowed to have a lot more autonomy," she said, "They counseled teachers out of teaching altogether who really weren't performing or showing up on the job -- they put in new back to basics curricula in some primary schools that really needed that so that reading skills and math skills would go up." Test results at those public schools went up by 7.1 percent in math, 8.4 percent in science, and 3.0 percent in language. Scores went up in voucher schools, too.

Competition worked -- for human beings, and for public education.



The nontheistic religion of secular evolutionary humanism is promoted in every public school.  Contributing writer, Linda Kimball, provides the following overview of this "theology of demons" that is essential reading for every caring parent.

The Real Evil of Evolutionary Humanism

Written by Linda Kimball
Friday, November 11, 2005

 

In 1920, Winston Churchill spoke of a group of Enlightenment conspirators who had produced a system of morals and philosophy “as malevolent as Christianity was benevolent, which, if not arrested would shatter irretrievably all that Christianity has rendered possible.”  He observed that this malignant worldview “has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th century.  This worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality has been steadily growing”  (Zionism versus Bolshevism).

 

This malevolent system of warped morals and anti-human philosophy entered into the world during the Enlightenment, where it seems as if another Garden of Eden seduction occurred.  It appears as though certain Enlightenment thinkers—Darwin, Marx, Hegel, Saint-Simon, and Rousseau among others, ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and each man received certain ideas which, when combined with the others, produced a malignancy-filled system of philosophy comparable to a grimoire of goetia (black magic) which, like Sauron’s One Ring, holds out for the bearer a seductive illusion of power, wealth, and glory.  The key to the power, according to the grimoire, is through the reversal of human norms, natural law, and the social institutions so necessary for the continuance of mankind.  In his book, The Everlasting Man, G. K. Chesterton described the reversal process as the ''theology of demons'' and said it is sadistically anti-human and anti-childhood.  It is intrinsically evil.

 

In its guise as communism, it unleashed a sadistic anti-human holocaust of planetary dimensions.  From Hitler’s ovens to the killing fields of Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedung, Pol Pot, Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il, and Fidel Castro, there runs interconnecting rivers of human blood.   One hundred million lives were consumed in the demonic quest for the creation of a New Man.

 

Even as rivers of blood still flowed from the earthly Hells created by communists, communism itself began to shape-shift into something seemingly innocuous in order to slither into and infect Christendom and the very fortress of Christianity, the United States.  It disguised itself as progressivism, liberalism, secular humanism, and then later as environmentalism, feminism, and a plethora of other social justice causes.

 

Soon, subversive stealth campaigns were launched.  One was for the purpose of perverting our language and to insert the word ''social'' into every conceivable area.  This was in order to plant the thought that ''social'' infuses everything with a positive content.

 

Another was for the purpose of instilling a sense of guilt within Americans.  Americans found themselves being frequently reminded of both their individual failures and of the evil perpetrated by their culture and nation.  A constantly expanding range of ''victims'' who had been ''unfairly'' treated and thus deserving of ''special'' treatment were paraded before Americans to ensure that the conscience of Americans remained troubled.

 

Civil rights and sexual liberation movements, which were social justice (communism) agendas in disguise, were launched.  They served two purposes:  they bulldozed our Rule of Law and individual rights in an effort to supplant them with ''group rights.''  This has worked as a kind of dynamite upon human norms and social institutions.  These effort were also, not incidentally, insidiously disguised attacks against childhood and childhood innocence.

 

Marching in unison with the other campaigns was one whose purpose was the perversion of transcendent natural law and more specifically, the all-important ''first principle'' articulated in our Declaration of Independence: the inalienable right to life.  By the use of what J. Budziszewski (What We Can’t Not Know) termed ''black magic spells of imposture and unraveling'' (a reversal process); shock troops of evil perverted the foundational principles of right and wrong.  Because the new morals they created had an air of plausibility, Americans accepted them.  Thus they’ve successfully supplanted the sanctity of life principle with an ever-expanding range of ''new morals'' such as the ''sanctity of choice'' (who wants a woman to die while giving birth?) and the ''sanctity of the environment'' (who doesn’t want clean air and water?)   

 

Using the same process of reversal, they began to supplant human norms (traditional marriage, for instance) and man’s created condition (fixed gender as either male or female) with perverted ''new morals'' based in notions of sexual orientation, consent, choice, and privacy.  These new morals, like the civil rights and sexual liberation movements, are also disguised attacks upon children and childhood innocence.

 

The infiltration and infestation was a success.  The minds of Western Europeans and Americans had become sufficiently darkened and disordered.  Mankind had been successfully conditioned to accept that his new place in the scheme of life was no longer transcendent to the creation as taught by Christianity, but below and in submission to it.

 

Mankind would henceforth be found guilty of existing, and through his existence, be found guilty of causing hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, global warming, and other natural phenomenon.  The intrinsically evil worldview had finally stepped out of the shadows and revealed an appalling goggle-eyed face of neo-paganism.

 

The stage had been set for the next phase of their plan to redeem the world from the evil of humankind.  The campaigns to debase humanity, to destroy social and human norms, and to eliminate the human plague organisms began apace.

 

Humans As Nonpersons and Plague Species

 

1.                  Saying homo sapiens are a ‘plague species,’ the London Zoo opened a new exhibit featuring--eight humans.  We have set up this exhibit to highlight the spread of man as a plague species and to communicate the importance of man’s place in the planet’s ecosystem.”  (Human Beings: Plague Species; WorldNet Daily, 2005)

2.                  Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs.”  (Earth First! Journal editor John Daily)

3.                  To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem.” (Yale professor Lamont Cole)

4.                  The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States.” (Michael Oppenheimer, Environmental Defense Fund)

5.                  Until such time as homo sapiens decide to rejoin nature, (we) can only hope for the right virus to come along.”  (David Graber, research biologist with the National Park Service)

6.                  Nonpersons or potential persons cannot be wronged…because death does not deprive them of something they value.”  (John Harris, Sir David Alliance professor of bioethics, University of Manchester, England)

 

On the Elimination of Human Weeds and Other Schemes

 

1.                  In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine, and the like would fill the bill.  All these dangers are caused by human intervention…the real enemy…is humanity itself.”  (The First Global Revolution, published by the Club of Rome)

 

Note: The Club of Rome bills itself as a global think tank.  It’s comprised of scientists, economists, businessmen, international high civil servants, university presidents, members of parliament, heads of state, and former heads of state from all five continents.  They describe themselves as people “who believe that the future of humankind is not determined once and for all.”  This is code for evolutionary humanism.

 

2.                  In Guyana, within 2 years, it (DDT) had almost eliminated malaria…my chief quarrel with DDT…is that it has greatly added to the population problem.”  (Alexander King, former president of the Club of Rome)

 

Note:  In the 60’s, a group of depopulation environmentalists conspired to have DDT banned from being used to control mosquitoes and malaria.  The subsequent banning of DDT resulted in millions of deaths.  One source estimated the death total as 500 million.

 

3.                  I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing.  There are others…If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation survivors could procreate…without making the world too full…the state of affairs might be unpleasant but what of it?  Really high-minded people are indifferent to suffering, especially that of others.”  (Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society)

 

Note:  Although they’ve not managed to spread a Black Death, they have managed to ignite a worldwide conflagration of STDS and AIDS.  Keep in mind that it’s progressives, liberals and their international cohorts who have been preaching their gospel of ''salvation and redemption by sex'' (safe sex).  What they don’t want you to know is that it’s the environment (Gaia) that they are trying to save from the human plague.  Causing human weeds to become diseased, sterile, psychologically damaged, or to die is part of their scheme to redeem the world.

 

Ask yourselves why there has been no logical response to this plague.  Why, for instance, has there been no call to quarantine the infected?   And in the face of mounting death totals (468,000 dead from AIDs since 1981), why do they continue to teach your children to engage in the very behaviors which they know to be the cause of death?  The CDC (2002) reports that 16,000 deaths from AIDs occur annually. Another 40,000 new cases of infection occur within the same time frame.  There are 1 million cases of HIV, 31-50 million of herpes simplex, 24 million of HPV, and 1 million cases of chronic hepatitis B.

 

Now connect the dots between the Aids and STDs devastations and the 486,000,000 surgically and chemically induced abortions between 1965-1996 (www.rockforlife.org).  It would appear that America is on a slippery-slope to committing demographic suicide.

 

How Many Should We Allow to Exist?

 

 

1.                  The total world population should be no more than 2 billion rather than the current 5.6 billion.”  (Cornell University professor David Pimentel, speaking before the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science)

2.                  The damage people cause is a function of demographics…One American burdens the earth much more than 20 Bangladeshes…In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day.”  (Jacques Cousteau, the UNESCO Courier, Nov. 1991)

3.                  Cut the population by 90%”  (Dr. Sam Keen, Gorbachev Conference in San Francisco)

 

In speaking before the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Sept. 15, 2003, Michael Crichton told his audience, “certain human social structures…can’t be eliminated from society.  One of those…is religion.  Today it is said we live in a secular society in which…the best people, the most enlightened…do not believe in any religion.  But…you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind…suppress it in one form; it…re-emerges in another form.  Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism.”

 

Environmentalism (worshipping the creation) in conjunction with social Darwinism (the scientism that validates this lethal brew) and Chesterton’s ''theology of the demons''—these are the elements that comprise the most intrinsically evil religion ever known to mankind.  A religious worldview which Stephane Courtois (The Black Book of Communism) condemned as a criminal ideology that attracts narcissists, diabolical narcissists, and megalomaniac psychopaths such as Stalin.  And unless we can arrest it, as Churchill declared, it will “shatter irretrievably all that Christianity has rendered possible.”

 

Sources the Population Control Agenda, Stanley K. Monteith, MD

Intellectual Morons, Daniel J. Flynn

America’s Thirty Years War, Balint Vazsonyi

What We Can’t Not Know, J. Budziszewski

The Everlasting Man, GK Chesterton

About the Writer: Linda Kimball is a writer and author of numerous articles and essays on culture, politics, and world view. Linda receives e-mail at LindyKimball@msn.com.


We Have Ourselves to Blame for Education Problems

by Patrick J. Buchanan
Posted Dec 6, 2005

In his Inaugural Address in 1965, Lyndon Johnson, coming off one of the great landslides, spread out the plans for his Great Society. It was the heyday of liberalism, and those were days of hope. After civil rights, education topped the agenda.

On April 11, at the grammar school he attended, LBJ signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the first federal education law in U.S. history, focused on disadvantaged children.

And after 40 years and trillions of tax dollars plunged into public education at all levels, how stands public education?

Well, it depends. Sam Dillon reports in Sunday's New York Times: "After Tennessee tested its eighth-grade students in math this year, state officials at a jubilant news conference called the results 'a cause for celebration.' Eighty-seven percent of students performed at or above the proficiency level."

Mississippi's fourth-graders did even better at math, with 89 percent performing at or above proficiency levels. Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Alaska reported equally exhilarating results.

Fly in the ointment: These were the results of tests designed by state officials. On the national test mandated by No Child Left Behind, only 22 percent of Tennessee's eighth-graders passed, and only 18 percent of fourth-graders in Mississippi could do fourth-grade arithmetic. By national standards, four of every five kids in the Tennessee and Mississippi public schools are failing

Inescapable conclusion: State official are dumbing-down tests so even the slowest kids can pass, to keep the federal dollars flowing in and federal sanctions from being imposed.

Put crudely, state officials are colluding in a fraud to deceive parents, kids and themselves about the progress, or lack of it, being made by the public schools. They are like baseball officials who, unhappy with the paltry production of home runs, lower the mound, narrow the strike zone, create a new rabbit ball, bring in the left- and right-field fences and look the other way at steroid use -- then celebrate all the great hitters who beat Babe Ruth's record.

In four states -- Missouri, Wyoming, Maine and South Carolina -- state test scores closely tracked federal scores. In South Carolina, which sets world-class standards, 30 percent of the kids passed the feds' eighth-grade math test, but only 23 percent passed the state test. Apparently, educators in South Carolina don't believe in lying to themselves.

The ultimate test is how American kids stack up in a world where leadership in math and science eventually translates into military power and global dominance. In all recent world tests where they have competed, the Chinese on the mainland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Korea come in at or near the top, as Americans bring up the rear. We may lie to ourselves about how well we are doing, but the world will one day find us out.

The lying has been going on a long time now. Between the mid-1960s and mid-1990s, Americans wrung their hands at falling SAT scores of high school seniors in math and English. Some educators wailed that the tests were cruel, unfair and culturally biased. So, testing criteria were made less rigorous and altered to make comparisons with earlier years more difficult. Now, the SAT scores are no longer cause for concern.

"Humankind cannot stand too much reality," said T.S. Eliot. The reality is that a vast acreage of U.S. public education is a wasteland.

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" said George Bush pungently in Florence, S.C., in the 2000 election. As we now know -- and, in truth, have known for decades -- American children are not learning as once they did. And the ethnic gaps in achievement that existed 40 years ago persist up to today. Nothing has changed.

Why? Classrooms are far smaller. Teacher salaries are far higher. School budgets are far larger. Where it cost $250 a year to educate a child in Washington, D.C., in 1950, which probably translates into $2,500 today, the per-capita cost of educating kids in Washington schools is over $10,000. While that is among the highest in the nation, Washington test scores remain among the lowest. We have Head Start and school lunches, and every demand the reformers have made has been met. The I.Q. tests have been thrown out, and the track system abolished.

Explanations for the failure are many. The collapse of the family. Kids coming to school unmotivated and unprepared. Disruptions in the classroom. Violence and drugs in the schoolyard. The lure of TV, videogames and the street pulling kids away from desks, where generations spent hours doing homework. But are these the explanation, or excuses? Does it make any difference?

At the turn of the millennium, pundits were saying that not only had the 20th century been "the American Century," the 21st would be, as well. Brits were probably saying the same thing back in 1900.

Great, indeed, is our capacity for self-deception.

Mr. Buchanan is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of The Death of the West, The Great Betrayal, and A Republic, Not an Empire


Tests from the Past: Could 8th Graders Pass?
By Dr. John A. Sparks

The most recent results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are available. NAEP is a test administered nationwide to eighth graders among other grade levels. Disputes have already erupted about what the scores mean. On thing is certain, current eighth-graders would probably flunk the county eighth-grade exam given in
Kansas at the turn of the century. That tells us something about what has happened to public elementary education over the last 100 years, modest NAEP gains notwithstanding.

You be the judge. The following are just a few of the questions from two different tests out of the past. In her memoir, Small World Long Gone: A Family Record of an Era, Avis Carlson records questions as they appeared on a public school eighth grade diploma exam in Kansas in 1907. The second source is the Saline County, Kansas eighth-grade graduation exam of April 13, 1895. If a student wanted a Kansas eighth-grade sheepskin, he or she had to pass these or similar tests of over 50 questions, essay in style, intended to take several hours to complete.

Ms. Carlson points out that one of the opening sections began with words pronounced by the administrator which the students were expected to spell correctly. Among them were:abbreviated, obscene, elucidation, assassination, and animosity. No creative spelling here. In the same category students were told to divide certain words into syllables and mark them diacritically. The words were:profuse, retrieve, rigidity, defiance, priority, remittance, and propagate. Furthermore, test-takers were instructed to indicate the pronunciation and give the meaning of the following words:zenith, deviated, coliseum, misconception, panegyric, Spartan, talisman, eerie, triton and crypt. On the Saline, Kansas test candidates had to define prefixes—bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super—and use them in connection with a word. It continued with the demand for definitions of: alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, and syllabication. How would typical modern eighth graders have handled these so far?

Ms. Carlson says that there were also questions about geography concerning the location of rivers in the U.S. and on other continents. There were questions about products produced abroad and about the meaning and duties of Boards of Health. The Saline test asked students to address essay questions like:What is climate?What are the functions of the liver and kidneys?

Ms. Carlson says that those sitting for the part of the test in American History were called upon to explain what they knew about the writings of Thomas Jefferson, give accounts about colleges, printing and religion in the colonies prior to the American Revolution, name the main campaigns and military leaders of the Civil War, and identify the principal political questions which had been advocated since the Civil War and the political party which advocated them. The Saline test asked similar wide-ranging historical questions. Students were required to: relate the causes and results of the American Revolution, give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus, and identify Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn and Howe. That was not the end. There were questions about geography, math and grammar besides, all demanding specific analysis and assessment in the form of essays. Keep in mind that these questions were only a small part of a larger test.

Today, most public school districts would be hesitant to administer this test to current eighth-graders and, perhaps, even their high-schoolers for fear of embarrassing results. Modern educators would likely complain that such tests were too “content-oriented” and relied too heavily on “rote memorization.”Excuses would abound.

The glaring fact is that twelve-year-old eighth graders in Kansas 100 years ago were expected to take and pass these tests. Public education then, costing much less per pupil than today, gave students a mind well-provisioned with knowledge, vocabulary and concepts. It provided the students with skills enabling them to compose conceptual essays.It offered grammatical tools to help the students analyze meaning. If such a K-8 education exists in the U.S. today, cases of it are sadly rare.

Dr. John A. Sparks is Dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts and Letters at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania and a Fellow for Educational Policy with The Center for Vision & Values at the College. Contact him at jasparks@gcc.edu.



What Are We Teaching Our Kids?

by David Boaz

Can America's schools teach history? The question ought to be ridiculous -- of course they can. What do we pay them for? History is as essential as reading and writing to a republic of free citizens. America's schools have always taught America's history.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of evidence that our schools are doing a poor job of it. Results of the 2001 National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that 57 percent of high school seniors scored below the "basic" level of history achievement. And "basic" isn't impressive. The test-makers believe that students should achieve the "proficient" level, but only 11 percent of seniors did.

So the schools can't seem to teach the basics of American history.

But they can teach some things -- when they want to.

For instance, the Washington Post recently surveyed 76 teenagers in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. It found that only one-third could name a general from World War II, and only half could name at least one battle. But two-thirds could describe how the Japanese-Americans were sent to internment camps.

Tiffany Charles was typical. She got a B in history at her high school in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the nation's highest-rated school systems. She wasn't able to name a single general or battle. Nor did she know who was president during World War II, nor what year the war ended. She did, however, remember many details about the camps. "We talked a lot about those concentration camps," she told Post reporter Jay Mathews.

The NAEP showed something similar. In its 1994 survey, it found that only 39 percent of fourth-graders knew who said, "This government cannot endure half slave and half free" (Abraham Lincoln). And only 41 percent knew that the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America for religious freedom. But 69 percent knew that Susan B. Anthony was famous for helping women win the right to vote.

Only 47 percent of high school seniors knew that containing communism was the most important goal of U.S. foreign policy between 1945 and 1990. But nearly 70 percent knew that infectious diseases brought by European settlers were the major cause of death among American Indians in the 1600s. One might suspect that our teachers are more determined to teach feminist history and the sins of America and its founders than the basic facts of American history and American achievements.

The 2001 report avoided anything quite that controversial. It did find, though, that only 36 percent of seniors could identify the Progressive movement (which revolutionized American law and government around 1900), while 68 percent could identify the Harlem Renaissance (an African-American artistic and literary movement during the 1920s).

A republican form of government requires citizens who understand their country's history and values. We can't decide where America is going unless we know where it has come from. American voters need to understand why people came to America and why they launched a revolution. We need to know the values that our Founders proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and instituted in the Constitution. Individual liberty and limited, constitutional government are the fundamental values that have made our society prosperous and tolerant and welcoming to people from all over the world.

Our government has not always lived up to those values. The United States at its founding was marred by the cruel and tyrannical institution of slavery. Women were not treated as full human beings under the law. The government has fought unnecessary wars, kept blacks in a state of subjugation even after the abolition of slavery, and indeed put Japanese-Americans in internment camps after Pearl Harbor.

Students should learn about those things. But they need to learn them in the context of a free and successful society. Do the students who learn about the camps also study why millions of immigrants continue to flock to our shores? Do the teachers who make sure their students know how European diseases killed many Indians also teach them about the Bill of Rights and the threats that freedom has faced?

Students learn about the robber barons -- ask any high school graduate, and that's likely to be the only thing he or she remembers about the 50 years between the Civil War and World War I. But they should also learn about the dynamic American economy that has brought an unprecedented standard of living to almost 300 million people, and about how those "robber barons" drove down the prices of food, energy, and clothing to make them affordable to more people. The era of the robber barons was the era of the oil well, the railroad, the telephone, the phonograph, the copier, and the skyscraper.

Most Americans want their children to learn about American freedom and representative government. If the teachers in our public schools don't want to teach those lessons, then parents should be free to put their children into schools that reflect their values -- without having to pay twice.