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Reconstructionism

Mother Jones, Dec/Jan, 2006: A Nation Under God The December/January 2006 Issue of Mother Jones magazine features the cover story, “A Nation Under God,” by John Sugg. The lead-in line reads: “Let others worry about the rapture: For the increasingly powerful Christian Reconstruction movement, the task is to establish the Kingdom of God right...
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Growing number of black families attracted to home schooling

Daily Press, Richmond, VA: Growing number of black families attracted to home schooling The increase of black families opting to educate their children at home, home-schooling advocates say, reflects a wider desire among families of all races to guide their children’s moral upbringing, but it also reflects growing concerns about issues such as subpar...
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Homeschooling trend growing in America

Salem Times-Commoner: Homeschooling trend growing in America Typical newsy piece with the typical experts, professionals, homeschool moms and assorted others quoted: “Homeschooling is’t for everyone,” said one mother. “It is a calling. It takes dedication and a willingness to spend most of your time with your children.” Across this vast nation, a trend is...
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Homeschooling in France

Home-schooling in France on the rise – Yahoo! News FONTAINEBLEAU, France (AFP) – When twelve million French children return to school in early November after a two-week holiday, several thousand others will stay home because their parents have opted out of a system they claim no longer adequately teaches basic skills. Home-schooling in France...
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Homeschooling Hate Group

mediastudy.com The link above goes to a disturbing article titled “The Food Co-op and the Hate Group,” by Michael I. Niman, adapted from ArtVoice, Oct. 20, 2005. The article is about a multinational organization known as the Twelve Tribes, which is, according to Niman, “dedicated to spreading a reactionary racist, anti-Semetic, sexist homophobic ideology.”...
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A New Wave of Homeschooling

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation – The Education Gadfly- October 20, 2005 The number of home schoolers is on the rise, thanks to the combined impacts of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Displaced residents, many grown tired of placing their children in new surroundings, have decided to take on the education burden themselves. In Plaquemines Parish,...
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Covering Katrina

FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting One of my primary sources is FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and today they’re asking an interesting question: Covering Katrina: Has a More Critical Press Corps Emerged? 9/9/05 – One of the most noted trends in the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina has been the aggressive and...
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Hurricane Katrina

Support Groups: Opportunity to assist homeschoolers affected by Hurricane Katrina Mary Nix, editor of HEM’s Support Group News, shares a lenghty explanation from friends in Mississippi of how best to help homeschooling families affected by Hurricane Katrina – for the entire article click on the link above. A very brief excerpt: Parent Educators &...
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Oklahoma: News 9 hates homeschoolers

Holy Family School » News 9 hates homeschoolers The power of the weblog as an effective tool for communicating the truth is clearly displayed in this excellent analysis and commentary of a television news report in Oklahoma: Nick Winkler, a reporter at KWTV News 9 television station, has almost doubled the Orwellian standard. Instead...
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The Week Magazine Gets It Right

The Week Magazine Hats off to The Week magazine for getting the historical beginnings of homeschooling right: The movement started as an offshoot of 1960s counterculture. Education reformers began questioning whether the nation’s schools were helping or hurting American children. One of the leaders of the charge was John Holt, a former fifth-grade teacher....
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