Budget hampers home-schoolers, 3 October 2007, El Defensor Chieftain, Socorro, New Mexico
At the Sept. 25 meeting, the Socorro Consolidated Schools Board of Education heard several home schooling mothers speak about the Independent Distance Education Academy of New Mexico. Some local home schooling parents had approached Superintendent Cheryl Wilson about starting the program in Socorro this year.
The state would provide the district with funds for each student, and the home schooling families would receive an allotment for educational materials without religious messages. The parents would report progress to the district, and their children would contribute to the school system’s Adequate Yearly Progress scores.
One teacher could supervise 100 home school students by meeting with parents periodically.
The IDEA program requires approved curriculum, meaning the school board would have to review the material the home school families used.
Another old fellow said, “Look at the cuts on me; look at my arm bit off! Those pigs have been free since the Revolution, eating snakes and rooting out roots and fending for themselves for over a hundred years. They’re wild and they’re dangerous. You can’t trap them. No man dare go into the swamp by himself.”
On the days I didn’t feed them the pigs still gathered in the clearing. They squealed, and they grunted, and they begged and pleaded with me to feed them. But I only fed them every other day. And I put a second rail around the posts. Now the pigs became more and more desperate for food. Because now they were no longer used to going out and digging their own roots and finding their own food. They now needed me. They needed my corn every other day. So I trained them that I would feed them every day if they came in through a gate. And I put up a third rail around the fence. But it was still no great threat to their freedom, because there were several gates and they could run in and out at will.”
“Finally I put up the fourth rail. Then I closed all the gates but one, and I fed them very, very well. Yesterday I closed the last gate. And today I need you to help me take these pigs to market.”
The story is a fable, but the hogs are real.
posted by Valerie