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GED or High School Diploma

As my oldest is entering the final stage of high school the question has come up whether to give a High School Diploma or take a GED test.  In light of the new curriculum change (Common Core Standards) and the GED tests being being conformed to the new standards has made us review the right options for our child.  We have decided that at this time since our oldest child has completed the requirements for our school course that we are going to give a High School Diploma with the option to take the GED test at a later time if desired.

When I asked others on various homeschool groups that I am on, the response was in accordance to what we have decided.  Many stated that if you only give out a GED oftentimes employers and colleges tend to view your child as a dropout, even though he/she completed all their years of schooling.

If you are looking for a professional high school diploma, you can purchase one through Home School Legal Defense http://store.hslda.org/high-school-diploma–case—-personalized-certificate-p139.aspx

If you do decide to pursue the GED route, things to take into consideration:

1) Plan in advance when you are going to take the test – many times it is not a same day process, you may have to travel and some states only have tests either on paper or computer.

2). Tests can generally only be taken in the state you live, unless other arrangements are made.  You will want to contact the state you live in about their requirements.

3) After January 1st, 2014 all tests will be conformed to the new standards (Common Core)

4) You can purchase GED books, or check them out from the library.  One my child really liked and helped a lot was

I hope these suggestions help you on whatever path you choose!

 

Recommended movie, book, and other information about common core

It was recommended by those in my homeschool group to see a movie called “IndoctriNation” with Colin Gunn.  I understand that this movie “may” be available at most libraries or can be requested if they do not carry it.  Here are some more resources for groups or organizations regarding the new “common core” requirements.

Facebook:
Parents/educstord against common core

Also a good website is

Theeducationalfreedomcoalition – They list what curriculums are adapting to it

Also a recommended book to read regarding “Common Core“, this is suggested from a friend:

I have been reading a book called FedEd (The New Federal Curriculum and How It’s Enforced) by Allen Quist. Has anyone read this book?  It was publish in 2002. Here are some excerpts:
 
The new Federal Curriculum is a politicized curriculum. Every curriculum theme in the new system of education involves political action and/or governmental restructuring. The civics and government curriculum forms the core curriculum of the entire new Federal Curriculum. Since the 1994 law, HR6, gave the Center of Civics Education (CCE) the authority to determine the national standards in civics and government.
 
The new textbooks and tests dealing with language arts contain large numbers of selections that are included for the purpose of teaching civics and government.
 
What is “civics education”? Stated Simply, civics education is education in citizenship. That is, civics deals with the relationship between citizens and government. When we evaluate the new Federal Curriculum in “civics and government,” then, we are studying those themes that are related to government in the United States and how we, as citizens, should be supporting or changing our government. The Issues of this book (FedEd) are (1) whether civics and government should be central to the entire curriculum of our schools, (2) whether the curriculum should consist of certain themes instead of academic disciplines, (3) whether the federal government should be dictating the content of this curriculum, (4) whether on NGO should have the sole authority to write this curriculum, (5) whether the content of this curriculum is defensible, and (6) how this new curriculum is being implemented.
 
The new Federal Curriculum has been developed to dramatically change all of American society, especially American government. It has been stated, the new Federal Curriculum is all about restructuring America. The agenda is not primarily educational, it is primarily ideological and political.
 
The new Federal Curriculum is to mold our children into supporters of a new system of government. Doing so requires that our children be indoctrinated into a worldview that leads to this new form of government.
 
On page 28 of the book, it talks about how the Federal Curriculum has no interest in informing students about the Second Amendment.
 
On page 32 of the book, it talks about the world wide environmental compact known as Agenda 21. It states that the media is to mobilize their experience in shaping public behavior. In other words, the media is now engaged in propaganda, not objective information. The media are now to support the new Federal Curriculum.
 
On page 37: The new education system has always said that it would encompass all students, including private school and home school students. On page 39, if private school and home school students are not taught the new curriculum, they will be at a substantial disadvantage when taking the important tests. The superior performance by non-public school students will come to an end because all test will be redesigned to measure only what students have learned as specified by state standards. These state standards, in turn, are closely tied to the new Federal Curriculum. The system is structured to screen out any students who have not been schooled in the new Federal Curriculum.
 
 
Is it just me or does this New Curriculum sound like it is coming from Adolf Hitler. Is this history repeating itself? Didn’t Hitler do this to the German youth. This sounds very similar to meCould home schooling soon be outlawed? I believe this Common Core is a threat to home schooling. We need to take a stand!
 
 
Here is the link to the book. I think it is under $4.
Check out this website too: www.edlibertywatch.org

 

 

Bible based curriculum for Torah students

If you are a Torah student who would like to educate your children in a bible based curriculum.  Check out the site below!  A friend of mine is helping to share this resource while earning commissions for her family, which you can do as well by spreading the word.  Please be sure to use the link below so that she earns credit!

Thank you!

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An Answer to Prayer!

If you are looking for an AWESOME bible based curriculum, look no further! I have been searching for a bible centered curriculum for a while now, and haven’t come up with much. With much prayer and searching, I found the answer to my prayers! Not only does this curriculum come straight from the bible, it is also catered to the Torah Observant (Messianic/Christian) family, which we just happen to be. Have no fear, if you are not Torah Observant, this curriculum will still work for you. 🙂 You can homeschool your entire family for one LOW cost PLUS all the help and support you could ever ask for, to make this curriculum successful for you and your family. Oh, and did I forget to mention that most all of the planning is done for you already? No need to spend hours of prep time every week, the wonderful creators of this curriculum have done all of the work for you. So what are you waiting for? You know you want to at least check it out! Click the link below to see what I am talking about. 🙂

Click here to check it out!

You can choose to subscribe monthly, OR you can also pay for your entire curriculum for the year and have 12 months access with no payments to worry about. I am very excited to get started with this curriculum and have already made some wonderful new friends on the *exclusive* Facebook group (for members only). I hope you are just as excited as I am!!! Click the banner below and stop worrying about what curriculum you are going to be using this school year. 🙂

Bible based curriculum for Torah students

If you are a Torah student who would like to educate your children in a bible based curriculum.  Check out the site below!  A friend of mine is helping to share this resource while earning commissions for her family, which you can do as well by spreading the word.  Please be sure to use the link below so that she earns credit!

Thank you!

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An Answer to Prayer!

If you are looking for an AWESOME bible based curriculum, look no further! I have been searching for a bible centered curriculum for a while now, and haven’t come up with much. With much prayer and searching, I found the answer to my prayers! Not only does this curriculum come straight from the bible, it is also catered to the Torah Observant (Messianic/Christian) family, which we just happen to be. Have no fear, if you are not Torah Observant, this curriculum will still work for you. 🙂 You can homeschool your entire family for one LOW cost PLUS all the help and support you could ever ask for, to make this curriculum successful for you and your family. Oh, and did I forget to mention that most all of the planning is done for you already? No need to spend hours of prep time every week, the wonderful creators of this curriculum have done all of the work for you. So what are you waiting for? You know you want to at least check it out! Click the link below to see what I am talking about. 🙂

Click here to check it out!

You can choose to subscribe monthly, OR you can also pay for your entire curriculum for the year and have 12 months access with no payments to worry about. I am very excited to get started with this curriculum and have already made some wonderful new friends on the *exclusive* Facebook group (for members only). I hope you are just as excited as I am!!! Click the banner below and stop worrying about what curriculum you are going to be using this school year. 🙂

Free resource for Botany – Offer ends soon

A homeschool parent shared this resource so I’m passing it on for all those who are interested.  There are many wonderful resources to use in various subjects.  However, a botany course is being offered for free for a limited time.

Check out this great website: http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/lifesciences-games/botany.php

Enjoy!

 

Our Homeschool rights may be impacted by German homeschool case

Check out this important note from HSLDA…….

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German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom

THE CASE SO FAR

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled from Germany to the United States after their family was vigorously prosecuted (fines, forcible removal of their children, threats of jail and more) for homeschooling. Initially, the Romeikes were granted political asylum, but the U.S. government appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals. That Board sided with the government. HSLDA then appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals—the federal court just below the Supreme Court.

After finishing the final appellate brief last week, HSLDA Founder and Chairman Michael Farris became convinced that the U.S. Attorney General’s argument revealed some very dangerous views of our own government toward our freedom.

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17160

Sobering Thoughts from the Romeike Case

By Michael Farris, J.D., LL.M.
HSLDA Founder and Chairman

Having immersed myself for about eight days in writing a brief for the Romeike family (a German homeschooling family who fled to the United States for political asylum), I wanted to share some insights I gained into the view of our own government toward the rights of homeschooling parents in general.

You will benefit from some context.

The U.S. law of asylum allows a refugee to stay in the United States permanently if he can show that he is being persecuted for one of several specific reasons. Among these are persecution for religious reasons and persecution of a “particular social group.”

In most asylum cases, there is some guesswork necessary to figure out the government’s true motive—but not in this case. The Supreme Court of Germany declared that the purpose of the German ban on homeschooling was to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.”

This sounds elegant, perhaps, but at its core it is a frightening concept. This means that the German government wants to prohibit people who think differently from the government (on religious or philosophical grounds) from growing and developing into a force in society.

Dressed-up Totalitarianism

It is thought control. It is belief control. It is totalitarianism dressed up in politically correct lingo.

But my goal today is to not belabor the nature of German repression of homeschooling; rather I seek to reveal the view of the United States government to all of this.

The Romeikes’ case is before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The case for the government is officially in the name of the Attorney General of the United States. The case is called Romeike v. Holder. Thus, the brief filed by the U.S. Department of Justice is filed on behalf of the attorney general himself—although we can be reasonably certain he has not personally read it. Nonetheless, it is a statement of the position of our government at a very high level.

We argued that Germany is a party to many human rights treaties that contain specific provisions that protect the right of parents to provide an education that is different from the government schools. Parents have the explicit right to give their children an education according to their own philosophy.

While the United States government argued many things in their brief, there are three specific arguments that you should know about.

No Homeschooling? No Problem.

First, they argued that there was no violation of anyone’s protected rights in a law that entirely bans homeschooling. There would only be a problem if Germany banned homeschooling for some but permitted it for others.

Now in reality, Germany does permit some people to homeschool, but it is rare and in general Germany does ban homeschooling broadly—although not completely. (Germany allows exemptions from compulsory attendance for Gypsies and those whose jobs require constant travel. Those who want to stay at home and teach their own children are always denied.)

But, let’s assess the position of the United States government on the face of its argument: a nation violates no one’s rights if it bans homeschooling entirely.

There are two major portions of constitutional rights of citizens—fundamental liberties and equal protection. The U.S. Attorney General has said this about homeschooling. There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool. So long as a government bans homeschooling broadly and equally, there is no violation of your rights. This is a view which gives some acknowledgement to the principle of equal protection but which entirely jettisons the concept of fundamental liberties.

A second argument is revealing. The U.S. government contended that the Romeikes’ case failed to show that there was any discrimination based on religion because, among other reasons, the Romeikes did not prove that all homeschoolers were religious, and that not all Christians believed they had to homeschool.

“It is important that Americans stand up for the rights of German homeschooling families. In so doing, we stand up for our own.”
—Michael Farris

HSLDA Founder and Chairman

Targeting Individual Rights

This argument demonstrates another form of dangerous “group think” by our own government. The central problem here is that the U.S. government does not understand that religious freedom is an individual right. One need not be a part of any church or other religious group to be able to make a religious freedom claim. Specifically, one doesn’t have to follow the dictates of a church to claim religious freedom—one should be able to follow the dictates of God Himself.

The United States Supreme Court has made it very clear in the past that religious freedom is an individual right. Yet our current government does not seem to understand this. They only think of us as members of groups and factions. It is an extreme form of identity politics that directly threatens any understanding of individual liberty.

One final argument from Romeikes deserves our attention. One of the grounds for asylum is if persecution is aimed at a “particular social group.” The definition of a “particular social group” requires a showing of an “immutable” characteristic that cannot change or should not be required to be changed. We contend that German homeschoolers are a particular social group who are being persecuted by their government.

The U.S. government says that Germany’s ban on homeschooling does not meet this standard because, of course, the family can change—they can simply stop homeschooling and let their children go to the public schools. After all, the U.S. government says, the children are only in public schools 22-26 hours a week. After that the parents may teach what they want.

Faulty Understanding

There are two main problems with this argument. First, our government does not understand that families like the Romeikes have two goals when they chose homeschooling. There are things they want to teach and there are things they want to avoid their children being taught in the government schools.

Does anyone think that our government would say to Orthodox Jewish parents, we can force your children to eat pork products for 22-26 hours per week because the rest of the time you can feed them kosher food?

Freedom for the mind and spirit is as important as freedom for the body and spirit.

This argument necessarily means that the United States government believes that it would not violate your rights if our own government banned homeschooling entirely. After all, you could teach your children your own values after they have had 22-26 hours of public school indoctrination aimed at counteracting religious and philosophical views the government doesn’t like.

The second problem with this argument goes back to the definition of immutability. Immutable means a characteristic that cannot be changed or “should not be required” to be changed.

No one contends that homeschooling is a characteristic that cannot be changed. We simply contend that in a free nation it is a characteristic that should not be required to be changed.

Germany has signed international treaties which proclaim that parental rights are a prior right over any views of the government when it comes to education. In fact, the movement for the adoption of these treaties came in reaction to the world’s horror at broad-ranging attack on human rights that Germany perpetrated in the events surrounding World War II. Nazi Germany believed that the children belonged first to the state. The world community answered that and said, no, parental rights are prior to those of the government.

Eliminating the Right to Choose

When the United States government says that homeschooling is a mutable choice—they are saying that it is a characteristic that a government can legitimately coerce you to change. In other words, you have no protected right to choose the education for your children. Our nation could remove your ability to homeschool and your choice would be mutable—since the government has the authority to force you to implement their wishes.

The prospect for German homeschooling freedom is not bright. But we should not reserve all of our concern for the views of the German government. Our own government is attempting to send German homeschoolers back to that land to face criminal prosecutions with fines, jail sentences, and removal of custody of children.

We should understand that in these arguments by the U.S. government, something important is being said about our own liberties as American homeschoolers.

The Attorney General of the United States thinks that a law that bans homeschooling entirely violates no fundamental liberties.

It is important that Americans stand up for the rights of German homeschooling families. In so doing, we stand up for our own.