Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Homeschool and the Battle for our Children
A recent custody battle in Kansas exposed the bias of the progressive left against homeschooling. It isn't surprising, but it is very concerning.
More than 2 million children have now been removed from government or public education as more and more parents opt to educate their own children and remove them from the current failing environment of public education.
And for good reason.
The attack on the notion of parents educating their children at home is escalating. And it's two pronged.
Every child who does not attend public school represents a loss of revenue to the public school complex.
There is another reason the far left progressives are deeply committed to "educating" every child. There is no more fertile ground for indoctrination than in the government run classroom where children are captive for hours every day for about 9 months of every year.
A California court has declared homeschoolers lack socialization and interpersonal skills---making them a kind of second rate citizen.
This week we have learned that a California high school has had Planned Parenthood in the classroom teaching sex ed---specifically using a gingerbread man-like diagram, teaching freshman about transgenderism.
Planned Parenthood is also behind a course being taught to the kids in the same high school titled, "Sex Check! Are You Ready For Sex?"
The criteria for readiness is stunning.
Our children and grandchildren are the coveted prize of the secular left.
Parents and grandparents must be informed.
One News Now is reporting that the Homeschool League Defense Association has become involved, expressing concern about a judge's anti-homeschooling rhetoric and biased language.
The HSLDA says the judge's words are "suspect" and "unsupported."
They have filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief on behalf of the pro-homeschooling parent.
The court has also said [home schooled children are prepared] "for life in the 15th Century."
In their amicus, HSLDA points out that there is a substantial amount of evidence to the contrary and that the court is ignoring that evidence.
One evidence they presented to the court is a dissertation study conducted by Dr. Larry Shyers which shows 97 problematic behaviors in 2 age groups of children found that traditionally schooled students display 8 times as many anti-social characteristics than homeschooled students.
Dr. Thomas Medley has conducted another analysis of student's socialization using the Vineyard Adaptive Behavior Scales test to identify mature and well adapted behaviors in children.
The study showed that homeschoolers ranked in the 84th percentile, while publicly schooled students ranked considerably lower in the 23rd percentile.
HSLDA also submitted a massive national study---"The Scholastic Achievement and Demographic Characteristics of Home School Students" conducted by Lawerence Rudner.
This study found homeschoolers scored an average of 32 percentile points higher than publicly schooled students across the curriculum.
There is substantial evidence that homeschooling is academically superior to government run education.
Parents are also expressing concern about the constant attack on traditional values and morality in the public classroom.
Kids who attend Acalanes High School in California began telling their parents last month they were feeling "pressured to have sex" after Planned Parenthood distributed handouts about gender and preparing for sexual intercourse.
The Christian law group Pacific Justice League has now become involved on behalf of the parents.
One of the 3 handouts presented in class uses a depiction of a ginger bread man cookie type story book character to show students they can identify in their minds as a "woman, man, two-spirit, genderqueer or genderless." And they can express themselves sexually as "butch, femme, androgynous, gender neutral, or hyper-masculine" and present their biological sex as "male, female, intersex. female self ID, or male self ID."
This is the teaching that is driving "bathroom legislation" similar to that in Houston where the lesbian mayor subpoenaed the sermons of pastors who opposed her agenda. While the subpoenas were later withdrawn, it was only after national outcry.
I'm not sure what all these identities actually mean, but it is a modern day tragedy.
It reeks of Rome in her final days---the culture is burning while government funded Planned Parenthood teaches children in government run schools about a dozen or more sexual identity possibilities.
No wonder the kids are confused. No wonder public education in America is failing.
The "Sex Check" part of the so-called education asks if the student is ready for sex.
According to Pacific Justice League, items indicating sexual preparedness include "if teens don't feel bad about having sex and if they know how to tell their sexual partner what feels good," they're ready.
PLJ President Brad Dacus says, "I would challenge anyone to read some of these materials and try to defend their use with 13 and 14 year olds."
Acalanes High School is defending their actions in a letter acknowledging that Acalanes and another high school are in fact using "highly trained educators from Planned Parenthood" to assist in teaching of sexual health in schools.
The school says the material and instruction is age-appropriate using medically accurate information.
They also explain to the parents that abstinence is also taught as the only certain way to prevent pregnancy.
That is nothing more than a crumb thrown to conservative and Christian parents who disagree with the agenda.
Dacus says he questions whether the "Planned Parenthood instructors are assisting in instruction or leading it."
He says, "We firmly believe some of this program is illegal, and the district has a lot more explaining to do."
Thankfully this issue has been brought into the daylight.
There is a wistful reoccurring phrase in Deuteronomy 28:32, "Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be no strength in your hand"...(41) "You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity..."
The secular progressives have not yet successfully indoctrinated this generation, nor are the hands of parents tied and unable to act on the children's behalf, but the chains of bondage are being forged in the darkness of apathy and ignorance, and in the moral vacuum of the godlessness of so-called public education.
Parents. Wake up. Be aware. Take action. Prayerfully consider educating your own child.
Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.