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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

McCain/Palin Position: Education

Here are the first three paragraphs of their position:

John McCain believes American education must be worthy of the promise we make to our children and ourselves. He understands that we are a nation committed to equal opportunity, and there is no equal opportunity without equal access to excellent education.

Public education should be defined as one in which our public support for a child's education follows that child into the school the parent chooses. The school is charged with the responsibility of educating the child, and must have the resources and management authority to deliver on that responsibility. They must also report to the parents and the public on their progress.

The deplorable status of preparation for our children, particularly in comparison with the rest of the industrialized world, does not allow us the luxury of eliminating options in our educational repertoire. John McCain will fight for the ability of all students to have access to all schools of demonstrated excellence, including their own homes.

Click the title to read the rest.

Here is a link (warning - pdf!) to HSLDA's legal analysis of Alaska's homeschooling law: Alaska.

According to HSLDA, Alaska is a state with no regulation on homeschooling. There is no state requirement for parents to initiate any contact.



Blogger Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Wow, I'm surprised that they have a position on education considering that if you're a liberal the only issue women in this country care about is abortion.

02 September, 2008 18:59  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

I know Mr. GG - it seems that a lot of women's groups out there believe abortion to be the ONLY issue facing women. There are many things that are important to us: economy, taxes, freedom of speech, the education of the nation's children, how our resources are used - among many other things..

03 September, 2008 22:29  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

The only thing we have to do in WI is fill out the PI1206 form each year and this coming year in July I will have to call and get one for Bri too. One form for each child. It sucks but its well worth it really.

04 September, 2008 15:18  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Tweetey, WI is a low regulation state - LUCKY!! Here in PA we deal with one of the most restrictive homeschooling laws. THAT sucks. Paying evaluators, filing objectives with the school district, keeping track of days/hours (180 days or 900 hundred hours for elementary and middle school grades..), paying for testing in certain grades, submitting a portfolio to the superintendent of the school district. Total pain. There is a lawsuit now going forward in PA addressing the restrictive nature of the law. Many school districts believe that they must give permission to parents to homeschool, which is not true but many parents have to fight with them about it anyway.

04 September, 2008 18:05  
Blogger Father Gregori said...

I support McCain now, since he picked Palin. The Democrats claim that they are pro-choice on abortion, but apparently, that is ONLY if the woman's choice is to have an abortion.

As far as Obama's push for "Universal Health Care" and to have the federal government pay for everyone's education, if he was the Constitutional lawyer that he claims to be (and he claims that he taught Constitutional Law),
he would know that there is no constitutional authority for the federal government to pay for health care or education. That is up to the States.

Parents should have the right to home school their children without government interference.

If Obama wins this one, America will suffer greatly for years to come.

04 September, 2008 18:56  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

I just lost my comment because the word verification wasnt there.. LOL.. I was only saying that it sucks that you have to go through that. But now with the cubs in school they can prove what they have learned at home because of the one on one they have had. But that is what I was told about Kora. She is smart but trying to get what she knows out.

05 September, 2008 15:42  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

I am so stoked on this ticket, Grizzly Mama!

From education to energy to Iraq, McCain-Palin is "The One" (if that's possible, LOL!!).

06 September, 2008 10:42  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Monica: You had to pay for evaluators and testing? Don't you also pay taxes that go to support the schools or do they refund those to you???

06 September, 2008 11:50  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Father, I am so happy that you are supporting McCain/Palin. His choice of Palin has me excited about it, whereas before I was strictly voting against Obama. Obama is not good - he would NOT be good for this country.

Tweetey, you're very fortunate to live in a low regulation state. I understand that the state has an interest in ensuring that its citizens are educated. I wouldn't mind testing every 3 or 4 years for instance. The problem is that some school districts believe that they have a legal right to go beyond what the law states.

I TOTALLY agree, Donald!!

Mike, our school taxes are not refunded to us. I believe that they miss out on some funding for not having the kid sitting in one of their chairs when they do that count once a year, but they are getting PLENTY of tax money for educating the homeschooled kids that they don't lift a finger to educate. In my old school district, the borough council approved vouchers, but that was taken to state court. I'm not sure what the status of it is, since the US Supreme Court ruled vouchers were constitutional - and I'm also not sure what homeschoolers would get out of a voucher program if anything. What I could do with those thousands of dollars of school taxes that we paid - - hell, we could take the kids to Rome when studying ancient Rome and stuff.

07 September, 2008 08:56  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Alaska is a state with no regulation on homeschooling. There is no state requirement for parents to initiate any contact.

Wow! The state is most favorably disposed toward homeschoolers.

07 September, 2008 20:51  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Gotta love that, huh AOW?? I can't even imagine how freeing that would feel...

07 September, 2008 22:43  
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