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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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Challenging the Education Monopoly

This man, Nathan Tabor, says it better than I ever could!

Homeschoolers are Challenging the Education Monopoly

"The Public Education Establishment in America is controlled by the Federal government through the unconstitutional Department of Education and is supported by the Left-leaning teachers’ union, the National Education Association."

Yes - the government wants to keep their stranglehold on the youth of America. Guess what? Homeschoolers are thumbing their noses in their collective face. The government does a crappy job at edumacatin the little ones it seems - and gets LOTS of money to do it. The Moms and Dads are doing a great job of it on a shoestring. Yes! Those pesky parents that the system hates so much. Those pesky parents -- why they're the problem, the educrats say!

"On nationally normed standardized achievement tests, the average score for all public school students is 50 in all areas. For all home schooled students taking the same tests, the average score for the complete battery of tests was 87, a whopping difference of 37 percentile points. For example: Total Reading, 87; Total Math, 82; Social Studies, 85. In every category, the home-schooled kids out-performed their public school peers."

Oh you can't deny that academically they are doing well. So says the Union hack teacher relative. Then comes the big 'BUT'. BUT - they're not being socialized! Socialized. The last desperate grab - the last desperate straw - the only thing the educrats have to hang onto now. It's the big BUT. 'Socialization' - and what an apt word for them to use. Public school it seems is the one place where ‘all of the children of all of the people come together.’

Wrong again. Studies prove them....wrong....again.

"Frankly, the whole socialization argument is bogus, too. Fully 98 percent of home-schooled kids are involved in two or more extracurricular activities with other kids outside the home. These just happen to be of a more wholesome type, like field trips (84 percent), Sunday School classes (77 percent), group sports (48 percent), music classes (47 percent), and volunteer work (33 percent)..."

I know that the girlies are extremely involved in many activities with other kids. Kids of all stripes. This is America for goodness sake. The melting pot.

Not only that, but kids who are home educated in states without stringent homeschooling laws achieve just as much as the kids who are home educated in states WITH stringent homeschooling laws - like PA for example. They're doing great and the parents are doing great no matter WHAT the state does to try to get their filthy, bureaucratic hands on the kiddies.

If you homeschool you are not alone! Close to 2 million American children were being home educated in the year 2002-2003. More and more people are choosing to home educate every year. 7 - 15 percent more per year!

Homeschooling. It will save our Republic! Plus - it's a great way to get to know and appreciate your kids.


Blogger Jana said...

Great post! I can't believe our wonderful governor wants to require schools to spend at least $8500 per student. $8500?!? Good grief! What could a homeschooler do with that much money per year?

16 August, 2005 11:14  
Blogger skye said...

Many moons ago, while at University, I took time for volunteer work at the former NJ State Aquarium. I was part of the (scuba)dive team, perfoming such essential tasks as waving at visitors from inside the main tank, starring in scripted shows with the education department and answering questions from kids while swimming in the main tank.

Honestly, it was far more fun than work!

This experience opened my eyes to the benefits of homeschooling. The children were engaged, interested and asked insightful questions about the aquarium and marine life. I could always pick out the homeschoolers when a pack of kids were asking questions.

Additionally, The aquarium had a day program designed for homeschooled children that went way beyond the day tripping public/parochial/private school kids experienced.

When I have kids of my own, I will seriously consider homeschooling them.

16 August, 2005 11:43  
Blogger Renee P said...

I would be verrrry happy if my school district had to hand over to me the amount of money they would have spent on my child. It would make being a single mom so much easier!

Oh,and our poor ancestors and founding fathers and mothers. What a pity that they weren't socialized more. I mean, some of the poor buggers actually lived in isolated areas with nary a neighbor in sight. How they managed to function and get educated is beyond me! It's a sad story to be sure......:)

16 August, 2005 11:43  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Jana - I agree! We'd be traveling. That money would be put to good use I can tell you that right now. Studying Ancient Greece? Let's pop on over there for a few days. The Italian Renaissance? Wouldn't it be fun to go to Italy?

Skye - what a very cool job. (the thought of scuba diving totally freaks me out though - I admire your ability to do it...) I can tell a homeschooled kid right off the bat, too. They seem to be more open, less afraid of interacting with people of all ages, more compassionate and discerning. I notice very little of that sneery, slouchy attitude thing happening. Don't get me wrong - my kids have attitude at times but mostly they are very open and pleasant.

Renee having watched a couple of my sisters raise kids alone I tell you that I understand how difficult it can be. It's difficult with 2 people! You make a great point about our ancestors. How DID so many of them become great thinkers??!! Harumph. And all without the benefit of the socialists socialization...;-)

16 August, 2005 20:18  
Blogger alix said...

oh MAN! i was just talking with my father this afternoon about how i WISH WISH WISH we could get some sort of break for the amount we actually do spend on lil bit's education. but, sheesh! $8500?? that could go a long, long way, lemme tell ya.

and skye, it's SO good to hear someone notices these HS kids...i truly believe they will be the future of our country. they're our best shot!

there are exceptions to the guvschool drone rule, but i believe we're basically looking at very involved parents who are essentially providing an adjunct education.

i'm so stoked about school this year! thanks, grizzly mama, for posting the things you do. when i teeter, you help me balance with some totter.

16 August, 2005 20:30  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Alix thanks for pointing out that there are exceptions to the guvschool rule. You are so right. My good neighbor leftist has a son who is spectacularly intelligent, personable, trustworthy etc...His friends are all the same. What it comes down to is they are math geeks. Love calculus, oh - and debate. They are a group together who seem to have come through the storms and pitfalls of public schools and all will be okay I am sure and great assets to our country.

What is the secret ingredient? I'm not sure. I think the involved parents are a part of it. What else though? They could easily have become victims especially in our school district and yet they didn't. Thank goodness.

I feel for the kids who are tagged and cubby-holed early on and therefore siphoned into the 'not so smart - don't expect much from them' classes. *sigh* You and I and everyone I know did fine in public school although we have to keep in mind that *I* was in school back when it was fashionable to know how to read by the end of 1st grade.

What's a mother to do? All we can do is what we think best for our kids.

16 August, 2005 20:56  
Blogger Gina said...

wow , Like I too can do alot with 8,500 , I too am a single mom and its tough being the everything , like I said before I would have loved to be able to homeschool , but it isnt happening any time soon .. great post grzzly Mama !

16 August, 2005 23:02  
Blogger BRUISER said...

Wow !! Neil Bush could have used $8,500 for the underage Thai hookers he had...

Wow!! Imagine the Oxycontin that the Limbaugh Family could have downed...

Wow!! Think of how much gasoline the Reichwing could buy to burn those darn books they hate so much...

Wow!! How much body armor does that buy for a child...I mean soldier...?

Wow!! Maybe with a whole $8500 we could finally fill up one car of a two car families gas tank!!!

Now Stop Smearing the Troops and their Mothers...

Your comments are recockulous

17 August, 2005 12:47  
Blogger CA said...

Excuse me for leaving this comment on your site but the guy at the bottom has no place to answer his diatribe.

I'm curious about N Bush and his concubines and who burns books and who doesn't have body armor but mostly, which part of Rush Limbaugh's family besides Rush has ever been hooked on oxycontin.

And who is smearing the troops?

However, Bruiser, whoever you are, you do make a good point about the price of gasoline. I just spent over 80 bucks to drive my pickup 430 miles.Check out CA.

Thanks, Monicar

17 August, 2005 14:02  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Bruiser, this site is EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE of our troops!

17 August, 2005 15:49  
Blogger MonicaR said...

OMG! Bruiser, I'm leaving your response up just so's we can all get a chuckle.

You are certifiable.

17 August, 2005 23:57  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Ugh... you got a bruiser virus... What a clown!

Did the union hack who was concerned about kids being "socialized" really mean they were being turned into SOCIALISTS?

18 August, 2005 00:17  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Well - we call her the 'commie' in the family. It's a term of endearment really. She is definately a socialist herself, though.

I think my girlies actually being 'okay' has freaked her out a bit.

Time to tear down those walls I think. It's not easy letting go of that belief system that has gotten her through pretty much her entire life. We're trying to be gentle...

18 August, 2005 02:20  
Blogger Toad734 said...

Good, keep your mal-adjusted weirdo home school kids out of the public arena; keep sending us your tax dollars so we can keep the science labs open and continue to re-educate those who have been subject to the conservative media propagating their ill-conceived notions of intelligent design and other right wing propaganda myths that keeps the educated in this country so entertained.

18 August, 2005 10:10  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Toady. Another example of our fine public education system. Toady was the bully at school. Toady's teachers were afraid of him.

Not me, Toady!! NOT ME!!!!

18 August, 2005 12:49  
Blogger Toad734 said...

At least I learned how to deal with bullies, something home schooled kids will never do.

18 August, 2005 13:59  
Blogger skye said...

Hiding under a rock, closing your eyes pretending that you are invisible or having bullies sign a non aggression pact really doesn't work in the real world Toad.

At least I learned how to deal with bullies, something home schooled kids will never do.

18 August, 2005 14:20  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Homeschooled kids know how to deal with bullies.
It's the schools that don't know the RIGHT way to deal with them! Denial is the way MOST schools deal with the bullying problem.

18 August, 2005 15:07  
Blogger Mike's America said...


We're approaching a full moon... and I see the usual suspects or as Stalin called them "useful idiots" are coming out of the woodwork.

Apparently it was dear Toadie that represented himself as me on the following comment thread:


Does it occur to any of these socialists that such transparent fraud is obvious?

18 August, 2005 15:41  
Blogger skye said...

So how are those underage Thai hookers?

We have a resident expert on Thai hookers in the house!
Wow !! Neil Bush could have used $8,500 for the underage Thai hookers he had...

18 August, 2005 16:17  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Bruiser and Toadie are particularly susceptible to the influence of the moon and her gravitational pull on our planet.

In short: They're fragging crazy! LOL!!!

Toadie, Toadie shame on you for respresenting yourself as Mike. Did you learn that in school, too? Did you learn your debating skills in school?

Here's how my girlies deal with a bully - they punch them right in the face. (anywhere on the head is fine I told them - or in the belly) They rarely have to use it but when they do the bully crawls back into his/her hole.

19 August, 2005 01:51  
Blogger Dani said...

But Monica…

The public schools need our kids to be “salt-n-light” and witness to all of the god-hating heathens.

With all of the crime, violence, perversion, harassment and other sexual misconduct taking place at school these days, our children must go in and tell everyone about Jesus before it gets worse!

Who else is going to save all the Darwin loving humanists from eternal damnation?

Christian parents must surrender their kids over to the government at all costs!

Doesn’t matter if your kids are equipped to fight such a battle, according to most pastors, a couple hours a week of youth group and Sunday school should be sufficient.

Besides, wouldn’t Jesus say that our young children need to be missionaries to the lost criminals and others disturbed youth like Toady that surround our kids all day at school?

19 August, 2005 02:59  
Blogger Toad734 said...


The next time you feel this persecuted why don't you find a big wooden cross and nail yourself to it.

This is typical of your blog; make false accusations that cannot be confirmed.

19 August, 2005 11:34  
Blogger skye said...


this is typical of your blog; make false accusations that cannot be confirmed

19 August, 2005 14:53  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Toadie... If you ever bothered to do any research at all, you might be able to make a claim that my blog makes false accusations... it still wouldn't make it true, but you would appear less obviously ignorant.

Perhaps when you get around to actually reading the Senate Intell Report and British Butler Review, you'll drop the "Bush Lied" card that you seem to wave around like a bloody shirt.

Meanwhile, if you continue to perpetuate fraud and intellecutal dishonesty, you'll remain a poster child for why Democrats can't win an honest election.

Oh... and since you mentioned a cross... and since we're talking about fraud and dishonesty... Using the honor and memory of fallen soldiers without the permission of the family for your ilk's silly protest of white crosses in Crawford, Tx and elsewhere is a new low, even for the left.

You people have no shame, no honor, no form of deceit is beneath you...

20 August, 2005 00:59  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Hi Monica, Why are the left so worried that your kids are not socialising at public state schools! You’re right, kids can be directed to many sensible sources of sociability outside a public school environment that you have listed on your posts.

The other benefits of homeschooling from non-mass socialising in state public schools are that you are giving them more protection from the negative elements that exist in public schools! Including bullying, that teachers do not often spot! And the high school drug pushers! Also the petty criminals that see your children as prey! Say nothing of anti-social peer pressure that could turn some formally nice well behaved children’s heads! Also whose ideology and values are the teachers giving them? As well as giving them a bloody good, well balanced and unbiased Education!

We can’t wrap our kids in cotton wool, but homeschooling looks like a great idea to me if you can do it!

20 August, 2005 16:47  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Sparky, with a kid with learning disabilities and a clueless school district, homeschooling is our ONLY option!

21 August, 2005 09:25  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Tshsmom,Sorry to hear that,but good you for taking the initiative and teaching your own child rather than relying on an uncaring school authority!

21 August, 2005 19:09  
Blogger Sprittibee said...

I had almost as good a time reading through the comments than I did reading the wonderful article you put together Grizzly! Another benefit to homeschooling that you can enlighten your fault-finders about is the ability to protect yourself from kids with guns. You might not make it through the metal detectors with your magnum, but you can certainly keep it at home!

And, in case they need some advice on where to research our "ill-conceived notions of intelligent design", I would pay money to see them debate it with Kent Hovind at CSE. They should pick up a good book (try Icons of Evolution for starters) and enlighten themselves. It is a lot easier to be force fed what you believe than to do the research and use your brain. This is another benefit to homeschooling... we aren't getting TOLD what to believe. We're researching it and using our brains.

Why does that scare people? They are jealous toads.

22 August, 2005 13:43  
Blogger Kermit said...

I didn't get to home school the tadpoles, but we did have schooling in backbone. They could put 5 holes in the 10 ring from 30 ft (pistol) by the time they were 8 years old.

And they learned to stick by their moral absolutes and never back down from a bully.

In fact, they learned the CREDO...

"Ride hard...
Shoot straight...
Speak truth!"

We had to do with a few bruises and black eyes. They learned to stand up for what is right. And, it's payed out. They learned that because, "Everbody's doing it" that the "IT" is not necessarily morally and ethically correct.

Hoo Ah for Monica and the Girlies with the face punch!

Peace is fine, but even the Venerable St. Francis had an enforcer.


22 August, 2005 20:55  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Amen Kermit, honey!

Thanks Sprittibee for your comment. Thanks for the info. on ID, too. The evolution debate has definitely got more than it's share of whacks on the Darwin side.

Amen again to Sparky in his kudos for tshsmom.

23 August, 2005 23:40  
Blogger NYgirl said...

Thanks for the great post on homeschooling. I too have noticed how much brighter & better adjusted homeschooled kids seem. When I have kids, I too will seriously look into homeschooling. Our public schools are doing a terrible job & we can't abandone our kids to them.

25 August, 2005 14:15  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Trust me when I say this: one would have to work awfully hard to do as bad a job as public schools do.

When we have the moments of feeling as if we are not capable of teaching our own children, when the relative tells you you're crazy for doing it, if you're telling yourself you don't have the patience remember this. You would have to work awfully hard every day to make homeschooling as bad an experience as public school.

Please do consider it NYGirl, Skye and anyone else and just remember what I said. Also remember that you ARE enough, you ARE able to do it, you love your kids more than anyone and there is alot of support out there for you.

26 August, 2005 00:10  

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