Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Government is NOT our Savior

To some, a government solution is the only solution to all our problems, including who is best able to protect our children from harm. In fact, protecting children from parental abuse is often the first reason government officials provide for increasing regulation on homeschooling.
Government officials feel more regulation is necessary because they are unable to track the number of home-schooled children, and they fear that many are being neglected or mistreated. Children who are home-schooled are roughly twice as likely to be abused by their parents, according to Graham Badman, author of the government report.
Badman's report came from the United Kingdom. But even President Obama appears to believe that the schools are a better place to keep kids safe,
"The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go."
But the escalating violence in the Chicago Public Schools, where Derrion Alber was beaten to death by a mob, demonstrate that the schools and after-school community centers are not the safe haven that Obama wants us to believe,

Toya Truitt, who has two sons at Fenger, said tensions between kids living in the Altgeld Gardens housing project and those living near the school have been on the rise.

"A lot of kids don't want to come back" to school, she said. "This boy [Derrion] was innocent. He was a kid going home."

Derrion Alber was going home where he belongs and where a lot of other kids would rather stay because they don't feel safe in the schools. You can bet that if this young man had been beaten by a mob of homeschoolers they'd already have "emergency legislation" introduced in Congress requiring all homeschooling to cease and ordering all kids back into the schools to keep them safe.

Isn't it time we start regulating government officials who think everyone else is the problem and only they can provide a solution? Regrettably, we have people who believe government is their savior and pray to Obama for deliverance...




God, whose name is not Obama, help us all.

Lord hear our prayer.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Obama Schooling

We are starting to get a glimpse of what is in store for America's school children should they choose public schools under Obama - end summer break and spend more time in school learning to serve the state.
"Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said earlier this year. "Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom."

The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go."

What this really means: Parents you're potentially dangerous; therefore, only the government can keep your kids truly safe. Longer school days and years also increases the the demand for teachers and the hours of indoctrination so children can learn more praise songs to "The One" and how they can serve the needs of the state and has nothing to do with keeping kids safe.

Which brings up the next change under Obama, National Service-Learning:

A teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
This is compulsory voluntary service to promote liberal causes and social justice such as voter mobilization with Operation Rainbow/Push. (I wonder if they'd count voter mobilization toward Sarah Palin as service-learning too?)

The national service-learning campaign kick-off is scheduled for October 5.

I'm all for volunteering when it comes from the heart not a requirement for school. The challenges of a new century may require Obama's daughters to spend more time in the classroom but Obama's choices as the father should not become our mandates as a nation.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Prayers for Chris Klicka & Vickie Farris

Praying and passing this along this email from Homeschooling with the Trivium via Facebook.
Two emails from Tina Farewell:

Dear friends,

Bob's in Colorado Springs this week at the HSLDA Leadership Conference...

~ He just called asking for prayer for his dear friend Chris Klicka, who, amazingly, since the sharp downturn in his MS the last couple of months, has been there also. He's been barely intelligible and is, at this moment, was admitted to the hospital, where Bob's been with him praying.

~ Mike Farris is flying home, at this moment, to join his wife Vicky, who is hospitalized and has had a turn for the worse.

Please pray for each of these people and for our nation's Christian homeschool leaders to stand strong against the enemy and to know in their heart of hearts that God is in control!

May Christ's Name be praised!!

Tina Farewell
---------------------
Bob just called with these very urgent prayer requests….

Pray for

~ Pray for the Klicka children who have just been told to come to the hospital.

~ His blood pressure to go up

~ His temperature to go down

~ For his body to absorb oxygen or he won't last for another few minutes and his children won't get to see him again on this side of Heaven…

As Tracy often writes,

Clinging to the Vine!
Tina Farewell
Further updates are available at Chris Klicka's CaringBridge site.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The First Church of United Statism (video)

(Scroll down for updates)

My daughter sent me this link tonight. Some of the audio is muffled but don't worry you'll catch on to the beat real quick. So on the count of three, everybody say it together...Barack Hussein Obama.



The young boy in the beginning recites a familiar hymn about the Lord Jesus, only it is changed slightly in praise of "the one" who thinks he is the Savior of the world. "red and yellow, black and white, all are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama. Mmm, mmm, mmm."

Oh, but don't worry parents this isn't indoctrination, it's an education. Obama and his operatives in the schools truly care about your children. They simply want to encourage your kids to work hard and become life-long members of the First Church of United Statism, with a worship center conveniently located in your neighbor and a bus ministry to make sure they get there on time. All in an effort to make this country strong again.

Barack Hussein Obama. mmm, mmm, mmm.

UPDATED: Michelle Malkin has more information on the video. It appears that this was part of a presentation by Charisse Carney-Nunes, the award-winning author of the children’s books, I Am Barack Obama (2009),” and according to her biography, “a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a schoolmate of President Obama.”

The video was originally posted by Nunes in June, 2009. The school is reported to be B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington Township, NJ. Malkin has emailed the principal of the school.

Ace of Spades
found a video that is more audible. You can watch it here.

From Exurban league: The school district has issued a statement and confirmed that this was an official school activity. They said the recording and distribution of the video were not authorized. Liberals exploiting school children for their own gain? Who'da thunk it?

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Great Deals in Hard Times

The first great deal is from my daughter


The second great deal is a lot less exclusive...

A subscription to the Old Schoolhouse Magazine for only $7.95. To order, click here and enter coupon code FB795. But hurry, the offer ends at midnight tonight.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Good Takeover?

With little opposition, the House of Representatives voted today to give the federal government direct control over all student loans. Prior to the vote, TIME Magazine noticed the lack of conservative critics and asked if that indicated that Obama's Student Loan Plan is a "Good Takeover?"
On its face, it would seem to be a gift to Barack Obama's conservative critics, who have spent the summer painting the new Democratic President as a socialist who is eager to nationalize the entire health-care system. After all, the Administration's proposal to restructure the student-loan industry is, in many respects, much closer to an actual government takeover than its relatively tame market-driven health-reform plan. But as the House holds hearings and looks likely to pass a student-loan bill this week, it's clear that the education overhaul is not going to be the high-pitched battle that opponents and the White House once expected it to be.
If it passes the Senate then the federal option will be the only option in student loans as of July, 2010. According to TIME, education officials claim the transition from one system to another can be done "easily." But nothing is ever easy when the government's involved. Did they already forget the Cash for Clunkers debacle and all the dealer headaches? Can you imagine what it will be like when thousands of college students are waiting for their "Cash for College" loan in order to register for classes next fall?

Given the anger over the takeover of health care, the banks, and the auto industry, you'd think conservative parents would be outraged by this obvious power grab.

Why is the conservative "mob" so silent?

Because when it comes to the education of their children, most conservative parents are content to let the government do it for them. They'll storm the mall in DC in protest on a sunny Saturday, but put little Johnny on a government bus the following Monday. Conservatives have no reason to protest this takeover and little credibility even if they do. They've been choosing the public option in education for decades; so what could possibly be wrong with the government option being the only option in student loans? Not a whole lot as far as they're concerned.

But let us never forget that whoever holds the purse, holds the power. Once the government seizes control of who gets money for college, where they attend and what program they are allowed to study is much more easily managed by the state. The federal government already has a loan forgiveness program which creates an incentive for graduates to choose a career in public service and not join the ranks of "evil" corporate America.

No, this is not a "good takeover" of student loans in order to save taxpayers money, but another piece in the transition toward a planned economy that is dictated by the demands of the state not the dreams of the child.

And homeschoolers, in the event you haven't already figure this out, you're just not a part of the state's long term plan.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Just Say No to HR 3221

Over decade ago, I called a journalist from the Wall Street Journal to discuss the expanding federal role in education and the move toward national curriculum and standards in America. He didn't want to hear about it. In fact, he laughed loudly in my ear and said, "It'll never happen. The American people would never stand for it." He was wrong.

This week, in the House of Representatives, is scheduled to consider and possibly vote on H.R. 3221, The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). HR 3221 expands the federal role in education by taking over the student loan industry and includes a provision which allows the Secretary of Education to develop and disseminate a free online national curriculum both for high school and post-secondary education (Section 505) and establishes Pre-K learning programs and standards (Section 401).

RedState calls the bill unprecedented and unecessary. Indeed, it is.

The Constitution provides for no federal role in education; Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan previously stated that education was a "state and local issue." When the Department of Education was formed ( 20 U.S.C. § 3403) the statute prohibited the department from "increasing the authority of the Federal Government over education" and did not authorize the Secretary to "exercise any direction, supervision, or control over curriculum." HR 3221 does both.

HR 3221 is a back door approach to the ultimate objective - national standards benchmarked internationally.

If the Department of Education is given half a billion dollars to create and disseminate a national online curriculum it will likely become the framework for a national standard. The money will be passed on to states which align their curriculum and standards to the new national online curriculum. Never mind that it violates the Constitution and usurps their authority, for many state politicians and Governors, that's an offer that's too good to refuse. And if they want to align those standards to the rest of the world, that's okay too. We're all citizens of the world who need to be prepared to compete in a the global economy.

These provisions are nestled in a larger proposal to help make college affordable for more Americans and to promote early-learning and "school readiness" for children from birth to age 5. That's not surprising.

HR 3221 streamlines federal financial aid and removes subsidies to private lenders for college loans. This consolidates the power to determine who gets a grant or a loan under the direct authority of the federal government and will eventually render graduates who did not complete the federally approved national curriculum ineligible for financial aid. (In 2006, even the New York Times saw the danger this posed to private and homeschoolers.) It will also allow the federal government to require community service for all students who receive a student loan or aid. Something that would be much harder to do if the money came from a private lender. Remember, Obama promised a civilian national security force and linked funding to service programs.

In the past, HSLDA has warned of the dangers of a national curriculum and standards to homeschoolers. In July of this year, they also encouraged strong opposition to HR 3221 because of the early learning provision. They rightly asserted that, "Parents, not federal or state officials should decide what is appropriate for their children." There have been no further updates.

Given that the House will debate and vote on the bill this week and Republicans lawmakers are struggling to come up with good arguments against the legislation, I hope that HSLDA and other homeschool advocates like Homeschool Legal Advantage provide more information, alert their members, and encourage strong opposition to HR 3221.

UPDATE: Since I posted early this AM, HSLDA has updated the link from July 20 and now has included information regarding the federal takeover of student loans.
H.R. 3221 will greatly increase the size and power of the federal government and fundamentally alter the student loan process by federalizing all student loans: Currently, many college students obtain student loans through private entities. H.R. 3221 will change this by federalizing all student financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education will be tasked with administering and supporting all student loans, which will greatly increase the federal government’s role and power in education.
They provide no information the Open Online Education provision which allows the federal government to develop and disseminate online and college curriculum.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Another "Teachable Moment"

A white students is beaten on a school bus by a group of black classmates on their way to school.
The 17-year-old victim was white and the teen assailants were black. Police released a video of the beating, which shows the victim being punched repeatedly while other students on the bus gather to watch, some cheering. It doesn't appear that the victim did anything to provoke an attack and tried only to defend himself. Police said it all unfolded in a five-minute span.
Video of the incident is here.

Will the Teacher-In-Chief have anything to say about this teachable moment? My advice, Get off the bus and Get Homeschooled.

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Being An American Essay Contest

The Being An American Essay Contest may be of interest to many homeschoolers with high school students.
The largest high school essay contests in the country is back, asking students to answer the question, "What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?" With over 31,000 participants last year in all 50 states, this year's Contest promises to be even bigger.
Even better, both the student AND the teacher are eligible to win prizes. (First prize is $5,000) If you are a teacher (homeschoolers included), you can register now and begin submitting your students' essay on Constitution Day, September 17th.

Which civic value would you pick? Mine would be property rights.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Why Worry?

"Mom!" My daughter shrieked as she rushed into my room early one spring day. "I've got a problem!"

Barely opening my eyes, I yawned and mumbled, "And what problem would that be?"

"I haven't finished my school work yet, how am I ever going to graduate?" She sighed as she tossed her books across the bed.

"Don't worry." I said. "You've got a few more days to work on it. I'm sure you'll get it all done."

Feeling confident and reassured, my three-year-old gathered up her coloring books and marched off to begin her day.

I laughed as I pondered the silliness of my toddler so worked up about her high school graduation still 15 years off, until I realized that I'm just like her or rather she's just like me.

I wonder and then I worry.

I'd get pregnant and wonder how I'm ever going to get through labor and then I'd worry. I'd deliver another baby and wonder how I'm ever going to handle nursing with a toddler, or two, or three then I'd worry. I'd begin homeschooling and wonder if I'll ever get them to graduation and then I'd worry. And on and on it goes.

But if it's silly for my toddler to wonder and then worry, isn't it just as silly for me?
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Mathew 6:34

Friday, September 11, 2009

Just A Little Choice and Competition

In an interview touting ObamaCare on CNN, David Alexrod said,
[W]hat is very important is that we have the kind of competition and choice that will help consumers. In many states in this country, there’s one insurer that dominates the entire market.
Couldn't the same thing be said about education? In EVERY state there is one educator that dominates the market - public education. Anyone who believes that the same thing won't happen in health care is lying to themselves and the country. (By the way, illegal immigrants enroll into our public schools everyday.)

Speaking of choice and competition, Ethtan Demme sent me a link to a Cafe Press store for Get Homeschooled apparel and gear to compete with Obama's campaign Get Schooled to promote state indoctrination and himself. Here's a sample of the Get Homeschooled T-shirt.


I WANT ONE
I WANT ONE
I WANT ONE

Do you think I could get Obama to pay for it in an effort to promote choice and competition in education?

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

I Don't Get It

In his speech to school children Barack Obama said,
"I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things. "
So why are they using a basketball player (LeBron James), a reality TV star (Kelly Clarkson), and a rapper (Lil Wayne) to promote Get Schooled?

Here's the promo with Lil Wayne, who by the way, dropped out of school at 14!



So, It's easy to see why our children get the message that their ticket to success is through music or sports, none of the three celebrities went to college either. In fact, LeBron James wanted to turn pro before finishing high school but the NBA declined his request.

Clarkson was offered full scholarships to college but decided against it because she had "already written so much music and wanted to try it on her own."

Doesn't anyone at the White House know how to use Google?

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Get (Home)Schooled

On the heels of Obama's address to school children across the nation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with a host of corporations are launching a new Get Schooled Initiative complete with a Student Bill of Rights. The home page screams I want, I want, I want, accompanied by a smug mug of Obama ready to provide for all those wants.


Of course, the timing of Get Schooled is purely coincidental and Obama's picture on the home page isn't meant to persuade our children to Pledge Allegiance to any one. By the way, can you guess who's sandwiched between LeBron James and Kelly Clarkson when you click on People I Admire? (Hint: It isn't Ronald Reagan)

But it's all perfectly innocent you see. Anyone who objects is just silly and not smart enough to raise their own children. Obama just wants to help us and our children achieve our his dream of a socialist America.

My advice to students and parents dissatisfied with their education: Forget Obama, forget Get Schooled, and Get (home)schooled.

(HT: Michelle Malkin)

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Unschooling = Dropout

Webb Eggerton, a clinical psychologist, and Pat Farenga debate the merits of unschooling on Fox and Friends (video at link). Farenga does an excellent job defending unschooling as a legitimate means to an excellent education. However, it is troubling to listen to the psychologist make the subtle transition from unschooling, as Farenga described it, to UNschooled students - those that drop out of tradition school.
[T]here's a huge difference between home schooling and unschooling. And in this country alone there are over a million teens that drop out of school every year, a million teens. And those teens drop out because they're under educated under prepared. And there's no structure so it's very hard for a lot of unschooled kids to be prepared later in life. And if they've never been exposed to calculus to how on earth that they want to be an astronaut can they do that later in life.
Her argument against unschooling is weak and can easily be used against public schools as well. After all, just how many children who graduate from a public high school are exposed to Calculus? In my senior year, I was one of only 30 students out of a graduating class of over 700. I have to wonder, if we are supposed to educate our children to participate in the global economy, why on earth we would want to confine them to a single institution for over a decade?

Unschooling may not be for everyone but it is a legitimate form of homeschooling.

The dropout crisis and parents "claiming" to homeschool are frequently used arguments by "experts" and legislators to increase regulation on all forms of homeschooling. Homeschoolers (no matter the method) should be aware of the wrongful comparison and, like Farenga, object when it is used.

(HT: Kathy B. via Facebook)

That was then, this is now

Then: When George H. W. Bush gave his speech to school children, then House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt said, "The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students. And the president should be doing more about education than saying, 'Lights, camera, action."

And Democrats in Congress called for special hearings.

Now: According to John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times if you oppose Obama's speech to school children, you're dangerous and just not smart enough to raise your children effectively (and maybe even subtly racist). Here's the exact text (video here).
JOHN HARWOOD: In this case you've got a lot of people who are truly agitated about [the president's school speech] and I think partly that's the polarization continuing over time. And partly it's simply because Barack Obama is a different kind of president: first African-American, international elements of his background. But
I gotta tell you, Amy [Robach], as somebody who's covered Washington for a long time, this is one of the most ridiculous controversies I've ever seen. So far as I can tell, the biggest danger to kids in this whole thing is that a lot of the parents complaining aren't smart enough to raise them very effectively. Because if you think that a president coming into your school, kids school, and saying work hard and stay in school is a danger to kids, you've got some problems.
If this is what passes for news analysis, is it any wonder why people are tuning out the mainstream media? Viva the blogosphere which is now doing their job more effectively and without all the make up. Lights, computers, action!
SPUNKY: I gotta tell you, as someone who's raised six children, John Harwood's statement is one of the most ridiculous I've ever heard. So far as I can tell, the biggest danger to our country are elitists snobs who think they know better than we do what's best for us or our children. Because if you think that questioning the actions of our president is a dangerous to kids, you've got some problems.
Update: You can watch the President's speech here. Via Twitter: Mark Knoller of CBS News wonders if the question about universal health care by a ninth grader was a plant.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Did Obama Break School Rules?

According to Christina Erland Culver, who is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education, the classroom activities provided by Obama for his speech may violate federal statute.
Federal statute denies any authority to the Department of Education to provide any kind of curriculum or anything that can be passed down to the state, and that’s part of the statute forming the Department of Education. So they kinda got themselves into this mess because they didn’t really understand some of the key legal roles ore the dos and don’ts at the Federal Department of Education.”
And indeed the Department of Education in collaboration with the Teaching Ambassadors Fellows provides lesson plans and activities for all grade levels. But of course, the ends justify the means and therefore the law doesn't apply to those who have our children's best interest at heart.

If anyone is interested in the actual code you can find it here at 20 U.S.C. § 3403.

Interesting that statute also says,
 (3) parents have the primary responsibility for the education
of their children, and States, localities, and private
institutions have the primary responsibility for supporting that
parental role;

(4) in our Federal system, the primary public responsibility
for education is reserved respectively to the States and the
local school systems and other instrumentalities of the States;
But that won't stop the Obama administration from attempting to set national standards and benchmark them internationally. We just can't have 50 ways to educate a student.

Previous posts on Obama's Speech
Obama's Lecture
Silly Season
What If?

(HT: Barbara Curtis)

Obama's Lecture

Here's the prepared text for Obama's lecture to America's school children. And an excerpt,
Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.
I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
Interesting order. Teachers inspire, parents babysit and government sets the standard.

Obama also mentions that his mother woke him up at 4:30 AM to give him extra lessons but that he wasn't always as focused as he should have been.
" I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse. But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams....Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up....And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try. That’s OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures."
Now would be a perfect time for Obama to become exhibit a little humility and release a copy of his transcripts and tell how he still was able to go on to Harvard and eventually the White House. But instead he looks to Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowlings and basketball great Michael Jordan. An inspirational opportunity missed.

Finally, he tells the youngsters not to be afraid to "ask questions" and closes with the salutation, "God bless you, and God bless America." I hope a student takes the opportuntiy to ask which God he is referring to and why he's allowed to mention Him but the rest of the country must abide by the separation of church and state.

HotAir's Ed Morrisey ran the speech through a word fequency counter and found
"Barack Obama referenced himself more than school, education, responsibility, country/nation, parents, and teachers combined. "
In other words, a pretty typical Obama speech. Parents you are free to hit the snooze button.

Silly Season (with link to Obama's speech)

According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, parents who keep their children home because of Obama's speech on Tuesday are "just silly." He said that the children can go to school and just not watch the speech. What does he suggest they do, turn their chairs around in protest or lock themselves in the bathroom?

Educrats for years have been complaining about the lack of parental involvement in their child's education, and when parents finally do take some responsibility they're called silly loons and told to just "shut up and listen."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, thinks the objections are silly too.
"I think we've reached a little bit of the silly season when the president of the United States can't tell kids in school to study hard and stay in school," presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. "I think both political parties agree that the dropout rate is something that threatens our long-term economic success."
So if Obama thinks parents who keep their children home for a day are silly, what does he think of parents who object to compulsory education and keep their children home permanently? Inquiring minds want to know.

Obama will likely use this talk to address the dropout crisis in America and hopefully turn silly season into "boosting season." Obama will attempt to "boost up" the morale of the kids to stay in school and help them "boost up" each other with a wake up call, an email, or a text. I wouldn't be surprised if Obama doesn't pull out his blackberry and boost someone during the speech.

The text of the speech will be released by the White House today. I'll post a link once it's released which probably won't be until after the Glenn Beck show.

UPDATE: Text of speech My commentary on his remarks is here.

Friday, September 04, 2009

What if?

Conservatives rightly decry the "public option" in Obamacare but annually choose the "public option" when it comes to their child's education. But what if....
all the children of smart parents were “yanked off the premises” not just next Tuesday, but permanently. If this is the event that finally reveals to smart parents the truth of what this system is really all about, what if Sept. 8, 2009, marked the first day of home-schooling for millions of American children? (Via Hot Air)
Obama's address to the nation's school children next Tuesday is finally motivating some conservative parents to pay attention to what's being done in their schools. Their pre-emptive opposition to his speech even caused the Obama administration to backpedal and admit some of the prep material was "inartfully" worded. Ah, the sweet smell of victory. Not quite.

Socialism will never be defeated with 364 days of compliance and one day of defiance.
The rise and fall of a civilization rests on the education of its youth. (Anonymous)
As the Teacher-in-Chief, Obama's simply attempting to raise the morale at government installations for state indoctrination. Why should parents be shocked or outraged? After all, they're the ones who willingly provide the privates to fill his ranks.
A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government. - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty 1869
I'm not as concerned about what our nation's school children will be hearing on the first day of school from President Obama as I am about what they'll be learning the rest of the year while parents once again hit the snooze button and go back to sleep.

Socialism isn't a buffet where we can pick and choose what we want and what we don't. If we willingly give our children to the state for their education, it isn't suprising that the state will want to take over our health care, our auto industry, our banks, and our very lives - cradle to grave.

For more thoughts on Obama's speech,
Barabara Curtis issues a call to arms.
Vodka Pundit
Michelle Malkin has lots to say.
The website Hall Pass On That has been set up to protest the speech.
And right on cue, Arianna Huffington advocates a single payer "public option" (read federal takeover) of education. She calls it "simple and sensible." I call it socialist.
Meanwhile, the White House calls the whole furor is "silly season." Citing the fact that George H. W. Bush gave a similar speech in 1991. (Text here. )

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