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  •  In regards to homeschooling, etc. (1+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites

    Actually, there is a very good argument (and in fact one very well supported by folks involved in homeschooling and "unschooling" circles who were homeschooling for legit reasons) that home education was pretty much steeplejacked wholescale by dominionist "home education" promoters starting in the mid-80s.  (I can also concur that the earliest I heard about homeschooling in dominionist circles would be around the mid- to late-80s.)  

    I also have taken pains to differentiate dominionist home education from legit homeschooling.  Many legit homeschoolers and unschoolers develop their own curricula or are educating their kids because of a school system that is in some way insufficient to the needs of their kids (a common reason being kids with various autism-spectrum issues who are higher-functioning but whom the school system has nothing to meet an IEP with--and there is pressure to lump the kid in with lower-functioning kids).

    Dominionist home education is quite a different beast.  In general, it's not really even accurate to term these as true homeschooling; they are more properly correspondence schools, being run as "satellite schools" of a church-run school or of a "school" being operated by the curriculum publisher (and yes, this is what they are considered legally too; this allows them to use backdoors in some states' home education laws that require degrees for educators except for home education operating as a satellite school of a private school).  In a real sense, many of these programs operate as literal diploma mills--and this is in the rare cases where the programs even have legal authority to issue a high school diploma (more frequently, the kids have to get a GED if they hope to attend any schooling outside of the dominionist "bible college and dominionist university" system).

    •  Free Secular Education for All (2+ / 0-)
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      Lefty Mama, dogemperor

      This is what we need.  There should be an open source, all media literacy and numeracy program readily available for all those who wish to avail themselves.  Books from the library, radio, TV, internet, cell phone, face to face, word of mouth...

      "Asked about the biggest threat to their groups' survival, a militant says that 'free secular education for all' leading to an 'increase in the literacy rate' is the gravest threat to the survival of the jihadi groups in Pakistan."

      Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill by Jessica Stern (NY: HarperCollins, 2003), page 230

      "Free secular education for all."

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at

      by gmoke on Fri Dec 14, 2007 at 07:41:26 PM PST

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