Home schooling offers hope for our country 8

 By Tom Quiner

As many as 2 million children are being home schooled with amazing results

I love teachers.

My mom was a teacher. So were my aunt and uncle. So is my daughter-in-law. So is my niece.

I was blessed with many exceptional teachers growing up in the public school system.

Today, I am witnessing amazing passion amongst home schoolers. I received an e-mail today from a home-schooler that prompted this post. She showed me how she is using the election as a great teaching opportunity for her three children, whom she home schools.

Look at the map and chart above she created for her three children, her students. Is there any doubt that the two seven year olds and the 11 year old in the class are going to have a pretty clear understanding on how our electoral system works?

With a three-to-one student to teacher ratio, they receive concentrated instruction with lots of opportunity for interaction to accelerate their learning curve.

I have noticed something interesting about home schoolers: they are not just bright, they are amazingly well-behaved. I know a lot of home schoolers, here in Des Moines and elsewhere. They interact with adults amazingly well. They get along with their siblings amazingly well.

I sat behind three sisters at Mass one Sunday. I knew their parents and was acquainted with the girls. I watched how they interacted. It was clear that they really like each other. Their affection was obvious.

I talked with them about being home schooled, and the oldest girl, who is about 16, said, “they were the happiest days of my life!”

The kids I know who are being home schooled are going to be leaders in communities some day.

Home schooling was illegal in thirty states as recently as 1980. It wasn’t until 1993 that it became legal in all fifty states.

Something big is going on. About 950,000 kids were home schooled in 1999.

By 2009, it was up to 1.5 million.

Today, experts guess it is approaching 2 million.

Why this boom?

Some home school for religious reasons. Increasingly, more are doing it because the learning environment in public schools has declined. How many public school teachers have you heard complain that they wish they had more time for teaching, that they didn’t want to spend so much time on discipline and paperwork?

More parents are pulling their kids out of public schools to avoid violence, peer pressure, and poor academic quality.

A national study from 2007 broke it down this way:

36 percent home school so they can emphasize religious or moral instruction;

21 percent home school out of concern for their child’s learning environment;

17 percent home school out of dissatisfaction with the local academic institutions.

How does the quality of home schooling compare to public schools? Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute conducted a study of  11,739 homeschooling students and their families from all 50 states through 15 independent testing services.

The report is called the Homeschool Progress Report 2009: Academic Achievement and Demographics. It is the most comprehensive study of home schooling to date. Here is what they found:

“The results support the large existing body of research on homeschool academic achievement and show home schoolers, on average, scoring 37 percentile points above public school students on standardized achievement tests. The study also found that the achievement gaps common to public schools were practically insignificant in the homeschool community.”

A common concern voiced by some parents and educators is that students may lack sufficient socialization in the home school environment. The home schoolers I know overcome that concern by scheduling both classroom and social events with other home schoolers. The kids I know being home schooled are exceptional without exception.

Public schools have become bastions of political correctness, self-esteem mania, and the official religion of the Democratic Party, Secular Humanism. All of this comes at the detriment of our nation as evidenced by declining test scores and ignorance among our youth of American exceptionalism.

The future strength of America will be in direct proportion of the number of parents who decide to home school their children.

Christian martyrdom has come to America 6

By Tom Quiner

Fr. Denis Wilde and five others were arrested for praying in front of the White House.

This will get you arrested ...

He knelt in prayer in front of the White House.

The priest was upset about the Obama Mandate that forces his fellow Catholics to act immorally in the eyes of the Church.

He wanted to do something, but what? Pray. That is what he would do. He would kneel in prayer in front of the White House and pray for the President of the United States.

He was joined by five others.

They knelt quietly, peacefully and prayed for the man that has single-handedly violated their, no, all of our, freedom of religion. That’s what makes Christianity special. The president should not be the target of the hatred and animal rage that characterized the Occupy Wall Street movement. He should be the target of loving prayers.

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There would be no drug use.

There would be no profanity.

There would be no public nudity nor sex. They would not use public property as their own public toilet.

No. They would pray with the dignity taught to them by their Lord, Jesus Christ.

And they were arrested.

And they were fined.

It is legal to hold a protest in front of the White House as long as you don’t kneel and pray.

It is interesting to ponder the hordes of the Occupy Wall Street crowd, a crowd revered by the president, Nancy Pelosi, and so many in their party, that were not arrested for their public defecations, their public nudity, their public drug use, their public violence and destruction.

But public prayer in the name of religious freedom in front of Barack Obama’s house earns you an arrest record and a $100 fine.

Fr. Denis Wilde, the Associate Director of Priests for Life said of his arrest yesterday:

“Occupy Wall Street protesters have been occupying federal property for months, but when we kneel in prayer, the police are called in and we are arrested. We knew that was the risk when we gathered today, and we will do it again regardless of the risk. What people of faith – of every faith – need to do now is stand with us.”

Fr. Frank Pavone is the head of Priests for Life. He gave America a call to action:

“The men arrested today, including our Associate Director, reveal the fact that the response to the unjust Obama mandate cannot be limited to the Courts, the Congress, and the press. It must bring us to the streets of America.”

Father Pavone calls for peaceful civil disobedience:

“Over the years, the other side in this battle has tried to make the public afraid of us by painting us as arrogant, hateful, and violent. In reality, the other side should be afraid precisely because we are humble, peaceful, and prayerful, because therein lies the force that uproots injustice from society.”

The anti Obama Mandate movement is not just a Catholic thing. It is galvanizing support from the faithful everywhere, including best selling author (The Purpose-Drive Life), pastor Rick Warren, who said he would…

“go to jail rather than cave in to a government mandate that violates what God commands us to do.”

That is what the president is doing in the eyes of the faithful, mandating that we violate what God commands us to do.

The 20th century saw more Christians martyred for their faith than all of the previous centuries combined. Christian martyrdom has come to America under this administration.

It is taking a different form than the violent martyrdoms of the past. Rather, we are witnessing economic martyrdom. Christian employers who disagree with the Obama Mandate can either be fined, forced into bankruptcy, or jailed.

Christians in the workplace who disagree with the Secular Humanism religion being established by the State are required to except the gay lifestyle as healthy and the equivalent of heterosexual marriage. If they don’t, they can either shut up … or be fired.

Barack Obama has ushered in the era of Christian martyrdom in America.

Nancy Pelosi’s relentless betrayal of the Catholic Church 3

By Tom Quiner

Here in Des Moines, our Catholic Bishop said, “I have some bad news.” He proceeded to rail against the Obama Mandate that the entire Catholic community in the U.S. is railing against.

And yet former Speaker of the House said in the video above,

“I’m going to stand with my fellow Catholics in supporting the administration on this. I think it was a very courageous decision that they made and I support it.”

Ms. Pelosi in fact stands with only with the Secular Humanists on the Left bent on establishing their religion as the official state religion.

She surely doesn’t stand with the Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who characterized the Obama Mandate as:

“…an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.”

She doesn’t stand with Cardinal-designate, Timothy Dolan, who said:

“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.”

She doesn’t even stand with liberal columnist, E.J. Dionne, a Catholic, who said Obama:

“botched” the controversy and “threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus” by refusing to “balance the competing liberty interests here.”

Ms. Pelosi doesn’t stand with rank and file Catholics like me. She is an embarrassment to practicing Catholics when she dare characterize herself as a Catholic.

She isn’t.

A Catholic proudly believes what the Church teaches.

A Catholic doesn’t actively oppose the Church in the public square by supporting laws and mandates that force Catholics to violate their faith, or be fined, jailed, or bankrupted.

This is who Nancy Pelosi is.

She bows to the high priest of Secular Humanism, Barack Obama, at the same time she spits on the Church she long ago betrayed.

She offends serious Catholics every time she opens her mouth.