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Education Bills May Be Trouble for Home Schoolers
Several education bills will be introduced to Congress, including an education tax credit provision, which would provide a substantial credit on federal income taxes for educational expenses. The advantage of such a provision is that it would provide home, private and public school families the opportunity to reduce their tax burdens, and allow them to spend more on their children's education.
But many advocates of education tax cuts or vouchers do not seem aware of the issue's down side. Currently the country's "educratic" system — the Departments of Labor and Education plus the private think tanks, foundations, and regional laboratories — have made it clear they do not intend to allow private and home school children to evade their web of control (and money).
This control would be exercised by imposing nationally standardized testing on even private and home schoolers, who would have to demonstrate standardized exit outcomes — about 50% of which are psycho-social in nature and not academic — in order to progress to an institute of higher learning or even get a job under Careers and School-to-Work.
This comprehensive overall plan of womb-to-tomb federal education has been in the works for well over two decades. It consists of an interlocking net of educators, government officials, social workers and private industry, all of whom would monitor the activities of each family and record the information in a nationally accessible database. The plan has been passing into law piecemeal in sections of seemingly disconnected legislation.
Rather than being something new, President Bush's new "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" plan seems to be cementing the direction education has been taking. The plan gives states, districts, and public schools increased flexibility, while requiring higher standards of accountability. This would mean annual "assessments" for ALL students.
Many parents are unaware that federal education has made a major emphasis change from academics to job training, modeled on the Soviet system of education. Thus the "assessments" to be required will most likely mean conforming to politically correct norms of thought, mental health, and other parameters, which have nothing to do with academic education. This very shift is the one reason so many parents are fleeing the public school system. An imposition of these requirements would just shove them back into the system.
The use of tax credits or vouchers will invariably be easy at first as private and home schoolers begin to receive money and get used to it as part of their family budgets. But once they become "addicted" to the federal money, more and more demands will be made in order to continue to receive it.
Shortly thereafter, there will be little difference between public school and home schooling, because home schoolers will be jumping through the same politically correct and psychosocial hoops they sought to escape from in the first place.
Currently, President Bush's education Plan exempts home schoolers from federal control. However, the devil is in the details and the legislative language has not yet been written. Stay tuned.
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Victimology 101 — I've had some excitement over the past couple of days. I recently changed jobs; actually this is my first week back at a previous job in response to an aggressive offer from a former boss.
There is now a female engineer in the department who has been there about 6-8 months. She tries to pretend she's doing very high level work and treats the rest of us condescendingly. I understand several people have complained about her abrasive personality. Anyway, I was talking with another guy yesterday afternoon when this woman interrupted us to offer her assistance in getting me "up to speed", and began chiding the other guy for not consulting her to teach him his job. Maybe she was trying to be helpful, but tactlessly, and the guy didn't like it. He finally changed the subject abruptly by asking about her recent surgery. I didn't like being interrupted either, but wanted to try to diffuse the situation, so without thinking carefully, I jokingly blurted, "Are you going to show us your scar?" I sensed trouble from her immediate reaction. Today she told Bob, our boss that I offended her. Bob dutifully talked to each of us individually, reminding us to be careful not to say anything someone might find offensive.
Late this afternoon, the woman confronted me directly about my misbehavior. Even after my profuse apology, she kept nagging about how inappropriate, unfunny and unprofessional my comment was, and how she didn't appreciate the other guy's amused reaction to it, until finally I lost patience. I told her I considered it unprofessional for a "professional" to tattle on others and make a stink over such a trivial issue. Perhaps I should have offered to let her chop off a couple of my fingers or my tongue.
I've heard about incidents such as this and been curious about how ridiculous an extent they might go. Maybe I'll get fired tomorrow. Maybe I'll go to prison. It will be fun to watch developments.
— Steve; Fremont, California
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