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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Homeschoolers and Fourth Amendment Rights

October 25th, 2006 Viewed 4764 times

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The other day, acting on a strange impulse, I hurriedly wrote the following on my calendar: “Ran to town over the LUNCH HOUR to pick up prescription for 6 yo, ran by library, dump and grocery store.” Why did I do this? Documentation.

Our home state is reasonably relaxed when it comes to homeschoolers, but no state is safe. Did you know that based on an anonymous tip alone, you can be falsely accused of child abuse and have your children taken from you? Don’t tick anyone off that resents your choice to homeschool.

Here’s what you need to know. The Fourth Amendment protects you. No matter where in the USA you live, a social worker does not have permission to enter your home unless they have a signed warrant from a judge. Some social workers don’t even know that they lack the right to forcibly enter your home, they’ll bully and intimidate. Call their bluff. The Fourth Amendment right to freedom protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures.

They’ll try the courteous route, assuring you that all will be solved (whatever alleged abuse you’re accused of) if you’ll just let them in to discuss it. Huh-uh. Let them in without an official warrant and they’ll find something to pin on you. A messy house, ‘mal-nourished’ child—yes, these are real accusations against homeschoolers. Worse, your children will be traumatized.

If a suspicious neighbor was the one to “anonymously” tip the authorities that she saw a bruise on your child, the social worker may insist on strip-searching all your children. Don’t let them through the door. They can’t get a warrant—even from an anonymous tip or simply suspicion of abuse. But once you let them in your house, you’ve waived your rights and they can get a warrant to take your children away…because they’ll invent “probable cause” by observing your surroundings.

So if one comes to your door? Get their business card. Find out the allegations. Ignore all attempts at intimidation. Calmly tell them that you have nothing to hide, but in the best interests of your children you’ll get in touch with them after you speak with your attorney.

Lack of supervision and having your children outside during school hours are the two most common allegations of educational neglect against homeschoolers. Thus my hastily jotted note to myself on the calendar. At the dump, I got the third degree for having my children out and about. I admit, it rattled me.

Nothing like homeschooling to keep this sahm home. :O)

What We Learned from a School Shooting

October 13th, 2006 Viewed 4413 times

What a sad story.  This past week we’ve seen the ultimate in school killings it seems.

The target: a group of innocent girls in a schoolhouse amongst people that don’t believe in using modern devices in accordance to their religion.

The attacker: a man who was disturbed because he molested some family members a while back and wanted to do it again.

A Lack of School Teachers does not Justify This

October 2nd, 2006 Viewed 3935 times

Under what circumstances would you have ten and eleven year old boys and girls in your gym class use the same open room to change into their gym clothes?

At Hillside School in Baddeley Green, Stroke-on-Trent, it was simply because they lacked enough teachers at the time.

Parents staged an angry protest after their young daughters were forced to strip to their underwear in front of boys at school.

The girls, aged ten and 11, were left in tears after being ordered to change for PE in a mixed classroom under a school policy blamed on health and safety regulations.

The headmistress of Hillside School in Baddeley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, said the children had to get changed together as there were not enough teachers to supervise them separately.

But furious mother Dawn Bedford said her ten-year-old daughter Sam was reduced tears by the rules.

This girl took matters into her own hands, repossessing her gym bag, running to the bathroom, and changing there. Other young ladies were reduced to attempting to hide under desks while changing. Many were in tears.

Truly, men and women are not the same– neither are boys and girls. There should be no reason in a culture (a western culture) that is as sexualized as ours that boys and girls should be forced to change in the same room. I mean, even in families we start separating boys and girls into their own rooms way before this age.

There’s no reason for this to happen– they could have been excused to the restroom or they could have found another teacher. Just another reason why you should be homeschooling.

X Rated Font

September 26th, 2006 Viewed 2542 times

Read this article (I’ve posted it in full here), and then I have a question:

MONROE, N.Y. – School officials apologized after an X-rated font was used on a third-grade spelling packet handed out to parents. The font showed male and female stick figures in provocative poses to form the letters of the alphabet.

Officials with the Monroe-Woodbury School District in Orange County apologized last week after parents at Pine Tree Elementary School were given the spelling packet at an open house.

Administrators said the teacher did not use the font intentionally.

Monroe is about 45 miles northwest of New York City.

Why is it that a teacher has an X rated font on the school’s computer?  Is it just me, or is this probably the wrong place to have downloaded, installed, and have been using the font for any reason, let alone in a third grade spelling packet.  I mean, what word processing program randomly chooses a font rather than whatever the default or last font that was chosen.

I guess I don’t understand why the teacher, regardless of his intentions, was questioned as to why he even had that font installed, and why the teachers in this school didn’t question whether a person with that kind of font installed would be the right person to be entrusted with being the leader of a group of third graders.  If anything, I would have expected him to lose his job or go to some kind of therapy or something, wouldn’t you?

Follow Up: Debra LaFave – Media Darling

September 18th, 2006 Viewed 3186 times

Debra LaFaveSo, if it wasn’t enough that this woman took advantage of an underage boy, got out of prison time because his mother didn’t want him to have to take the witness stand, and has been able to only serve house arrest and probation time, now she’s been given the media spotlight on multiple “news” networks in our nation.

Dateline NBC and the Today show interviewed this troubled woman, putting her face on screens nationwide for all to see, for what reason? She knows:

She told Lauer she never thought she was committing rape when she had sex with the teen but realizes now she “made a really, really, really bad choice.” She acknowledges that the case got so much attention – when similar cases get little or none – because she is attractive.

“Sex sells,” she said.

When Schools Silence God Talk

September 7th, 2006 Viewed 1787 times, 1 so far today

ClassroomI lost my first and only run for Student Body Governor in High School over a matter that (I believe) had no bearing on my ability to fill the office. I lost the office because of a stand I took on homosexuality and why I took the stand I did. You see, in my high school, the issue was coming to the front of discussion and people were taking stands during our opening of the school day.

Being one of the few people with a testimony for God, and one of few people willing to get up front and say what I thought, I was gradually brought into the discussion. It had gone back and forth between two girls, and I came in near the end of the discussion, but this post isn’t about what I think about homosexuality, it’s about what I learned at the end of my presentation.

I had prewritten a statement, so I could mark my words well. I knew what I was going to say was unpopular, and the day I delivered it was the National Day of Prayer. So, I ended what I had to say with an appeal that we observe a moment of silence for the National Day of Prayer. During that time some coughed (intentionally) but most stayed silent.

Afterwards I was talking with a high school friend and he said that he had coughed because what I was doing was unconstitutional– it violated the separation of church and state.

Woman Hosted Alcohol, Sex Parties for Teens

August 25th, 2006 Viewed 1934 times

Patricia HartwellThe problem here is that parents are getting way to busy and trusting those that cannot be trusted. Another example of this phenomenon: Patricia Hartwell.

Lexington County deputies have taken a woman into custody who they say hosted alcohol and sex parties for teenagers.

Deputies arrested 46-year-old Patricia Hartwell. She’s charged with six counts of transferring beer to a minor, five counts of transferring liquor to a minor and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Deputies say the parties were for students at White Knoll High School, and these parties happened regularly over a two-year period. Investigators say Hartwell encouraged boys and girls to have sex at her apartment, which is located near the school.

Sheriff James Metts says some of the teens involved were as young as 14 years old.

“It’s possible that hundreds of kids were involved,” Metts says.

Officers say in addition to alcohol and drugs, Hartwell provided birth control pills. Metts says the pills were given without the consent of parents.

Deputies say the investigation began August 14 when a parent said her daughter had gotten drunk and had her first sexual experience at one of these parties.

Now, I’m certainly willing to say that parents cannot monitor their childrens activities 24/7. That kind of life would not be something that either party would desire. What I am saying is that parents need to be a little more involved in where their children are, what they are doing, and whom they are doing it with. We no longer can trust teachers and other children’s parents (unfortunately) to provide a safe environment for our kids.

And it’s a problem that we have created ourselves. With the incidence of two parents working making it so that teens have more and more time that they are not under parental supervision in conjuction with the fact that they are being taught things that are powerful (sex, drugs, etc) in school when they’re not ready to handle it we’re playing with fire and bound to get burnt.

Teacher Arrested for Distributing Obscene Material

August 14th, 2006 Viewed 1462 times

To prove that it’s not just the women taking advantage of their male students, a Chesapeake teacher is facing charges because he was showing pornographic images to his students. He had shown pornographic drawings to a 13 year old and 14 year old student and was found with Japanese adult drawings on his person.

It’s not enough that we get spam in our in-boxes, myspace porn, and other things trying to ruin our adolescent’s innocence, we have to be concerned about what 8th grade teachers are bringing to school and who they are showing what. You see, the world is at war with decent morality.

I do not, for a second, buy into the idea that people are practicing this stuff only in their own bedrooms. Society may believe that they can separate what they are with the lights out and the doors shut from who they are in society, but they are grossly mislead. Who a person is in secret when no one is looking (their character) shines through in things that they say, they do, and what they are thinking about.

It is a short distance from what we think about and what we do. That’s why Christ made it a point after the sermon on the mount to intensify sins. He said that it was not enough not to commit adultery– but you had to not look on a woman to lust. It was not enough not to physically kill a person– you must not say that you hate them either.

A. W. Tozer suggests that if you were to monitor what you think about when you can choose what to think about, therein lies your treasure. That would be the thing that you worship and would point to how your decisions were made and what your actions would be. We as a culture are headed down a slippery slope when we think that people can compartmentalize well enough to keep the distractions and sins out of one area of our life when they permeate and dominate another.

College: Big Name or Generic Brand

August 10th, 2006 Viewed 2035 times
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Degree College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As our schools turn out less educated product– more “repeat after me” than critical thinking– our colleges have had to change as well. Not only have their entry requirements changed due to the fact that political correctness has run amok, but they’ve also started weighing achievements in a community, or the hard luck case you came from. This certainly cannot be the same as what these colleges used to be.

There was a time in the mid 1900s that it was believed that men and women could not get a high paying job if they did not have a college education. This led to all the promises made by politicians to get people into college, which led to a bigger population that wasn’t the best and brightest, which did get more people a college degree but watered down what one means. It’s hard not to find someone with a two or four Year degree now, and what a person with that degree can expect has vastly changed. That, and the fact that people like Bill Gates can make a huge corporation without having a college degree shatters the myth that one cannot make it without the degree.

Enter Vox Day’s comments in regards to colleges being no more than brand names for those who value those kinds of things. He comments that in his professional experience it mattered more what one truly learns and knows than what a degree was in or what institution it came from.

For me, I was doing my day job during the summers as a temporary employee two years before graduating. The company knew I would get my degree in the field, and offered me the job before completion without even considering my college transcript. (They may have been able to do better!) I chose a different route than two of my college buddies. I went into the workforce, they got their Masters. We all have different life experiences because of the choices.

So, of how much value is a college degree? What is the comparitive ROI (Return On Investment) of a degree from different places– since some companies believe that it’s fine just to have the degree? Is it worth it?

Parents vs. Teachers

August 5th, 2006 Viewed 3208 times, 1 so far today

Debra LaFaveThe next time you watch a video or see an ad in the news regarding homeschooling having a negative impact on their kids, I’d like you to remember something.

For every parent that abuses the homeschooling as a means of treating their kids poorly, how many teachers have sexually or physically abused their kids? How many families are impacted by the abuse of a teacher?

So far, we’ve covered here on this site teachers that pose topless and call it art, that have sex with other teachers in the classrooms, that have flings with children and are then still try to pick them up on paroll, and other atrocities.

We’ve seen that the public schools are grounds for sex gone wild. Schools are not shocked at mass statutory rape, it occurs in the auditorium and people do nothing about it, it starts in 6th or 7th grade, and the list goes on.

Now I know that I’m taking bad examples, and it “never would happen in my school,” but it is happening at schools across the nation. Just like someone could say “we don’t know what’s really going on in the homes of these homeschooling families– we don’t really know what’s going on in the classrooms and after hours, especially when parents aren’t home.

Parents have fallen into the trap, and it’s a complex one. It starts when we believe that we need that second job, and we’re comfortable with it because mem will only be out of the house for a couple of hours longer than junior will be out of school. It started when Mom thought it was more rewarding to have that career and have time away (even though she naturally didn’t want to) from that child. It continues as we let others whose views we do not select teach our children morals and values that are not our own in the name of choice– since people believe they have the moral capacity to make those kinds of value judgements.

Hello!? God gave children to parents, not government, for a reason.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.