|The Biblical Examiner
An Examination of Biblical Precepts Involved in Issues at Hand
(Due to the length of this issue, I had to break it into three
parts, so I could post it with Page Mill. Page Mill does not like
long documents. This is Part III)
In This Issue,
It's a mad, mad, mad world.
Social Phobias, Killer Kids and Kid Killers
Mourning, a Biblical Perspective
Explanation (for those who have followed my wife's passing)
Edom in Bible Prophecy: Are the Arabs Edomites?
State Favors Result in State Control of the Church
Illegal Money & Rising Gas Prices
Personal -- Medical
Rape of a different kind
A short Bible Study - Zephaniah Three
Lighten up a little -- Notes from Frank, an Inexperienced Chili Taster
Water or Coke
The 9 Assumptions of Modern Schooling
Homeschooler, Spring, 2001
From: "Christopher J. Klicka, Esq., Senior Counsel of
HSLDA", Date: Mon, Apr 2, 2001, 5:50 PMRE: Michigan--ACTION
ALERT: MANDATORY TESTING BILL
April 2, 2001
Dear Michigan Members and Friends,
On March 27, 2001, state Representative Michael Switalski and eight other cosponsors introduced a bill that would burden home school families with a heavy and unfair testing requirement. House Bill 4521 would require each Michigan home school child to take the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test for each subject area in which MEAP is administered to public school students in the child's grade level. Additionally, home school parents would have to submit their child's completed test to the Department of the Treasury.
This is similar to a measure proposed just a few weeks ago in the Maine Senate. Maine home schoolers loudly objected to the state's trying to force their children to take the public school tests. By clearly conveying this opposition through an outpouring of phone calls and packing out a legislative hearing room, home schoolers got their message across to their legislators and the bill was killed by a joint committee. (For more information on the Maine battle, see http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=45).
Here in Michigan, now is our opportunity to head H.B. 4521 off at the pass, before it comes up for a floor vote. Every phone call is important in the effort to defeat this dangerous bill.
Please call as many H.B. 4521 sponsors (listed below) as possible and give them this message:
"Please withdraw H.B. 4521, which imposes unnecessary testing requirements on home school students. Home schooling works. This bill limits parental rights and is a waste of taxpayers dollars."
These legislators need to know that home schoolers in Michigan appreciate their freedom and do not want to be regulated. The goal is to nip this legislation in the bud and to send a clear message to prevent such onerous legislation from being introduced again anytime soon.
SPONSORS OF H.B. 4521Rep. Michael Switalski, (517) 373-0854Rep. Ruth Ann Jamnick, (517) 373-1771Rep. Andy Neumann, (517) 373-0833Rep. Alexander Lipsey, (517) 373-1785Rep. Mark Schauer, (517) 373-0555Rep. Julie Dennis, (517) 373-2646Rep. Jim Plakas, (517) 373-0849Rep. Glenn Anderson, (517) 373-2576Rep. LaMar Lemmons, (517) 373-1983
If you would like to call your own representative, you can find you're his or her phone number by using HSLDA's legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox.
The main sponsor, Rep. Michael Switalski, has already indicated that he is not interested in withdrawing the bill. He recently wrote, "The bill was suggested by a constituent, and I agree with its purpose. While there are many good home schoolers who do their job conscientiously, there are a few who abuse the program and use it for inappropriate purposes or to avoid scrutiny of a dysfunctional domestic situation. Since oversight of home schooling is not feasible, this testing would provide a measure of review and evaluation."
It is important for home schoolers to inform the sponsors of this bill of their opposition. Even though you may not be one of these legislators' constituents, they need to know that this bill will affect all home schoolers' rights.
Information Network of Christian Homes (INCH), along with many other organizations, joins HSLDA in opposing this bill.
We base our opposition on the following reasons:
The MEAP test is a highly content-specific test, based on the state's public school curriculum. It is not a nationally recognized standardized achievement test. Public schools teach students to the specific content that the test covers, but home school families do not normally use the same curriculum as public schools. It is unfair to test home school students on material they may not have been taught.
No state in the country requires home school children to take the state's assessment.
One of the reasons home schooling is so successful is that parents have a choice to determine the educational program that is most effective for their own children. If home schoolers are required to take the state assessment, which is based on the curriculum of the public school, there will be unfair pressure on parents to give up the curriculum they believe is best for their child and instead teach the public school curriculum. No one wants his or her child to have the stigma of a low score on the MEAP.
It is financially irresponsible to require testing of home school students when there is no evidence that home schoolers are failing. In fact, the evidence is to the contrary. Scores of independent studies conducted around the country and in Michigan prove that home schoolers on the average score 20 to 30 points above the national average on standardized achievement tests. (See http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=46.)
Let's send the message that home schoolers have earned the right to be left alone. Please call the state representatives listed above.
Thank you for standing with us for family and freedom.
Sincerely,Christopher J. KlickaHSLDA Senior Counsel
(Editor's Note. Representatives receive so many e mails they cannot deal with them. An e mail only gets the delete button.)
Homeschooling Pressure O.K. You began homeschooling with shaky knees, much prayer, and tentative high hopes about being able to do more and go farther in the educational and character development of your child than the current educational alternatives.
The first thing you noticed was you actually enjoyed your children when you planned time to focus on them. They are pretty neat little people. In fact, you almost feel sorry for those who have not yet discovered that full time Christ directed motherhood is THE MOST REWARDING career you could possibly dedicate your life to. Your children tell you you're the best teacher/Mommy in the world. You glowl Your little one is actually beginning to sound out words. Hey, this is really working! It all feels so right, so "in the will of the Father." You are warm and fuzzy all over.
Then it happens.
They wake up grumpy. You wake up grumpy. Not one morning, but all week long. They are falling behind on their work and YOU are the one feeling all the pressure. They tell you ALL their friends get to go to public school. They inform you that they have decided they HATE school. They yell at one another and then in a moment of unguarded frustration, they yell at you. You, in all your godly self-control (not!) yell back. This is NOT how it was supposed to be. You begin to wonder if a stranger would do a better job teaching your child than you are. You wake up too tired for your own quiet time and feel like there is no longer time for Bible and devotion with your children when they are struggling to finish all the other ''mandatory stuff".
You feel your focus slipping and your enthusiasm waning as you have missed your spiritual nourishment recently. You don't understand the math teacher's guide so how can you possibly explain it to your child. You wonder what you were thinking when you thought God wanted you to do this in the first place. You must have misunderstood! You really would like some time to yourself without all the little people in tow. You look in the mirror and realize you haven't had your hair done, nails done, or even your makeup done the way you used to in far too long. Your friends are all meeting for lunch and shopping and you are on your fourth straight day of Peanut butter, jelly and flash card drills. You pour your heart out to your husband: your doubts, frustrations, concerns, guilt, and trepidation only to have him look at you and say, "I have noticed you have been looking kind of frazzled lately. By the way, since you are home all day with all of this time on your hands, couldn't you find time to run the vacuum a little more often?" You decide that perhaps he is not going to be the source of encouragement and strength you had hoped for. (My apologies to all the "sensitive" husbands out there, This case in point is a compilation of the experiences of many women, so please, hear me out?) You are beginning to feel like a mix between a martyr, a grump and a frumpy housewife, The Mom-child mix is suddenly clashing rather than meshing.
This homeschool ship is sinking fast and you aren't even sure if you want to bail the water and try to stay afloat. You are now having warm, fuzzy childhood memories of your childhood school experience. "It can't be all that bad," you tell yourself, "I turned out all right." If you ever felt this way, I applaud you for hanging in there (I assume you hung in there since you are in this service!) If you have never felt this way before, trust me, you will. It is only a matter of time. If you are currently in the boat I referred to a moment ago and the water is pouring in. grab your life jacket throw the oars overboard, hoist the sail and read on.
I have been there, friend. I started home schooling for lots of wonderful, lofty reasons. It did not take very long for my resolve to begin to crumble. I looked around and began to notice all the little leaks in my vessel and they seemed to be getting bigger. At first, I desperately tried to plug all the leaks, but my effort was useless.
Then came the day I threw my hands up, began to sob as I felt the full weight of my failure, and confessed all my frustrations to my God. "I am a failure. I cannot do it, Lord!" Then my sweet, sweet Savior came to me and said, "You are right. You cannot do it. Not in your own power I put you on this boat not so that you could teach your children, but so I could teach you. Your children will never grow in wisdom and knowledge until you do. They will learn and blossom as they see you daily depend on Me. You see, all wisdom, knowledge and virtue comes from Me, not from a text book. And the only way you can possibly hope to train your children is in the same manner I taught people when I walked among them, by LIVING the example.
"My sweet child, I know that this is more than you bargained for. You thought you would be able to find all the answers and explanations in some text book or answer key. You thought your children would be so impressed with (or at least appreciative of, cooperative with) all that you planned and prepared for them. The truth is they will only care when they see how very much you care. Not by your elaborate lesson plans or in-depth knowledge on every subject, but by your moment by moment dependence on Me. If you try to convince your child that you have all the answers, your dishonesty will be quickly discovered. So what is my plan for your homeschool for the godly instruction of the precious children I have entrusted to your care? It is that you be where you are right now. Standing at the crossroads of failure and success, realizing that you can do nothing. Because at this point, you can now make the choice. will you choose to allow ME to teach your child through you? Are you willing to admit you don't have all the answers, apologize when you "blow it" and more than anything else, point that child to where the answers can be found - in Me? I have given you the best text book of all, my LIVING WORD! And the whole world is the classroom I have prepared for you and your child. You cannot teach your child, but I can leach both of you. Not just the education that the world values so highly, but also the priceless wisdom of my Father."
As I sat with tears streaming down my face, I realized for the first time that we did not bring my children home to "school them". Rather, my loving heavenly Father had brought our whole family together so that He could teach us all. And on that day, I threw my oars overboard (for they were what I kept using to try to turn the boat on my own power). And I hoisted the sail and sat back and allowed God to turn the boat in the direction He would send it. And from that day forward, I have seen a new attitude in all of us. And whenever things seem to be getting rough on our little boat, I check myself first. It is often because I am trying to "tell the children" rather than "asking my Father". From time to time my children try to rock the boat, but if I am relying on Him, I can redirect and correct with quiet confidence rather than near hysterical frustration. And my children respect and respond to godly correction. They are certainly able to discern when I am correcting and training from His word rather than my own frustration.
How about you, my friend? Are you feeling frazzled, burned out, stressed, or ineffective? If you are, consider making tomorrow a teacher's work day (they have those in every school) and give yourself a time of prayerful renewal and direction. When we seek Him first, He has promised to add the rest. If you are not currently struggling, PRAISE GODI You may want to save this message for the day you need it or pass it along to a friend who needs a verbal hug.
However we choose to educate our children, we must always be mindful that we as parents are the ones who will stand accountable before the Lord for what they were taught, and what they weren't. May that day find us faithful.
Because He first loved me,
Patti Love Johnson copyright 10-98
Editors note: Though it is too late to take action on some of the following, I left it in, so you can know what is going on. Also note that representatives get so many e mails that all they can do is hit delete.
2.FETAL STEM CELL RESEARCH TURNS UGLY
3.TVC CALLS UPON SENATE TO REJECT CELLUCCI NOMINATION
4.REV. SHELDON EDITORIALS NOW ON CONSERVATIVE NEWS SERVICE
5.TEXAS SEMINARY ORDERED TO PAY FINE FOR ISSUING DEGREES
1.WASHINGTON UPDATE PROTECT UNBORN VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIMES
After being defeated in Congress in 2000 under President Clinton's Administration, Representative Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has once again reintroduced the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act"(H.R. 503), with the optimistic approach of seeing it passed under the Bush Administration. If passed, not only will this legislation prosecute criminals for a defined violent crime against a pregnant woman, but it will also serve criminals with an additional charge against the woman's unborn child as well. "I've tried to strike a delicate balance between protecting the unborn while not wandering into the divisive, highly charged, emotional battleground of abortion," said Graham. "My interests lie in protecting women and their unborn children, not sparking a political fight."
Please call your U.S. Representative and urge them to support the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 503). The U.S. Capitol Switchboard can be reached at (202) 224-3121.
****** EDUCATION TAX CREDIT EMPOWERS PARENTS AND FAMILY
On January 31, 2001, U.S. House Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) introduced the "Education Empowerment Tax Credit Act of 2001," (H.R. 257). This bill gives a $1,000 per-student tax credit that would help parents provide for educational expenses such as books, computers, educational software, tutors, as well as private, religious, or home schooling fees and tuition. This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against the income tax for educational expenses incurred by parents whose child attend K-12 public, private or home schools. "All parents should be empowered with the decision making of how to best help their children succeed in the classroom, parents know best the individual education needs of their children. Accordingly we must provide them with resources necessary to meet those needs, and thus ensure a quality education for America's children." said Representative Cantor.
Please Call your U.S. Representative and urge them to co-sponsor and support the Education Empowerment Tax Credit of 2001, (H.R. 257). All Representatives can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
**** PEACE FOR SUDAN
On March 7th, Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) reintroduced the Sudan Peace Act (H.R. 931), a bill which passed in the House last year but failed to pass in the Senate. For seventeen years, the northern totalitarian regime of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, has committed atrocities against the Christian and animist populations in the south, including taking them into slavery. "With over two million dead and millions more homeless, starving and enslaved, America must not continue to turn a blind eye to the atrocities in Sudan," said Tancredo. The Khartoum's regime is largely financed over oil revenues from fields in the southern region of the country. "Inaction in Sudan is more than an affront to protecting human rights, it is an assault on humanity," Tancredo said. The Sudan Peace Act would express Congressional support for an internationally sanctioned peace process and authorize the Secretary of State to support it with resources and diplomatic efforts. It also requires the President to report on the Sudan's sources and oil revenues, what portion of those revenues were secured in the U.S., the extent of aerial bombing of civilians, and the obstruction of humanitarian efforts by the northern government.
Please Call your U.S. Representative and urge them to support the Sudan Peace Act, (H.R. 931) and stop the genocide in Sudan. All Representatives can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
**** RESOLUTION TO STOP CHINA'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
On February 14, 2001 Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AK) introduced a bipartisan resolution (S. Res. 22) calling for the United States to advance a United Nations resolution to end abuses of human rights by the Chinese government. The United Nations Human Rights Commission is the only international body responsible for monitoring and reporting on the human rights conditions of all countries. This oppression by the People's Republic of China includes destroying places of worship and incarcerating people of minority religions, pro-democracy advocates, ethnic minorities, and any other person exercising freedom of expression.
Please Call your 2 U. S. Senators and urge them to support S. Res. 22 to end abuses by the Chinese Government. All Senators can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
2. FETAL STEM CELL RESEARCH TURNS UGLY
Pro-abortionists have been dealt a set back in their effort to promote the use of aborted babies in fetal tissue transplants for Parkinson's victims. Fetal stem cell implants have resulted in serious side effects for Parkinson's patients. The results of a study of these side effects has just been published in the New England Journal of Medicine (JAMA). According to JAMA's study, 15% of patients who had the fetal stem cells of aborted babies injected in their brains had so much cell growth that the patients writhed and jerked uncontrollably. Researchers say there is no way to remove or deactivate the transplanted cells. Six of the patients who had originally enrolled in the study, but had not been injected with stem cells, decided to drop out of the project. According to Dr. Paul E. Green, a neurologist at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and a researcher in the study, said that the results were devastating to the patients. "They chew constantly, their fingers go up and down, their wrists flex and distend." Says Green, "It was tragic, catastrophic. It's a real nightmare. And we can't selectively turn it off." One man was so damaged by the fetal stem cell implants that he could no longer eat, but had to be fed through a feeding tube." Dr. Green is now against fetal tissue transplants. "No more fetal transplants," said Green. "We are absolutely and adamantly convinced that this should be considered for research only. And whether it should be research in people is an open question." For an in-depth commentary on stem cell research, go to The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity web site: www.stemcellresearch.org/statement/html and read "On Human Embryos and Stem Cell Research: An Appeal for Legally and Ethically Responsible Science and Public Policy." The Center is a pro-life, pro-family think tank that deals with bioethics concerns from a conservative and/or Christian perspective.
March 15 is the deadline for grant applications for human embryo research to the National Institutes of Health. Please call Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson and President Bush and urge them to reject federal funding for stem cell research in which human embryos are destroyed. Secretary Tommy Thompson Fax: 202-690-7203
National Institutes of Health Phone: 301-469-5787
President George W. Bush Comment line: 202-456-1111
3. TVC CALLS UPON SENATE TO REJECT CELLUCCI NOMINATION
Traditional Values Coalition issued a press release today calling upon concerned Americans to protest the nomination of Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci to be our nation's next Ambassador to Canada. TVC is deeply concerned over Cellucci's long-time support for homosexual recruitment rograms in that state's public schools. Cellucci has funded a gay and Lsbian commission that promotes so-called "safe school" programs-which are designed to normalize homosexuality among teenagers. The Governor has allied himself with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to promote homosexuality through Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs on campuses. According to TVC Chairman Rev. Lou Sheldon, "We're urging parents and concerned citizens to bombard the President and Senate with phone calls, e-mails, and letters against Cellucci."
The White House comment line is: 202-456-6213
The Senate switchboard number is 202-224-312. Ask for your Senator's phone number.
4.REV. SHELDON EDITORIALS NOW ON CONSERVATIVE NEWS SERVICE
Starting this week, the Conservative News Service, a division of the Media Research Center in Washington, DC, will be carrying Rev. Sheldon's weekly commentaries. This week, Rev. Sheldon discussed the Paul Cellucci nomination and the coming Transgender Revolution to normalize cross-dressing, transvestism, and transsexualism as the next protected minority group. To read these commentaries go to: www.cnsnews.com.
5 TEXAS SEMINARY ORDERED TO PAY FINE FOR ISSUING DEGREE
WorldNetDaily reported on March 7 that a Texas district court has ordered the Tyndale Theological Seminary to pay fines totalling $170,000 for issuing 34 theological degrees without receiving approval from the state education agency. Kelly Shackleford, chief counsel with the Liberty Legal Institute, represented Tyndale and believes this case is an outrage and promised to appeal the decision. Under the 1975 Texas Education Code, only accredited institutions can award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Tyndale is not accredited by the state. Shackelford says Texas is violating the First Amendment rights of Tyndale by telling the school what is permissible to teach in religion. "If government is in control of that, they are controlling religion. It's a frightening proposition that the state, the government, now has control of our seminaries." For more details on this case, go to the Liberty Legal Institute's web site: www.freemarket.org/liberty_legal.htm.
Your Body the Temple of the Lord:
Did you know that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated
and this likely applies to over half of the world's population.
In 37% of Americans the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even mild dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
One glass of water taken at midnight stops hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters that were studied in a University of Washington study. Lack of water though is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue.
Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pains for up to 80% of those suffering.
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory loss, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page that you are reading.
If you drink five glasses of water daily you will decrease the risk of colon cancer by as much as 45% plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%. Also with five glasses of water one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
ARE YOU DRINKING THE AMOUNT OF WATER you should every day???
On the other hand.
Coke-In many states in the United States the highway patrol carries two gallons of coke in the trunk of their cars to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
You can put a T-Bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.
To clean your toilet pour a can of coca-cola into the toilet and let the real thing sit for one hour. Then flush. The citric acid in coke removes stains from vitreous china.
To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers, rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap Aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
To clean corrosion from car battery terminals pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
To loosen a rusted bolt apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bold for several minutes.
To bake a moist ham empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan and wrap the ham in aluminum foil and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished remove the foil and allow the drippings to mix with the coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
To remove grease from clothes empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes and add detergent and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean the haze from your windshield.
For your information:
The active ingredient in coke is phosphoric acid. Its PH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about four days.
To carry Coca-Cola syrup the concentrate the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about twenty years.
NOW THE QUESTION IS???
Would you like a glass of water or coke?
A letter from one of Dr. Cates's graduates and his mother
Dear Dr. Cates:
I have enclosed James' graduation announcement (We are unable to attend the graduation in Pigeon Forge). James borrowed a cap & gown from Kathy Hayes. For one of the many scholarships that James applied for, he had to write n essay on an educator or a person who has influenced his life the most. I sat down with James for the first time and explained to him what life was like for us and him, before and after his first testing with you when he was four years old.
This letter [following] is a copy of what James wrote
There are many people that have greatly influenced my education and my goals: teachers, tutors, friends and especially my parents. Therefore to choose from among them would be an almost impossible task. Fortunately, there is a person that was behind my entire educational development and trained many of the people who taught me.
I suffered from a severe speech impediment as a child, to make myself understood I had to play a complex game of charades. This was very frustrating for me, because not only did I not comprehend why people could not understand me (which frustrated me even more), but was also laughed at (which made me angry). Many people thought I was either retarded or extremely stupid, others said I would just grow out of it."
When I turned five years old, there was no improvement in my speech. If enrolled in public school I would have been considered a special education student. But my parents did not feel that the public school system had the resources to properly instruct me. My parents decided that I needed a one-on-one education, so they decided to home-school me. They were told about Dr. Paul Gates, he helps children ranging from the mentally retarded to the mentally gifted, with excellent results. My parents took me in for diagnostic testing, which Dr. Gates used to both diagnose my impediments and to develop a curriculum that was suited to my special needs. After the testing he told my parents that I had dyslexia, acute articulation disorder, and severe hyperactivity, but he advised them not to label me thus. Instead I should be encouraged to do my best and never be compared to others, nor should my problems be used as an excuse for poor performance. He showed them how to teach me and reap the most benefits. His enthusiasm and wisdom greatly encouraged my parents and I. Without his continued support and knowledge I would not have been able to succeed in academics or even been able to accomplish many of the goals I have set for myself. I owe my entire education to his work and would have never been able to go to college without his help.
Thank you for your time.
by John Taylor Gatto
As Stephen Arons, the legal scholar from the University of Massachusetts, told an audience at the Hawthorne Valley School a while back: "Centralized control of government schools creates the appearance of a Unity which is refuted by the growing mass of families who have removed their children from public or private schooling and have begun to educate them at home. Requests for home schooling thus heighten public confusion about which beliefs are really valid expressions of community sentiment. The ideology of public schools is put into sharp relief by home schooling conflicts."
At least 9 major assumptions describe the perimeter of the public schooling ideology. Together they warrant a general distrust of parents and they arise from a view that there is one system of values that is best for everyone. The State will prescribe this value code for all. Taken together the assumptions form a kind of civil gospel in which significant dissent is pronounced unacceptable to the State, the political system and the national culture as it is presented by the State.
The Nine Assumptions of Modern Schooling
1. Government school is the essential force for social cohesion. It cannot happen any other way. A bureaucratized public order is our defense against chaos and anarchy.
2. The socialization of children in groups monitored by state agents is essential; without this, children cannot learn to get along with others in a pluralistic society.
3. Children from different backgrounds and from families with different beliefs must be mixed together. Robert Frost was wrong when he maintained "good fences make good neighbors."
4. The certifiable expertise of official schoolteachers is superior to that of lay people including parents. The protection of children from the uncertified is a compelling public concern.
5. Coercion in the name of liberty is a valid use of state power. Compelling children to assemble in mandated groups for mandated intervals with mandated texts and overseers does not interfere with academic learning.
6. Children will inevitably grow apart from their parents in beliefs as they grow older and this process must be supported and encouraged. The best way to do this is by diluting parental influence and discouraging the children's attitudes that their own parents are sovereign in either mind or morality.
7. The world is full of crazy parents who will ruin their children. An overriding concern of schooling is to protect children from bad parenting.
8. It is not appropriate for any family to unduly concern itself with the education of its own children, but it may expend unlimited effort on behalf of the general education of everyone.
9. The State has the predominant responsibility for training, morals, and beliefs. Children schooled outside government scrutiny frequently become anti-social and poverty stricken.
John Taylor Gatto, 1991 New York State Teacher of the Year, was the keynote speaker for SepCon 95, the first annual conference of the Separation Alliance. This essay is reprinted from his book of essays Notes on Education, Schooling and Curriculum.
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