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Here is another good reason to home educate your children, very convincing stuff I must say. You can view the source here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/24/us/24land.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=education

Read the article below and then I will share my thoughts about it with you:

A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly
 
 by Dan Barry / The New York Times

Published: March 24, 2008

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.

 All lank and bone, the boy stands at the corner with his younger sister, waiting for the yellow bus that takes them to their respective schools. He is Billy Wolfe, high school sophomore, struggling.

Moments earlier he left the sanctuary that is his home, passing those framed photographs of himself as a carefree child, back when he was 5. And now he is at the bus stop, wearing a baseball cap, vulnerable at 15.

A car the color of a school bus pulls up with a boy who tells his brother beside him that he’s going to beat up Billy Wolfe. While one records the assault with a cellphone camera, the other walks up to the oblivious Billy and punches him hard enough to leave a fist-size welt on his forehead.

The video shows Billy staggering, then dropping his book bag to fight back, lanky arms flailing. But the screams of his sister stop things cold.

The aggressor heads to school, to show friends the video of his Billy moment, while Billy heads home, again. It’s not yet 8 in the morning.

Bullying is everywhere, including here in Fayetteville, a city of 60,000 with one of the country’s better school systems. A decade ago a Fayetteville student was mercilessly harassed and beaten for being gay. After a complaint was filed with the Office of Civil Rights, the district adopted procedures to promote tolerance and respect — none of which seems to have been of much comfort to Billy Wolfe.

It remains unclear why Billy became a target at age 12; schoolyard anthropology can be so nuanced. Maybe because he was so tall, or wore glasses then, or has a learning disability that affects his reading comprehension. Or maybe some kids were just bored. Or angry.

Whatever the reason, addressing the bullying of Billy has become a second job for his parents: Curt, a senior data analyst, and Penney, the owner of an office-supply company. They have binders of school records and police reports, along with photos documenting the bruises and black eyes. They are well known to school officials, perhaps even too well known, but they make no apologies for being vigilant. They also reject any suggestion that they should move out of the district because of this.

The many incidents seem to blur together into one protracted assault. When Billy attaches a bully’s name to one beating, his mother corrects him. “That was Benny, sweetie,” she says. “That was in the eighth grade.”

It began years ago when a boy called the house and asked Billy if he wanted to buy a certain sex toy, heh-heh. Billy told his mother, who informed the boy’s mother. The next day the boy showed Billy a list with the names of 20 boys who wanted to beat Billy up.

Ms. Wolfe says she and her husband knew it was coming. She says they tried to warn school officials — and then bam: the prank caller beat up Billy in the bathroom of McNair Middle School.

Not long after, a boy on the school bus pummeled Billy, but somehow Billy was the one suspended, despite his pleas that the bus’s security camera would prove his innocence. Days later, Ms. Wolfe recalls, the principal summoned her, presented a box of tissues, and played the bus video that clearly showed Billy was telling the truth.

Things got worse. At Woodland Junior High School, some boys in a wood shop class goaded a bigger boy into believing that Billy had been talking trash about his mother. Billy, busy building a miniature house, didn’t see it coming: the boy hit him so hard in the left cheek that he briefly lost consciousness.

Ms. Wolfe remembers the family dentist sewing up the inside of Billy’s cheek, and a school official refusing to call the police, saying it looked like Billy got what he deserved. Most of all, she remembers the sight of her son.

“He kept spitting blood out,” she says, the memory strong enough still to break her voice.

By now Billy feared school. Sometimes he was doubled over with stress, asking his parents why. But it kept on coming.

In ninth grade, a couple of the same boys started a Facebook page called “Every One That Hates Billy Wolfe.” It featured a photograph of Billy’s face superimposed over a likeness of Peter Pan, and provided this description of its purpose: “There is no reason anyone should like billy he’s a little b**ch. And a homo**xual that NO ONE LIKES.”

According to Alan Wilbourn, a spokesman for the school district, the principal notified the parents of the students involved after Ms. Wolfe complained, and the parents — whom he described as “horrified” — took steps to have the page taken down.

Not long afterward, a student in Spanish class punched Billy so hard that when he came to, his braces were caught on the inside of his cheek.

So who is Billy Wolfe? Now 16, he likes the outdoors, racquetball and girls. For whatever reason — bullying, learning disabilities or lack of interest — his grades are poor. Some teachers think he’s a sweet kid; others think he is easily distracted, occasionally disruptive, even disrespectful. He has received a few suspensions for misbehavior, though none for bullying.

Judging by school records, at least one official seems to think Billy contributes to the trouble that swirls around him. For example, Billy and the boy who punched him at the bus stop had exchanged words and shoves a few days earlier.

But Ms. Wolfe scoffs at the notion that her son causes or deserves the beatings he receives. She wonders why Billy is the only one getting beaten up, and why school officials are so reluctant to punish bullies and report assaults to the police.

Mr. Wilbourn said federal law protected the privacy of students, so parents of a bullied child should not assume that disciplinary action had not been taken. He also said it was left to the discretion of staff members to determine if an incident required police notification.

The Wolfes are not satisfied. This month they sued one of the bullies “and other John Does,” and are considering another lawsuit against the Fayetteville School District. Their lawyer, D. Westbrook Doss Jr., said there was neither glee nor much monetary reward in suing teenagers, but a point had to be made: schoolchildren deserve to feel safe.

Billy Wolfe, for example, deserves to open his American history textbook and not find anti-Billy sentiments scrawled across the pages. But there they were, words so hurtful and foul.

The boy did what he could. “I’d put white-out on them,” he says. “And if the page didn’t have stuff to learn, I’d rip it out.”

This is such a disturbing story. We all know that bullying and abuse is rampant in the traditional school setting. But this boy has been subjected to more than any person should have to ever endure, much less an innocent child. What I don’t understand is why his parents continue to allow him to remain in an obviously broken institution as a victim to so many ready aggressors. It is clear that they are not happy about what has been happening to him, but in my mind, by leaving him to lanquish in such torment, they are allowing themselves to be willing players in this tragedy.

 He needs to be set free from the violence and harassment, like so many other children out there being picked on daily at school.  I cannot imagine that anyone would be able to learn anything in a setting like this. You hear ridiculous comments frequently about homeschooled children not being socialized adequately. Well, what on earth kind of socialization is this ?? If that is socialization than my children will have no part in it, thank you very much. If any story out there points to bringing your child home to educate them than _this_ is the one. My goodness, God gave us our children to protect and raise up properly, they belong at home with us where that can actually be done!

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Kolby                                                                      Well, today I had my mid-pregnancy ultrasound done and…IT’S A BOY!!!

That puts us at an even split of 3 sons and 3 daughters at this point.

We took all of the children with us, and everyone had fun seeing the baby on the screen, watching him move, and finding out his gender.

Isn’t he cute and sweet? It looks like he is sucking his little thumb!

What a gift from the Lord!

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This is a follow-up to the entry I posted on March 21st regarding librarian Brenda Biesterfeld, who was dismissed from her job after reporting that a man was viewing child pornography on a library computer. You can view the original post here: https://thefullquiverhomeschoolhouse.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/do-what-is-rightand-risk-the-consequences/

Biesterfeld has since been awarded the Gold Star Award from the Family Friendly Libraries organization. This award is given to those who demonstrate dedication to the protection of children in libraries. Biesterfeld has many supporters and is currently seeking her position back at the library. You can read more at the source here:

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=60056

The article follows:

YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK
Fired librarian who spotted child porn honored
Also had been praised in institution’s own evaluation
Posted: March 27, 2008
11:40 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

A California librarian who called police when she saw a man viewing what appeared to be child pornography on a library computer, and was fired for disobeying her supervisor’s instructions not to notify authorities, has been given a Gold Star Award from an organization called Family Friendly Libraries.
Librarian Brenda Biesterfeld says she’s glad her community considers her a hero for helping nab a child porn suspect, but wants her library job back.

Officials for Tulare County who employed Brenda Biesterfeld before she got a dismissal letter from County Librarian Brian Lewis also have begun backtracking, and now have offered to meet with her representatives for mediation.

But Mathew Staver, who is chief of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law, said he’s not yet seen a formal response to his law firm’s demand letter that Biesterfeld be reinstated.

“We have requested to have her reinstated with back pay and a policy drafted [to address such issues],” Staver said. “If they don’t do that we will file suit.” A deadline hasn’t been set but “time is short,” he said.

He said the organization is open to working with an independent mediator, but the goals will be unchanged.
The bizarre dispute erupted when on Feb. 28 Beisterfeld, a single mother, was working in the Lindsay branch of the county library, and she noticed Donny Lynn Chrisler, 39, viewing child porn on one of the public-use computers.

“She immediately went to her supervisor, Judi Hill, who instructed her to give him a warning and explain that on his second warning he would be banned from the library,” Liberty Counsel said. “When Biesterfeld asked if she should call the police, Hill told her not to and that the library would handle it internally.”

She also was told that “this happens more often than she would think.”

Biesterfeld was so unnerved by the situation, she talked with police the next day. Then on March 4, when Chrisler returned, Biesterfeld saw him viewing more child porn and called police.

“When police officers arrived they caught Chrisler viewing the child pornography, arrested him, and placed him in the Tulare County Jail,” Liberty Counsel said. “Further investigation uncovered more child pornography in Chrisler’s home.”

But when police confiscated the computer from the library, Hill confronted them and said they had no business enforcing the child pornography law within the library.

“Even after the police captain explained that a federal law had been violated, making it a legal matter to be handled by police, Hill never offered to help,” Liberty Counsel said. “Instead, she demanded to know who made the report.”

Two days later and without explanation Biesterfeld was fired.

Since that event, Hill reported that she had administrative reasons for dismissing Biesterfled, unrelated to the porn incident.

However, an evaluation given to Biesterfeld just days earlier, completed by Hill, said Biesterfeld’s work “is reasonable and consistent with normal expectations of proficiency.”

“Brenda, you are steadily increasing your skills in the domain of Public Service duties. You greet all customers in a friendly manner. The customers of Lindsay Branch enjoy your friendliness in the Branch. You spend time with each customer assisting them on the HIP computers placing HOLDS and locating materials. […] You are consistent while assisting customers with library policies, directional inquiries, assisting with public computers and assisting customers locate books in the Branch,” Hill wrote.

“Brenda, continue to assist all customers coming into the Lindsay Branch in a fair and friendly manner. You have demonstrated the willingness to learn the Branch procedures and have accepted verbal directions. […] We will begin Branch Reference training in March 2008; this will assist you while working in a Branch Library,” she continued.

The positive evaluation even indicated Hill’s plans for Biesterfeld’s advancement.

Staver said the county should be congratulating Biesterfeld instead of dismissing her, and the Family Friendly Libraries agreed.

The organization, “dedicated to maintaining safe public libraries,” granted Biesterfeld its “Gold Star Award.”

“Family Friendly Libraries grants Gold Star Awards to librarians who demonstrate exemplary dedication to protecting children in public libraries,” the group said in its announcement.

The city of Lindsay presented the award, and councilwoman Suzi Picaso said her constituents are standing with Biesterfeld.

“Family Friendly Libraries commends Brenda Biesterfeld for courageously acting on her conscience, even risking her livelihood, to protect both the children in her community at risk of being exposed to criminal images displayed on a computer screen in the public library and children who are exploited by child pornography worldwide,” the group said.

Randy Thomasson, chief of the Campaign for Children and Families, a prominent pro-family leadership group, said he was working to build support for the librarian.

“Our goal is to get Brenda’s job back, to institute a new library policy that has no tolerance for obscenity and child pornography, and to send a nationwide message that child predators will not be allowed to ‘do their thing’ in libraries,” he said.

The story has moved into national circles, too, with Staver appearing both on Fox News and the Glenn Beck Show to answer questions about the situation.

Thomasson said the local battle has significant national implications.

“We’re also defending children nationwide,” he said. “You see, the American Library Association, which is the controlling influence over libraries nationwide, views pornography and obscenity as ‘intellectual freedom.’ Because of this, many libraries in the U.S. allow child pornographers to use their Internet system undetected and unreported. Is it any wonder why child molestation has become so common?”

According to the association’s own web page regarding intellectual freedom and censorship, it is not the work of a library to protect children from material that is “legally obscene.”

“Governmental institutions cannot be expected to usurp or interfere with parental obligations and responsibilities when it comes to deciding what a child may read or view,” the ALA says.

It also defines “intellectual freedom” as the right to see material “without restriction.” Those who object to obscenity and its availability are “censors,” who “try to use the power of the state to impose their view of what is truthful and appropriate.”

“Each of us has the right to read, view, listen to, and disseminate constitutionally protected ideas, even if a censor finds those ideas offensive,” the ALA states.

“Censors might sincerely believe that certain materials are so offensive, or present ideas that are so hateful and destructive to society, that they simply must not see the light of day. Others are worried that younger or weaker people will be badly influenced by bad ideas, and will do bad things as a result,” the ALA said.

That was the point Steve Baldwin, a former California lawmaker, was making when he previously penned a column citing a report from the Family Research Council.

“A 2000 report by the Family Research Council details how its researchers sent out surveys to every librarian in America asking questions about access to pornography. Despite efforts by the ALA to stop its members from responding, 462 librarians did respond. Their replies revealed 472 instances of children assessing pornography, 962 instances of adults accessing pornography, 106 instances of adults exposing children to pornography, five attempted child molestations, 144 instances of child porn being accessed and 25 instances of library staff being harassed by those viewing pornography. Over 2,062 total porn-related incidents were reported by a mere 4.6 percent of our nation’s librarians so one can assume the number of incidents is probably twenty times higher,” he reported.

He wrote that the “bias” of the ALA is obvious.

“When parent groups have offered to place books in libraries with conservative themes or are critical of the left, the ALA’s claims of being First Amendment guardians suddenly look fraudulent. When one parent tried to donate George Grant’s book, ‘Killer Angel,’ a critical biography of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, the library sent a letter stating that ‘the author’s political and social agenda…is not appropriate.’ Huh? A biographical book with zero profanity is banned but books that feature the ‘F’ word a hundred times are sought after with zeal. Go figure,” Baldwin wrote.

Thomasson called on librarians across the country to report child pornography to law enforcement whenever it happens.

“The liberals who run the library system in America must stop violating the federal law because they regard child pornography as ‘free speech,'” he said. “All pornography is immoral, but possession of child pornography is a federal crime. No librarian should fear reporting child pornography to the police, but libraries that fail to report these crimes should be very afraid. Brenda Biesterfeld will get her job back, and more.”

 

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Green Hour - Discover the Wonder of Nature

Children today are cooped up indoors way too much. The incessant blaring of the television, and the constant glow from computers, video games, and other technology is ever demanding of their attention. I believe that some technology can be useful in it’s place, but it gets way too much billing in our lives these days.

Our children need to get outdoors and discover God’s creation.They need to be able to roam as free as they possibly can with safety. Outdoor play encourages creativity and imagination. Child directed play is wonderful and necessary for a child’s rapidly developing mind and body. In an age where recess is being radically reduced or eliminated entirely, we cannot lose sight of the value of physical play in the sunshine. Our children need the opportunity to learn how to relate with the big beautiful world we live in, not just watch it out the window from behind closed doors.

Homeschooling with it’s built in flexibility for learning and lifestyle can really aid in getting your child free from indoor confines. What a great way to supplement science! The possibilities are endless! Grab a magnifying glass and get up close and personal with that flower or that insect. Take a notebook with you and do some sketches. Peek under rocks or dig a bit in the dirt. You will find a whole amazing world to share with your children.

For more ideas of how to incorporate nature into the life of you child(ren) and family, I recommend the following resource.
Click on the graphic for more information!

Green Hour - Discover the Wonder of Nature

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The court order made against homeschooling in the state of California has now been vacated. Now the court will be hearing more on behalf of home educators. Any previous decisions or rulings made in this case are now not binding upon parents desiring to teach their children, including the requirement of a teaching credential. I believe this is a big step in the right direction, but that we need to watch and see what the future outcome is going to be. As positive as we may feel about this development, we need to stay tuned in to this matter faithfully to preserve our parental rights. We cannot be lax, we must take our responsibility seriously, and not be afraid to do the “heavy lifting”, when our children’s well-beings are at stake. You can read more about this turn of events here:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=59979

The article follows:

California homeschooling gets 2nd chance
Court vacates ban, grants rehearing in controversial case
Posted: March 26, 2008
10:42 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
A California court order that essentially banned homeschooling in the state has been vacated, and the judges who issued the ruling will hear further arguments on the status of parents who want to teach their own children.

WND broke the story in February of an appeals court order in Los Angeles against the family of Phillip and Mary Long.

The Longs say they have homeschooled because of an anti-Christian bias in public schools. The ruling stemmed from a juvenile proceeding that already had been closed by the court when court-appointed attorneys for their children appealed in an attempt to ban homeschooling. The ruling from Appeals Court Judge H. Walt Croskey granted the attorneys’ wishes.

The court ruling said: “We find no reason to strike down the Legislature’s evaluation of what constitutes an adequate education scheme sufficient to promote the ‘general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence. … We agree … ‘the educational program of the State of California was designed to promote the general welfare of all the people and was not designed to accommodate the personal ideas of any individual in the field of education.'”

The appeals ruling said California law requires “persons between the ages of six and 18” to be in school, “the public full-time day school,” with exemptions being allowed for those in a “private full-time day school” or those “instructed by a tutor who holds a valid state teaching credential for the grade being taught.”

The decision sent shock waves through the homeschooling community across the nation, and a variety of groups jumped into action, including the Home School Legal Defense Association, which worked with other groups on a petition for rehearing before the same court.

The petition was submitted by Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation to the 2nd Appellate District Division on behalf of the Longs.

In an announcement today, the HSLDA said the petition had been granted.

“The California Court of Appeal granted a motion for rehearing in the In re Rachel L. case – the controversial decision which purported to ban all homeschooling in that state unless the parents held a teaching license qualifying them to teach in public schools,” the HSLDA said in a statement.

“The automatic effect of granting this motion is that the prior opinion is vacated and is no longer binding on any one, including the parties in the case,” HSLDA said.

“The Court of Appeal has solicited a number of public school establishment organizations to submit amicus briefs including the California Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and three California teacher unions. The court also granted permission to Sunland Christian School to file an amicus brief. The order also indicates that it will consider amicus applications from other groups,” HSLDA said.

“Home School Legal Defense Association will seek permission to file such an amicus brief and will coordinate efforts with a number of organizations interest[ed] in filing briefs to support the right of parents to homeschool their children in California,” the group said.

“This is a great first step,” noted Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA. “We are very glad that this case will be reheard and that this opinion has been vacated, but there is no guarantee as to what the ultimate outcome will be. This case remains our top priority.”

A long list of homeschool groups working in the state previously released a statement on the issue that could affect 200,000 students. Joining were the California Homeschool Network, Christian Home Educators Association of California, Private and Home Educators of California and HomeSchool Association of California.

“We are united in the goal of protecting the right of parents to teach their children private at home without additional governmental interference,” the statement said. “We believe that children deserve to learn in the environment that best meets their individual needs. We support the right of parents to direct their children’s education including, if they desire, teaching their children privately at home apart from any public school program and without a teaching credential.”

The groups also described the appeals court ruling as “excessively broad” and concluded the previously interpretation of state law, under which parents are allowed to set up a private school and teach their own children in their own homes, is accurate.

The HSLDA had sought to have the court “de-publish” the opinion, which also would limited its impact. But the ruling has attracted some attention from the highest levels.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the president has supported homeschoolers in the past.

“I’m sure it [the ruling] will probably be appealed, and then we’ll see how it goes from there,” she said.

Among the other responses have been:

Assemblyman Joel Anderson has proposed a resolution in the California Legislature that calls for the Croskey ruling to be overturned.
Gov. Schwarzenegger said, “if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights, then, as elected officials, we will.”
California Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said, “Parents still have the right to homeschool in this state.”
A separate petition appeals to Schwarzenegger and the Legislature is being run by the Pacific Justice Institute, which is working with the website PetitionsToday.org.
And yet another petition also is under way, at the ReverseTheRuling.com website. That organization offers information for homeschoolers who want to follow the California case, because of that state’s influence throughout the nation. It was assembled by the organization Learning By Grace, an outreach dedicated to providing parents with innovative online Christian homeschool materials.
Even students are getting their say.

“The court cannot ‘make’ something illegal – that’s the legislature’s job. Sheesh!” wrote Jon Chi Lou, of Heritage Christian High School.

And Hye-Sung F. Gehring added, “This is ridiculous. California is retarded. Always has been.”

The HSLDA also is suggesting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifically recognizing parental rights. That effort already is under way under the banner of Parental Rights.

Pacific Justice also is representing Sunland Christian School, which has been working with the family’s children in a study program, on an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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Here are some thought provoking images.  ALL children are blessings from the Lord, regardless of the circumstance. We need to speak up for the unborn who do not have a voice of their own. When a baby is born they have already been living for 9 months. Please join me in prayer to end abortion and to preserve the sanctity of life.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart.

-Jeremiah 1:5

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If you have any familiarity with my blog, than you know that I have strong convictions against traditional schooling for children, and that I believe that they belong at home being taught by their parents. But what about the issue of higher education upon graduation from high school? That is the topic that I will address today.

There have been many instances where home educated students have transferred to institutions of higher learning and met with great success. In fact, you can read a Washington Post article about this matter here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/21/AR2008032101451.html?hpid=opinionsbox1 . I am pleased with these kinds of examples. They speak well to the long-term and steadfast success of homeschooling as an educational option. I am not sure however, that this scenario offers the best situation for our children, and I will explain why.

As it is written in Gary North’s  article “The Dorm Key Ritual”,
I’m not going to contribute one dime to send my child into that moral cesspool. That place is a recruiting ground for atheists, feminists, Marxists, and envy-driven anti-capitalists. I refuse to put child under their authority. That place is a meat-grinder.

As homeschoolers we spend years protecting our children from evil influences and moral relativism by keeping them at home. We pour our heart and soul into teaching them the Word of God and life-affirming values. Is college _really_ worth throwing all of that away?  I urge you to read the rest of  “The Dorm Key Ritual”. You can find it in it’s entirety here:
http://www.visionforumministries.org/issues/education/the_dorm_key_ritual.aspx .

Now, it is indisputable that some jobs and careers require training and a college degree. So clearly higher education cannot be dismissed entirely, particularly for our young men who desire to provide for their families or future families as doctors, lawyers, and the like. Our society needs Christian leaders in these fields and many others. I simply propose that better alternatives are available. To quote Gary North,

” There are a lot of things you can do. The problem is, most parents don’t perceive the existence of these highly practical options, and among the few parents who do, most do not have the strength to persuade their college-bound children to implement any of them. The peer pressure is just too great. I don’t mean peer pressure on the students. I mean the peer pressure on the parents.”

Here is a commentary written by Doug Phillips of Vision Forum Ministries discussing a better option for higher education. This article can be found here: http://www.visionforum.com/hottopics/blogs/dwp/2007/10/3021.aspx .

College Plus: An Important, Cost-Effective Higher Education Option for Christians
There are many reasons why parents and students today are considering a new paradigm of higher education for their sons and daughters: For some, the cost of brick and mortar college is prohibitive; others point to the fact that an increasing number of college students are woefully undereducated and unmarketable even after four years of the university classroom; some observe that the college culture is a cesspool of immorality that leaves few unscathed; there are many who recognize the religious nature of higher education, and object to any pursuit of knowledge and truth which requires Christians to drink deeply from the font of wisdom provided by atheistic, evolutionist, humanistic, or even compromising Christian professors; still others aspire to achieve the benefits of higher education by using a model of training that incorporates biblical principles of mentorship, accountability, and presuppositionally biblical education—one which does not divorce the student from the family, the church, or real-life responsibilities, and which allows him to cultivate real-life business and training experiences, and to more carefully tailor his education to practical and spiritual objectives.

In one sense, the present educational crisis is a gift of the Lord. It has forced Christians to go back to the drawing board and reconsider their very philosophy and methodology of higher education in light of biblical priorities and principles. Crisis has forced the question. Now the door is open for true reformation.
One of the organizations that is stepping up to the plate to equip reformation-minded parents is College Plus! To my mind, they offer one of the most effective higher education alternatives in the nation. Students enrolled with College Plus! have the benefit of earning a college degree for less money, in less time, and with tremendous flexibility. In fact, College Plus! students benefit from an individualized, mentor-directed approach to education reminiscent of the approach used at the time of America’s Founding—one which produced the most literate and educated generation in the history of this nation.

In describing their own goals and objectives, the team at College Plus! explains the following benefits of their program:

Perspective: College Plus! takes a decidedly different approach from traditional colleges to obtaining a degree in that they see it as a means to an end, and not an end in itself. They see a degree as a powerful tool that can and should be used for God’s glory through all of life, not just in the pursuit of a career.

Family Influence: Since these studies are completed nearly 100% at home, the major influence is within the context of the home and family. As topics are studied and tests prepared for, the student has the opportunity to discuss material with their parents and their College Plus! coach.

Mentor Influence: Our Founding Fathers’ education was normally in the context of individualized mentoring and apprenticeship. Through College Plus!, your student has access to a personalized degree program and a coach who will assist them and their parents through every step.

Time: It is well within the realm of possibility to obtain a regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree (the highest accreditation level attainable in the US) in two years or less. Many students even complete their entire degree before graduating from high school. With the two years that their peers are still spending in school, a student who takes this route can gain valuable workplace experience through internships.

Cost: Utilizing distance learning methods and credit-by-exam techniques, College Plus! puts the total cost of a college degree at typically less than $15,000 with few exceptions.

Not everyone needs a college degree. But for any and all who would be benefited by obtaining a degree, College Plus! should be carefully considered. I am very grateful for the hardworking and principled team at College Plus! and am pleased to recommend them and their important service for your consideration. The leaders behind College Plus! are not only Christians of great character, but they have established a program with a proven track record for success that allows Christian students the most flexible, cost-effective approach to earning a degree on the market today.

For more information about College Plus! contact here:  CollegePlus! 830.885.5432 or  http://www.collegeplus.org/

Of course there are other options for young adults upon graduation from high school rather than college. For instance, young men can learn a trade by training under someone at an internship to develop livelihood potentials. Also, young ladies should remain in the home to continue preparing to be a keeper-at-home for their future husband. But I wanted to be sure to let people know that the status quo is not always what is best or what we have to do. We are not sheep after all, we are people. Children of the living God.


 

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