Good news for the Romeike family being able to stay in Tennessee and homeschool their children.
But, being from Illinois, with the city of Chicago leading the way, I think the politics of this matter have evolved into a cynical and disgusting display.
My hope was the Rule of Law would prevail in this issue the German family allowed themselves to be immersed in via HSLDA. That notion has quickly degenerated.
Obama’s Department of Justice got the decision they wanted when their appeal was victorious rescinding the political asylum grant by the Memphis Immigration Court.
Then, with the use of their escalating “executive privilege”, the administration bestows “indefinite deferred status” with the use of the Department of Homeland Security. That would placate the voting homeschool population, while setting the legal position exactly where they wanted it. In this situation, going for political asylum in the US was sketchy at best. So, on the other end, HSLDA is using homeschoolers for their international business pursuits.
The Obama administration doesn’t support homeschoolers, unless it helps them politically.
After Tuesday’s DHS pronouncement, HSLDA is claiming victory for an over-reaching administration’s executive decision.
Clowns to the left of me and jokers to the right.
From the March 3 Supreme Court Orders List:
13-471 ROMEIKE, UWE, ET AL. V. HOLDER, ATT’Y GEN.
The motion of Alliance Defending Freedom, et al. for leave to file a brief as amici curiae is granted. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.
Since 2010, this case has been bounced upwards across the courtrooms in the eastern half of the United States. The Obama administration, with Attorney General Eric Holder leading, appealed the original Memphis Immigration Court decision giving the German family political asylum in the United States. The case was overturned and despite a petition to reconsider all the way to the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice won.
Our Four Year Old Boy Deep in Thought
Long-time homeschooler, Helen Middlebrook, wrote a piece on an issue many home educators observe and appreciate in the time gained with kids at home. Helping your children find their gifts is an exciting journey for all.
Helen Middlebrook lives in Guam and her article was posted in Pacific Daily News.
Want smart, mature kids? Homeschool them
The short reason I am a home educator is because children belong at home with their parents, in an environment where they will become who they were meant to be.
While that might sound either lofty or naive, consider this: In 1960, the Smithsonian Institution commissioned a study to discover the childhood pattern of genius, and the results were astoundingly simple.
The ingredients for genius were: warm, loving, educationally responsive parents and other adults; little time spent with peers; and lots of creative freedom under parental guidance to explore their ideas.
Following the blurb from a private tutor organization on the dangers of homeschool cooperatives, Maryland’s Gazette highlighted a new co-op started out by a couple of science-powered mamas.
Cheverly home-schoolers branch out with STEM program
Once-a-week co-op offers science, engineering, computer classes By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau
The Cheverly STEM Education Center is the brainchild of two home-schooling parents — former private school chemistry teacher Ann Caldwell and retired civil engineer Jeanne Robinson, both of Cheverly.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Despite her science background, Caldwell said, it was difficult to teach science when there are only three students — her children, who are ages 8, 11 and 13.
“It’s kind of like having a PE class for one,” she said. “You need other kids to make it work.”
If you build it, they will come. This co-op is just one example of countless innovations making home education work for so many.