Update on arrests in Germany for Home Education

Do you remember the German families that have been arrested for home schooling? Here’s an update from World Net Daily.

At the bottom you’ll see a list of previous articles many of which are worth reading to get the rest of the story. The picture on this blog is of the Wolfgangsee, nestled in the Austrian Alps, as the tourist brochures like to say. This is the town where one of the families fled when the police threatened to take their children away from them.

In Germany, the state works to inhibit the development of what it calls “parallel societies.” This is a powerful and serious idea that we need to watch carefully. What does it mean? Are other countries adopting it too? Why does the state believe it is capable of determining what is fitting and what is not when it comes to matters of religious conviction? What is your take on these matters? You might want to visit HSLDA and look into whether you want to support these families.

Conferences and Financial Responsibility

Given that I am involved in two national educational conferences every summer, it might seem odd to hear this from me, but I am writing to warn you to be careful about spending money on summer conferences. The economy is not doing well, though one could hope that by next summer this recession of already more than a year might be past. I don’t think it is reasonable to expect it.

Therefore, it is imperative that you manage your school’s money with great care. Every school must prioritize its spending and not allow any money to be spent that doesn’t help them fulfill their calling. Don’t do it unless you place a premium on the quality of your teaching and have confidence that the conference will both energize teachers and help them teach better. This needs to be the “value-added” now more than ever.

Don’t do it unless it will help your teachers build goodwill in the parents and energize themselves.

How to build good will: good teaching and wise teachers.

How to energize teachers: Help them perceive the meaning of what they do; support it practically and emotionally; treat them with respect (they are given a lot of the opposite); give them needed instruction and any other needed resources; reward good work.

We’re cutting our conference down to only 100 people because of the economy. We would urge you not to come unless you are sure it will help with the cash flow by building goodwill and energizing your teachers.

Here’s how we try to energize them: treat them with respect; help them understand the meaning and significance of their work; and provide tools and resources and ideas to apply in their classrooms. If we are able to support your work by edifying your teachers, they will be able to build goodwill in your students’ families. Only then is it responsible to send teachers to either the CiRCE conference or any other.

Be careful.

The Only Sound Apologetic

Blessed are the pure in heart
For they shall see God

Matthew 5:8