Hence all homeschooling parents in Belgium are sent a form in which they are ordered to sign away their parental right to choose their children�s education, to adopt the �mimimum goals set out in the  law on compulsory education,� namely �to respect the fundamental human rights and the cultural values of the child itself and of others� (with the state unilaterally deciding what these human rights and �cultural values� are), and to send their children to state approved schools if state inspectors deem that their schooling does not comply with the aforementioned �minimum goals.�
Parents who sign away their right to educate their own children are subsequently harassed and intimidated. Three families that we know have had to allow inspectors into their homes who interrogate and intimidate their children, then write a report that they are not in compliance with the minimum requirements (viz. the cultural values clause) set out in the signed document, announce that they will return for further inspection and that the children who fail to qualify will be forcibly sent to schools that are officially recognised by the government.
Nowhere, however, do these inspectors outline what they are inspecting and what criteria they apply. After a lifetime of inspecting schools with clearly defined curricula to determine whether the latter qualify for subsidies and recognition of their certificates, they are now set loose on families with no other purpose than to find fault and remove their children from their care. The families do not want subsidies or recognition of certificates, so there are no objective criteria for them to meet. Their children are questioned randomly on a variety of topics, irrespective of their own educational goals, age or curriculum. And they cannot protest the inspectors� arbitrary verdict as they have signed away their right as citizens to appeal to a higher educational authority or to the courts.
Parents who do not sign away their right to educate their own children are regarded as not educating their children at all, and hence are guilty of a criminal offence.
Soon coming to US! Kiki
The Nashville city council recently elected a homeschooling mother to the Board of Education to fill a vacant seat. All hell broke loose, the unions, teachers and (worst of all) "concerned parents" are now upset because she will be running for that seat later in the year.
25% of Nashville children go to private schools and 40% of public shool kids drop out and never graduate.
The Metro schools just lately sent out material on how to properly wake a sleeping student. What provoked this amazing memo was a teacher got punched when she disturbed a sleeper in her class.
This is one of those times when a well-placed correction is indicated.
I pondered your subject line for several seconds trying to understand.... finally it occurred to me -- you meant GNOMES.
I can't believe you would post such malarkey.
School Boards are elected by the residents of the entire district and are supposed to represent all of them, not only the 30% with kids attending the school, and certainly not the teachers' muscle union.
The main concern of the board should be financial (property taxes), and to select and make the best possible superintendent accountable.
Is a teacher making $100K better than one making $40K? If so let's pay all of them $100K ... if not, � fill the blank �