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Officials split on need to change VHSL standards - Waynesboro News Virginian: Local. Stanford researchers show we’re sending many children to school way too early. Dinner in the 10th arrondissement was at a neighborhood restaurant, the menu chalked onto a blackboard, the other patrons speaking in hushed tones over their tables. My friends and I remarked on how quiet it was, how European that was. Dessert came, and was then interrupted by the incessant vibrations of our phones. My two dinner companions started texting and talking so quickly in French that I knew something was terribly wrong.

They looked at me and said, in English, “Paris is under attack.” Carla Bruni, outdoor cafes, red wine, a bohemian city of beauty and public sculpture; that is what I know of Paris, not Charlie Hebdo, not what I experienced Friday night. We quickly caught a cab back to my hotel. My oldest son was quick to text me up-to-date information from the AP, BBC, CNN, and all the other news sources pinging his iPhone. I don’t remember the drive back to the hotel. When New York was attacked I felt a terrible sense of guilt for not being there. Now I know. Delayed Kindergarten Enrollment Dramatically Reduces ADHD In Children, Study Shows.

Delaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children, according to a recent study. Researchers found that a one-year delay in enrolling a child in kindergarten dramatically reduces inattention and hyperactivity at age seven. Researchers found that children who were held back from kindergarten for as little as one year showed a 73 percent reduction in inattentiveness and hyperactivity compared to children sent the year earlier, according to this new study on kindergarten and mental health. Stanford’s Graduate School of Education offered a news release about the new study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, The Gift of Time? School Starting Age and Mental Health. Findings from the study, which Professor Thomas S. <img src=" Professor Dee commented on what their study found in delaying kindergarten for a year. Why Kindergarten in Finland Is All About Playtime (and Why That Could Be More Stimulating Than the Common Core)

“The changes to kindergarten make me sick,” a veteran teacher in Arkansas recently admitted to me. “Think about what you did in first grade—that’s what my 5-year-old babies are expected to do.” The difference between first grade and kindergarten may not seem like much, but what I remember about my first-grade experience in the mid-90s doesn’t match the kindergarten she described in her email: three and a half hours of daily literacy instruction, an hour and a half of daily math instruction, 20 minutes of daily “physical activity time” (officially banned from being called “recess”) and two 56-question standardized tests in literacy and math—on the fourth week of school.

That American friend—who teaches 20 students without an aide—has fought to integrate 30 minutes of “station time” into the literacy block, which includes “blocks, science, magnetic letters, play dough with letter stamps to practice words, books, and storytelling.” A working paper, “Is Kindergarten the New First Grade? Inside The Duggars' Deep Ties With A Once-Powerful, Now-Scorned Ministry. “Bombshell Duggar Police Report: Jim Bob Duggar Didn’t Report Son Josh’s Alleged Sex Offenses for More Than a Year,” blared the instantly viral online headline. The cover of the tabloid that would sell at supermarket checkouts across the country was even more lurid: “House of Horrors,” a reference to In Touch’s discovery that four of Josh’s victims were his younger sisters. At the time of the In Touch revelations, Duggar was a 27-year-old married father of three with another on the way, and the executive director of a leading Christian right advocacy group, Family Research Council Action.

He promptly admitted to acting “inexcusably” and resigned his post. But a mystery remained at the heart of the tabloid drama. What Josh Duggar didn’t say—and what his parents and two of his sisters didn’t say in interviews with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly a few weeks later—was what, precisely, that counseling entailed. “We've already forgiven Josh, we've already moved on,” said Dillard. Home_school_legal_defense_association_how_a_home_schooling_group_fights. This story was co-published with Slate. In the fall of 2003, police in New Jersey received a call from a concerned neighbor who’d found a boy rummaging in her garbage, looking for food. He was 19 years old but was 4 feet tall and weighed just 45 pounds. Investigators soon learned that the boy’s three younger brothers were also severely malnourished. The family was known to social workers, but the children were being homeschooled and thus were cut off from the one place where their condition could have gotten daily scrutiny — a classroom.

After the story of the emaciated boys appeared in national newspapers, New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg was moved to introduce new legislation. Her bill, introduced in 2004, would’ve required parents, for the first time, to notify the state that their children were being homeschooled, have them complete the same annual tests as public school students, and submit proof of annual medical tests.

But Gaither said Farris’ view is outdated. Josh Duggar Checks Into Treatment Center After Porn Star Details “Very Traumatic” and “Terrifying” Sexual Encounter | Homeschoolers Anonymous. By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator Increasingly disturbing revelations continue to be revealed in the tragic circumstances surrounding the Duggars, the former TLC celebrity family of “19 Kids and Counting.” This last May it came to light that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and the now-disgraced former executive of the Family Research Council’s legislative action arm, had molested five children when he was a teenager, including members of his own family.

Then a week ago, Gawker broke the story that Josh had paid almost $1,000 for a “guaranteed” affair via the adultery-promoting website Ashley Madison. This led Josh to publicly confess to cheating on his wife, though in his statement he appeared to blame a “pornography addiction” for leading him to that point. Josh said, I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. The more I think about this, I realized I was too easy on the the Duggar parents as well. Text is: Like this: Like Loading...

HSLDA Gave This Man Their Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award Just 4 Years Ago | Homeschoolers Anonymous. By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator Every year the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) puts on the National Leader’s Conference, where the biggest names and leaders in homeschooling come together to network and hear educational and inspirational talks from both HSLDA’s staff as well as outside speakers invited by HSLDA. During the conference, HSLDA gives an annual award: the Lifetime Achievement Award.

According to HSLDA, this honor is bestowed upon “a leader who has demonstrated valuable leadership to the homeschool community, inspired and motivated others to effective action, overcome hardships and obstacles to succeed, demonstrated a servant’s heart while exhibiting the qualities listed above, and maintained a clear witness concerning Jesus Christ and the Gospel.” The Lifetime Achievement Award was dubbed “the Gregg Harris Award,” named after homeschool leader Gregg Harris. Which brings us to 2010, a mere 4 years ago. But that is not all. Let’s put this into perspective: Addicted generations | Next Step to Nirvana. Imagine a little girl reading her book intensely. While she reads, she can tune out everything around her. She reads under her covers with a flashlight.

She reads in her bath. She walks on the street reading her book, likely bumping against a pedestrian. She spends every extra dime she has on books. She is never without a book or two in her bag. She would like to read at the dinner table if her parents let her. Most people I know will react to this girl with an automatic approving and wistful smile. Imagine a kid playing a Legend of Zelda game with the same intensity. How do people react to gamers who are as passionate about games as book lovers are about books? Here is the truth. This stigmatizing of gaming is ridiculous given how many successful people are gamers. My son is also talented and passionate about many other things.

He loves to spend time with his family. Like this: Like Loading... Related Barbara Pym, my grand aunt, and me: midlife musings In "Fun writing" In "Personal Growth" HEAV’s Rick Boyer Defends Josh Duggar and Bill Gothard, Claims “Abuse is the New Racism” | Homeschoolers Anonymous. Josh Duggar’s Ashley Madison Problem. The first outed celebrity in the Ashley Madison hacking dump is Josh Duggar, the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose enormous, homeschooled, right-wing Christian clan was the subject of the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting.” It ran from 2008 until May of this year, when it was cancelled following a different sex scandal involving Josh: the revelation that he had been accused of molesting several underage girls, including some of his sisters, when he was fourteen years old.

Just a few months before the molestation charges came to light, the Duggars had been the target of a petition, with almost two hundred thousand signatures demanding that the family’s show be cancelled because of their active opposition to a local ordinance that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Josh Duggar’s Ashley Madison Problem. Testing Our Schools. Diary of an Autodidact: The Duggars: How Fundamentalism's Teachings on Sexuality Create Predatory Behavior. So, it’s in the news everywhere: A Duggar son groped his sisters while they slept when he was 14. The family essentially hushed it up. And, now that he is buddies with Ted Cruz, it became a juicy news story. (Nothing like a political AND sexual scandal to sell ads...) And the aftermath is predictable. The Duggars get their show suspended, and the (now adult) kid loses his job. I have been saying privately for years that something like this would absolutely come to light regarding the Duggars, so this is no surprise to me at all. As an attorney, I have handled several cases involving fundamentalist families with sexual issues, and the facts seem very familiar.

I’m not going to get into specifics, because of attorney client privilege. I firmly believe that the beliefs within Christian Fundamentalism strongly contribute to these failings - and indeed make them inevitable. First, let me note again that I spent a portion of my teens involved in Bill Gothard’s organization. 2. 3. B. C. D. What Does the Josh Duggar Dialogue Say to Assault Victims?

When I started this blog, I had decided that I never wanted to write this post. Hot button topics? Politics? Debate? This was never going to be that sort of blog. There was enough internet commentary already, and mine wasn’t going to be that sort of place. And yet I’m sitting here in front of the screen, writing my first post back after a month long hiatus of sorts, and never in a million years did I expect THIS to be what I needed to write.

What exactly does our public dialogue about Josh Duggar say to victims: both his own victims, and all victims of sexual assault by a family member or friend? “He sought forgiveness and repented, and became a great person, so why is everyone trying to destroy him over a past mistake?” “How can people call him a child molestor when he was just a child himself!” “It was 12 years ago! “This is a liberal attack on the Duggars, because they are such great Christian role models.” An Open Letter to Duggar Defenders. Why HSLDA is Wrong about Romeike v. Holder. Religious exemption linked to anti-integration efforts. The precursor to today's religious exemption statute dates back to 1956, when Massive Resistance laws were enacted by the Virginia General Assembly in order to circumvent integration of the state's public schools.

Virginia's U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr. promoted Massive Resistance, as well as the Southern Manifesto, a document signed by more than 100 Southern officeholders who opposed integrated schools. On Sept. 29, 1956, the General Assembly approved paying educational grants to parents who objected to having their children sent to integrated schools. Pupil placement boards also came out of Massive Resistance. In January 1959, federal courts found the state's anti-integration laws illegal.

When the session came to an end in April, the compulsory attendance law was reinstated, but amended. "As amended, the compulsory attendance bill would allow any parent to withdraw his child from school simply attesting that he conscientiously objects to the child being in school. "