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Harvard Mag’s Snide Attack on Home Schooling Backfires, Didn’t Even Spell ‘Arithmetic’ Right

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You do know that the deck is stacked against you because you are a schoolboy who has Ivy League aspirations.

Home students at all eight Ivies are underrepresented. Erin O’Donnell will help you understand, if you want to know why.

But your essay in the Harvard Journal will give a little summary of how the American establishment treats the right to school with your own kids. O’Donnell’s mouthpiece is not really official for Ivy Leagues. You’re definitely not shocked to hear that they aren’t fans.

The article comes from the topic of May-June 2020, which was, I am sure, prepared ahead of time before any urgent issues emerged. In any case, “Homeschool Risks” basically makes the child’s curriculum sound as if he was smoking two bags a day of Marlboro Reds — and when he or she hangs with the trendy kids in cigarette breaks, you have at least the socialization.

To be honest, while O’Donnell’s name may be on it, the real focus of the article is Elizabeth Bartholet, a professor of Law from Harvard, who sees the capacity to take care of your own child’s education (or your legal right).

This doesn’t just say, mind you, that your child needs things. Bartholet says she “sees children’s — and society’s — threats at home, and advises the activity be accused of banishment. Home-schooling not only abuses the right of children to “meaningful education” and the right of their children to be shielded from future children’s violence but also can prevent their children from making a significant contribution to a democratic society. I see your child ought to have the right, particularly because it is essentially a driving force for the R Read these words, though, and wonder if you just want to teach your kid in an atmosphere that offers good legal advice.

That is the beginning of a very good bit of elitism as well, because when you are vulnerable or under high blood pressure you might click on the television again – just wait, that’s as awful, so that you can still remain here to hear Bartholet tell you home school children how badly you are screwing your boy up and how much easier it will be if the government pressured you to take him somewhere.

But, first, let’s discuss the original picture of this story: Do you agree that this essay in Harvard Magazine presented a convincing case of home schooling?

Ah, and the Bible too, and as you learn later in the essay, all of those perfidious Christians are eager to send home education to their children. Reading, writing, and arithmatic. The photo was later changed.

In any case, the “arithmatic,” who built up the theory of how home schooling affected democratic society, didn’t really play a role in this article.

First, the article begins with the claim “A essentially uncontrolled regime in the home-school area” by Bartholet. Yes, the state has laws making education obligatory, “but if you look at the legal regime governing home-schooling, there are very few requirements that parents do anything.” Just about a dozen countries have regulations on the education standard expected by parents, she said. ‘In addition, this means parents who never go to school on their own devices or who don’t read or write by themselves can declare their children as homeschoolers in another couple of states; obviously, they can leave their children at home,’ continues the article, continuing.

Although between 3 and 4 percent of children are at home, according to the study, a large percentage of those children who can only run around the house all day long, play Nintendo Flips and eat Twinkies can never be found. It’s a persistent problem with this article and with Bartholet’s work to back up important points with evidence.

The government will monitor your child; when your child is 4-5, the school will serve as “mandated inspectors” and determine whether you harm or neglect your child. The government will also be allowed and monitor your child.

“The highest percentage of people reporting to Child Protective Service to teachers and other school staff,” said Bartholet. Since countries don’t check home school students for evidence of child violence, a parent may “always say, ‘If they were accused of child abuse, I would pull them out of school and keep them at home.”

Bartholet’s other facts are that teachers dial CPS a lot — this means this child abusers don’t steal their children from high school in order to exploit them at home. Was this vulnerability exploitable by childhood abusers? If, again, statistics are important in this regard. It’s not just a point that you should a priori draw.

Here is the evidence: Tara Westover explains in the autobiography “Informed” how she was part of an Idaho family of survivors excluding their children from school.

“While her childhood years in the company of her father’s scrap industry, where severe injures are commonplace, and harassment of an older child, Westover writes that he has not been properly taught at home. The book is not seen by Bartholet as a different event of a family who has fallen between the cracks. ‘This is what will happen to most of the country in the scheme.’ That is bad, but the proof is common…

We get to the bottom of this entire matter when we find that Bartholet has recently published a report that finds that a vast majority of home-school parents — number as many as 90%— are “guided by traditional Christian values and seek to exclude their children from popular society.” The footnotes indicate that it is actually anything because it leads to a dead page of Pathéo and is used in a fairly balanced project entitled “Leaving Fundamentalism: Freedom from Bigotry,” a Website called White Pride Home School, which was specifically founded in 2005.

Yeah, and stuff like that are like this as well: “Not so much higher are Christian schools than public schools. You also teach perverted sin resistance. They teach race equality and support interracial marriage. A young woman, whom we know, was highly angry, because she evidently well taught her little little daughter, came back with the revelation that the Christian teacher told her that she should offend and God should not let her go to the sky because she didn’t want to play with the black boys on the playground. “Definitely powerful. No proof remains that anyone has ever used the material for its purpose, but the website is present on the pre-HTML5 Network, as too many dead content-free pages.

It is the rigor of education. Bartholet used this to show the white supremacist presence of home education. This is the truth.

It’s the most incendiary point — and to be fair, the rest of the paper is much better if it relies heavily on fully partisan sources which do not even pretend to be fair.

This isn’t the problem, however. The 24-carathon message here is that parents who educate their children in white nationalist ideologies have a small but important leap, and yet the only evidence is an anecdote and two dodgy websites.

That is the one that needs to convince you why your kid will be stopped lawfully. Simply claim.

Oh yeah, the main point: home schooling is anti-democratic.

“[Bartholet] finds the lack of legislation to guarantee the proper schooling of homeschool children in public schools to be a challenge to U.S. democracy. “We have seen the government as having a right, from the beginning of compulsory schooling in this region, to train children to be responsible and successful participants in the wider community,” she says.

“This includes supplying kids with the skills to get work and support them. “But it is also crucial that children grow up exposed to the ideals of cultures, universal principles, civic ideals, ideas about the non-discussion and acceptance of the views of other citizens,” she said, adding that European nations, such as Germany, forbid homeschooling entirely, and nations like France need house visits and regular exams. Bartholet goes for the point.

Now, to be honest, these are pretty good stuff to talk about for your kids. Even instead, if the parents are intolerant enough, the school doesn’t seem to hold the kid forever to know all those wonderful things.

We are also taking on the position of schools by disseminating the State’s official opinion – which might not actually be so great, depending on the type of society we are or end up being. That Bartholet never felt the intrinsic danger is a indication that there is a big breakout.

But then the paper was given in good faith, it’s hard to tell. A fearsome argument that home schooling was in essence a path to white supremacy was utterly deceptive.

Bartholet struggled to assess the number of home students who were under a risky parent or parent’s yokes.

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Family of hit and run victim pleads for answers

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BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. – The family of Eugene Jones gathered outside their Bellefontaine Neighbors apartment on Friday.  

They shared the good memories they have about the father and grandfather they knew. Jones was killed in a hit-and-run crash last month.  

His widow, Trena Jones, said Friday marks what would have been his 54th birthday.  

“He loved his family,” she said. “That was the most important thing to him.” 

The family released 54 balloons in his memory. They are still searching for answers and wish more was being done to find the person responsible.  

“How can you sleep at night knowing that you actually ran someone over and you didn’t even take the time to stop to make sure that they’re okay?” asked Jones.  

Anyone with information can call the St. Louis Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.  Police say no witnesses have come forward and no surveillance video has been of any help.  

Jones said having answers would bring her family peace.   

“He was a great person,” Jones said. “He was a hard worker, dad, granddad, and brother taken away from us too soon.” 

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AG’s lawsuit to block mask mandates in Missouri schools in front of judge Tuesday

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AG’s lawsuit to block mask mandates in Missouri schools in front of judge Tuesday

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a class-action lawsuit in an effort to stop public schools from issuing mask mandates will be in front of a judge Tuesday. 

On the same day that Columbia Public Schools (CPS) returned to the classroom in August, Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the district for requiring masks. He said he plans to ask the judge to include the other 50 Missouri schools that have mask mandates to the lawsuit. 

“Masking up a five-year-olds all day long is just not backed up by any widespread study,” Schmitt, who is running for U. S. Senate, said Friday. “Parents should be able to make those decisions and families should be able to make those decisions, not these bureaucrats.”

Ten percent of school districts in the state could soon be facing a lawsuit for requiring students to wear a mask. The lawsuit said the CPS mask mandate is “arbitrary and capricious.”

“Folks cannot point to any widespread study at all that would show that this provides any real benefit for kids,” Schmitt said. 

Less than 35% of people between the ages of 12 to 17 are vaccinated in Missouri. Earlier this month, the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) reported more than 1,100 children under 18 tested positive for COVID in one day, a record number of cases. 

“People are tired I think of these bureaucrats making this stuff up as they go along and that’s what we are fighting back against,” Schmitt said. “This kind of overreach that has long-term consequences.”

Columbia Public School did not want to go on camera because the district does not discuss active litigation, but said in a statement in part:  

“In Columbia Public Schools, providing a safe learning environment for all our scholars and staff is our top priority. First-day numbers indicate the school district’s enrollment increased by 525 scholars over last year with a total first-day enrollment of 18,738. Scholars arrived to our campuses excited to return to in-person learning and ready for a great year ahead. 

“Columbia Public Schools is extremely disappointed to learn that the Missouri Attorney General has chosen to pursue litigation against the school district for providing safety measures for its scholars, teachers, and staff members. The decisions made are based on guidance and recommendations from local, state, and national health experts, including the CDC. 

“The decision to require masks is not a forever decision. It is something currently necessary to keep our scholars safely learning in our schools.  The health and safety of Missouri citizens, especially its youngest citizens, should always be the first priority of our great state’s elected leadership.” 

Commissioner for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Margie Vandeven said it’s about local control. 

“Our guidance does speak to masking in schools for those who are not vaccinated, in particular for those who can’t be vaccinated,” Vandeven said. 

She said schools are seeing more children test positive for the virus due to the Delta Variant. 
“When conditions warrant, there are mitigation strategies that can be put into place to avoid quarantine for example,” Vandeven said.

“That’s been one of the most disruptive components of the pandemic has been quarantine.”

Vandeven said DESE has supported local control and decision-making since the beginning of the pandemic. 
“One thing that state law provides for is making sure that you’re revisiting that decision on a monthly basis,” Vandeven said. 

In the lawsuit, the attorney general argued mask mandates were not effective and points to the low transmission rates among school-aged children.

“The facts are that kids are very unlikely to contract, transmit or get seriously ill from this,” Schmitt said. “The seasonal flu is much more deadly than COVID but you don’t see these same bureaucrats talking about force masking.”

Schmitt referred to a new state law Friday that limits the authority of local public health officials. House Bill 271 limits local orders restricting businesses, churches, schools, or gatherings to 30 days under a statewide emergency unless approved by a majority vote of the local governing body, like a city council. If there is no emergency, then the restriction or order could only last for 21 days unless approved.

“If they are going to do this, they have to do it every 30 days and there’s a process where the public gets to weigh in and they didn’t follow that,” Schmitt said. 

The lawsuit asks the court to find the mask requirement from CPS unlawful because it should have expired after 30 days because there was no approval from the board of education. 

The city of Columbia currently doesn’t have a mask mandate. 

A Boone County judge will hear the case Tuesday morning. Schmitt said he also plans to ask for an injunction to block any school district in the state from issuing a mask mandate. 

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Two people shot at a Walgreens in Broomfield

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Two people were shot on Saturday at a Walgreens store in Broomfield, police said.

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Parkway School District officials identify Central student who wrote racist graffiti

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A student responsible for the racist graffiti found at Parkway Central High School earlier this week has been identified.

Parkway School District sent out a letter Friday afternoon saying that the student admitted to the offense.

Parkway Central High School Principal Tim McCarthy told parents that the student will be held accountable according to the district’s discipline policy.

On Thursday, hundreds of Parkway Central High School students walked out of class in protest of hate speech.

It was also reported that racial slurs were found inside bathrooms at Parkway North High School.

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Free COVID vaccines will be offered at The Rolling Stones concert Sunday

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ST. LOUIS – If you’re going to The Rolling Stones concert in St. Louis Sunday night and you don’t have the COIVD-19 vaccination, you will be able to get the shot at the concert.

As The Rolling Stones song says “it’s just a shot away.”

BJC Healthcare has announced it will offer free COVID vaccination shots at the concert. The shots will be given at the first aid room at The Dome at America’s Center.  

The Rolling Stones recently released an Instagram video for fans that strongly encourage COVID vaccines and testing.

The band kick off their 13 dates No Filter tour in St. Louis Sunday night. Masks are required for those attending the concerts. Proof of vaccination or COVID tests are not required, but The Rolling Stones say they got the shot and you should too. 

“We want to make it a great night and a safe one. We’ve all had the shot, and you better get one too. So, if you’re not vaccinated get tested,” members of The Rollings Stone say in the video.

“If they want the masks on, put them on. It’s no big deal. And if you’re experiencing symptoms, like a high temperature or something don’t come to the show. Who knows when we’ll have the chance to spend the night together again.”

The latest data from the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force shows the number of COVID cases in the St. Louis region is decreasing or leveling off. 

New hospital admissions of COVID patients increased from 52 yesterday to 55 today. The number of COVID-positive patients in hospitals decreased from 418 yesterday to 393 today. 

The concert starts at 7:30 Sunday night with an opening act. The Rolling Stones are expected to take the stage at about 8:45 p.m. Free COVID vaccinations will be available at the first aid room at the dome Sunday night 

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Kickin’ It with Kiz: Ben Simmons in a Nuggets uniform? It’s an excellent idea, but …

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Ben Simmons won’t report to 76ers’ training camp, AP source says

The Nuggets should consider trading for Ben Simmons, but only depending on the cost. His shortcomings were magnified in the NBA playoffs. But he has length and is a very good defender. Coach Michael Malone and Nikola Jokic would make Simmons better. Again, it’s all about the cost.

— Bobby, hoops dreamer

Kiz: A decade down the road, we might well say Simmons had a more-stellar NBA career than Michael Porter Jr. But if Philadelphia wants to trade Simmons right now, it’s hard to envision how the financial machinations of a trade to Denver could work, unless injured guard Jamal Murray is involved. So I’m guessing we have a better chance of seeing Aaron Rodgers play quarterback for the Broncos today than we do of greeting Simmons as a Nuggets starter on opening night.

Are the Broncos for real? The roster seems to have improved, even at quarterback. But improvement isn’t all that Broncos Country wants. We’re about winning and championships. We’re not there… yet.

— A.R., keeping it real

Kiz: While we’re all grooving to the Teddy B Experience, nobody expects this orange-and-blue bandwagon to roll all the way to a championship. But do I detect signs of vulnerability in the Kansas City Chiefs? I’m a believer in the hangover effect of a Super bowl loss. So I think the Broncos not only have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs, they also will end that 11-game losing streak to K.C. For real.

You stupid fool, Teddy Bridgewater has won exactly two games against (crummy) teams. Can’t you save your obsequious toadying and butt-kissing until halfway through the NFL season?

— Steve, has way with words

Kiz: You nailed it. Obsequious toadying is my brand. They don’t call me Mr. Sunshine for nuthin’.

Thanks for your column about the Rockies and franchise owner Dick Monfort. I gave up my tickets to the Rockies for the reasons you described. I would rather watch them on television. The Rockies are our home team, but let the transplants support the Dodgers and Monfort.

— Sam, spends wisely

Kiz: Well, at least the Rockies will be able to watch the playoffs on TV and root for former teammate Nolan Arenado.

Kiz, would you write something about the lack of a salary cap in baseball?  I don’t see how smaller-market teams like the Rockies can hope to keep top players or consistently contend without a cap. I know there never has been one and probably never will, but …

— Gordon, Longmont

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Aurora officer on leave after video of violent traffic stop emerges

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An Aurora police officer is on administrative leave and an internal investigation is underway after video of a violent encounter during a May traffic stop emerged.

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CSU Rams vs. Iowa live blog: Real-time updates from the college football game at Kinnick Stadium

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Digital sports strategist for The Denver Post. Previously he was the online prep sports editor. Prior to that, he covered Adams County and Aurora in the YourHub section. He also writes about beer, professional wrestling and video games.

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Taliban hang body in public; signal return to past tactics

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Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city’s main square

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane parked in a city square in Afghanistan on Saturday in a gruesome display that signaled the hard-line group’s return to some of its brutal tactics of the past.

Taliban officials initially brought four bodies to the central square in the western city of Herat, then moved three of them to other parts of the city for public display, said Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy on the edge of the square.

Taliban officials announced that the four were caught taking part in a kidnapping earlier Saturday and were killed by police, Seddiqi said. Ziaulhaq Jalali, a Taliban-appointed district police chief in Herat, said later that Taliban members rescued a father and son who had been abducted by four kidnappers after an exchange of gunfire. He said a Taliban fighter and a civilian were wounded by the kidnappers, and that the kidnappers were killed in crossfire.

An Associated Press video showed crowds gathering around the crane and peering up at the body as some men chanted.

“The aim of this action is to alert all criminals that they are not safe,” a Taliban commander who did not identify himself told the AP in an on-camera interview conducted in the square.

Since the Taliban overran Kabul on Aug. 15 and seized control of the country, Afghans and the world have been watching to see whether they will re-create their harsh rule of the late 1990s, which included public stonings and limb amputations of alleged criminals, some of which took place in front of large crowds at a stadium.

Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, one of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan, told The Associated Press this week that the militant movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.

“Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi said. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.”

The group’s leaders remain entrenched in a deeply conservative, hard-line worldview, even if they are embracing technological changes, such as video and mobile phones.

President Joe Biden’s administration signaled on Friday that the U.S. would not tolerate the Taliban’s return to their past punishment methods.

“We condemn in the strongest terms reports of reinstating amputations and executions of Afghans,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. “The acts the Taliban are talking about here would constitute clear gross abuses of human rights, and we stand firm with the international community to hold perpetrators of these — of any such abuses — accountable.”

Also Saturday, a roadside bomb hit a Taliban car in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, wounding at least one person, a Taliban official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. The Islamic State group affiliate, which is headquartered in eastern Afghanistan, has said it was behind similar attacks in Jalalabad last week that killed 12 people.

The person wounded in the attack is a municipal worker, Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Hanif said.

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Xaverian blows out Brockton in 42-6 rout

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BROCKTON — Friday night was the type of game that Xaverian football coach Al Fornaro loves, and not just because it was a win in what he believes is the best nonleague rivalry in the state.

His outstanding offensive line allowed the Hawks to do whatever they wanted offensively as junior Michael Oates ran for two touchdowns and senior Jake Gilbert threw for two more in a 42-6 rout of Brockton.

“I don’t get to coach the position anymore, which I’m not happy about, but I went down when they were doing a little 1-on-1s and I stopped the drill and told them, as an offensive line there is nothing more satisfying than moving a human being against his will, and we did that a lot tonight,” said Fornaro.

Xaverian (1-2) scored on five of its seven possessions with the first team offense — all TDs. The Hawks were essentially stopped just once as one series ended with a botched field goal attempt at the end of the half.

Oates piled up 124 yards on just 14 carries and had scoring runs of 24 and 39, the second of which made it 28-0 just two plays into the second half. BC-bound senior left tackle Jack Funke led the way up front, along with juniors Cole Canty, Kastriot Panariti and Jon Mould, and sophomore Andrew Dufault.

A sophomore cornerback with a name quite familiar to Hawks fans provided the highlight of the night when Charlie Comella, whose father Greg and uncles Matt and J.P. all starred for Xaverian, picked off a deep ball down the left sideline and zig-zagged his way 55 yards back to the end zone in the second quarter.

“He’s good. He’s got good bloodlines and I’m glad he’s here,” said Fornaro of Comella. “He is playing because he’s the best guy. Greg played for me and I’m told he’s not going to play if he’s not the best guy. The school pays my salary, not the parents.”

Comella also caught a 29-yard TD pass, running under a beautiful lofted toss from Gilbert, who finished 11-of-15 for 167 yards. Gilbert capped the scoring by hitting Brockton native Jonathan Monteiro for a 34-yard TD.

Boxers QB Jason Wotondi accounted for nearly all of the Brockton offense, throwing for 130 yards and a touchdown and running for 39 more.

Xaverian has now won nine of the last 10 contests between the teams and leads the rivalry 26-13 overall.

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