Thursday, November 09, 2006

Granholm Playing Blacks Like A Damn Fiddle by Akindele Akinyemi

Gov. Granholm is going wild on eliminating homeschooling in the State of Michigan.

Jennifer Granholm wants to eliminate homeschooling because of the incident that happened with Ricky Holland--the 7 year old that was found dead in Fowlerville, MI. His foster parents (who murdered him) was homeschooling Ricky at the time of his death.

So because Granholm's FIA system FAILED to save this boy's life she wants tighter restrictions on homeschooling.

Let's take a look at the facts that Granholm is not telling her loyal base, African Americans, on the effects of homeschooling.


Signicantly outscore public school students in SATs, ACTs, spelling & geography bees. Three times more students are home-schooled than in charter schools, and growing 11% per year.

The growing number of children in the United States that get their education at home is about 1.2 million - - about the same as the total number of students in the New Jersey public school system. Most choose home-schooling out of academic frustration with poor public school quality and discipline problems, religious convictions, or safety concerns.

March 2001. We know home schooled students score higher than the average of any state's schools. They scored 22.8 in ACT Composite, which is higher than the highest state, Oregon, at 22.7, and 5 points higher than Washington, DC, at 17.8. And the best thing of all-- they cost we the taxpayers absolutely nothing, nada, zero. John Knight, 3/20/01 -

August 2001. According to a federal report, at least 850,000 students were learning at home in 1999; some experts believe the figure is actually twice that. As recently as 1994, the government estimated the number at just 345,000. True, even the largest estimates still put the home schooled at only 4% of the total K-12 population - - but that would mean more kids learn at home than attend all the public schools in Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming combined.

October 23, 2001. Home-schooled children in Canada and the United States are more "academically advanced" than their public and private school-educated peers, according to a noted policy research group. The Washington, D.C.-based National Center for Policy Analysis citing a Canadian research group's findings last week, said North American home-schoolers' average test scores were higher "at every grade level." In the U.S., "home-schooled students' average scores were between the 82nd and the 92nd percentile in reading and reached the 85th percentile in math - with home-schoolers' overall test scores placing them between the 75th and 85th percentiles," the NCPA report said. By contrast, "public school students scored at the 50th percentile, while private school students' scores ranged from the 65th to the 75th percentile," said the center.

June 2002, Washington, D.C. - - National Geographic Society's Geography Bee winner was Calvin McCarter of Jenison, Michigan - - a home schooled 10-year old; third place went to another home-schooler. Although homeschoolers represent just 2% of all students in America, 24% of the 55 geography finalists were home-schooled - - and, 40% of the final 10, and 57% of the final 7. An estimated 5 million students participated in the primary stages of the contest, with the top 100 from each state participating at the next level.

June 2005 - Tied for second place in the recent national spelling contest was 11-year-old Samir Patel, who is home-schooled in Colleyville, Texas.

So while you poverty stricken, poor, ignorant and broke Black Nationalists and Grassroots people who supported Jennifer Granholm for re-election she is trying to eliminate the very system that helped your child get to where he/she's at. And we know in the Black Nationalist community homeschooling is a way of life. Yet, you voted for Granholm so that was a vote to get rid of homeschooling.


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