A New Voice in Home Education

Asked what they know of homeschooling, most people still describe evangelical Christian parents doing their best to shield their children from a secular world view. With The Duggar Family still making headlines, this is the most common face of homeschooling.

Yet the homeschool community is changing. According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, orHSLDA, secular homeschoolers are a significant 25 percent of the total homeschool community. Despite this, resources for this minority within a minority are geared toward Christian education with A Beka Book,Bob Jones and Sonlight leading the way. A Google search for homeschooling support turns up far more Christian resources than inclusive or secular ones, many demanding statements of faith. This leaves many atheist homeschoolers and even those religious families choosing to educate using secular materials feeling less than welcome in the larger homeschool community.

Even with secular resources much more readily available than they were ten years ago, finding a welcoming group is no easier than wading through mountains of religious texts and activities to cobble together a curriculum in keeping with the secular family’s beliefs. With so many non religious parents stepping into the role of educator, the group has reached a point of organization.

The newly formed National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers offers a voice to homeschoolers choosing this controversial educational option for reasons other than religion. As stated on their web site, N.A.S.H. intends to “Provide a national framework of structure, support, and connection for those homeschoolers who identify themselves with secular homeschooling and as a by-product create a demand for secular curriculum and other materials that cater to secular homeschoolers…”

In keeping with this promise, N.A.S.H. has an inaugural conference slated for Sept. 4, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga. Alongside vendors including Pandia Press and Build Your Library selling homeschool related goods, attendees can expect activities for children, workshops and an opportunity to lend expertise and opinion to the first planning session of N.A.S.H.

While other conferences of this type do exist, N.A.S.H. offers a future, unifying force for secular homeschoolers, perhaps giving them an influential voice in political and social arenas affecting homeschoolers.

Immigrant right to education

This week, Eric Holder, the United State Attorney General, reminded school districts that they need to be educating all children, including immigrants. He stated that, it is their responsibility to be educating all children, documented or undocumented. His office, along the Education department, have issued guidelines to be sure that school districts comply with federal law.

One point one million undocumented children under the age of eighteen live in the United States, according to Homeland Security. This news is very well received in the Latino community. Undocumented children have the right to a public education, thanks to the 1982 Supreme Court decision, and the administration is simply reiterating that right.

The reason for the administrations declaration, is that many school districts are asking parents for their driver’s licenses, or Social Security numbers before they will enroll their children in their schools. Asking these questions are illegal, and the Justice department is now providing school districts around the country with lists of documents that they can request of parents, like copies of bills to prove residency, and prior school records to prove age.

The Justice Department has received numerous complaints, which have led to legal action against school districts for their discrimination against immigrants. The purpose behind this new initiative, is to help curb lawsuits and discrimination, which immigrants are filing against the school districts. Many districts do not even realize that they are breaking the law by asking for certain documents before enrolling students.


Taxpayers are the ones that carry the burden of educating all children. The more children that are in public schools, the more that is spent from taxes on the schools. However, undocumented immigrants pay taxes, just like everyone else. A nonpartisan study showed that ten point six billion dollars, in state and local taxes, were paid by undocumented immigrants. By educating the children, they will be able to improve their lives, and create a better future for themselves. They will be able to contribute better to society by getting an education. They will also learn English and American values, which will benefit everyone around them, and help provide them a more secure future.

The purpose of the United States Education System is to educate, and welcome all potential students. The Justice Department is simply reaffirming those goals, and making sure that school districts are following the law, as stated by the Supreme Court. When children are educated, their future is better, and everyone benefits from a well educated society.

Modern Day College Expenses

In modern day America, the cost to go to college is rising steadily and many young adults eager to get a college degree are being deterred by the high price tag that comes along with the education. Although all colleges, both public and private, are steadily rising in tuition costs, there is still a wide variety of options available for those looking to graduate with minimal debt and succeed in the future.

The first step to having less of a burden with college debt is looking into public universities or community colleges as they will almost always have a lesser cost of tuition than private schools. Many students tend to believe that public colleges are of lesser “prestige” than their private counterparts, however, this is an incredibly misleading judgement and many public college professors actually teach at private universities as well. A degree from a private or public college is weighted equally almost always and the public school degree will save you potentially thousands upon thousands of dollars.

Another important step in saving money on college tuition is scholarships. Many high school seniors and even current collegiate students are unaware that there is literally hundreds of thousands of scholarships currently available online with a huge array of different monetary awards being offered. Simply spending a couple of hours worth of time applying for various scholarships can save one thousands on their tuition bill and with the easy access supplied by the internet, applying for many different scholarships in just one day is entirely feasible.

Finally, the cost of education not only factors in the tuition costs but also the amount of money spent on school supplies, dorming and transportation to and from the school. To counter this mounting costs, simply choosing a college that is close to your home will save you the money that would be needed to dorm and also save you money that would be spent on gas every day commuting to and from the college. Also, shopping for textbooks online that are used can eventually save over a thousand dollars for students as for buying new textbooks from the college bookstore almost always causes the student to spend more than is necessary.

In summary, there is a variety of different ways for today’s students to mitigate the high tuition costs of college. With a little time and effort, an affordable college degree is entirely feasible.