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Is there really an agenda?

Education. Common Core. These are hot topics among the cultural and political discourse of today’s United States of America.

There is plenty of heated debate coming from both sides of this issue, the result of two colliding worldviews about who is responsible for raising children. However, beyond opinion and rhetoric, what are the facts? If the Common Core Standards are intended to prepare and equip our children to succeed, what could be so bad about them? Are these standards really part of an agenda to change the American way of life?

The two videos below address these topics and questions. Beyond opinion, facts are presented to support their conclusions. It is up to us to decide whether these facts are correct and verifiable.

“Building the Machine”

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) produced this first video titled “Building the Machine“, a movie about the Common Core Standards. The full 40-minute documentary is presented below:


Below is a six-minute introduction to a film produced by former Idaho Legislator Curtis Bowers. The movie, which is titled “Agenda: Grinding America Down“, is an in-depth documentary about the impact of communist ideology on today’s America and the proposed solution to stand against it (hint: it starts with the children). I urge you to buy and watch the full 90-minute movie:



Just this week a new book was released titled “Conform” from Glenn Beck (although he claims that he is really not the author). I have not yet read this book. From listening to some of the discussion about it, I assume that the documentation and conclusions would be consistent with those presented in the two movies noted above. You can learn more about and buy the book by clicking here on Glenn Beck’s Website.

The Common Core Initiative

Representing the other side of the debate, below is a link to the Common Core State Standards Initiative Website, which presents its documentation about the formation of the standards and the common “misconceptions” about them. The “Myths vs. Facts” section counters many of the conclusions presented in the two videos above:

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The Decision

I urge you to take the time to educate yourself about this matter, research the facts, and consider world history. You decide – is there really an agenda to change the USA from within, beginning with our children, or will the changes to our educational system really benefit us (including spiritually) in the end? What does world history teach us about moving towards a collective/communist society? Which side of this educational debate stands with God, truth, and liberty?  Who do you believe and trust?

(Note: There are honest, decent parents, teachers, and administrators working within the system of our public schools. They act and serve in the best interests of their children and of the children they teach. They have nothing to do with creating the standards that the curriculum and lesson plans are built around. This debate is not about their intentions or qualifications, but rather about the system itself.)

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‘The Romeikes Can Stay!!!’: Shocking 180 in the Case of German Home-Schooling Family |

Click on the link below to read an amazing development about the Romeike family, whom we previously wrote about:

‘The Romeikes Can Stay!!!’: Shocking 180 in the Case of German Home-Schooling Family |

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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Education, News and Culture


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Two Worldviews on Raising Children

The videos below present two drastically different perspectives on raising children.  After watching them, which one most agrees with your values, beliefs, and worldview?

Great news! – The White House petition to stop the deportation of the Romieke family has over 113,000 signatures!  The government’s policy is to consider any petitions that have over 100,000 signatures.

If you would like to read more about the Romieke family, you can keep current on the Home School Legal Defense Association’s Website here or by reading our earlier post.


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The Romeike Family and the Freedom to Choose

Is our freedom to home school our children here in the United States in jeopardy?  Even more, in the view of our government, who has the ultimate responsibility for raising and teaching our children – parents or institutions?

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children fled from Germany to the United States seeking political asylum.  They want the freedom to home school their children and were facing severe penalties for doing so in Germany.  After legally following the immigration process in the United States, the family was originally granted asylum.  The United States government then appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals.  The Board sided with the government.  Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is representing the family in an appeal of the Board’s decision.  If the court rules in favor of the government, then the family would be legally required to return to Germany and potentially face losing custody of their children if they continued to home school.

Being a “home school family”, this situation is very close to our hearts.  Is this a stand by our government against our freedom to raise and educate our children and even against individual liberties?  Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman writes the following:

When the United States government says that homeschooling is a mutable choice—they are saying that it is a characteristic that a government can legitimately coerce you to change. In other words, you have no protected right to choose the education for your children. Our nation could remove your ability to homeschool and your choice would be mutable—since the government has the authority to force you to implement their wishes.

The prospect for German homeschooling freedom is not bright. But we should not reserve all of our concern for the views of the German government. Our own government is attempting to send German homeschoolers back to that land to face criminal prosecutions with fines, jail sentences, and removal of custody of children.

We should understand that in these arguments by the U.S. government, something important is being said about our own liberties as American homeschoolers.

The Attorney General of the United States thinks that a law that bans homeschooling entirely violates no fundamental liberties.

It is important that Americans stand up for the rights of German homeschooling families. In so doing, we stand up for our own.

(From, accessed March 19, 2013).

To read more about this family and the efforts being made in their defense, click on the link below:

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Children, Education, News and Culture


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Comfort and Encouragement

or Walking it Out, Part 2 – A Different Perspective

I feel more peaceful now than at my previous post.

On Friday and Saturday, the family attended the 25th Annual CHAP Homeschool Convention.  We were refreshed, encouraged and challenged listening to such popular speakers (at least in the home education movement) as Ken Ham, Doug Phillips, Steven and Teri Maxwell, and Steve Demme, among many others.  We were especially comforted and encouraged by the Maxwells.  The time and heart that they shared by hugging, crying and talking with us meant a great deal.  We also appreciated Steve Demme’s testimony about the grief and suffering in his own life and the time that he took to talk with us afterwards.  Finally, we were thankful of that special person at the CHAP information booth who lost her son in October 2010 and cried and shared with us.

Here are several encouraging and instructing scripture verses that various people shared over the weekend:

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  (Rom 8:24-28)

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  (2Co 10:3-5)

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.  (Psa 55:22)

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  (Psa 103:10)

The initial entrance into the facility and the vendor area was especially difficult without Isaac.  Brenda and I both broke into tears as we passed the Vision Forum booth.  That was one of Isaac’s favorite places to visit at past conventions and he always looked forward to the annual catalog.  While Isaac enjoyed the weapons, we value the family discipleship materials that they offer.  I tried to meet Doug Phillips during the convention, however he never seemed to have a free moment.

This year, we did not spend as much time or money in the vendor area but focused mainly on listening to the speakers.  While walking around, we felt encouraged to be around so many families who have adopted home education as a lifestyle, hopefully with a focus primarily on God (“our kind of people” as we like to say amongst ourselves).  It was pleasant to share the experience on Friday with my parents also, who were able to spend time with their grandchildren and learn what home eduction is really all about.  We also ran into our blessed friends (you know who you are!) whose presence, words and heart encourage and refresh us in unimaginable ways.  We are so blessed that God has allowed us to walk together with your family during the last several years and we are so thankful that we have you during this time.

One incident especially touched my heart.  Brenda noticed a boy close to Isaac’s age entertaining and helping with his baby sibling.  It reminded her (and now reminds me) of how Isaac was with his baby siblings, especially Gracia over the last year.  Brenda went over and told him that he was a good big brother.  The boy smiled.  I did not know what Brenda was doing until afterwards but, knowing her heart, I assumed it was something like what actually happened.  I almost broke down in tears.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my team at work (I hope you are reading!).  The meals have been wonderful!  We are so thankful because we do not feel like doing much right now, especially preparing food.  You are a great team to work with.

We are also thankful for the many cards, emails and phone calls that we continue to receive.  Your words encourage us, even when we don’t have the energy to promptly respond.  Also, the offers of practical help (meals, etc.)  mean so much.

Most of all, we live off of the strength that God gives us.  We believe that your prayers go up into His presence and He responds as He sees fit.  What an amazingly good God that would allow us to participate in both the giving and receiving ends of that process.  Please continue to pray for us, especially regarding the direction of our journey.  It is difficult being in this house and we are contemplating steps to downsize and eliminate our mortgage debt.  However, we are being patient before making any major decisions while we are still in this period of intense grief.  Our goal is to honor God as a family and to root out the weeds that choke our fruit.  We need to know what He is calling us to do.

Walking it out, but more peacefully than before,



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