Thursday, February 22, 2007

Compulsory Education

Quote of the Day

Friedrich Engels, who in an 1847 draft of the Manifesto called "Principles of Communism" wrote as one of its tenets:
"Education of all children, from the moment they can leave their mother's care, in national establishments at national cost."

Jim and I attended the State Education Forums in Plymouth and Manchester. We are currently viewing the video of the Education Forum in Nashua. We also plan to attend the forums in Dover and Claremont.

One thing that is clear is that many educrats believe in the tenet rewritten by Friedrich Engels who drafted part of the Manifesto called "Principles of Communism." Many of the educrats are requesting that "Adequate Education" include kindergarten. Our legislators are also pushing to increase the age of education which at best enables educrats to maintain their entitlement programs at worst waste taxpayers dollars and prohibits students from progressing on to college at an earlier age as well as forces some to be in a learning environment they do not want to be in.

BACKGROUND From the Home School Legal Defense Association
"According to the 2005 NAEP test scores, children from states that have low compulsory attendance ages (5-6) did not score any higher than children from the other states, and in some subjects their average was actually lower.

Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic performance later.

A report published February 6, 2007 by the Goldwater Institute examines Stanford 9 test scores and finds Arizona kindergarten programs initially improve learning but have no measurable impact on reading, math, or language arts test scores by fifth grade.

The data show that students in schools with all-day kindergarten programs have statistically significant higher 3rd-grade test scores, but there is no impact on 5th-grade scores. This finding is consistent with previous research. Forcing children into school early delivers short-term benefits at best.

Another significant impact of expanding mandatory schooling is the inevitable tax increase to pay for more classroom space and teachers to accommodate the additional students compelled to attend public schools. When California raised the age of compulsory attendance, unwilling students were so disruptive that new schools had to be built just to handle them and their behavior problems, all at the expense of the taxpayer."

For more information on compulsory attendance age legislation visit the Home School Legal Defense Association website.

The Legislators appear to be genuinely interested in hearing how the voters and residents of New Hampshire want to define an "adequate education." Written comments to define "adequacy" are welcome to be submitted at

Thank you for standing with us in this fight for freedom.

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