Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Swedish Officials Threaten to Fine Jewish Parents $2,400 Per Week for Homeschooling Kids

Sweden has always had a Fascist streak. See here. They had no qualms about trading with Hitler even during the war. A lot of Nazi tanks were built from Swedish iron

Chabad is a very strict Jewish movement so they will fight hard for tolerance of their teachings. And considering the number of Muslims now in Sweden, sending strict Jewish kids to a Swedish school could be very dangerous for them

But despite their claims of tolerance, the Swedish bureaucracy is very Leftist so is in fact very intolerant. Their social workers took a kid off an Indian family recently because they fed the kid with their hands. But that is what a billion Indians do. The Indian custom is to eat with your hands. They say they would not enjoy their food as much if they could not feel it!

Leftist racism is alive and well in Sweden

In Sweden [as in Germany both under Hitler and today], homeschooling is severely frowned upon. In fact, unless there’s a viable reason, it is virtually impossible for parents to educate their children at home. Now, Chabad-Lubavitch (Jewish) emissaries to Sweden have been threatened by city officials with thousands of dollars in fines for homeschooling their kids, according to the Israeli news outlet Arutz Sheva 7. Instead, the local government in the city of Gothenburg is reportedly attempting to force the family to utilize the public school system.

School authorities came to the home of Rabbi Alexander Namdar and his wife Leah on Jan. 26 to serve the family with a notice, reports say. Four of the couple’s children are currently studying online at an international school. If the family does not comply and immediately begin to send them to government-run educational facilities, they will be fined the U.S. equivalent of $2,400 per week.

Homeschooling is virtually banned in the country, where it takes an “extraordinary” situation (illness, among others) to allow for the government to permit it. Religious reasons are not considered valid cause for homeschooling.

These regulations are bizarre to Americans, who have the freedom to educate their children at home, should they choose. In the case of the Namdar family, the case is especially odd, considering that the quality of the children’s education (a factor of consideration that likely contributes to the ban), as Arutz Sheva 7 notes, is stellar:

"The children’s education is not lacking by any means — and they are not the first in the family to have been educated at home. Six of the family’s 11 children also learned at home in their early years, and now live and study abroad at Jewish high schools, teaching seminaries and rabbinic colleges. All are pursuing careers in education." has more about the children’s studies:

"At their individual computers from 8:00 each morning to 1:15, five days a week, the children must master a full schedule of Judaic studies including proficiency in Hebrew. The afternoon is dedicated to English, Swedish, mathematics, geography, science, music, art, and gymnastics. All the children speak English, Swedish, and Yiddish fluently. They can read Hebrew by age 4 or 5, like other Orthodox Jewish children.

Their extra-curricular activities include community work with regular visits to the elderly, helping out with the Sunday Hebrew school classes for other Jewish children taught by their parents, and other educational activities. The online school also ensures the children benefit from a healthy social experience."

“We’re two parents fighting city hall for the right to give our children a Jewish education,” Leah said. Her husband echoed this sentiment. “This is a stain on the reputation of a country that takes pride in equality as a fundamental value,” Rabbi Namdar added.

The family’s lawyer, Richard Backenroth, is fighting back and appealing both the demand that they attend public school and the associated fine. According to Backenroth, this case will be extremely important to determining the nation’s commitment to religious freedom.

Aside from the fact that the family believes it should have the right to send its children where it so chooses, there is concern that anti-Semitism could be on the rise in Sweden. Even if this isn’t the case, the Namdar children are the only Orthodox kids in the city. To send them to a public school, Backenroth warns, could mean exposing them to a great deal of bullying and harassment.

The family is prepared, though, to face what they say could become ”the last battle against Communism,” as they fight to educate their children in the way they so choose.


Atheists Trying to Get ‘Bible Man’ Banned From Alabama Public School Assemblies

Some atheists in America seem to be doing their best to make themselves obnoxious. That could be counterproductive if they really want to persuade people to their way of thinking. I doubt that they do, however. I think that they are Leftists who just want to feel important

Atheists are clashing with public school officials in Scottsboro, Alabama, where there’s a heated debate going on over “Bible Man” and his monthly assemblies with public school children.

See, Bible Man isn’t a superhero (okay, maybe he is); he’s a story-teller. As you can imagine, it’s these stories — tales that come from the Christian Bible — that have non-believers up-in-arms.

About 35-years-ago, Bible Man began his ministry in the Alabama county. Now, decades later, it is his son, Horace Turner Jr., who is continuing the mission. Each month, he meets with elementary school children during the school day and leads them in assemblies that include Biblical stories.

Recently, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, claiming to represent a parent in the district, sent a five-page letter of complaint to officials. In it, the atheist group called for the Bible Man program to be removed from schools.

As a result of the complaint, on Jan. 30, a multitude of community members came together at a Jackson County school board meeting to support the continued presence of Bible Man in the school district. WAAY-TV has more about the event:

"It was a packed house. More than one hundred people showed up to make their voices heard. “We wanted our county to have an option for our children He’s been part of our county so long and our children appreciate and love it and we just feel that our children value it,” said concerned citizen Beverly Gilmer. While the board met, the people sang, prayed, and shared life testimonies.

To atheists’ dismay, after meeting with their lawyer, board members announced that they wouldn’t be banning Bible Man as requested. Those at the public event applauded the decision.

“We know it’s going to be a fight,” said superintendent Kenneth Harding. “But our constituents are pretty adamant about what they want for their children. Hopefully we can meet the law and keep the man, too.”

The FFRF, though, won’t be dissuaded. The group is planning to follow-up on its complaint. Annie Laurie Gaylor, the organization’s co-president, says that the decision not to ban Bible Man is “totally unacceptable.”

“We cannot put the power of religious interpretation in the hands of the Bible Man, the Quran Man or anyone else,” she continued. “We cannot offer indoctrinal classes in public schools. It’s disingenuous to say this does not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment.”

But Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McGill (R) has a different view. If parents don’t like Bible Man, he says they should consider homeschooling their children.

“We were established to be a godly nation, a Christian nation,” McGill said. “We need God in government. We need God in the public school. The more we trend away from God, the more we suffer – morally and spiritually.”

To respond to the atheists’ criticism, the district is looking into a set policy that would allow Bible Man to stay in schools, while still complying with Constitutional values. For the time being, Turner will not be taking his program into the North Sand Mountain School, where the complaint originated from a student’s parent.

There is currently no confirmation as to whether the program will continue in other district schools while this new policy is being set.


Australian parents camp out for enrolment in good school

Shades of Britain! Ascot is of course a high socioeconomic area. It's mainly the smarter and better behaved kids that make the school better

PARENTS are sleeping on the footpath outside a popular state school in order to gain an enrolment spot for their children. Dedicated mums and one dad camped on the footpath in tents and chairs outside Brisbane's Ascot State School on Sunday night, in an effort to secure their child a coveted place.

While students who reside within the school's catchment area are guaranteed enrolment, others must vie for the remaining spots.

Education Queensland's Chris Rider said applications for students not living within the catchment zone were accepted annually from 9am on the first Monday in February.

Parents started arriving from 4pm on Sunday for yesterday's sign-up day. One woman whose child graduated from Year 7 last year, was lining up to secure a place for her second child. "We only want the best for our kids," mother-of-two Kerry Douglas said.

New Farm resident Georgie Robson said she had left her children with her husband while she camped at the school. "One of the girls did a drive by. We'd planned to get here about 10 but someone rang us and said 'get your skates on there are already four people here'," she said. "We dropped everything and left our husbands with our kids. I've got four kids under four and just went 'sorry got to go'."

The women said the publication by The Courier-Mail of the school's audit results, which showed the high calibre of Ascot State School, had reinforced the desire to enrol their children there. Ascot State School received top marks in the audit data for the highest performing school. Ascot, along with Eagle Junction and Wilston, are Queensland's most sought after state primary schools.

The mothers said they had been planning the camp-out for a year.

Holly Westaway said she had calculated property choices in order to improve her children's chances of getting into the school. "We moved from the Gold Coast and rented in the area just so we could get our children into the school," Mrs Westaway said. "Then we bought a street away."

Mr Rider said schools, such as Ascot State School, had developed enrolment management plans in consultation with the P and C, parents and the school community. "When developing an enrolment management plan, schools allow for in-catchment growth during the school year and ensure an even spread of students across all year levels," he said.

The audits, set up as part of the State Government's school improvement agenda, were carried out at all 1257 state schools and education centres in 2010, with 460 schools reaudited in 2011.


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