Homeschooling under fire in California

In this week’s Acton commentary, Chris Banescu looks at a ruling by the Second District Court of Appeals for the state of California which declared that “parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.” The ruling effectively bans families from homeschooling their children and threatens parents with criminal penalties for daring to do so. Continue Reading...

Educational Freedom Under Attack

As many PowerBlog readers will be aware, homeschooling is an educational choice that increasing numbers of parents are making. Once a fringe activity operating under the radar of the law, over the course of the last thirty years it has practically gone mainstream, being legalized de jure in most states and de facto in the others. Continue Reading...

Campaigning for State Involvement in Education

I came across a troubling essay in this month’s issue of Grand Rapids Family Magazine. In her “Taking Notes” column, Associate Publisher/Editor Carole Valade takes up the question of “family values” in the context of the primary campaign season. Continue Reading...

On History, Education, and Great Books

Does a good education demand an appreciation for history? It would seem so. What arguments are there to support such a contention? Neil Postman writes, There is no escaping ourselves. The human dilemma is as it always has been, and it is a delusion to believe that the future will render irrelevant what we know and have long known about ourselves but find it convenient to forget. Continue Reading...

A Child’s Faith

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Continue Reading...

A Pro-Life Club and the Public School

I’m not typically a big fan of litigation. But that option needs to be there for some cases that can’t be solved in other ways. It’s a big stick that should only be used when absolutely necessary and only when appropriate. Continue Reading...

2007 Honor Roll: Reactions Buzzing

Since the 2007 Catholic High School Honor Roll Honor Roll Cake – Time to celebrate was released, reactions have been buzzing. We’ve been consistently floored by the Honor Roll’s impact. Here’s some highlights: • Huge Roar: “When we announced the award to our students yesterday, a huge roar of spontaneous cheering filled the building. Continue Reading...

Are Public Schools a Bad Investment?

Besides my two years of living abroad in Egypt, I spent my entire elementary and upper school existence in the public schools. My experience with the public schools in Hawaii and Mississippi were rather atrocious. Continue Reading...

Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced for 2007

Today the Acton Institute announced it fourth annual selection of theCatholic High School Honor Roll, the best 50 Catholic secondary schools in the United States. The purpose of the Honor Roll is to recognize and encourage excellence in Catholic secondary education. Continue Reading...

Reformed Education and Pentecostal Evangelism

I’ve heard it said from a number of leaders in the Reformed community that there is a great opportunity for Reformed churches to be a positive influence on the growth of Christianity abroad, particularly in places like Africa where Pentecostalism has made such large inroads. Continue Reading...