Vouchers for disturbing home schools

Mother Jones has an article up taking a critical look at NC's school voucher program.

North Carolina's vouchers, which will become available in 2014, allow public money to go to unregulated private schools that are not required to meet any educational or teacher preparation standards. In addition, thanks to the way the law was written, the money will be available to "home schools"—literally schools set up in someone's house. Homeschooling traditionally has been done by parents. But the state recently changed its home schooling law to allow people who aren't parents or legal guardians educate kids in a group setting. The only requirement for such schools is that the teacher have a high school diploma, that the school keep immunization and attendance records on its students, and that it give kids a national standardized test every year.

NC Policy Watch looked at some home schools that would be eligible for this type of funding. One example:

The Paramount Christian Academy has one teacher who teaches her granddaughter, a neighbor's kid, and one special-needs student.

The "Paramount Christian Academy" uses instructional materials from Bob Jones University.

... such instructional materials teach Bible-based "facts"—such as the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. The materials also suggest that the Ku Klux Klan "tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross" and that dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time, for instance. Gay people are singled out for special scorn in one Bob Jones teachers' guide, which says that they "have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists."

The absolute stupidity of the NC legislature on this is summed up in this one sentence:

These sorts of materials are now allowed in Louisiana's voucher program as well, but North Carolina seems unique in diverting taxpayer dollars both to schools that teach wacky Christian curricula and to basically anyone who claims to be a "home school."


Rearrange your thinking on this, NOW

All this allocation of public school funds are rewards to the evangelical, fundamentalist and Catholics who have carried the GOP fight. It is payoff. Just like the same fruitcakes are rewarded by GOP extremes on abortion. Without these props, these bastards wilt. This battle is well over a century old!